We begin this month by thanking our prayer partners for remembering us as we begin the transition into the financial arena for our film trilogy. One of the key strategic decisions the team and the creators need are the specialists who work with us in regard to the economic engine to fly the plane.
Co-Producer, Stephanie Musser, the VP of GRP Film's has an amazing track record working with all of the authors who are now making films inside the production team. She is heading up the entire financial future. Stephanie is working with an organization who has been an integral part of the top three faith based films in the last five years. She will be retained in the coming days to head up of the final phase of funding. Pray we can secure this retainer for her.
The EPIC AGENCY is the group identified to work with Stephanie in providing leadership with the financing of the motion picture slate. This is an exciting next move as the entire team prepares for the meetings in Pennsylvania. The founder and CEO of the EPIC AGENCY was formerly the founder of the ICON AGENCY.
In the last week of the month of October, Jim and Kevin worked in Nashville, Tennessee on the final draft of the JP KNIGHTS first screenplay in the trilogy. Beth will be proofing this important draft as the team finally closes in on the final creative.
We are thrilled to bring these announcements to keep everyone updated. So many areas are evolving. If you have any interest or you know of someone in the area of finance, be sure and contact www.grpfilms.com ASAP.
For the Lamb,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Jim Gromer, Beth Lambert and I are all reading the final draft of JP KNIGHTS this week as the Lambert family travels back to Nashville Tennessee. Ben Lambert, their oldest son is Lipscomb University and working on his Masters degree in film, so the McAfee and Lambert family will be meeting together this weekend.
I especially want to thank Jim for his hard work in finalizing the dialogue, adding more "exciting elements" to the story line to introduce a more formidable villain, more comedy (aimed at the middle school audience) and more action, to fulfill the mainstream success for the movie. Jim Gromer we love you and so will audiences everywhere!
THANK YOU FOR PRODUCTION OFFICES - CRUCIFIED CHURCH
We want to extend a special "thank you" to the CRUCIFIED CHURCH in Johnstown who has offered to allow our film team to use their basement for our production offices! This is another answer to prayer and a special thank you to our prayer partners each week who are undergirding this effort. Your prayers are working with every request, so please keep it up.
There are many "behind the scenes" business activities being undertaken for the trilogy of films. It has often been said about filmmaking, "It's like watching paint dry." You hurry up and then, have to wait. This is true from the early stages of planning, to being on the film set shooting, to the editing and ultimately to the release. Filmmaking truly is a marathon.
Lynn McAfee, our Executive Producer has been working diligently for the past months on the business plan for the first film in our trilogy, the JP KNIGHTS film. She has been using analytics, marketing due-diligence and extensive research into the model for our movie.
The purpose of this process deals directly with the economies of scale we will assess in putting a strategic growth plan for the movie. Many lessons from film companies like LEGENDARY PICTURES are currently being reviewed by the industry become much more sophisticated in projecting returns. We want to acknowledge this great work as we prepare to meet with financiers in the coming days.
Stephanie Musser will be stepping up to the plate in the area of working with the financial team. She is the most important member of the GRP team to help us communicate with the economic instruments for the movie.
It has always been the mission to find the right financiers from Pennsylvania, which is why our LLC was established in Johnstown. We believe successful business leaders, city fathers and entrepreneurs will come on board and are praying toward our presentations in the coming days.
The time has come for our "Co-Producer" to now step up to the plate. Stephanie Musser is one of the Co-Producers of JP KNIGHTS who has been to Johnstown for the purpose of introducing the story to the financial community. In the coming days, Stephanie will need to make monthly trips to the area and look for her diligent work.
She is our Co-Producer and the first line of our film team to begin work. Please pray especially for Stephanie as she steps up once we have seed capital.
PRAY FOR SEED CAPITAL
Please pray for seed capital of $25,000 -$75,000 capital for the GRP Film team to operate promoting the PRE-PRODUCTION, establishing presentations and operations in Pennsylvania. This is a HUGE and CRITICAL time in the filmmaking process. GRP has been donating time this past year in the filmmaking process but will need resources to begin.
Forrest Fordham has already put together the LLC for the film production and this entity is called the JP KNIGHTS FILM PARTNER LLC. We are thrilled to have this legal entity taken care of by the Lambert family. Gary and Stephanie will be working closely together again for now the completion of all the film financing.
FILM BUDGET PLANNING
Lastly, GRP Films will begin the line producing process for the movie. This is a detailed budget in MOVIE MAGIC to help the film team stay within the budget guidelines. There is a quid pro quo that the film team is undertaking which will give our success a much higher ratio than normal for movies. The proprietary process will be explained in each of our presentations.
Be sure and pray for Gary's work behind the scenes and Stephanie's important financier working in front of the business community. Lynn's research and the entire McAfee & Associates firm who will be representing the new movie to the film industry.
SPECIAL THANK YOU EMMANUEL
I wan tot close with a special thank you especially to Emmanuel Baptist in Johnstown. What is so amazing for our GRP film team is to have a church home base who undergirds everything we are doing in prayer. Each time we come to Pennsylvania, they warmly open up their facilities to have prayer updates and meetings. What a blessing their staff and entire church is to our venture. May God bless the pastor and this beautiful church home we love.
