Over the years I’ve made a number of little short films.
Many of these I have used with youth groups to spark discussions.
And I wanted to make them available for other groups to use.
Included here is an embed to the short film and some basic discussion questions. If you would like a ‘hard’ copy of the films then please message me and I can get one done for you. The cost would be £5 and all funds would go towards making another short.
Short film #1- “Shore”
A man awakes alone on a beach, haunted by a figure in black.
For me, the film deals with a number of themes including hell and the choices that we make in life. The character in the film commits an act that haunts him for eternity. He becomes trapped in his own personal hell because of the guilt and shame that has built up.
Questions for discussion
1) Have you ever felt the way the man in the film does?
2) Where do you think the man is? Is he in hell? What is hell to you?
2) What kinds of things do you feel guilty about?
3) Do you struggle to forgive yourself for these things? Why/ Why not?
4) Do you think God can forgive you for these things?
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
1) Fill a large jar with water and have a number of small soluble tablets. Ask the young people drop the tablets into the water and watch them dissolve, explain to them that this is just like God forgiving the bad things they have done.
2) The rocket confessional on proost
an interactive flash confession created by Jon Birch. Type in your confession and watch as it is launched into space and be absolved.
The public premiere of my new short film, “prodigal” has just been announced.
Saturday 16th January 2010 @ the Glasgow Film Theatre
The film follows a repentant Satan as he makes a vow with God to let him back into Heaven, but a group of angels and demons will stop at nothing to make sure that doesn’t happen.
All details can be found here
I lived in Derby for four years working with YWAM.
During that time I, Chris Marsh and Chris Joyce made a series of sketch shows called “ooh stop it!”.
It’s been 9 years since we starting making the sketch shows and to celebrate this we are planning to make the fifth installment of the show this summer, imaginatively called “Ooh Stop It! V)
To whet your appetite, I have posted three sketches from the show, below.
If you are interested, we created a ‘best of’ DVD of the first four shows entitled, “The Ooh Stop It! Complete Compendium of Classic Comedy). It contains one hour of hilarious sketches plus exclusive bonus features(outtakes and the original opening credits of each show).
You can buy it for the incredible price of just £4. You can do this by logging on to paypal and making a payment of £5 (£1 p&p) to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. The DVD will be sent out to you within the week.
The trailer for my latest short film (running time approx 30 mins) is now up online. watch it below or in glorious HD here…now. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
if you’re interested, you can also check out photos from the shoot here.
the concept of ‘grace’ is something that has interested me for awhile.
How big is God’s grace?
Can anyone, no matter what they have done, repent and enter Heaven?
These are the questions that inspired me to make this film…but don’t let that put you off. It’s the biggest budget film I’ve ever made and the first with a crew. It was a lot of fun but very challenging as well. We will premiere the film in Glasgow during the Summer.
Watch this space for further info.
The tears of a mother who has lost her son,
Naked, bleeding in front of her.
The tears of memories, regrets, laughter and pain.
Watching the life drain from his eyes.
The tears of a disciple who has lost a friend.
His hope, his one, his all.
The tears of broken promises, true community and friendship.
Too afraid to stand and watch.
The tears of a friend who has become a traitor.
Sold it all for a bag of coins.
Tears of regret, blame and repentance.
Unable to live with what he has done.
The tears of a God who has done the unthinkable.
Tearing himself apart for the hope of what might be.
Tears of pain, suffering, rejection.
Broken and beaten for us.
That time of year again where I look back at all that cinema has given me over the last 12 months. This year, unfortunately, it was easier to pick crap films than good ones. Spiderman 3 and Right at your Door hold the joint titles of WORST FILM OF THE YEAR! Why did you do it to me Spiderman? Why?!I generally rate films on if they inspire me to make more films so my top 10 might be very different from yours. 1. The Bourne Ultimatum 2. The Nines3. Superbad 4. Planet Terror5. Atonement 6. Death Proof (first half. second half was really boring)7. Casino Royale8. Transformers9. 28 Weeks Later10. Jesus Camp What u think? The films that didn’t quite meet the top 10 areThe Fountain, Smokin’ Aces, 300, Hot Fuzz, Zodiac, 30 Days of Night, Stranger than Fiction, Notes on a Scandal, Knocked Up and Venus. All great films in themselves.