As we prepare for 2019, there is a lot to cover in a short time. We begin by thanking every prayer warrior in our team who is continuing to lift up JP KNIGHTS the movie as we move into a series of huge creative meetings. Thank you in advance for keeping your "day" to pray sacred and also for making sure you cover the following prayer needs:
PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING
There are many different decisions we will be facing in 2019 and when we consider our new year, we know the best place to start is on our knees. Truly, it may sound a little old fashioned, but we believe in the power of prayer. When we started this journey with Beth and Gary Lambert, the first thing we did, was ask for a team to meet for prayer.
When we circled together at the Lambert's home church, we decided to do everything we could to provide a sacred place where we could pray and we found a new spiritual home. With meetings with the pastors, we have found a "safe place" in Johnstown where we gather, so look forward to us coming back in the first quarter of 2019 to share more.
Thank you for the prayers from 2018 which began our journey last Spring together. We believe the best days are ahead and we are blessed to have you in our journey together.
May the Lord Bless you in every way. Beth ends her letters with a salutation and we end this 2019 letter with the same.
For The Lamb,
Your Film Team
In the month of December the screenplay is on the move. Our team will be meeting on the primary diagnostics for character development, plot lines and more. The balance of the focus is cadence, target audience and creative boundaries.
One of the more creative discussions we have discussed are the lead characters, which are teenagers and their intersection with the supernatural. When you consider how Fantastic Beasts, Chronicles of Narnia and even Lord of the Rings has used the natural and coupled with the supernatural, there is a creative boundary involved.
When you are working to ensure the film adaptation of the book, there are cinematic and target audience decisions which "drive the creative". However, it all begins with a great story and Beth delivered and JP Knights will be more prepared to have the success because of the foundation of a wonderful book.
Also, we want to recognize financial advisor Barry Thomas who is now in our inner circle as he and his family believed in our process and were "led" to become a part of our film. With the team of finance professionals like Barry coming on board in Pennsylvania, this is just one more example of a foreshadowing of things to come.
The new film production LLC is now in place thanks to Forrest Fordham, our excellent counselor and legal advisor in Pennsylvania. This means we are preparing for the film to be produced and made into a full length feature film. When the screenplay is completed in the first quarter of 2019, we will be meeting with future financiers in the Pennsylvania area.
Stephanie Musser, our Vice President will be working to schedule meetings with investors and financiers on the Executive Producing arena as we move forward in communications and materials. A special thank you to all the "behind the scenes" team members who have been working so diligently to provide the blue print and the excellent financial platform required.
Meetings in Colorado this month are already scheduled and the screenwriting team will be coordinating efforts with Beth Lambert via conference calls who has been invited to become a foundational part of the screenwriting process. Beth provided invaluable data and background character overviews in the initial meeting in Nashville for preparation moving forward.
Finally, music is going to be a huge part of the future for JP KNIGHTS because when you are a film team whose focus is on the target audience of teenagers, there is a recognition of how powerful great music will be in the film. Please continue to remember the team in prayer and for the music collection associated with the screenplay.
Congrats Beth and Gary,
PS The future is very exciting right now!
The screenwriting process is now "off to the races" as the Lambert's traveled to Nashville Tennessee the first of this month to embark on the journey of communicating the powerful story of JP Knights to the world. How did this happen?
In the Spring, we engaged with Beth and Gary Lambert to find resources to help us fund the screenplay activity. Through months of hard work, over one hundred prospects considered, many meetings in Johnstown from our Co-Executive Producer Gary Lambert along with Stephanie Musser and more, results finally began to happen.
Securities advisor and prayer comrade reviewed the materials and came alongside of the Lambert family to invest. Forrest Fordham our own legal "counsel" who is locally in the area for the Johnstown community encouraged us and after months of hard work, all of the initial seed capital was funded. This was a huge answer to prayer.
As a direct result of this excellent effort, we are beginning the journey and need your prayers as the entire film team surrounding Beth gathers together. Jim Gromer from ABC and the Starz Network is now working with the Denver Broncos and will be serving alongside this writing journey. Beth and Jim carry a special unity in their faith and have been talking for months about this new future.
Dr. McAfee will be providing all oversight into the creative outline, the beat outline, scene by scene outline, structural overview, script polishing along with help from the Filmmaker's Roundtable. He and Jim have just completed the first draft of the screenplay SAND IN TUSCANY and are thrilled to be working with Beth and Gary on this project.