For The Lamb (In Beth's Own Words)
Dr. Kevin Mcafee
What an amazing time together was had by all when the film team traveled to Pennsylvania a couple months ago with Jim Gromer, Kevin McAfee and creator Beth Lambert all meeting together. The group joined in the farm at Johnstown, Pennsylvania to go over a group of many details.
Investing in the first "creative meeting" since the screenplay began, provided the necessary structural and additional elements to be placed on the screenplay based on the book. Jim has been working with Kevin from Denver and Nashville respectively.
The school semester has begun at Lipscomb and Ben Lambert is now in Nashville working on getting his Masters in Fine Arts in filmmaking. Ben has been meeting with the McAfee family with his drone and also discussing following up with the many who have been interested since June in participating in the future for JP KNIGHTS.
FUTURE CASTING CALL
We will be back in Pennsylvania soon, but the date has not yet been set. Originally, we were thinking it would be September, but later Fall is a more realistic time frame. When we come, our team will have an open call to meet with potential cast members. There have been about a hundred people inquire regarding casting and please keep watching this website for updates. Our team has every email and contact information, so be ready for all those who have sent in their personal data. Be watching this website for updates.
Many have inquired about their desire to "help and support" when the film is being made, so this section of communications is for you. Our film team will need your volunteerism and also there will be vendors and individuals who will be hired to help make the movie. Until the film is funded, it would be premature to have economic conversations, but please be patient. We are honored to have many people involved (over 200) will be directly involved from the local markets. Thank you for communicating to us.
PRODUCTION OFFICES WILL BE NEEDED
Our film production team has been inquiring through our prayer partners doors that may open for production offices in Johnstown. Because these would only be used periodically, the optimal office space would be used where a conference room was available to be used for financier meetings and production meetings. Ideally, we are looking for an "extra office" that is open in an existing business whom we could use when needed.
Secondly, when we begin film production, we will need a production office full time for about a year once funding for the movie is completed. Please be praying about these opportunities.
The greatest prayer need we have is to find the financier who will fund the movie. JP KNIGHTS will bring commerce to Johnstown and the state of Pennsylvania. Just think of the goodwill of what the movie industry brought to the community in the seventies? The power of a movie brings so many jobs, economic development and so much more.
Our team's goal has been to interface with people inside the state of Pennsylvania because this will bring commerce to many vendors and new income streams for community development. Films improve tourism and make people "more aware" of the many wonderful activities inside the arena. Promotional opportunities also expand on a number of fronts.
What a blessing to attend the Emmanuel Baptist Church a couple months ago in Johnstown and have our prayer team meeting together and improving structurally. A new group of prayer captains are doing a fantastic job helping provide prayer requests to the core team and communications to our warriors. We cannot make a movie without this important prayer group undergirding every area. Thank you warriors. .
The last version of the screenplay will be completed in the next coming days and Dr. Lambert will be having us come back into Pennsylvania. As a result, operational seed capital will be needed so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a seed capital owner in this exciting film project.
God Bless You,
YOUR JP KNIGHTS FILM TEAM
Our team at GRP FILMS has been working on the "shooting draft" of the screenplay after the traveling meeting to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Jim Gromer and Kevin McAfee have taken the input from Beth Lambert and are adding a few more layers to the exciting screenplay. Jim and Kevin were traveling together this month filming and have been together finalizing this final draft for presentation.
The opening of the film begins with an action fight sequence on the Incline so this is a movie that will grab you from the moment it begins with a spiritual battle you will always remember.
MEETINGS IN JOHNSTOWN - INVOLVEMENT IN THE MOVIE
In the Fall, Stephanie Musser and Kevin McAfee will return to Pennsylvania meetings with potential investors for the feature film. There will be a public meeting to be announced for all those who have been interested in being a part of the film at this time. GRP received hundreds of emails and this was an exciting response so we we ill be having special meetings to be announced, so stay tuned.
So you understand how we are structured is through the JP KNIGHTS FILM PARTNERS LLC. Our legal counsel in Pennsylvania is Forrest Fordham, the assistant DA for seventeen years. You can contact his office if you are interested in being an investor or contact Stephanie Musser at email@example.com.
Financial Partners, farmers, film executives are already investigating in the non-registered securities opportunities for the movie. This film is going to be creating jobs and expanding tourism for the area through the activities of making this movie.
We have been contacted by the distribution companies and have been discussing the primary and secondary cast for some time now. We will have an open audition in Johnstown and the director of JP KNIGHTS will be making announcement regarding this important date. Stars who are interested in being involved in a film that is exciting and will change culture with truth will be cast.
OFFICE SPACE & OPERATIONS NEEDS
GRP FILMS needs seed investors on our "pre-production process". If anyone in Johnstown has one room in an office with a conference room you could share, we need a small production office locally until we finalize our funding. If you know of a local business who would share, would you let us know!
