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Seth HimesBy Seth Himes
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Seth HimesBy Seth Himes
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About

We believe we need more stunning Christian Films! Films that we love to watch with our family and share with our friends again and again. Films that inspire us, are highly entertaining and even reveal the heart of Jesus for our lives. Visual Effect Driven Live Action Films that we stand in line for at the cinema! Do you?

The way our families consume movies that compromise our Christian values in the name of entertainment needs to change. We need filmmakers who love Jesus making quality films. Creating Illuminate the movie, is one step we can take together to bring the light of Jesus to our world.

We have assembled the filmmakers to create this beautiful film, experienced in the film industry and in love with Jesus.

The screenplay is complete and already winning awards and impacting lives!

Now we are calling on the Lights, the Church, the followers of Jesus Christ to unite and make history here on Kickstarter and tell Hollywood, we want stunning Christian films that we can watch with our entire family that shine for Jesus! 

When this Kickstarter Campaign successfully raises $2,000,000 in under 21 days we will be the most successful Christian film funded on Kickstarter.

Why $2 million? In order to compete with the production values of Hollywood films this is where we need to start. Our team has produced dozens of feature films at this budget and beyond.

Why Kickstarter? Hollywood is afraid to fund films this bright for Jesus. That is why we are coming to you.

Illuminate is something new. A film you'll have to see to experience the presence of Jesus in a film. 

Will you believe with us in faith that a film can shine that bright?

Will you step out in faith and join our movement?

THE STORY

When street-art takes more than it gives, Aonani gives up her can of spray paint for a brush made of light, resulting in a battle of the arts, between her graffiti crew from her past and her new family of light painting photographers forging her future. Who will cover the city first?

After Aonani loses her brother during a night of graffiti bombing she wants out, but Smash, the self­-proclaimed king of graffiti, has other plans for her. She is trapped in the gang in order to keep her brother’s legacy alive. When her grandpa introduces her to another way to paint the city, light painting photography, Aonani proves to be a natural. She discovers a way to preserve the memory of her brother, give up her graffiti lifestyle and paint with light after experiencing a heavenly vision.

When her heavenly light painting is discovered by a secret underground light painting society, she finds a single candle with a clue inviting her to learn the art of long exposure photography, which enables them to create majestic images made of light. In the old, Cold War, underground bomb shelter, turned artists’ haven, Aonani learns to paint with fire from Pyro, from Light Board the art using intelligent lights, and finally Sketch who light paints while dancing in the forest. With her new crew formed, she leads them back into the city to paint with light and they quickly capture the attention of the whole city, as well as her rival graffiti gang. But when Aonani lies to her team to get her name known, she finds herself without a family again, discredited as an artist and Smash and his gang back in control of the night.

In her darkest moment, Grandpa reminds her who she is and the grace she has been given by Jesus. As she takes steps to ask for forgiveness, her team reunites and challenges Smash’s Graffiti Crew to a Battle of the Arts, with the town as their audience.

After seeing the town as Jesus now sees it, who will Aonani light paint for, her glory or God’s?

THE FILMMAKERS

 

Bringing decades of experience from both the studio system and the independent film world, Out of Order Studios has created an environment where creativity can thrive but budgets don't soar. With a focus on animated feature films, VFX driven live action films and episodic animated series, Out of Order Studios will become the new standard in the world of "make believe".

CHAD GUNDERSEN - PRODUCER
CHAD GUNDERSEN - PRODUCER

Chad Gundersen’s producing career began almost 20 years ago while in college at the University of North Texas. Soon after, Chad co-founded Night & Day Films in 2000 and made numerous award winning commercials, music videos and short films. Going out on his own in 2006 Chad started Gundersen Entertainment and has worked alongside studios like 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Sony to produce life-changing films. Some of his more notable projects are Like Dandelion Dust starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, The Trial starring Matthew Modine and Hoovey starring Patrick Warburton and Lauren Holly. Chad is currently in production on a children’s animated series called Owlegories, as well as numerous live action feature films, animated feature films and multiple TV shows.

CHRIS JUEN - PRODUCER
CHRIS JUEN - PRODUCER

For the last 19 years Chris Juen has been involved in many studio tent pole films for both Visual Effects and Animation while working at Sony Pictures Imageworks. In 2004, after playing a key role on Robert Zemeckis's Polar Express, he made the jump from Live Action to CG Animation. He played a crucial role in helping to setup the new Sony Pictures Animation Division. His latest project was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, an all-CG animated feature produced by Sony Pictures Animation. Prior to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Juen's credits included Co-Producer of the animated hits Arthur Christmas and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as Digital Producer of the animated films Surf's Up and The Polar Express. Juen is also credited as the Visual Effects Producer on Beowulf and a Visual Effects Producer on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Chris is currently in development on numerous animated feature films. 

SETH HIMES - WRITER/DIRECTOR
SETH HIMES - WRITER/DIRECTOR

Seth Himes is an independent filmmaker for Highwater Entertainment providing feature film development, screenwriting, video editing, and videography services for the past 18 years. Seth wrote Illuminate which recently won Best Script at the Christian Film Festival in November 2017. Seth was also a semi-finalists for the 12th Annual Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

For the past 10 years Seth has been creating Behind the Scenes documentaries for Christian Films; Like Dandelion Dust, To Save A Life, The Lost Medallion, The Redemption of Henry Myers and New Life.

Most recently Seth served as an editor editing episodes for the National Bible Bee Game Show!

Creating Movies with Life is Seth’s passion and Illuminate will be Seth’s directorial debut.

Meet Our Feature Film Crew

Here's a great example of our film crew working together on The Redemption of Henry Myers. As you can see, we love what we do!

The Impossible

We wanted to do something that's never been done! Raise $2 million and beyond on Kickstarter for a Christian feature film! We are already declaring in faith our stretch goals! Let's make two movies at $4 million! An animated series at $5 million, theatrical distribution, A-list talent and new rewards for our backers! If we can dream it God can do it! We are his sons and daughters let us unite together and accomplish the impossible because with Jesus all things are possible!

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light­-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand, shine! ­ Matthew 5:16

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is a risky business. That is why we've partnered with Out of Order Studios who have a clean track record in producing marketable, distributed films on this scale on time and on budget.

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