Creative Outline discussions have now begun in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Colorado and everybody is absolutely thrilled to be working on a project of this magnitude! It's finally becoming a reality and this is because of YOUR PRAYERS.
Early meetings with studios are also very promising as this new spiritual warfare action and adventure film ignites audiences with special effects, unique story telling, comedy, epic battles and more. There is a renewed enthusiasm about the journey and we are thrilled to bring this new screeplay to the forefront.
Please continue to pray for JP KNIGHTS and we have a special thank you we wanted to share.
In the beginning, everyone knew this was an almost impossible journey. However, Beth and Gary believed, had faith and created a massive prayer army to be the foundation of the project. There was a commitment to not get ahead of destiny, but instead to be on our knees as a team asking for insight.
Congratulations most goes to the Lord who deserves all the glory. God gets the glory because without His leadership, His provision and His guiding hands, this would have never happened. The final piece of this puzzle is the funding resources needed to make a movie to help change the world.
Our film will target 12-17 year olds. We believe this evangelistic effort will be a huge step in the direction of bringing the gospel to the world. Thank you for believing, for praying and for interceding for us during this time.
God Bless You,
Your Film Team
Gary Lambert is taking the most proactive role as a Co-Executive Producer on our film JP KNIGHTS. He has been meeting with City Fathers, Corporations, Small Business Owners and more to share the vision and dream of making this film a reality.
The prayer warrior team has been affirming in our process as one shared the other day, "I believe this movie is going to change many people's lives and it will be funded". When Beth Lambert, author of THE HARVESTER CHRONICLES contacted us, she knew the power of prayer was germane to the success of the movie.
Funding the screenplay is becoming more a reality every single day as Pennsylvania was recognized last month on the special 9-11 ceremony where President and First Lady Donald and Melania Trump visited the famous sight from Flight 93. Knowing the movie we are makign is literally beginning in this very location is an even higher motivation for the battle of evil and good to commence.
Ben Lambert, Stephanie Musser and Gary worked diligently on putting together the raw stock footage in building the movie trailer scene on the website, while Jim Gromer from Denver put the polishing editing together. Every film is a group effort and Jim has a background in Karate which is another part of the entire story inside a Karate school.
The team has been discussing preliminary creative strategies because once the screenplay is funded, this requires 120 days of real creative work to make the screenplay happen. The process begins with the development of a beat outline, followed by a scene by scene overview. Once these two steps are completed, the "flesh" of the dialogue begins to shape the picture into the visual language needed.
Beth was inspired to write this book because she would see children in her medical practice who would read HARRY POTTER with great enthusiasm. In the same spirit as THIS PRESENT DARKNESS, an "end of times" battle with young men and women based on the prophecy written in Joel provided the backdrop for this Pennsylvania story to take flight.
Preliminary conversations with animators have also begun to discuss the visualizations of the angelic beings, the dark creatures and even more. CGI and special effects will be an integral part in this teenage film sure to capture the imagination of young people.
In the last month, our first preliminary meeting with a major studio took place and they are ready to receive the screenplay and give us an amazing entrance into their world of real distribution. When you have the studios interested in what you are doing before you even get the project completed, the process accelerates.
Maybe you or your company would like to become a part of JP KNIGHTS, well this is your chance. Contact Gary Lambert or you can write us at this website and we will share with you our digital presentation and discuss the details. We believe this film is destined to make a lasting impact on our culture and we need you to get involved, today.
Thank you team and entire crew for getting behind JP KNIGHTS! This is one Pennsylvania story that is sure to be powerful.
On Behalf of the Film Team,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Many people wonder what the greatest need is in making a film of this magnitude when there are so many decisions to be made. A filmmaker who worked at SONY and literally had made 113 films in his life, shared this statement and it has been with our film team for many years.
"There are over one million decisions you will make in creating a full length motion picture." Studio Executive Sony Pictures
When you stop to consider the power of statement, how do you prioritize and what is the most important part of the filmmaking process? There are many answers to this priority based question, but there are some key founding principals of business which take place to ensure the bottom line is properly executed, so let's jump in together.
The THREE LEGGED STOOL represents the first top three priorities which are, story, capital and distribution. Let's focus on the end in mind first, capitalization. How do you go about capitalizing a feature length film and what are the beginning points?
This is the phase we begin the journey and are currently in today. We are seeking $125,000 for the creation and development of the screenplay. This is an essential Limited Liability Corporation that is already established in Johnstown, Pennsylvania with one of the leading legal counsels in the area. Forrest Fordham is the assistant district attorney now for almost two decades and he represents the entire LLC that is putting this fiscal venture together. The leadership needed excellent counsel with the real experience locally.