PRAYER TEAM REQUEST
We continue to seek more prayer partners. If you showed interest in being a part of the movie, we implore you to write to us now and become a prayer partner. You have no idea how the power of prayer will shape everything we do, because we have already seen this evidenced historically. Thank you for praying.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
There are so many thanks we have to share in this month's blog. First, we would like to share our deep appreciation to the people of Johnstown, Pennsylvania for their hospitality, encouragement and enthusiasm regarding our new film trilogy beginning with JP KNIGHTS! We know without prayer, we would not be where we are today. Secondly, we want to thank the media of the greater Johnstown area from the NBC Affiliate to the local paper and finally to Emmanuel Baptist Church for their hosting our entire film team.
Just a couple weeks ago, Jim Gromer, one of the screenwriters and Kevin Mcafee traveled from Denver, Colorado and Nashville, Tennessee to Pittsburgh where Gary Lambert picked up the men from the Pittsburgh airport bound to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. For months we have been preparing to share the newly developed screenplay to the Lambert family and the prayer team.
Emmanuel Baptist in Johnstown hosted our prayer warriors gathering once again as we discussed the next steps in our process. This was an opportunity for our film team to share the vision of where we are going as we are expanding the HARVESTER CHRONICLES, Beth's wonderful story from one film, into three full length feature motion pictures. Jim Gromer shared of the process the writers carried and how Beth Lambert and Dr. Kevin McAfee shared in the beat outline development and writing of the screenplay. Kevin talked about the entire production vigil which will take approximately three years based on funding.
Then, later in the day on Sunday the film team met with WJAC from Channel 6 in the Greater Johnstown Area followed by David Hurst from the Tribune Democrat. We deeply appreciate the coverage as the news story was syndicated in the Miami Herald, The San Diego Tribune, the US News and World Report and beyond. Amy from the Chamber along with Gary Lambert helped schedule these important meetings and we thank them for their help.
Most importantly, we shared how the people of Johnstown can get involved in the film trilogy being created for the JP KNIGHTS series. The first step is line-producing the motion picture to place an accurate film budget using Movie Magic software to develop a precision based filming production process. After this, Vice President of GRP FILMS Stephanie Musser, one of the leading Co-Producers of the movies; will be meeting with Johnstown City Father's to discuss economic development and how financiers can get involved in the motion picture.
Currently, the production budget is estimated at 18 million dollars and will be further refined when the last polish of the script is completed. We are currently looking for office space from one of the leaders of Johnstown to provide a conference room and a couple production offices for the next thirty six months.
Once the film is financed, casting will begin and this will be followed by pre-production. While the film team was in the area, we did preliminary on sight research at some "summer camps" in the region that may be perfectly aligned with the story. At least two to three major stars are projected to be cast based on the economies of scale and this will be a union based and bonded film team working to make this dream a reality.
Over several hundred people in the area have already reached out showing interest in the motion picture trilogy and over the next ninety days, our film team will be making provisions to keep spreadsheets of all those who are interested in helping becoming a part of this enormous undertaking. Thank you for your emails and be patient with us.
From the Film Commission in Harrisburg, to our legal entity of JP KNIGHTS FILM PARTNERS LLC, established in Johnstown with our attorney Forrest Fordham, we are beginning preparation to meet with City Leaders, the Economic Development teams around Johnstown, the Chamber of Commerce and more. If you know of those who would like to be involved, let us know.
We will be in touch as we get closer to begin the process. If you know of someone who has an extra office or two and would like to house GRP FILMS, please let us know.
Excited about the future,
Your JP KNIGHTS Film Team
Thank you Beth, prayer warriors and all those "behind the scenes" who are never even mentioned on our journey who are interceding and undergirding this entire film. For the past few months we have been focusing a great deal on the expansion of JP KNIGHTS from a creative source preparing for our first cinematic work.
In meeting in Denver with Beth and Jim creatively to discuss all the parameters we have selected the "best" elements from the HARVESTER CHRONICLES JP KNIGHTS and are expanding this story into a trilogy. Can you imagine the power of spiritual forces all being a part of our world in the "end times" with middle schoolers?
We are believing our team is on the precipice of having an amazing journey together but the challenge is to create a fast pace story where middle schoolers are engaged as if they were watching one of the best stories in film. Think about this for a moment, AVENGERS END GAME created 1.2 billion dollars in the box office opening weekend! Films with imagination at their base are the biggest box office draws anywhere.
Most films of faith are not allegories, but when we consider CHRONICLES OF NARNIA written by the great C. S. Lewis or even TOLKIEN's LORD OF THE RINGS, these imaginative stories enchant young people and bring them to a knowledge of God through a parable. It is going to be key to remember this. These trilogy of stories are for young people.
Creatively, we will be using imagination as we transition the story of JP KNIGHTS being taken to a summer camp setting where young people are present. Through a great deal of prayer we are going to illuminate the angelic presence far more than the demonic forces which are often the focus in stories today. Our first draft of the screenplay is almost complete too.
Only through the prayers of our prayer team and the weekly prayers we have are we feeling a confidence in serving the Lord with obedience. Our commitment to keeping the angelic presence aligned with scripture is key. Once again, without Beth's anointing none of this would have happened, so continue to remember her and her family in your prayers.
