Heard: A New Short Film From NewCom Studio

What a nice surprise! Trawling through my inbox after a couple of weeks of email neglect, what should I find, but a new short film from my good friend Chris Smyth. Chris is the founder of Creative Arts Network, and he helped us get this very website up and running about a year ago. He…

Looking Deeper Into Film: Embrace Of The Serpent

There’s a bunch of critically acclaimed films that have gone under many of our radars. In response I started gathering a few friends on occasions to watch a movie with me and then spend time afterwards arguing whether it merits the praise. Our last film was Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’. Embrace of the Serpent…

Learning From ‘Silence’: Asking Difficult Questions

Perhaps I’m not watching the right films, but I don’t remember ever seeing a film that did to me what Scorcese’s Silence did to me. Without trying to be clever, I can genuinely say that it brought me to silence. But as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m not brilliant at keeping my…

Christmas Videos: Kings Church Edinburgh & St Pauls Auckland

On Tuesday we highlighted some music to get you in the Christmas mood. Today we have some videos- 2 to be precise. Christmas always gets Christian creatives motivated and there are plenty of good videos out there, retelling the Christmas story or exploring the questions it raises. To stand out from the melee, you’ve got to be good….

Doctor Strange: A Masterclass in Christian Film Making

A few years ago, when laying out the vision behind Sputnik to a gathering of creatives, I made the claim that there were no Christian artists producing culture shaping art now (or in the last 30 years). Basically, I think I’d been warming to my theme, and though I stand by my general point that Christians are…

Scott Derrickson (and not so much Disney and Ghibli)

So, how do we present realistic, 3 dimensional views of the world in our stories, while not abandoning our convictions about what lies behind that reality? That is the question we’ve been thinking about for the last while (you can catch the last two posts here and here). And we’ve been particularly thinking about good and…

Family film nights that shape your children’s worldview!

A couple of weeks ago, Jem (my wife) and I went to a PechaKucha night in Birmingham. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where different speakers show 20 images each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and they talk along to the images, meaning that everyone keeps it concise and to the point. The…

Looking Deeper into Film: The Grandmaster

There’s a bunch of critically acclaimed films that have gone under many of our radars. In response I have started gathering a few friends together to watch some of these movies with me and then spend time afterwards arguing whether they merit the praise. The ensuing arguments will then be fed into reviews. To kick…