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The Heartcry of a Christian Filmmaker

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

One day away from production on my first feature, the anxiety and nervousness has built up a great deal.  Tears started flowing from my eyes only fifteen minutes ago and after praying I felt led to write this.  The last year has been an incredible journey.  God has been SO GOOD.  Who am I to have such an opportunity?  To have the means to spread the gospel in such a revolutionary way?  Who is Kyle Prohaska?  That question was rolling around in my head.  This isn’t about me, its not about my crew, its not about my fame, its not about the money spent or the profits gained.  It’s about the goal of this film to win souls for Christ, and its not just about the film itself when it’s complete, it’s also about the way in which it was made.  With a non-compromising, no quiting, God led attitude and drive from start to finish no matter what the devil may throw our way.  I can’t put my finger on exactly why I started crying earlier but part of it was the fact that I was nervous and the anxious feeling to begin seemed to hit a peak.  I want to do my Savior proud, I want Him to use this film, I want Him to take it as far and high as He chooses and Glorify Himself with it.  Being apart of it all is purely a gift.  So do I know exactly what will happen with STANDING FIRM?  No I dont, but I do know this, it will be worked on with all my heart, soul, and attention, and it WILL be done for NOBODY else but my Savior.  Praise be to God for His incredible mercy, grace, power, honor, glory, and willingness to allow this films creation.  We start production in one day (June 5th), pray that all goes well and God alone be Glorified!

Mark 16:15: “He said to them, go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”

Hands to the plow,
Kyle Prohaska
Praise Pictures Inc.

P.S. – Don’t forget to check the site on a regular basis to see new content updated as we continue production! Behind the scenes photos, blog entrys, location photos, etc. are some of the things you can look forward to.  Also please continue to pray for us as we move along, we need to be covered in prayer.

The List…

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Since the last post…things have ramped up pretty quickly.  We are mere weeks away from our first day of shooting!  Still lots of things to do and get ready.  We still have a big list of things to get finished.  You can never be fully prepared but you can get as close as possible. :P

We appreciate your prayers as we inch closer to our starting date.  Here are a few verses given out to the Cast & Crew in the pack they received along with their script…I hope they are of comfort to you in whatever work for the Lord you are involved in.  STAND FIRM on the solid rock, when all other things crumble.



Colossians 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Colossians 1:29 – “To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.”



God at work, when things seem silent…

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Since the last post, numerous things have been taken care of….Praise God!  

1) Our Budget to shoot the film is currently taken care of as far as we know. We are on the edge but we are much farther along than we were, which wasn’t a good place to be. We also have finally gotten our bank account setup for our company and gotten all the necessary paperwork completed. 

2) We have been able to secure 2 crew members for the production with experience. Travis Herche who recently got done working on No Greater Love, and Jeremy Clayton who just got done working on Come What May. Travis will fill as AD and Jeremy as Production Sound. I’m glad to have two full-time workers in those positions, thank the Lord.
3) Recently (and this isn’t 100% taken care of but close), a guy at my church got me in contact with a guy from Houghton College, a Christian college about 2hrs from my home. He drove down for an interview last Saturday and will if all goes well be taking my place in the role of Steven Corwin. That means my problem of wearing too many hats would be lifted some b/c I can concentrate on BTS specifically…still many hats to wear but not as many. 
4) About $275 was donated within the post time, little bit or not it helps… Even more awesome, the man who donated the most so far is a man I greatly respect who normally wouldn’t have this money to give. So may he be blessed for his faith in the project.
5) The ability to get the 35mm adapter we wanted was smashed by shipping problems. The option was to get it but it would only be shipped by the 15th of May…way to close to production. Luckily someone I know who I recently got our Tripod for the production from has the adapter I need and is willing to sell it as well. Many other equipment problems have been worked out and are ready for purchase.
6) Production Breakdowns, Shot Lists, Wardrobe Groups, Schedule, etc. all be done by myself is amazingly going pretty smooth. I’ve gotten much more done than I would’ve ever expected. Thank the Lord for his ability to push me through with so much to do.
7) Our deal with our composer fell through about a month ago and I’ve been hard pressed to find another. Out of the blue I got an email from a professor at W. Oregon University interested. His credentials are spectacular…very very incredible. Not only is he willing to work for free, but I have no doubts his work will be awesome if given the time to compose that he needs. His goal is to further the Kingdom of God…what a person to have on board! He’ll be sending a demo to me soon, we’ll see what happens.  

I’m sure there are things I have forgotten but there is some neat stuff going on. God is good. I just thought any who would be praying for us would love to hear God’s progress on our project. Thanks for all who have prayed and continue to pray for us.

I came across Psalm 25-27 the other day…its been an excellent verse to read in the morning to reflect on how far we’ve come in a year since we started this, and how far God has brought us, and to keep at it no matter what the Devil might throw our way.

Keep that ball a rollin!