October 21-24 Jim and I will be in Johnstown going over a first draft of the screenplay. The time it has taken to get to this step has tripled in length due to the character arcs required for not one, but three screenplays. Please be praying for us as we come to Pennsylvania in service to this story as we will have a brief prayer meeting with prayer partners when we are there on the Sunday at Beth's church.
In the next sixty to ninety days we will be proofing, editing and adjusting the screenplay as we go through the step by step process of analysis, sub text, character arcs and stories so keep those prayers coming.
May the Lord bless each one of you and thank you again for being a part of JP KNIGHTS!
We say all of this in the battle cry Beth shares...
For The Lamb,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
A year ago, filmmaker and producer, Dr. Kevin McAfee, and Project Manager, Stephanie Musser, made their way to Johnstown, PA. Here, they met my family, some of my friends, and a number of my church family. The journey to make “The Harvester Chronicles: JP Knights” into a movie had become a reality a few months before, and we were bursting with excitement as we showed Kevin and Stephanie around Johnstown! Since then, we sought investors for the screenplay, and God graciously provided the investments that were needed. We needed a WGA Screenwriter, and God supplied Jim Gromer, a screenwriter who is uniquely suited to handle the subject matter in JP Knights. God continues to work His Will to accomplish this grand project of His making!
I am reminded time and time again that this is GOD’S PROJECT! As many of you may recall, I asked God if I would be able to write something that would compare to some of the fictional stories that were being told to teens… magic, vampires, and many other mystical or mythical tales. However, I wanted to have my story more about the light, not the dark. God answered my prayer, and “The Harvester Chronicles” was born. Soon into writing the story, I discovered and realized that the writing of the story was more like watching a movie in my mind, and I only wrote down my perspective of what I saw. This was no ordinary story – this was something that God wanted to be told. He gave me the desire to write it, and then He spoke the story into being. All I had to do was type down what He showed me. I was constantly amazed at the intricacies He developed, and threads He placed throughout the story. It was so humbling to realize that I was nothing in the telling of this story…I was merely an envelope carrying an important letter from a Father to His loved children.
Now, God is using Kevin and Jim to further the story in the visual language of film. I believe they are chosen by God to do this. As Psalms 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Both Kevin and Jim have had specific and unique experiences that, I truly believe, were given to them to enable them to do the screenplay and complete the journey to film that God has willed to happen! They need our prayers to help them to hear what God wants. The enemy does not want this story to be told, so Kevin and Jim need spiritual protection on a HUGE scale!
So that is the story, isn’t it? To let EVERYONE know what our loving heavenly Father has been doing, is doing, and will continue to do until He sends the Lamb to bring us home. God is using His angels all around us to protect us! The focus sometimes is on all the demons and all the enemy’s forces. But like Elisha had to pray in II Kings 6:17 “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” I also want all to see: “And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Do you realize that 1/3 of the angels left with Lucifer – that means that 2/3 of the angels are still on God’s side? The enemy is quite outnumbered! “The Harvester Chronicles” gives us a picture of what the Lord’s angels are doing every moment, every day. They encamp around us (Psalms 34:7) and bear us up (Psalms 91:12), and they also minister to us (Mt 4:11). We are not alone in our journey through life! Angels are all around us, helping us, protecting us, ministering to us.
I also love how God shows us what prayer does in “The Harvester Chronicles.” Prayer empowers the angels. Prayer brings strength to those who are weakened. Prayer helps the seed of hope to take root and grow. Prayer brings comfort to those who are mourning. Prayer takes us into the very presence of God and the Lamb.
The imagery in “JP Knights” shows me the reality of scripture. Isaiah 61:3 says, “To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” These words sound nice, but now, to see how the ‘oil of joy’ and ‘garment of praise’ were used for those mourning, it becomes more real and tangible. It’s not just poetry! Then the description of how the words of the Lord are visualized as living and powerful (Heb 4:12) captivates my soul, and the vision of creation leaves me without words. Translating depictions like these into film has its challenges, and only certain scenes and concepts may actually make sense for the movie, but the hope is that the movie will cause viewers to read the book, and thereby dig deeper into the story with its imagery.
This is the story God wants to share. The Bible is true! We have only to open our spiritual eyes to see the realm where angels, prayers, worship and the Word of God are living and real!
I am humbled by those who faithfully pray for the JP Knights Project! YOUR PRAYERS ARE IMPORTANT! We focus on what God is doing. Please continue to pray for our protection from the enemy, for clarity to hear the Lord speak, for health, for patience, for conviction in this as a ministry. Most of all, please pray for God’s will to be done through all who are to play a role in this project. Thank you!
At the beginning of this month, our family was on their annual vacation and the second day on the trip, we were reminded that "today is the day to pray" for JP KNIGHTS for one of our family members. Isn't it amazing that we never take a vacation from praying do we? If we ever think that God was needed even when we travel, sometimes it is way more than normal, but it doesn't stop us with our covenants.
