Frequently Asked Questions
We love this question! YES, you can increase your pledge any time before the campaign closes August 18th, 2018 and we very much encourage you to do so :). Here's a short "How to" video showing how to increase your pledge (copy and paste link into browser): https://youtu.be/3Rl4l8IufoULast updated:
Can I pledge for more than one reward (i.e. pledge for a Blu-ray/DVD and also buy a poster or other reward with it)?
YES. But you can only pledge in one reward section at a time (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo, Mp3 Download, Poster, etc.). To ADD additional rewards to your order, you can add them during your exit survey sent after the campaign closes. We recommend INCREASING your pledge manually (before our campaign closes so it is credited toward the total funds raised) in the amount of the additional rewards you would like. With this option, you still won’t be able to add the additional rewards until after the campaign closes August 18th. You will receive an exit survey at that time where you can add your additional rewards with the CREDIT from your increased pledge. You will also enter your shipping address at that time. So, increase pledge in amount of additional rewards. Add them with your credit when you fill out our exit survey. ALTERNATIVELY, the easiest way is to add rewards to your order is to pledge again with a DIFFERENT email address for the other rewards you would like. There’s no limit to how many times you can pledge, only limit is how many email addresses you have ☺.
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Your credit card will not be charged until our campaign successfully closes on August 18th 2018. You may increase your pledge at any time before then and we encourage you to do so if you can :).Last updated:
Sorry Kickstarter is sometimes confusing. Your credit card will not be charged and your address not collected until our campaign successfully closes on August 18th 2018. You may increase your pledge at any time before then and we encourage you to do so if you can :). After our campaign closes, you will receive (at the email address you used for your Kickstarter pledge) what is called and exit survey. When you receive the link to complete it you will enter your shipping details in at that time. You will also be able to ADD any additional reward from our Kickstarter to your order (and increase your pledge as a "tip") at that time.
Make sure you enter your email correctly (and make note of which email you used if you have more than one) at checkout and WHITELIST our Kickstarter updates so you don't miss anything. Alternatively, for a workaround, you can pledge more than once (in the same or different reward sections) by creating a SECOND Kickstarter account or pledging as a guest from a different email address. In the case of the latter, we encourage you to pledge as many times as you can LOL :).Last updated:
Selling a home of 8 years, uprooting our family, and giving everything to the pursuit of an uncertain endeavor (when there's no guarantee of full feature funding) certainly reveals much about one’s commitment and motives. My amazing wife of 14 years, Michelle, and I are in this together as well as our four children and the many who have given their talents so graciously to this project thus far. We, and all of our team, are committed to making nothing less than a worldwide blockbuster film based on the 4th “Most Influential Book in America”. Our motives are simple: Flood the earth with the coolest (action-packed and inspirational) stories the world has ever seen, as taken from the mighty Book of Mormon.
I have been wrought upon to do what I've done thus far, with God's help. A burning (unquenchable) desire to make Captain Moroni's story into a blockbuster film has arrested me for as long as I can remember. I'm a lifelong fan of the Book of Mormon and particularly this incredible story.Last updated:
YES! If you're a freedom-loving patriot who would love to see the next "Braveheart" you will support making this film. It’d be the “Christian” thing to do ;). Of course, as Christians, we read many books about Christ that are not the Bible. C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”, Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling”, or Max Lucado’s “Fearless”, for example, are excellent Christian choices. But these books may be (and often are) written by pastors from Church denominations other than your own. Does this mean you leave your Church and join theirs just because you read a book from a their denomination? Of course not. Most people have no idea, there are 3,925 references to Jesus Christ in The Book of Mormon (that’s once every 1.7 verses). It is one of the most Christ-soaked books on earth. This is why the book affirms itself as “Another Testament of Jesus Christ”. But here’s the thing, if you’re not Mormon, the book is just another book about Jesus. Whether in a different religion or in no religion at all, you should still support our film. Reign of Judges: Title of Liberty is really just an action-packed entertaining story about the blood cost price of LIBERTY, bursting with the Spirit of Freedom. A period action film that follows a people who fled Jerusalem to declare independence from from the oppressive king Zedekiah. These are universal themes ALL people can relate to and find common ground with. If you want to know something really interesting, the man our story centers around, Captain Moroni, actually coined the phrase “Christian” in 73 BC—that's right, BEFORE CHRIST was born. Think of it, they had such faith in Christ they took upon themselves His name, even before He became flesh on earth. “And thus (Moroni) was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the CAUSE OF THE CHRISTIANS. And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.” Please, ESPECIALLY if you are Christian, give a pledge that represents your love of liberty, peace, family, and freedom that Christ affords His children. You won’t regret it!Last updated:
We appreciate the concern expressed with this question and realize it is a sensitive matter. First, we have to be honest with ourselves about the book this film is based on and what the historian General, Mormon, chose to include in it. As with "The Passion of The Christ", for example, portrayed authentically sometimes means an “R” rating. The realities of warfare and fighting for freedom actually make up the majority of The Book of Mormon, juxtaposed to the fact there are also nearly 4,000 mentions of Christ throughout the record. Obviously, the historian General Mormon saw great parallels in their warfare to following (or not following) God and this is why he chose to include them in such raw detail. It has long been said by many, "if an authentic movie was made about the Book of Mormon it would have to be rated 'R'" and this is the truth if it truly showed what is written, particularly the brutality of their warfare. However, there is a choice in filmmaking to focus on gore (and glorifying it) rather than on the STORY and the reasons for the conflict. We are choosing the latter. The warfare in Reign of Judges: Title of Liberty will be real and authentic-- nothing will be watered down, but it will not be unnecessarily gory. The focus will remain on the STORY and the ancient struggle of good vs evil, freedom vs captivity. We are aiming for a “PG-13” rating in the USA. Our concept short film consequently is unrated in the USA (we didn't want to pay the $750 to have it rated here), but it did receive a "PG" rating from two provinces of Canada during our theatrical run, which is equivalent to a "PG-13" rating in the USA.Last updated:
The official Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) will not endorse an independent film. We have contacted the office of the First Presidency (the head of the Mormon Church) to offer them a private screening of our concept short film. Unfortunately, just as of 2018, the First Presidency and Brethren of the Church no longer accept invitations to private screenings. They know about our project and are watching its influence grow around the world. I have appeared in at least 7 official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) productions. I have also produced 2 "Mormon Messages" for the Official Mormon Church campaign (as an independently contracted, for profit production company). Darin’s first "Mormon Message," "Saving Your Marriage", was the fasted-approved message in the history of the campaign at the time it was delivered, being approved by all respective LDS general authorities in less than 48 hours. Darin is well familiar with Mormon Church production processes, talent, and workflows and is quite certain (though it cannot be official) that the leaders of the Mormon Church are enthusiastically hoping this bold endeavor is successful. Indeed, Mormon Church Doctrine states “Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness (D&C 58:27).” One definition of the word anxious means “Wanting something very much, typically with a feeling of unease.” Darin has wanted this story portrayed in worldwide theaters since he was a young boy. With the exception of finding the love of his life and having a family, he has never wanted anything more "anxiously" in his entire existence. We believe there’s a good reason why the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) has not, and will not, make a Book of Mormon war epic. A Book of Mormon war epic produced under the official banner of the Mormon Church would not reach the masses in a way an independent film can. The Church is a non-profit organization with layers upon layers of approval. Frankly, as strange is this seems, the Mormon Church is not positioned to make an authentic Book of Mormon war epic. The Mormon Church is also not in the business of worldwide blockbuster filmmaking. The church is, in fact, currently in production with some Book of Mormon vignettes for a new Book of Mormon Audio Visual library, like the Bible videos they did recently. These videos will not likely reach those who are outside the influence of the Mormon Church, and almost certainly won’t reach the masses. The Book of Mormon is a universally read book by religious and irreligious alike. Our film is about a hero who lived 2000 years ago and rallied his people to the call of freedom to save their dwindling nation. The Mormon church espouses a doctrine of inclusion. The epic stories from The Book of Mormon were intended for the masses and they won't reach the masses unless the film is done independently. The stories must be portrayed in a way the world can understand-- EPIC and with the a necessary allowance of creative freedom to ensure authenticity. We imagine, if nothing else, the official Mormon Church might respond something like they did to "Book of Mormon Musical" when they took out full page ads in their programs that stated simply, "You've seen the play... now read the book."Last updated:
Our specific locations have not yet been decided. There is much to consider, including budget, location film incentives, and the time of year we are filming. Locations are chosen once the script is locked and we begin pre-production. There is much speculation as to where Book of Mormon events took place. We’re also not naive that some think they didn’t take place at all. The focus of our film is not to convince every scientific inquirer of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. Our purpose is to deliver an action-packed experience filled with love, epic conflict, and freedom guaranteed to be riveting. Does anyone really care that they didn’t use kilts in the time "Braveheart" took place? The Book of Mormon was not intended as a geography book. We’ve made strong historical choices that reflect what we know today and create the feeling of an ancient world. You’re gonna love it!
