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Prefer what intuition whispers in your ear to what you have done and redone ten times in your head.
You can have a thousand consultants, but if you want a successful film find the favor of God.
Perhaps our capacity to create is evidence that we ourselves were created in the image and likeness of God.
Declare his glory among the nations; his marvelous deeds among all people.
The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
… Give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…
My films must let every man, woman, and child know that God loves them, that I love them, and that peace and salvation will become a reality only when they all learn to love each other.
My ministry has been to make religious movies and to get more people to read the Bible than anyone else ever has.
I am just a simple man, standing alone with my old brushes, asking God for inspiration.
I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.
Art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from the glory of God.
Tones sound and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.
God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.
God is truth and light his shadow.
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations… and be sure of this, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
At the moment of commitment, the entire universe conspires to assist you.
Casting is sixty-five percent of directing.
More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter.
You walk in, plant yourself squarely on both feet, look the other fella in the eye, and tell the truth.
The best actors don’t let the wheels show.
A film is – or should be – more like music than fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings.
Tell your own story, and you will be interesting. Don't get the green disease of envy. Don't be fooled by success and money. Don't let anything come between you and your work.
Cinema should make you forget you’re sitting in a theatre.
That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me.
I am suspicious of Christian art because it lacks realism.
Hollywood cares about money and many Christians care only about evangelism. I think God also cares a lot about the excellence of our art and craftsmanship. I must be in the minority on this, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.
I try to catch and convey the idea that we have a soul and that the soul is in contact with God. That's the first thing I want to accomplish in my films.
A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.
I should be sorry if I only entertained them, I wish to make them better.
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but the will of him who sent me… For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Throughout the world sounds one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me the chance to do my very best.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
Lord, let me always desire more than I think I can do.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…
I have a terrible need of – dare I say the word? – religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars...
There are many kinds of “filmmakers” and most filmmakers consider themselves emissaries of one sort or another. I am a missionary filmmaker and my passion is to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood…
He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
Man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
Cinema is universal, beyond flags and borders and passports.
I would travel down to hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary.
We don’t make movies to make more money. We make money to make more movies.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news…
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening.
I don’t try to guess what a million people will like. It’s hard enough to know what I like.
Before you say "cut," wait five more seconds.
Being an artist means not having to avert one’s eyes.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme… my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
You have to be able to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
and now this word…
Year-End Update from Cris
Film of the Month
As you are sheltering in place in this time of uncertainty, Messenger Films is pleased to introduce our complimentary “Film of the Month” feature. Our “films of beauty” and “stories of hope” are so timely right now!
We get back to filming winter exteriors again soon, with David Yates (Dolphin Tale) on board as Executive Producer. Find out more!