TIME TO PRAY
Our hearts filled with prayer for JP KNIGHTS today and this was not a normal day. It was an honored day to remember this great story and the trilogy project we are called to create.
At the end of March, since our family is scheduled to pray for Beth Lambert, for the writing we are doing on the trilogy, for the tripling of our efforts and for the tripling of the number of prayer partners needed for this journey, we enthusiastically prayed.
Instead of building a one story creative building, we are building a three story building and the process is huge. This is why PRAYER IS WORTH THE TIME INVESTED.
THREE TIMES THE POWER REQUIRED
This means it is taking three times the amount of time to develop our beat outline, but here are the good news. When one of the screenwriter's calls and says, "I have been praying about the character arc for over three stories and I have a unique approach to the end times and we are on the phone excited about the new reveals?" Then, the new track is opening doors that are not our own.
Whose are they and how did the new doors open?
YOU NEED TO READ THE BOOK
It's because of the faith of an author in Pennsyvlania named Beth Lambert who is yielding, believing and praying for every day. You see the foundation of everything being created is at the basis of the Harvester Chronicles. Have you read the book yet? If you haven't please order your copy today from Beth and just launch into this.
One of the most unique parts of this story was when Beth would say, "I don't know how this came out and all I know was this...it wasn't me writing the story". This is when the Lord of Hosts takes over our creative minds and begins doing things that are above and beyond what we know or even understand.
CALL FOR ONE FINAL GROUP OF PRAYER WARRIORS
Beth is continuing to seek the prayer partners who will take one day of every month and begin a steady regimen of intercession. This means on vacation and not on vacation but without God, none of this can happen. We often say in the film industry that there are so many obstacles that come against us, but we believe exciting days are truly around the corner, not because of our team because we are on the right team.
Thank you for supporting us in prayer. Do you know the number of people visiting our website are growing as we are having about 400 unique visitors previewing what we are doing every single week. We know the industry is watching what we are doing, how we are going about our strategy and beyond.
A NEW STUDIO WAS BORN THIS MONTH
A couple weeks ago at NRB the new studio opened with Lionsgate, KINGDOM STUDIOS with our dear friends the Erwin Brothers, Kevin Downes and Gunn. Let's remember to keep this new faith based film studios in our prayers. This is a real affirmation that we are on the right track, with the right trilogy at the right time in history. What a wonderful affirmation that one of the studios is really capturing the vision of films of family, faith and freedom. Guess where the guys are coming...to Franklin, Tennessee in our backyard!
Your prayers matter and be thinking of the very people who might come alongside of this vision with the finances to make our first motion picture. People of Pennsylvania are going to step up in a big way. Successful financiers are out there and they will want to be a part of this epic film project headed toward history. I believe our best days are only beginning.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Prayer has been such a foundational part of this entire process for our team. From the very beginning in May of 2018 we began to recruit prayer partners for this project. One of the first things we did was to meet in the church home of author Beth Lambert and Gary, along with their family to ask for people to "get on their knees".
HOW WE GOT STARTED
We recruited 31 prayer partners who for every day of the month, people use this time to pray for the film. These individuals are recruiting more prayer partners as we grow in our entire scope and breadth for the future. Without the power of "one" praying, we do not feel we will be successful. However, with the power of people praying, "All things are possible" and this is our "secret sauce" for the future.
When we first met Beth and Gary, they shared spices their farm would grow and process to enhance our culinary experiences. They have a seasoning which is placed on meats, poultry and fish which is wonderful. It is amazing the difference in sitting down to a meal with the right seasoning. In fact the entire taste changes and makes the food so much better.
OUR WRITING PROCESS HAS EXPANDED
In film, we have learned how to alter, modify, change and expand the experience in digital cinema through decades of filmmaking. Our screenwriters are in the throws of food preparations and we are testing seasonings, alternative courses, additional appetizers never before discovered and working to expand the "feast" for our audiences.
The original assignment has now grown into three times the amount of work. Please know how much prayer is going to help us get through this.
THE NEW CREATIVE SHIFT
Because of the powerful prayer team assembled, we are making a HUGE shift creatively and it is the reason for this blog. Beth always dreamed for a trilogy to take place which is why the HARVESTER CHRONICLES was originally created. She had some initial creative thoughts on how this would transpire, but nothing concrete so our team is working diligently to provide the best visual story possible. As a result, we are expanding on this franchise to possibly consider three films over just one film. You can imagine what this really means!
An undertaking of this size is the most complicated process that the most sophisticated great authors like Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and J.K Rowling have used. Structure will be key, visual story telling will be even more important on the screenwriting side and yes, prayer remains the foundation of the process.
Therefore, the comprehensive beat outlines, the character arcs, the sacrifices, the struggles, the resolutions, the villains, the hero's journey, the victories must all be "mapped" as we still work one film at a time, with an understanding of a greater climax by film three.
WHY YOU ARE NEEDED
What does this all mean? We truly need help and you can be involved directly. Beth's journey has always been in prayer. If you connect with her, hear her speak or know her heart you would see, she was "led" to write this story. This came to fruition because of prayer, but we are needing to triple our prayer efforts. She has already doubled them, but we need the next level, which is YOU!
