- Many people write and ask questions about how they
can be involved in Christian films, either as an actor, actress,
writer, or filmmaker. Here is some information that hopefully
will be helpful.
- Hollywood is set up where
a person could actually approach a movie studio or production
company and get a full time job in the film industry. Plus, there
are many independent Hollywood producers that have full time
staff who work from project to project.
- The Christian film industry
is not set up like that. First of all, there are only about 5
or 6 filmmakers in the country shooting Christian films. I define
a "Christian film" as a film with an intended message
for Jesus Christ. Secondly, these producers work on very low
budgets compared to Hollywood. The average budget on a Hollywood
film is over 40 million and the average budget on a Christian
film is well under 100,000. The Christian film producer wears
many hats as most write, produce and direct their own projects.
- For someone trying to work
full time in Christian movies, you can't just apply for a job
with a Christian film producer. This is the unforunate part because
there are a number of Christians interested in this industry,
they just don't know how to get started or become involved.
- For a Christian film production,
the producers usually hire actors and crew people within the
region they are filming, although there are exceptions to this.
The major reason is because of budget.
- How do you get started?
- If a person wants to act
in a Christian film, they can do two things. First, they can
send their headshot and/or resume to the existing Christian film
producers. This is not a waste of time or effort. Producers are
always looking for actors/actresses because you never know who
is needed for a particular project. Also, the producers talk
among each other and also help each other greatly with information.
There are a number of actors who have been in more than one Christian
film. A producer works with an actor, likes the work that they
did or the ease they were to work with and as a result, that
person is cast again in another film. Also, there are crew people
who have worked on several Christian film projects. A producer
finds a chemistry that works and continues with the same
people from project to project.
- Locating the few Christian
film producers is not easy. The best way is to note the production
or distribution company of a Christian film and try to make contact
starting there. There is not really a directory of the few producers
but this website could help with information if requested.
- Secondly, an actor or actress
could try to raise the money to finance a project which they
could act in. This is a very real option because then you know
you will be in the film as you could make sure you have a major
role or even the lead role. If you can raise the money, the film
can be made because there are quality filmmakers who can do the
Also, if you can raise the money, you'll be one of the "producers"
and this will also mean a return of income coming back for you
once the film is released.
- For a filmmaker wanting to
produce a Christian film, again, finding your own financing is
a major key. You can either save up enough money or find investors.
If you don't have a story, there are many scripts floating around
waiting to be produced.
- After the film gets produced,
distribution becomes the major key and that is really harder
than shooting the film. The producers release their films straight
to video and try to distribute them wherever they can. This is
hard because in most cases you are distributing a film with unknown
actors and people involved. Christian bookstores, catalog distributors,
Christian television and Internet distributors are main sources
of distribution outlets. Homes, churches and selected video stores
are places to sell the film to. None of this is easy. Some producers
have tried to get a Hollywood actor in a Christian film thinking
this will help the distribution of it. What I think would help
more is a "Christian personality" that people know
and respect involved in a project. This would give the film some
instant name recognition among the Christian circles and help
with the distribution process.
- I believe the Lord is looking
for actors, actresses, writers, and filmmakers who want to put
Him first and present a message that is clearly for Christ. Many
have gone the other way and pulled Jesus out of their films to
get a wider distirbution base. But this doesn't help the Lord
and His cause.
- If you are really interested
in producing or acting in Christian films, pray and ask the Lord
for clear direction. I am convinced that God wants films made
that glorify and honor Him. He wants films that proclaim the
gospel and His word. Ask the Lord to help guide your steps along
the way. He certainly can do it. The Bible says nothing is too
hard for Him (Genesis 18:14).
- The few films that are being
released these days are the finest quality productions to date
for the Christian film industry. As the quality of work increases,
and the distribution base widens, more and more people will likely
get involved in this industry. As that happens, there will be
more opportunities for filmmakers, writers, and actors who want
to produce or be involved in Christian films.