About this project
A visual treatment ("Sizzle Reel") of the upcoming film project and classic "In His Steps" by Charles Sheldon. With more than 20 million copies sold, "In His Steps" is the seventh most successful book of all time. Step back in time to 19th Century America where Christians ask, "What Would Jesus Do?" And then, Do it!
The 'sizzle reel' is an abbreviated version of 'In His Steps' designed to prove to the entertainment industry that this project can be done at a reasonable cost. Here's a behind the scenes glimpse of interior and exterior locations, upcoming scenes, music, interviews and thematic statements reflecting the project. Will the real Christians "please stand?"
A film production company of students, who will function as writers, directors and actors will create the "sizzle reel". Historic Virginia locations will simulate the Midwest locale of Sheldon's Masterpiece.
It was supposed to be impossible to make the Golden Age morality book into a movie. It is the story of an idealistic minister who dares his immensely wealthy and arrogant congregation to live for one year according to the standards of the Bible, “What Would Jesus Do?”.
This turns out to be very difficult.
Making the film has also been difficult. The lavish sets and costumes needed were too expensive to build but the story needed that look. Then the producers found a small Southern city that seems to have been built for 'In His Steps."
Now the studios tell us that they like the script ideas, the sets are perfect, but they want to see what the industry calls a "sizzle reel" which shows a mini-version of the finished film with cast in place and the director demonstrating his talents.
We are so close to being able to film 'In His Steps' and retell this classic story of good and evil that is so true in today's greedy world. It is a story the world needs to see done as it was originally written. It is time for 'In His Steps" to "sizzle".
At the heart of the "sizzle reel" is the realized "delight of my heart" of the past 25 years to produce a beautiful, God honoring film of the classic, "In His Steps". With your encouragement and support, we can make this happen, yeah!!!
Risks and challenges
So long as we raise the necessary amount of funding to do a high quality "sizzle reel" we at In His Steps production see no problem with completing the project. The director is selected, many of the actors have been chosen. The sets are ready. We just have to prove to the studios and the distributors that this film can be done on a limited budget. We have chosen the vehicle of our Kickstarter "sizzle reel" project to prove this.
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