We are challenging our entire prayer team to now expand. We do not have one person per day, but to find three people per "prayer day" to represent what we are doing. Would you be interested in helping us? We have seen in the meta data statistics our audience online is growing. In fact, the number of people going to our website has continued to grow since beginning the screenplay. Over 300 people new visitors each week are now viewing this site and we are so thankful. It is all happening because of prayer.
REWARDS ON THE HORIZON
Impact and the number of people who can experience evangelism will also grow. The eternal rewards are growing, the prayer rewards are growing and yes, even in the fiscal arena. This strategic direction provides a larger opportunity for financial rewards for our investors and we are always considering the fiscal rewards. Another answer to prayer is on the horizon for them as a result of this new "shift" all because of prayer.
JOIN OUR PRAYER TEAM TODAY
Please pray about joining our prayer team and if you would, connect with Beth Lambert and sign up for one day each month you would be willing to pray. If you can pray and fast, even better, but most importantly, we need people praying. Our foundation is only as good as the prayer team circling.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful "dream" as the vision grows each day. I am reminded by a very wise man to "Aim Small and Think Big". This is certainly true for our film project and we believe will make a huge difference in the future.
Lastly, we continue to also ask the Lord to bring us the right "financier". This means not just any individual with the capital to make these films, but a "financier" with the heart to use the visual language of film to impact the world. This series is going to be huge and we know the Lord will lead us to the "exact financier". Only an executive producer who has the heart to keep "our unified mission" will align with our future, so pray about this too.
Thank you for joining our crusade and working with us through the power of prayer!
Dr. Kevin McAfee
It would be impossible to truly say "thank you" to our prayer warriors and for all the HARVESTER CHRONICLES JP KNIGHTS prayer team as we give our book to screenplay report this mont. Each of you who love this book and have been interceding in prayer for our team know the real results is all about God's mission, His provision and eternal timing.
The target audience of the book is different than our movie. Therefore, the creative elements will change in our transition, but the ethos remains. Great lessons, wonderful characters and exciting challenges form the backdrop for a new movie that is inspired by Beth Lambert's book. In this blog in January 2019, we will give the entire team of intercessors the update for your prayer journey following the JP KNIGHTS.
RESEARCH & MISSIONAL STRTEGY
These past few months since the fall, hundreds of hours of reading, praying and seeking the best way to transition this book into a film have been our screenwriters unified goal. From the early days approximately one year ago, we knew our task was large, because it was to communicate the supernatural and spiritual warfare from the heavenlies to illuminate "light". We also realized the mission from book to film was different, so how would we resolve these issues with excellence founded on Beth's heart and spirit.
We began with a diagnostic discussion of our mission for Beth's book to become a movie. A book is not normally written in the "visual language" often and especially when the heart is to be inspired by Harry Potter, one of the most successful movie franchises. However, Beth always saw this story transitioning into a film, which is why GRP FILMS connected.
Therefore, the mission is in the beginning creative discussions as we seek to identify the "flagpole" upon which we base the visual language in a story for film, using the same ethos. Once we arrived together for the new "flagpole" or creative mission as a team, this gave us insight to do everything within our power to bring the story to our target audience in the best way possible. Evolving into what God wants is the next key to this strategy and over a few days, we were led to grab the pole like the Marines at Iwo Jima.
BETH LAMBERT SCREENWRITER
Beth will be the first to tell you she is an author, but the team is excited to have her creative insights into this powerful storytelling journey for the movie. She was stretched to think of the visual strategies we might consider adding for a new audience. Your prayers carried us while we were in Colorado and are helping in our decision making process, so please continue with your loyal commitment and if you want to join the prayer team, please contact the Lambert family.
Beth was invited to join the screenwriting team by director Kevin McAfee to provide additional insights into the filmmaking process. She is a blessing to the team of veterans. God's word is the true foundation of the team's unified charge in this creative endeavor and now the methodology is transitioning into the optimal setting for young people in the visual language.
When you transition from a faith based book addressing a faith based audience to a movie that has an underpinning of faith to a secular audience, the expectations completely change. The mission does not in the ultimate goal Beth defined for the entire team.
NEW CREATIVE BOUNDARIES FOR CINEMA
When you have a group of decisions that relate to a secular middle school audience and even high school audience, there are creative boundaries the team is now considering. These are the primary motivations for ensuring we have the right "model" for the film, verses just taking the written word to "show" verses tell in exposition. Felt needs, spiritual attacks, real problems and viable solutions to teen issues in crisis are serious for secular audiences today. Even younger films are "edgy" filled with bad language and compromising situations, which our team is family friendly in purpose. The very "position" of the hearts of young people today are being compromised at every turn and truth with "action" is needed to capture their attention. These are the very reasons and challenges Beth began in this journey.
We are reminded we do wrestle against flesh and blood, but with the principalities of this earth and the very powers upon which the Bible leads us to forge ahead as ambassadors of truth. In order to accomplish this cinematic goal in secular filmmaking, we are taking "the best part of our book" and most impacting segments to bring about a movie "INSPIRED BY THE HARVESTER CHRONICLES"!
