Greetings JP Knights Followers,
This is an important month for us. Tomorrow morning a team of experts and traveling to the West Coast to be involved in a series of meetings with the studios, the mini-majors, financiers and potential network partners. There perhaps is nothing more important than placing these meetings high on your priority list.
We have been talking to Beth Lambert about filming in the Johnstown, Pennsylvania area, but unless we have some major investors from Pennsylvania to join the crusade, we will be looking at other locations. Please continue to get the word out to all who might be interested to suggest local involvement with this trilogy of films.
Making a movie is like watching paint dry and many people who are not patient, are not marathon runners, but sprinters are usually not best suited for film. Each month we grow closer to making JP Knights happen. I especially want to think the head visionary, Gary Lambert for continuing to knock on doors.
It's often a good thing when people say no, because this brings us closer to the individual or organization who should be saying yes. The city fathers in Johnstown are being called to the forefront. We have a screenplay, an investment opportunity and leadership to make one of the most exciting movies ever.
Lastly, thank you Beth Lambert for recruiting the prayer team, the prayer captains and continuing to believe in everything we are doing. We believe even Lipscomb University may be partnering with us in JP Knights and look forward to sharing more about our recent meeting in Nashville, Tennessee with Dean Mike Fernandez.
Keep up the great work JP Knights, because the movie is getting closer.
2020 is going to be an exciting year for many reasons. JP KNIGHTS was created in the same spirit as THIS PRESENT DARKNESS and JUMANJI targeting middle schoolers. This exciting new screenplay is a thrilling story of light beings and darkness in a huge spiritual warfare story filled with action, suspense and humor.
Films today need entertainment, comedy and action woven like a tapestry and targeting the largest audience in cinema. Making a film that is a PG - G rated motion picture is guaranteed family friendly when you interface faith and the supernatural together.
Beth Lambert began this exciting journey in cinema and Gary, her husband has believed this was going to happen, to bring people to faith in Christ. While this is not "on your nose" a film about evangelism, it is a "coffee table" way for young people and churches to bring buses and make every audience member look at eternal truths.
This film targets two actors who are the dynamic duo in film today. Oceania Entertainment is the company who will now be working toward putting JP KNIGHTS in the MW HOLDINGS intellectual properties film slate. Film franchises are key for growth when you engage cast members who have a strong box office presence.
Our film slate includes some of the most dynamic stories anywhere and JP KNIGHTS is one of the first films that will launch a trilogy of movies! We are honored to be working with the Lambert family and ask for your prayers as we get closer to getting our trilogy funded.
May the Lord bless you and remember to pray for our financiers, that God will bring us together supernaturally. We believe there is a team of people gathering as we have been preparing for these many years of development.
God Bless You,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Merry Christmas JP KNIGHTS prayer team and followers,
This is an exciting time of the year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. During this season we stop to remember His birth and the reason for the season. With all of the beauty, the decor, the singing of carols and the joy, there are many of those who are not as fortunate. When we think of how we can leave a legacy in the world, we often turn our hearts toward the homeless, the hungry and those needing clothes.
Jesus was about this kind of giving. He came to this earth and gave His life as a sacrifice for all of us. Even today, you can read this simple blog and know, God loves you and cares for you. He loved you so much, He shared his Son who willingly died on the cross so that you would have eternal life. This is the gospel and this is the Christ of Christmas.
Let there never be any mistake, the reason why this book is being made into a full length feature film is because we want to share the love of God to middle schoolers and young people in a unique way. This is not some traditional story, but an action adventure wrapped in the packaging of a prophecy from the book of Joel.
The finest actors are going to be in this film. The best filmmakers are gathering with the finest financiers from Pennsylvania and beyond. This is what the dream of Gary and Beth Lambert have deep within their hearts and GRP FILMS has joined this crusade.
We are happy to announce we are going to open up the doors for three more units to be sold in preparation for marketing and presenting the new screenplay to investors. We will be in Los Angeles this month to present to prominent financiers, distribution companies and beyond, the powerful story of JP KNIGHTS.
In the first quarter of the New Year, Stephanie and Kevin will be heading to Pennsylvania to once again meet with Pennsylvania Executive Producers. We are so excited about coming to PA soon and look forward to being with the Lamberts.
Hopefully, everyone has been contacted who was interested in being a part of JP KNIGHTS via email. If you haven't, please continue to write to us and let us know you want to be involved in this exciting film.
May the Lord bless you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Our Christmas Wish is that you would come to know the Christ of Christmas and celebrate in a whole new way!
Dr. Kevin McAfee
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!
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.