Gary Lambert is one of the Co-Executive Producers along with Forrest who are leading the charge to find EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS. These are individuals who will be the financiers, institutions, lending groups and venture capitalists who will take up the banner and fund the entire journey. We cannot predict the total costs until the finished screenplay is line produced for the actual budget, but we can estimate.
Once the screenplay is finished, the film will be line produced by one of the best in the business, Patrick Ingram. Once he completes his thirty day accounting process to accurately come up with the actual budget to make the film, the team will be even more refined to complete the production. There are many exciting elements to the movie and past distributors are already lining up wanting to know "when" will we be ready.
The filmmakers desire to use the Johnstown hockey rink, the incline, the steel mills, the large industry and manufacturing venues, the local "haunts", hotels, restaurants and unique elements to the Pennsylvania region for filming. From the FLIGHT 93 location to the river and trains, Johnstown and the surrounding area has the perfect place for filming sights.
FILM PRODUCTION COST ESTIMATES
It is estimated the motion picture will require a 10-15 million dollar budget because there is animation, special effects and CGI in this fantasy based film that is a cross between HARRY POTTER and THIS PRESENT DARKNESS. The team gathering is ready to begin finally meeting with the investment community in the coming months after having the endorsements of the City Fathers along with the state film office in Harrisburg. Since the creative writing takes 120 days once the SEED CAPITAL is finalized, the film production estimate will only take thirty days after this is completed to know exactly the final film costs.
For all those in Johnstown, for the prayer partners who are continuing to remember this journey, thank you for all your support. For Emmanuel Baptist Church who has done so much to support the project and for the local Catholic diocese and others who will be directly involved due to the story, we look forward to working with you closely.
HOW LONG WILL THE JOURNEY TAKE
Filmmaking is a slow process, so we are prepared for the long haul to move to the next level. Our best estimates are approximately eighteen months once we are funded, we will be ready for box office. The best news we could have is finding the right "local champion" who believes in the journey and is willing to place their name on this wonderful new film being created by the GRP FILM team. www.grpfilms.com
Stay connected for future monthly updates and look forward to seeing the film team in Pennsylvania in the coming days again!
The JP KNIGHTS Film Team
People who are "behind the scenes" are as integral to every movie as the stars who appear on screen. They are a team of professionals, interns and experts who have served as apprentices, production assistants to the GRP veterans in making a motion picture happen. In this month, we want to thank ALL the behind the scenes people.
Let's begin with the finance experts, the accountants, the financial advisors and the investors who believe in this film and are working to make it amazing. We also want to thank the legal groups who are coming alongside of our team. Forrest Fordham from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, James Randolph Smith from Nashville, Tennessee, Tonya Mallean from Beverly Hills, California and Rick Denker our general counsel from Oklahoma City.
Without professional advisors to help us make a movie, it never happens. Larry Owsley and Scott Buzzell have been working as Executive Producers and commercial real estate developers have been vital to our process. Jag Gholson our wealth manager and Lynn McAfee our administrator has been key in our Executive Producing team along the way.
Stephanie Musser is serving as a Co-Executive Producer and Julie Spencer is the Executive Assistant to Dr. McAfee who is the filmmaker coordinating these activies on the business side of the film's production work. Jim Gromer is teaming up with Dr. McAfee to begin working on the beat outline and scene by scene outline once the funding is completed.
Recently, we added to the JP KNIGHTS website the "BEHIND THE SCENES" overview which captures the amazing pictures inside of the Johnstown, area. Recent Penn State graduate Ben Lambert led the journey in capturing these amazing filmed spots. He worked closely alongside Co-Executive Producer Gary Lambert for weeks in filming. They had began working on an extensive location and shot list for the overview. Please make sure and watch this wonderful visualization to learn more.
Ben's recent photographic and cinematic accomplishments earned Ben the position of the DP for the first chapter in creating a "BEHIND THE SCENES". Once the motion picture begins, a more comprehensive movie will be made as an "add on" to the Home Entertainment product.
Therefore, we take this month's blog to thank all those nameless folk who work tirelessly to create visualizations, music, web development and support. Stephanie Musser worked for weeks on the shot selection and first draft edit prior to having this professional overview of the area, while submitting original music for the overview.