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

It’s almost April, 2 months before shooting.  Things are picking up quickly and lots of work is yet to be done.  Production spreadsheets, shot-lists, storyboards, wardrobe, still scraping together funds, contacting more people to generate awareness, etc. is all being worked on.  Time is a little tight but its now or never…keep praying that the Lord brings aspects of the production into place.  

One neat little thing to add that some of you may want to pray about is a local church about 5 minutes from my home seems interested in helping with the production.  Not sure in what way yet, but hopefully God does something awesome.  I met with the Assistant Pastor from the church yesterday and the conversation was very exciting.  We both knew God brought us into contact with each other because he had found a video of mine on YouTube (an older video I had done), and thought it was great.  He wanted to see who had made it to contact me and he noticed Ransomville, NY on my profile…which is where his church is located.  We’ll see what God does with that.
Just a shout-out to another Christian Production and Company that is currently making films for God’s glory…  The Advent Film Group, who is finishing up its first feature production and releasing it soon.  I had the opportunity to chat with the head of Advent, George D. Escobar today and the conversation was excellent.  They really have the right idea down there in VA.  Check their site out as well as their films trailer.
Other than that keep praying for us, the things to do are many and the time to do it in is short.  Don’t forget if your reading this to keep spreading around the website to everyone and anyone you can!

Plan, Plan, Plan…and Pray

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Pre-Production is still underway and has progressed quite a bit since the last post.  Crew still isn’t completely settled but things are starting to fall into place.  A few people have come up all of a sudden that hopefully will work out just great so praise God for meeting that need!  Our budget is still a bit of an issue but God will provide.  We aren’t short by much, but enough for it to be a concern.  A few thousand dollars is all we are short, not a lot by a big budget movie standards but for us…it’s enough.  If anyone out there feels led to donate (I don’t care if its a heart felt 20 dollars), it would be greatly appreciated.  

We now have our 2 main roles filled as well, something thats been tough to figure out.  The role of Steven Corwin will go to…..*drum roll*…myself. :)  I’ve been looking at whoever will give an ear to the part but none have met up to what I think is needed to pull off the role.  The role of Steven was written into the project as myself, what I would say, how I would react, etc. so I sorta dug my own grave by doing it that way.  Finding another one of myself to play a roll turned out to be impossible.  No big deal though, if thats what has to be done then so be it!  That puts more pressure on the crew however and more trust because I’ll have to be sure that when I’m in front of the camera, things look good behind it.  Video feeds are your friend :P  The role of David Corwin will go to Robby Reisman, a member of NFBC.  I’ll elaborate more on him in a further post, as well as updating the website with his bio and photo.  Also, supporting roles have mostly been filled at this point.  Check the Cast & Crew page to see who’s playing what.  Bios and photos of all of the wonderful folks playing each part will be added as time goes on and the information is available.
If you haven’t seen already, a prayer list is available on the Standing Firm website for those of you who are interested.  It lists specific things that we need prayer for.  Prayer is the fuel in the engine of any Christian project, we’re no exception.  Please pray for us and spread the word to your Christian friends & families.  
Also, we would love to hear from those of you out there who are thinking of us.  Please leave us a comment on the comment page.  A word of encouragement will go a long way…

Two guys, one mission, God’s purpose…

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I’ll have a big blog entry soon that’ll outline some of the bigger things going on soon. They aren’t 100% locked down so until then I can’t spill the beans. God is definitely answering prayers though. We are inching closer to shooting time in the beginning of June. Still waiting for some crew members, especially my camera operator. We’ll see if they are a yes soon enough. Other than that some small changes and big changes have been made to the site.

Also bios for myself (Kyle Prohaska) and my other producer and friend Kevin Michael have been added to the Cast & Crew page. Read the story of how Kevin and I met and how the whole film got started including the puzzle pieces God has put together to lead us up to this point. I showed it to a few people and they caught the big picture, hopefully you do too. 

Other than that we are getting into our 5th Draft of our script, really getting close now. Sounds late to be finishing a script so close to shooting but we’ve added a scene or two that really amps up the character development, something that was needed for a few roles. We’re very excited to see how things are unfolding. We have a long hard road ahead of us.

Another thing, we need donations!  We are getting close to shooting time and we are still in need of more funding.  As of late we haven’t received any.  We trust God will provide, but we are just letting all who are reading this know that we need your help!  If you feel led please donate on the How Can I Help? page of the Standing Firm website. 

We use this verse in times of trouble and doubt. Habakuk 2:2-4 – “Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.

Keep praying for us! God is doing some great things already!
Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director/Exec. Producer

Pre-Production Continues

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Well the last 2 weeks or so have been pretty slow. Not a lot of emails coming in lately, but thats because I think we got the initial rush of people right off the bat. Still I’ve been at work getting a lot of the documents together I need to make an official schedule (or at least attempt to make one). Odds are the schedule will change when I fill certain crew positions but we’ll see what happens.