As it were, the Mormon Church does not have an official position on where Book of Mormon events took place. We filmed our concept short film on the southern Oregon Coast.Last updated:
No. 90% of our cast and crew on our concept short film were NOT Mormon. One of our consulting producers is a born-again Christian and he is thrilled about this project. Our Emmy-nominated hairstylist is Catholic-- also thrilled about our project. In fact, nearly all of the Hollywood professionals we’ve consulted, believe it or not, have been very supportive of (and genuinely intrigued with) what we are doing. Yes, the writer/director, Darin Southam, is an active Mormon who has made a lifelong study of The Book of Mormon and is an enthusiastic fan of Captain Moroni. We feel it extremely important to have, as one of our producers, someone deeply familiar with and passionate about the record our film is based on. Mark Burnett is Catholic and produced Son of God—and he did a masterful job doing so.Last updated:
No. He is said to have translated it from ancient gold plates, which he discovered (through the help of a Heavenly Messenger) in a buried concrete depository located in modern day Palmyra NY. One cannot allege Joseph Smith wrote (or invented) the Book of Mormon without, at the same time, giving him much unintended credit. Joseph Smith received only 3 years of formal education. To say that he invented 531 pages of text, teeming with literary and Semitic complexity, without honestly attempting to account for the origin of those pages, is akin to saying Joseph Smith was a prodigy unlike any we’ve ever seen. To put it another way, “I cannot understand how any intelligent (person) could think that anyone without the help of the Lord could have produced The Book of Mormon.” - Heber J. GrantLast updated:
This is a long one, sorry :). Need to be thorough here.
First, I think it best to acknowledge nobody really knows what either people looked like (if we are taking the events as historical that is). Everything we have put into our film is derived from or inspired directly by the record itself (The Book of Mormon). This includes the necessary creative liberties that have been taken to fill story gaps and details. Sadly, much of what people believe with regard to how Nephites and Lamanites looked anciently and where Book of Mormon events all took place is derived from outside of the record (from "Scholarly" sources), which inherently involve someone else's interpretation. Moreover, embracing the temptation to view these events through modern political vernaculars would also be detrimental to their authenticity. It's also important to note, the Mormon Church does not have an official position on what the Nephites looked like, nor where Book of Mormon events took place. To get caught up in these matters would be foolish and exactly the kind of distraction our opposition would love to create. And certainly to withhold support based on such opinions would be an even greater advantage to our opposition.
That said, here is what we do know. There was a lot of mixing between the Nephites and Lamanites, per the record itself, throughout their 1000 year cohabitation in the New World. At times, the Lamanites were "more righteous" than the Nephites and visa versa. At times, the Nephites where white and the Lamanites "dark" and visa versa. As far as the way they looked and skin color, the prophet, Nephi the first (in The Book of Mormon), saw in vision the "Gentiles" taking possession of what is now America. We do know that the Gentiles, or the people who established America, essentially looked (and still do look) like Europeans. We can readily observe this even today.
Nephi said of his vision:
"And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did prosper and obtain the land (the land that Nephi also possessed with his people) for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like unto my people before they were slain." 1 Nephi 13:15
Here we have Nephi describing the Gentiles in great detail and then giving us the astonishing link directly to his people by saying the Gentiles looked "like... my people before they were slain."
There are three critical points to consider in this vision.
1. If Nephi was a prophet we must believe he had this vision and he meant what he said. His words should not have projections placed on them to mean anything other than what he wrote, even if it doesn't fit modern political vernaculars.
