Archive | April, 2012

Screenwriting 101: Why the Story Structure Aerodynamics Matter, by Christopher Riley

April 30, 2012

The magic of flying isn’t the laws of aerodynamics any more than the magic of cinema is the principles of film structure. But those laws and those principles make the magic possible, enabling mere mortals to harness the power of flight.

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Podcast: Dave Schmelzer and Gary David Stratton on Faith, Culture, Hollywood and Ivy League

April 28, 2012

On April 7, author, and playwright-turned-pastor Dave Schmelzer interviewed me for a podcast posted 4/19 on his website: Not The Religious Type, on the Blue Ocean platform. It was a great experience, and I really want you to listen to it. However, first I’d like you to know a few things about Dave and his […]

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Toward a Deep Blue Ocean: Forging a Robust Spiritual Development Stage-Theory

April 26, 2012

Extending the Kingdom of God Among Urban Secularists and Beyond By Gary David Stratton, PhD, Bethel University (See also, Blue Ocean Conversation with Dave Schmelzer, & 2011 Blue Ocean Summit Report, by Dave Schmelzer) The great New England divine Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) penned perhaps his greatest work, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections,[1] in the aftermath of one […]

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Christians in Hollywood: A Treatment, by Mission Impossible Writer, Ron Austin

April 25, 2012

Antagonism between Christianity and a Hollywood establishment is part of the rift between Christianity and much of popular culture itself. But the roots of the conflict go much deeper.

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Dean Batali, ‘That 70s Show’ Writer and Producer, Shares His Greatest Cultural Influencers

April 24, 2012

One of today’s most articulate voices for faithful engagement in culture, Dean Batali, is best known for his work on That ‘70s Show, where he served as a writer for seven years and as an executive producer for the show’s final season.

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Waiting on the Sun, by Patrick Wood

April 23, 2012

Answering God’s faith-building call By Patrick Wood Called to Hollywood? It wasn’t that I had a difficult time believing Dr. Stratton had, in fact, received such a command from the Lord. His ability to hear from God—an area I hoped to grow in myself as a young grad student—is what drew me to pursue a mentoring […]

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Why Won’t Christian Men Date Women in Their Church? by Christy Krumm

April 22, 2012

It’s not that he’s just not that into you; it’s that the church is just not that into being human. By Christy Krumm “I’ve only gone out with a couple of girls at church, and I won’t do it anymore,” says Luke*, a 40-year-old Christian man living in Southern California. “At this point, I’m happily resigned to […]

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Mobile Faith: The Leading Spiritual iPhone Apps, by Jane R. Johnson

April 21, 2012

Seek sources of inspiration and solace from divine technology by Jane R. Johnson Technology makes our lives much easier in a variety of ways. Today our phones help us shop, locate the best deals, budget our finances, and stay on top of the latest news. However, technology can help on a much deeper level as […]

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Friday VIDEO: J. K. Rowling’s at Harvard Commencement Address

April 20, 2012

J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivers her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. (via harvardmagazine.com). . J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

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Are Christians Writing “Edgy” for the Wrong Reasons? by Jeff Goins

April 19, 2012

Good art tests boundaries. It always has. We artists just need to check our motives (and egos) before we endeavor to create it. A Conversation with Randy Elrod’s: Why Christians Are Creating More “Edgy” Art, and C.J. Darlington’s, “Writing edgy… for all the wrong reasons. by Jeff Goins | 18 Comments | Twitter |  Facebook | Google+ Sometimes in our quest to usher art in to […]

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Called to Hollywood? Act One Screenwriting and Producing Programs Application Deadlines Approaching

April 19, 2012

The premier training program for filmmakers of faith pursuing careers in mainstream Hollywood   “Act One’s Producing Program understands that apprenticeship is vital in Hollywood. Students are exposed to working producers and executives not only in the classroom, but through hands-on internships as well. If you’re looking for an immersive learning experience, go through the Producing […]

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Can Anything Good Come from Hollywood? Acton Institute Interview with THW Senior Editor Gary David Stratton, by Jon and Mindy Hirst

April 18, 2012

How shalom, common good and prosperity can come from an unlikely place.

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Millennial Data Love Debate: Why We Keep Arguing Over the Data We Discover

April 17, 2012

Are Millennials more influenced by advertising than previous generations, or less influenced? Depends on the data we love the most. by David Kinnaman Millennials (or Gen Y, or Mosaics) have caused a lot of new study and discussion. I was reading this morning about their media use and response to advertising. One analyst claims in AdAge that […]

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Leading in a Dysfunctional System, by Todd W. Hall, PhD

April 16, 2012

Understanding your own underlying connection strategies can make or break survival in a dysfunctional working environment by Todd W. Hall, PhD Recently, I met with a manager I’ve been working with who is working in a very dysfunctional system. Two executives are in a political battle for the area in which she works and she […]

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What Will Smith’s Personal Script Consultant Can Teach You About Story

April 15, 2012

Moral Premise Workshop: 21 Secrets to Successful #Story Structure for Motion Picture and Novels, by Stanley Williams The Greenhouse Arts and Media is pleased to present an incredible one day seminar 21 Secrets to Successful Story Structure for Motion Picture and Novels led by author and story consultant, Dr. Stanley Williams. Dr. Williams is an author, filmmaker, screenwriter, […]

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Artists On Call in Culture: Responses to Wisdom & Wonder

April 14, 2012

[This post is part of a conversation around the new book by Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper, Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] Artists On Call in Culture: A Generous Mind Conversation Connecting Around Being On Call in Culture Recently, Generous Mind had discussions with a group of artists who are […]

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Friday Video: Joshua Medcalf @Pepperdine University – How Sports Psychology Can Change Anyone’s Life

April 13, 2012

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Joshua Medcalf of Dream Sports Academy and Train to Be Clutch consulting is one of the more remarkable young men I have met in Hollywood. Watch these two videos and tell me if you don’t agree. Joshua Medcalf @Pepperdine University from Dream Sports Academy on Vimeo. Dream Sports Academy Journey from Dream Sports Academy on Vimeo. For […]

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Why Christians Are Creating More ‘Edgy’ Art, by Randy Elrod

April 12, 2012

If you are an artist who also happens to be a Christian, expect to be judged and misunderstood. by Randy Elrod If you are an artist who also happens to be a Christian, expect to be judged and misunderstood. If you are a Christian and an artist, you live in the tension of creating art […]

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Launch of American Film e-Magazine features FREE Cover Story “SNOW WHITE: TWICE UPON A TIME”

April 12, 2012

A great industry resource now available  in e-version The American Film Academy is proud to announce that AFI has re-launched American Film™, an updated, digital version of our popular newsstand magazine published from 1975-1992. The new American Film™ e-magazine, which officially launched on April 1 and is available exclusively to AFI members, takes readers behind […]

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