Beth gave us from her chapter summaries over fifty ideals and values we are adopting as we address the secular audience. We all working now to finalize the beat outline for the newly identified audience and are excited to bring this report to your attention.
WHY CHANGE PERFECTION
One of the real measures of finding a book and making this journey transition into a film is the realization the audience and also the visual language. How many times have you read a perfect book or even seen a perfect movie? It's not possible to find either, so when you go into different art forms, you have to consider the who, what, where, why and how of every creative decision made.
In a book, you have twenty pages to set up a back story, but in a movie, you have thirty seconds. So, we begin with the process by "cherry picking" the best book elements and then establishing the best cinematic locations to illuminate the core lessons. This means the film will look different but include the spirit of what Beth has created.
Many of you may wonder, why do we need to craft a new visual backdrop? Allow us to provide additional insight here. The visual language is very different to young people who live in a sight and sound generation and are not church goers. The book has many church oriented analogies and is written to the church audience. Beth wanted to go further and create a Harry Potter type of experience for a secular audience.
When you consider the greatest film franchises which are allegories, fantasies or action oriented to capture the imagination of this target, one must look at Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and the list goes on and on. Millions of young people are going to watch these films each week and are being impacted with their lessons. Add on top of this, the video games and services in streaming platforms being provided in today's world through social media? It is a radical new visual experience young people have learned to accept. We must be in the "zone of acceptability" and think in a new way!
There is a real war for the battle of the mind going on in every generation, but none greater than the very group of young people today. In the latest film we saw at the end of January, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING there is a modern allegory for the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table, but the darkness portrayed in the film is huge. Unfortunately, there are no beings of light, which is why Beth's story will connect to this audience.
Uniquely, the team watched THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING on opening weekend before we met with Beth to discuss JP KNIGHTS and comparisons. What was discovered in the JP KNIGHTS story again and again was the exciting "beings of light" and the angelic counters in the creative realm which no film has ever attempted like hers.
This led us to a group of "thinking outside the box" ideas, so please buckle your seatbelts and place your tray tables in the upright and locked positions. It's going to be a fun movie ride courtesy of Universal Studios.
EXCITING NEW CREATIVE ELEMENTS...
If you are a young person, you will be very excited to hear about these new visual elements the creative team is currently constructing. Here are some of the preview elements we are considering adding to this movie as we connect with our target audience. We will discuss the different book audience from the film audience in a moment, but check out these new additives we are adding to your cinematic dinner.
In the world of the supernatural and spiritual forces, we are creating a unified chain of command in the areas of "light beings" and dark creatures with the identification of a prominent villain from the dark side of the story. This is very Biblical and also exciting. Using the very characters you have come to love created by Beth, we are truncating the story with a new "backdrop" and visual setting, which will be during the time of the end of school year and beginning the "summer camp" season nestled in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Our JP KNIGHT heroes will encounter a powerful and beautifully painted geography in this arena, which is the largest creative leap we felt the Lord provided us. (One of the creative signs God kept providing was "goose bumps" when we knew it was not our idea, but His!) This new shift from the book will prove to be exciting and give the entire story Beth created the optimal visual design for the future allegory.
You will see Hawk Watch and meet creation in new visual elements along with creative designs for Beth's wonderfully crafted story you have come to love. An entire team will be assembling to visually depict a new wonder from the imagination of the screenwriting team.
Our team wanted to stop and thank each one of the dozens of you who have been praying because without you, this would not even be happening! We also this past month during the creative sessions brought in a seasoned veteran from Youth For Christ to pray over the team and give us future stories of "camps" where working with young people, amazing events have taken place in the spiritual realms. This creative discovery process continues into the coming days, so keep those prayers coming. Now, back to some of the new ideas you can be excited to experience on the silver screen...
Our lead characters are the same as Joel's name has been abbreviated for the film to J.D. because his name was Joel David in the book. His friend Kyle serves in the same creative position, but possibly a bit darker. Then, the main characters Jill, Garrett, Pastor George and Liz are also broadened in their character arcs. Because the film will be ninety minutes, we will have to make the cast list smaller than the book, which is also common. What does this mean? This means we are adding a level of character flaws in each character helping connect with the reality of young people issues they are facing.
PROBLEMS YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FACING
One of the problems in the youth area globally is the "drug culture" which is consuming our young people today, so we will be hitting this arena head on. Beth provided an additional creative inspiration in the spiritual realms of having creatures of darkness looking like "beings of light" based on His Word. Everyone jumped out of their chair with enthusiasm as we could sense a divine direction even in the new creative ideas. Over and over again, the "goose bumps" were there as we prayed in each segment of our brainstorming.
Connecting with the most powerful lessons from the story and getting advice from Beth of her understanding of God's mission and word, there was not a time when we could not feel and sense the presence of prayers. This means great news from the literary opportunity as new books will be created on the horizon! Author Beth Lambert will be a busy lady and needing your prayers in this regard too.
