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Progress and Vision

In a few days I will be heading off to LA for the weekend, and my “Fall of Insanity” will officially begin. I’m pretty much busy all the time these days, but things are about to get hectic to a degree I don’t particularly enjoy. For those of you following along at home, here’s a quick rundown, update, and news for you to help lift us up in prayer.

On October 16, my crew and I will be in Lafayette, Louisiana to film Ken Shamrock in another fight for our latest movie about Ken’s life. We’re nearing the tale end of filming for that one, and I’m excited to be able to begin working on the first draft of the film. Our interns here at Judson are hard at work chopping up the footage and as soon as they are done, I get to dig in. Please pray for wisdom and an overwhelming of God’s creative spirit for that project, as it will be reaching an entirely new audience for us and will be bringing God’s truth and kingdom into a world that is much different than the safe, happy world I grew up in.

We have finished stage 1 of production for our new cartoon, Anointed Fighters, and are awaiting completion of the actual animation so we can enter post-production and make the thing really shine. Matt has gone to a new level while scoring this thing, and although the show will clock in at around half-an-hour, this thing is going to feel like a feature film! We’re all pretty giddy around here for this cartoon to be complete, because we KNOW you’re all going to love it. There’s nothing remotely like this out there right now, and at this point we need prayer for guidance on the business side of things, as well as for doors to begin to open for distribution. If you’ve always wished for a cartoon for your kids that is super cool, but also that isn’t afraid to get into the harder questions of life and of the spiritual realm, well, I think we’ve finally made that cartoon. Please be in prayer for this one, as it will be shaping and honing the spirits of our kids, which, I am certain, is the key to God’s kingdom continuing to advance to new heights around the world.

UPDATE: The cartoon is now available on DVD!

Father of Lights has officially begun filming as of last month. God has finally unveiled His vision for this film and what it’s going to be about (or at least what I’ll be exploring for this final journey) and I can say with some confidence that this will be our most controversial film yet, but also the one that holds the potential to bring the most freedom to the church of any of our films. Without giving too much away, the Lord has told me to “give grace its teeth back”, and we’re going to take a giant bite out of the religious spirit. Most of our shooting schedule is in place for the next year, and this thing is going to be epic in scope. And to top it all off, the Lord has even given me a clear vision of the end of the movie (and in turn, the entire trilogy), and it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

So those are the three things that are consuming most of our time these days. Remember, we’re a small team here at Wanderlust, with only 3 production people total, so we’re busy bees at the moment! Please pray, pray, pray for us. There is a big part of me that is still struggling with going full-boar into Father of Lights, simply because Furious Love took so much out of me, and these movies just pound and stretch me to the breaking point. They’re amazing to make and be a part of, but at the same time, they are very personal journeys that require me to lay myself out there, change, stretch, and live in a world that pushes my own spiritual understanding to the edge, all to create a 90 minute film that is designed to change hearts and minds around the world. It’s a tall order, and a humbling honor to be a part of, but it isn’t easy. So if you have been touched by our films in the past, please pray for me in this journey, so that I can finish this trilogy the way God wants me to finish it.

Don’t forget, you can now get Furious Love on iTunes, as well as the soundtrack. Soon I’ll be announcing the pre-release of my new book, which will be coming out on April 1, 2011. It’s called Filming God, and it’s about my many adventures traveling the world trying to film an invisible God. It’s a wild read (and funny too), so I’ll be introducing you to that sometime in the near future. I’ll also be starting a video blog on our website within the next week or so, so feel free to send us any questions you might have regarding our films, production, or whatever. You can fill out our contact form to send us your questions.

Thanks again for your prayers, everyone. As always, we need them!

Darren

4 Comments

  • Nick Rawlings

    Hi guys. Great to hear the update. Heidi spoke a while back about keeping to God's rhythm; may you know when to stand still... and run; to sleep... and wake up. May we all be blessed by knowing when to stay up all night, and when to sleep in the boat! Keep following the pillar of cloud, guys - there are many of us coming up behind you. And may you receive all you need! Nick. (If you're interested - iTunes, Podcast from Life Center, Harrisburg: Headless Chicken or Holy Bride)

  • Denise Baum

    Thank God for you. I will pray for you and your team. And thank God for that snippet you give us re. Father of Lights. The religious spirit must go...and only His grace needs to shine in our church.

  • Denise Baum

    ..I mean HIS church.

  • Michael Morejon

    Wow! Awesome update! I really can't wait for that cartoon. I'm finishing my internship to become a teacher next year in the public schools, and I know that the cartoon is something we need. Of course, we need LOTS of them, but I know that this is just the beginning. You guys are in my prayers, and I know that you guys will get the doors you need OPEN, the grace to do it all, and the wisdom and timing for everything. Don't stress it man, it's His project anyways, so let Him do the impossible. Do your best, and God will do the rest :) Love you all.

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