Jim Gromer played the vital role as the final editor on the film shots collected and additionally contributed from his own stock library a series of film shots to bring our OVERVIEW to life for all of you. Without these exceptional people to capture the heart of the town, we would not be able to understand the true inspiration behind this film.
Movie making is about a film team and this embodies the hard work of many excellent and trained artisans to bring to the attention of the world, a powerful story in JP KNIGHTS. The film and the entire list of musicans involved embody another vital part of who we are. From the music logs of Ms. Musser we have original compositions in our visualizations.
We most importantly thank the many "faceless" champions who are also praying for the team each and every day. If you desire to become part of JP KNIGHTS the movie, please contact us and select a day you would want to pray for our journey. The entire management group appreciates the support of Pennsylvanias and film enthusiasts who would like to see a film that is a cross between the highly successful HARRY POTTER series and the successful faith based book, THIS PRESENT DARKNESS.
Story begins this journey and Beth Lambert wrote THE HARVESTER CHRONICLES and people still can't put the book down. The screenwriting team will illuminate the story telling elements for the movie being developed when the time launches after the funding is completed. We believe the film is going to be amazing as we continue to seek the right Finance Partners for the development of the much needed screenplay. We are one fifth of the way there, so continue to be in touch with us if you have an interest in participating. Gary Lambert would be honored to speak with you about how you, your business or network can be involved.
Thank you BEHIND THE SCENES film team members and we look forward to sharing more about the many groups of amazing people in future blogs and in the manufacturing process of the movie, once we have begun.
Your Management Team
Gary Lambert is now the newest Co-Executive Producer on behalf of JP KNIGHTS. He has the short term goal of securing the $100,000 of seed capital for the motion picture screenplay. Gary has owned a passion for this story since it began and has stepped up in working with Co-Producer and project manager Stephanie Musser.
The first gathering of the team came this past spring when Gary said, "I have always believed this project was going to happen and I am fully convinced we are going to see this project through to its completion". This kind of faith inspired everyone present.
Speaking with Pennsylvanians who have a love for the Johnstown community and care about the economic development is a major focus currently for Mr. Lambert. Forrest Fordham, the assistant district attorney in Johnstown is working for the JP KNIGHTS LLC formed in the community for investors under Gary.
The prayer team is mobilized as dozens of people from Emmanuel Baptist Church and churches in the area are coming together to intercede for the entire film project. We are very thankful for these volunteers and believe their prayers are making the real difference in the days ahead, which is a real key for growth.
Gary and Beth Lambert have stepped out in faith and have purchased the first unit of the six units currently being offered through the partnership of $25,000. If you would like to be a part of this exciting venture, please contact Gary Lambert of Stephanie Musser, the Vice President of GRP Films today and find out how you can help make this dream a reality. These five units will be gone soon.
Jim Gromer and Dr. Kevin McAfee are traveling overseas on a writing assigment in the coming month of July. So, during this time, they have been asking for prayer to begin the cinematic journey of taking the book and transitioning this entire project into a full length feature screenplay. Jim and Kevin will be working to create the screenplay together.
Many people are coming on board behind the scenes to make JP KNIGHTS a movie and if you would like to know more about how you can be involved, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
God bless you and the JP KNIGHTS!
Your Film Team
A special thanks to so many people who are getting behind our film. This begins with our prayer team of 31 people, each who have given their prayer support behind this wonderful project. "We could not have done this without them, the support of the church, Emmanuel Baptist" and those volunteers.
Beth Lambert, Gary Lambert and Beth's brother who have launched JP KNIGHTS this month are also vital to starting the firing gun. So many people are "behind the scenes" working hard to bring this story to a full length feature film. We want to take this blog to share with you who some of those amazing people are!
For many hours Ben Lambert has worked behind the scenes to capture film footage of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the Memorial of Flight 93, leading businesses and industry in the community and special interviews for the film overview which will be posted in the coming days. Ben recently graduated from Penn State in photo journalism and is stretching his wings as a filmmaker.
Vice President of GRP has been in meetings with city father's, attorneys, bankers, financial planners and more sharing the vision Beth and Gary have for this amazing project. She is coordinating the financial participants and their individual and corporate involvement through getting the screenplay funded. This is the first step and is vital for this film to get off the ground!
