It is amazing to me that sometimes I can be so busy and yet not seem to be doing much of anything. I’m always doing something, of course, but perhaps after I get so immersed in a project, it seems to become less of an accomplishment. That must be why we ought not to let ourselves drift by feeling. Some things seem too hard, some things seem too insignificant. But when done in CHRIST nothing can be too hard or too insignificant.
On Saturday (while Boppa happened to be visiting) we got a phone call from Dad’s friend that lives near Los Angeles. After listening to Dad and me describe the screenplay, he suggested that perhaps we should stick with contacting the History Channel or Discovery Channel – but he offered to show the Treatment to his producer friends saying, “It’s worth a try”. An educational channel special would be fine enough in my opinion. However, I didn’t write this script as a docu-drama. It can still be adapted, but it makes me wonder…
I get the impression that whenever I try to explain the project to someone in person (speaking) I do a lousy job of it – primarily because it has become habit to give to plain black and white details in the first sentence: “It’s about Harvey Wiley, Chief Chemist of the Bureau of Chemistry of the Department of Agriculture from 1883 to 1912…” at which the listener vaguely nods as their eyes glaze over and you can almost hear their brains process, “Oh, yeah, like one of those stories on TV History specials…”.
There isn’t anything wrong with that, but when I heard Dad’s friend say, “…I’m not sure if this story would interest the general public…” I started to get concerned about my communication skills. The entire point of this story is that it directly affects the general public – it’s the general public that needs to know about it. Since it is history, the LORD ultimately wrote the story – I just dramatized it. On top of that, the story fits with Geoff Botkin’s analysis of the successful cinematic story formula:
“My story is about (PROTAGONIST) who wants more than anything else in the world to(DESIRE). But, (OBSTACLES and ENEMIES) will try to prevent this, but (MORAL COURAGE) helps the hero to overcome in the CLIMAX.”
If there is any potential in the story to impact the public at large, I don’t want to squelch it in any way. This project took me nearly two years to complete (and I still don’t consider the script as finished as I want it to be…guess I’m like Leonardo Da Vinci). It better add up to the best it can be!
Dad contacted Miriam Arond, Director of The Good Housekeeping Research Institute at Hearst Magazines and told her about the project (Harvey Wiley worked for the Good Housekeeping Research Institute after he retired from the Bureau of Chemistry). She said they were proud of the educational work Dr. Wiley provided on nutrition, etc. Today I received some old Good Housekeeping articles by/about him in the mail that she sent to me.
On April 12th, Joseph, Dad and I went with some of the Williams to a lecture by Brad Scott of Wild Branch Ministry. The lecture took place at a Messianic gathering at a synagogue (I even learned how to dance the Horah). He taught about the unique structure of the Hebrew language (Agri-Bio Linguistics) and how its influence is present in every language of the world…and how even our DNA reflects it! There is definitely more to the Hebrew language – and even the entire WORD of GOD – than meets the modern eye…simply because the majority of us have forgotten to think about it! Remember, CHRIST is the WORD made Flesh. No other literature in the world is even comparable to the Bible!
This evening we are gathering at the Williams’ house for Passover. My siblings and I have been memorizing verses from Exodus for our the program and practicing our songs (Dad is bringing his guitar).
Have a Blessed Passover!
Monday, April 21, 2008 – Untitled Comment
Posted by BlogBoy
Well the good thing is that God is in control. He will bring your film to influence people where he wants it. Isn’t it nice to be able to just rest in God?