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The Christian Film makers Bible.
on June 2, 2011
In a sentence, I found this book to be an inspirational, captivating and brilliantly profound treatise on Christian film making.
Much more than a mere reference manual on film making, this book embodies the practical application of virtuous Christian principles in business and in life.
Mr. Baehr masterfully defines the role and responsibility of the Christian film maker by tracing the history of the arts in the Church and then distilling those lessons learned into a methodology based on a Christian world view.
This book should seriously be considered as the Christian film makers Bible.
What I particularly liked about it was how it methodically paralleled each aspect of the film making process to its biblical counterpart. i.e. Relating ones Christian growth [faith] to character development or the importance of the script and its analogy to John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . ." Corny, no; relevant, yes. To use a quote from the book by W. C. Fields; "Tell them what you're going to say; say it; then tell them what you said." Like the Bible, "It's all about the STORY!"
The book also provides great practical advice too. "You don't go out looking for a job as a producer." You get your toe in the door as a temp, go-fer, production assistant or whatever and then it's just a matter of talent, passion, patience, faith and persistence that will eventually allow you to achieve your goals. There is rarely an easy or "fast track" to success. It requires discipline, commitment and hard work.
The later chapters of Mr. Baehr's book are a "How To" for the novice or even the advanced film maker.
These chapters cover everything from effective networking and finding an agent to funding production, budgeting, shooting, scheduling, camera blocking, rehearsing, casting, editing, marketing and distribution.
It's just a great "road map" to help the "Newbie" navigate the otherwise complicated business of film making.
I highly recommend this book to any aspiring film maker. It is not an option it is a must! In my opinion this magnificent book should be required reading for any Christian who is seriously considering a career in film or, for that matter, in any field of communication or the arts.
After reading Mr. Baehr's book, "How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Loosing Your Soul)" my only regret is that I was deprived of this exceptionally valuable resource as a young man on my way to Hollywood.