JIM GROMER & KEVIN MCAFEE
The two film screenwriters met on the Big Island of Hawaii this month while filming MY WHEREVER WORKOUT to discuss JP KNIGHTS and the next steps in working on the structure for the book being made into a movie. The writers are very enthusiastic about creatively sharing the "culture of the community" and raise the level of this part of the country to the world.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
You can't take on this big of a project without the civil servants who are playing massive roles in working to bring a movie into town. ALL THE RIGHT MOVES and SLAPSHOT put Pennsylvania on the map and now, it's time for a new film that is designed to be a Supernatural Thriller set in a teen's club in Johnstown. We appreciate the opportunity to meet with the Chambers to get their support and understanding.
In May our GRP Team met with many City Fathers and what an amazing reception we had. From the former mayor of Johnstown, to one of the VP's of the regional bank to leading industry giants, all were in agreement. "This kind of film project would help tourism and boost the economy," were the overriding sentiments from the meetings. Much promise is on the horizon as a result.
At the end of the day, the structure of the screenplay has begun. Stephanie plans to come back to Pennsylvania this summer to meet with leadership about the seed capital funding opportunities and further doors opening in sponsorships. This is the tip of the iceberg, so stay tuned as we get farther down the road.
Keep us in your prayers,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
GRP Films is in Pennsylvania during the month of May! If you would like to be a part of meeting the Founder and the Vice president of GR Productions, be sure and contact Dr. Beth Lambert to find out how you can be involved.
On May 8 on Tuesday night a group of city leaders are gathering together to meet and discuss the film, get updates and talk about the new movie being created, JP KNIGHTS. This is the film based on THE HARVESTER CHRONICLES and is an exciting new project being created to inspire the economy of Pennsylvania, build the franchise for the book and positively impact the culture of Pennsylvania.
Less than thirty days since GRP was in PA, the film team is now moving forward with a film team looking for locations, businesses for corporate sponsorship, potential seed capital investors for the funding of the screen play and much more.
You can be a part of this historic opportunity, so contact us today and let's make a real difference by helping launch JP KNIGHTS into the marketplace for cinema. We know how much motion pictures create tourism and this film will begin in the FLIGHT 93 field of heroes.
We are honored to bring JP KNIGHTS to the silver screen and thank you for your prayers. May 8-11 GRP FILMS is scheduled to be in Pennsylvania and you will want to be a part of this historic visit. Be sure and check out more on our website and share with friends.
The JP KNIGHTS team thanks you!
JP KNIGHTS is a new movie being made by GR PRODUCTIONS, in association with VERITAS MISSION FILM ASSOCIATION. The movie is set in historic Johnstown, PA and is present day in this fantasy based thriller.
In May 2018 a team of prayer warriors are assembling to introduce a story that combines the suspense and action of HARRY POTTER with the supernatural thriller experience found in the best selling book of THIS PRESENT DARKNESS. This is a story of light which will capture the imagination of audiences.
Screenwriters Dr. Kevin McAfee, Jim Gromer and Beth Lambert are joining forces to take the book, THE HARVESTER CHRONICLES, to the highest levels of competitive cinema. The faith-based film industry has exploded in record numbers since 2002, when Kevin produced BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR which later led to the top 20 faith based films of all time, END OF THE SPEAR.
Recently, GR PRODUCTIONS executives traveled to Pennsylvania after the book scored in the top 1% of all adjudicated and reviewed books since the military based film, LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE. As a direct result, the community of Johnstown is getting behind supporting this movie and are in a series of meetings beginning to launch the movie's screenplay first, followed by the film production. The process takes a couple years and everyone is very excited.
In Harrisburg, the film office for the state of Pennsylvania welcomed the film team and is working in association with the leaders, governmental officials as financiers are being secured to open new doors of commerce and tourism for the state. Amazing memorials for the historic floods of Johnstown, coupled with the FLIGHT 93 Memorial are attractions which will be included in the movie.
Welcome the Hollywood based film team to Pennsylvania and if you would enjoy being a prayer warrior, please communicate with us on this page and we will be sure and connect with you in how you might get involved. Many leaders will be called upon and it's time to begin. Let's change the world and do this one block at a time, here in the neighborhood of Johnstown.
Serving with Honor,
The Team of JP Knights
Dr. Beth Lambert is a Pediatrician and Medical Director in Pennsylvania. JP Knights is the first film from her books.
Kevin & Lynn McAfee along with Jim and Rachel Gromer met to begin the script writing process for JP KNIGHTS the movie. Thanks for praying for the entire team!
Dr. McAfee and the team of GRP with Stephanie Musser met with city fathers in Pennsylvania at the Holiday Inn to discuss strategies for shooting in Johnstown.