2. Nephi himself professed to be one who "(gloried) in plainness" and therefore his words must be taken plainly to mean exactly what they were intended to mean. White means white, fair means fair, and beautiful means beautiful. We also know that Lehi (Nephi's father) and their families came from Jerusalem so that means they were white and fair Hebrews, essentially.
3. Nephi says, very importantly, that the Gentiles looked like his people "BEFORE they were slain". The Native Americans found in America when the Gentiles drove them off the land, as was prophesied would take place in The Book of Mormon itself, were not the way the Nephites looked. There was nearly 1400 years of wars, conflict, decivilization, and degeneration that took place among the Lamanites after they had destroyed the Nephites off the face of the land; so even the Lamanites in Nephi's time likely looked very different from those found here at the time of Columbus and the early explorers.
The Lamanites were described many times as having a darker skin color, shaved heads, and fighting in loincloths. So that gives us a pretty good picture.
That said, again, there was much mixing so there would have been Lamanites who had joined the Nephites and visa versa. Usually the white Nephites who dissented to the Lamanites did so for political purposes and used the Lamanites' hatred of the Nephites to incite war. The ultimate end of such conflict was to supplant the Nephites' free republic with a monarchy. This will all be portrayed in our film.
Finally, the Nephites would not have looked Roman necessarily. The Nephites appealed more to Egypt than anything else. They spoke often of and held in highest regard, Joseph of Egypt. This is why the armor we have designed hints of Egypt. We also know that there was possibly even some Greek influence from the descendants of Mulek, son of Zedekiah, who also came to the Northern part of the Americas before Lehi's group arrived. We have names like "Archeantus", a Greek name, found among the Captains of the Nephites. What is a Greek name doing in the pre-Columbian New World? As far as armor is concerned, we also know the Nephites had possesson of breastplates from the fallen civilization of the Jaredites. These breastplates likely were highly influential in the designs of armor that Captain Moroni developed for his soldiers. What influences did the Jaredites have? There is much to consider with these things but the armor we have designed and the actors who will be featured will reflect what we know, as taken from The Book of Mormon itself.
We want to strike a tone similar to Terrance Malick's "The New World" for the Lamanites and setting and "Exodus: Gods and Kings" or "The Ten Commandments" for the Nephites, with mixing on both sides.
There will be many people of color in our film. There will also be many white people, as described by the record. In this sense, our film will be an extremely diverse motion picture and will feature a Lamanite group who joins the Nephites, laying down their weapons of war in a covenant of peace. A very moving story as a backdrop to the heroic action of Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty.Last updated:
Absolutely. The book of Enos in The Book of Mormon tells us "... the people of Nephi did till the land, and raise all manner of... FLOCKS of HERDS, and flocks of all manner of CATTLE of every kind, and GOATS, and wild goats, and also MANY HORSES."
Also, when Ammon was among the Lamanites (King Lamoni's people), the record tells us "(Ammon) is feeding (King Lamoni's) horses. Now the king had commanded his servants... that they should prepare his HORSES and CHARIOTS, and CONDUCT HIM forth to the land of Nephi."
Finally, we read from the record that Lachoneus, governor of the Nephites commanded his people to "(take) their HORSES, and their CHARIOTS, and their CATTLE, and all their FLOCKS, and their HERDS... and... march forth by thousands and by tens of thousands... to defend themselves against their enemies."
We know from the record, both Nephites and Lamanites had many horses and chariots and that they used them to defend themselves (or in other words, in battle). This will all be portrayed in our film.
For those who don't believe The Book of Mormon is historical, our film will make for GREAT fantasy war entertainment!Last updated:
YES! For those who don't believe The Book of Mormon is historical, our film makes for GREAT fantasy war entertainment. Will this film make The Book of Mormon a household name? Yes, but no more than "Book of Mormon Musical" already has. Besides, if The Book of Mormon isn't true than you should have every incentive to get the word out about what's really inside it, right? The sooner everyone knows, the sooner they can move on? What do you have to lose by supporting the first North American Book of Mormon war epic set in the pre-Columbian New World?
And no one can deny the excitement of following a groundbreaking movement from its early stages all the way to a major blockbuster release... come on, it will be like watching the "American Idol" for movies!Last updated:
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