HANDLING THE SUPERNATURAL
Demonic forces are "sensitive subject matters" and we are not going to give people an excuse to simply move away from the Lord if they make bad choices by blaming their behaviors on the spiritual attacks alone. Do you remember the old Flip Wilson comedy sketch where Geraldine said, "The devil made me do that"! It's not a Biblical truth, but a very funny line we can all understand.
We are working to ensure the faith based market gets a new understanding of how God's forces and his angels are always at work, always present. One of the great blessings of our faith as Christians is that we can call on the Lord and He will answer us. However, his answers may not be in the way we want, but in His perfect timing. The fine creative line is being considered at every turn and we will be seeking out youth pastors and advisors to proof what we are doing ensuring the right steps for the future.
All through the process, the team wants to ensure we have pastors, advisors, counselors and people who will pray for us as we creatively walk the tight rope of fantasy and imagination with the Word of God. These experts will also be "trusted sources" for our deliberations. Clearly a movie that is fantasy based on spiritual warfare is not the easiest road to navigate, but one of the most exciting you can possibly imagine. Thank you to all who have joined our team for this purpose. You are here because people are praying.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR HOSTS - THE GROMER FAMILY
Jim Gromer and Rachel Gromer opened their beautiful home to our team as we gathered in the snow for six days to search the heart of God for this epic story. We deeply appreciate their hospitality and heart in making our experience amazing. The research which has begun in the fall is culminating into one of the most complex and wonderful transition of a book to a film, we have ever encountered.
Rachel thank you for a wonderful dinner prepared for our team with your family. It was such a blessing to be with you all and to know your heart. Please extend our love to your children and to Jim's parents for making all of us feel at home. Your hospitality and love never ceases to amaze us.
CONTINUED PRAYERS NEEDED
Change is never easy and we want to thank Beth and all the "book lovers" who enjoy this wonderful literary work. The book THE HARVESTER CHRONICLES JP KNIGHTS includes many wonderful sermons and is written to a Christian audience. The movie as we have shared, will be shifting to a broader audience who does not know God and is not in church, which is why the backdrop has changed. You will want to talk about this book in your area where you go to church and if you don't have a copy, please order yours today.
Remember to continue to pray for the entire team as we "let go and let God" take over the new setting and look of this book. Beth wanted to provide the optimal visual presence over her own book to consider what the Lord leads the three member team. This selflessness is not easy for an author, but the screenwriting team has invited Beth to participate and become a part of what God is doing.
HONORING FLIGHT 93
Beth wrote the book in her hometown and was inspired by the geography of this beautiful area. When the filmmaking team arrived in Pennsylvania the first time, they recognized the heros of Flight 93 and immediately began to discuss the possibly addition of this sacred memorial to the movie. Our film could make people more aware of this amazing sight.
It is agreed by all that the setting of Johnstown, Pennsylvania is where the movie is going to be filmed in the additional outlaying areas, woods and farm land around Flight 93's hallowed grounds. The heroes of Flight 93 provided the very ethos of introducing the JP KNIGHTS to how brave souls were willing to take a stand against darkness.
These grounds of Flight 93 are forever in the hearts and souls of the team and we thank the Lord for their act of sacrifice during the worst terrorist attack on US soil in history. Without these heroes, many would have lost their lives. If you have not visited this memorial, you need to go and experience the impact of these brave men and women who were patriots giving their lives for others. They are the ultimate warriors.
THE LAMBERT'S VISION
Thank you Beth for being willing to "listen" and know this is all about God and for your creative journey. Your vision to expand the target audience was groundbreaking along with your vision of the "angelic beings" in a beautiful story. We are all so thankful for the prayer team which has assembled, because without people praying, sacrificing, fasting and seeking the Lord, none of this would be happening.
Gary Lambert is the champion for this creative crusade and without his unending support and belief, we would not be here. His faith in our team, the process and reaching young people continues to inspire us. Ben's creative job in helping us with the filmed overview was outstanding and Katie's support has been deeply appreciated. This is a huge step of faith that many could not see, but this family, along with Dee Butler have been awesome.
The vision demonstrated by this Pennsylvania family is a testimony to all who know them. There is a calling and a destiny on their lives and they deeply appreciate your support and prayers. This doesn't mean it will be easy, because visionaries are often discounted and not seen as realists. We beleive the opposite is true.
Our followers are growing, the screenplay is being developed and a new vision is on the horizon for one of the most exciting films to touch young and old. This will be a family friendly endeavor and a film all will enjoy. Included in the movie will be humor, suspense, romance, action and more, so stay tuned as we transition this book and make a movie "inspired by an epic story of adventure".
We recognize from the past about THIS PRESENT DARKNESS and any film which is about the spiritual realm there will be spiritual attacks. Wrongful accusations, lies, deceit and even mistakes will be surrounding all who are involved. Please pray for the families, the members who so faithfully are in this body for protection, safety and angelic protection.
Without people praying this is an impossible quest. But with God, all things are possible and we know He is going to get all the glory. May the Lord bless you all.
YOUR GRP FILM TEAM
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.