Also the one person I had in contact with me about playing Steven had to back out I found out yesterday so right now I’m without a Steven. The role of Dave is also blank right now but I do have 2 people in mind. Nobody is a 100% yes yet so we’ll see. On a lighter/happier note I did recieve a new toy last saturday

I got a Macbook Pro. :D I got a great deal on it on Ebay and I’ll be using it on set everyday. Its a few months old with the warrenty still intact and its clean as a whistle. Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200rpm HD, 8600GT 256MB Video Card, 17in 1920×1080 screen and a partridge in a pair tree. :)

So other than that right now we are still looking for crew, actors, etc. As of now we have NO crew that is 100% which is a little scary but we have 3 months to round them up so we just have to trust God will bring the right people along.

Keep praying for us!
Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director/Exec. Producer

Lots to think about…

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Making a feature is no small task. Not that I never thought it was of course, but the last 2 months have really put into perspective what kind of project I’ve thrown myself into. I know God is in it though so that gives me comfort. He’s opened so many doors lately that I can’t even list them all. My biggest worry at the moment however is finding my two main actors. David & Steven Corwin are the father and son the story revolves around and the Lord has yet to bring me the right people to play the parts. The movie doesn’t work without the right people in those roles so that has me a bit worried but God is sovereign, he’ll bring the people in his time. That I’m learning to deal with :)

I’ve gotten in contact with some pretty great people lately in terms of the crew and cast though. Lots of emails for people interested in roles from out of state but its tough to keep track of everyone. I want to fill all the roles I can locally for complications sake. I really would love to fill all the roles at my own church but we have a smaller congregation and our choices are extremely limited. Even more limited is the ability to find someone who can be there everyday of the schedule to fill a crew position.

I do have some pretty exciting news though amongst all the craziness. Ben Mcleod who was the 2nd AC on Facing The Giants, and 1st AC on Fireproof has been in contact me the last few weeks about being the camera operator on Standing Firm. This floored me because his first message to me came only moments after I had prayed that I would find a crew member who loves the Lord that could work on this with me. Literally the mailbox dinged and I found a Facebook message from him. I had added him as a friend and added him to our Facebook group for the film. I’m glad he is interested and I’m very excited to have him work on this if he’s able. Certain complications could prevent that but I’m praying that everything works out.

The website has also exploded quite a bit since launch. I have added lots of new features and things that hopefully people will use to spread the word and get folks interested. I have emailed every local pastor I can find to make them aware of what’s happening locally with this film, as well as emailed some odd folks around the country and internet Christian websites so we’ll see if I even get anything back from that.

Funding is also an issue right now. I met with a local small business developer last Tuesday to chat about possible fundraising options. I’m hoping we find the right person who will believe in the project and the cause and give a personal donation. The online donation button doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all so I think thats our best option. Our current budget is $20,000 but that is strictly equipment so the budget is full. That 20k is personally funded not from investors or donations. We have some breathing room but still, we have to find more funding to finish the project if it is to be completed solely by us. Our actual plan at the moment is to get the film shot, edited, and done as far as we can and get it into the hands of someone who wants to invest in finishing it or picking it up. So we plan to send out press kits with a film in its current state to a few places after that point to see if anyone bites. Its worth a shot right? Regardless to get the film completed, on DVD shrink-wrapped and all, music score and all, my best guess is 35k+ so we need to raise some funds somehow. God is in control however and there are loads of things just kinda idle that God would open the gate for at any moment. My Producer Kevin Michael has 4 pieces of land he is trying to sell and he has yet to get a bite on those. So all of you out there in cyberspace, be praying that the Lord would bring forth someone to even buy one of them.

Other than all that stuff being on my mind, I’m trying to actually prepare the things I need to get the film shot. Breaking down the script, sorting things out, getting storyboards done, attempting to begin scheduling at least a draft of some kind. I’ll probably change it completely but at least it will give me an idea of how things might go. I have NO IDEA what our shooting ratio will be or how fast we’ll be able to move so its all best guess. Along with the 4 day schedule per week I have figured out that to fill my Media Director position at NFBC (my church), I’ll have to fit 40hrs in 3 days from Sun-Tues. So basically 2 months of my summer I’ll be 7 days a week, 24hrs a day, running and gunning. I’m sure we’ll find break days in the schedule somewhere b/c things will go wrong but there is no other way to get this done. I know God gave me this movie to make though so I’m doing it no matter what. BUT I WILL NEED PRAYER from all of you out there to give me the focus and strength to get it going and keep it going through the shooting schedule.

I think when you read this it sounds crazy what we are doing but I know this is what I’m supposed to do. I want to reach other for Jesus, plain and simple. I want to do it with films because I think thats what I’ve been called to do. Pray for our project that all that I posted (and stuff that I forgot to mention) pulls through and that God opens the doors to help this project move forward and into completion. Lots of things I don’t know how to do, how to solve, where to start, etc.

God Bless,
Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director/Exec. Producer