Archive for January 2012


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    January 11th, 2012 @ 7:21 pm by admin

    Faith Today, Canada's answer to Christianity Today, has just released its latest issue, which features a photo from the production of Hellbound? on the cover. I was interviewed for an article called Writing for Hollywood: How Canadians in the film industry bring their best to the big screen. In the article I champion the films of P. T. Anderson and sound a note of caution about buying in to myths of redemptive violence, among other things. (And BTW, I have no idea what Anderson's faith position is, contrary to how

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    January 10th, 2012 @ 9:07 pm by admin

    As of this moment, the first 9 minutes and 48 seconds of the film is assembled. That's essentially 10% of the finished length, so I'm feeling good about that. And when I say assembled, I actually mean a bit more than that, because I tend to overdo things before handing the footage off to Simon, my editor. Partly because I'm a frustrated editor at heart, and partly because I need to make things feel as complete as possible so I'm able to envision each segment. So by the time Simon is done with it, we'll have a fairly tight cut. Meanwhile,

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    January 7th, 2012 @ 12:16 am by admin

    Approximately one year ago I looked at the calendar and realized I was going to turn 40 within a couple of months (on February 24, to be exact). After years of working as a screenwriter-for-hire (and before that as a writer and editor-for-hire in the world of publishing), I decided it was finally time I took the plunge and pursued my dream of writing, producing and directing my own film. At the time, I had two potential projects on the table. Hellbound? was one of them, of course. The other was a coming-of-age drama called Dealey Plaza.

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    January 5th, 2012 @ 9:41 pm by admin

    A question that's been nagging me as I've sifted through the heaps of footage we've shot for Hellbound? is what image I should use to begin the film. Don't get me wrong, we have our central metaphor in place, a unifying image that will help us explore the hell debate from many different sides. But which facet of that image should we reveal first? This is a huge decision for me, because the opening shot or opening scene of a movie needs to set up everything to come. I think of it as a sort of prophecy, a

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    January 4th, 2012 @ 7:16 pm by admin

    As of this morning, I have officially gone through all of our interview footage and selected the portions that we will potentially use in the final cut of the film. I actually managed to finish a bit ahead of schedule, with the entire procedure taking me only about six weeks to complete. Now comes perhaps the most daunting phase of the film making process (although I say the same thing at the beginning of every phase): the rough assembly of the film. Going through the footage, making selects, labeling them and filing them is mostly grunt work. Now comes the creative

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    January 3rd, 2012 @ 5:52 pm by admin

    I'm having (yet another) debate with a Catholic friend of mine re: the role that Tradition should play in belief formation. He's accusing me, a Protestant, of being my own highest authority. As a Catholic, he defers to the Church as the ultimate authority. A brief excerpt of something my Catholic friend just wrote:
    Since they [Protestants] reject the concept of an infallible interpreter of Scripture, whether it be the Church or an individual, Protestants can only put forth their own opinions on what they think Scripture means. They have no way of knowing for certain if their interpretation of the

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    January 2nd, 2012 @ 4:49 pm by admin

    I'm not sure how much validity you want to attach to my ongoing poll about hell, but so far "It doesn't exist" is nearly twice as popular a view as its nearest competitor (Universalism). Rounding out third spot is Infernalism, the belief in hell as a place of eternal, conscious torment for the wicked. Here's how the 363 votes cast so far break down:
    • It doesn't exist (42%)
    • Universalism (22%)
    • Infernalism (19%)
    • Don't know (8%)
    • Conditional Immortality (4%)
    • Annihilationism (3%)
    • None of the above (2%)
    A quick note on voting sources: I posted a link to this poll on our Facebook page, on my

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