Apparently, I can see the future.
When I was in high school, my brothers and I came up with a story about a man who goes back in time to change history in his favor. A year later a small movie called Terminator came out.
In the early 90s, I wrote a movie serial about a man and a woman who investigate seemingly unconnected deaths which end up being tied to a far greater conspiracy of events. It was called The Demon Files. While we were editing the first episode, a new show came out on Fox about a man and a woman who, in the pilot episode, investigated seemingly unconnected deaths which ended up being tied to a far greater conspiracy of events… it was called The X Files.
About six years ago I wrote a Christian movie called Redemption about a holy man who tries to redeem his soul while fighting vampires. This fall a movie is coming out about a priest who fights vampires… it’s called Priest.
About two years ago I mentioned to my wife that a good opportunity for Sonlight Pictures would be a quality Christian Christmas film because, if it’s good, Christmas films will get re-aired year after year. I had outlined a story idea called My Father’s Christmas and was fleshing out the screenplay when I heard about our friends at the Christian film company Trost Moving Pictures making a film called A Christmas Snow, which will be available on DVD soon. [UPDATE: PureFlix’s Christmas with a Capital C appears to be almost the exact storyline I had outlined for My Father’s Christmas. I guess I can check that off of my To Do List – LOL]
There are many other examples of this as my wife can attest… I don’t know if it some sort of cosmic joke or what. It’s kinda funny and pretty annoying at the same time. I feel good that I seem to be in tune with the creative business while, at the same time, bemoaning the fact that I never seem to have the resources to turns those ideas into products before the others come out.
So, back in May of 2009 I stated that one of the things missing in the overall Christian distribution paradigm was a high-definition Christian movie channel. Well, 16 months later I stumble across Parables Television, which will be, you guessed it, a high-definition Christian movie channel.
I’m glad they’re out there… we need it as Christian filmmakers.
Now, I’m not saying I’m brilliant, because I’m definitely not even close (just ask my wife!). And I know I’ll never corner the market on good ideas. But, there’s a small part of me that wishes that instead of saying “I wish I would have thought of that… oh, wait, I did.” I could someday be able to say “I had this idea… check it out!” and actually get to show you something before the cosmos inspires someone else to do the same.
So, welcome to the party, Parables Television! Your success will be our success!