A Conversation with Author and Filmmaker Frank Peretti
- Tuesday, September 30, 2003
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Crosswalk: How much input did you have in the making of Hangman's Curse the movie?
Peretti: In God's grace, He finally brought me together with some filmmakers who really wanted to work with me and let me work with them. That's something that I've always wanted to do - make movies. The bigger picture is that we're not just making more movies; we're in it for the long haul. We want to follow that Christian principle of, "If you're faithful in the little things, then God will entrust you with bigger things."
The question always comes up, "When's This Present Darkness going to be a movie. How come This Present Darkness isn't a movie?" Well, I'll tell you why This Present Darkness isn't a movie. It's not a movie because we cannot make a movie that big, that expensive, that technically demanding. It would take incredible resources, staff, studios, special effects, actors, everything.
You know, all too often we shoot real high, but we don't realize that the Lord wants to bring us there step by step. So, in good faith, we want to be faithful in the little things. Let's start with this movie. This is something we can handle. Let's do the best job we can on it. Let's learn from it. Learn from our mistakes. Learn from our strengths. Do better each time.
We'll do this one, then we're going to do Nightmare Academy. Then we'll do The Visitation. Then maybe we'll do The Oath. And then, maybe by then, the Lord will say, "Okay you're ready, now let's try This Present Darkness.
Crosswalk: Your books really seem to resonant with teens and also their parents - especially the themes of "wounded spirits" and bullying in schools.
Peretti: Right, Hangman's Curse deals with bullying. The book deals with it a lot more directly, and it's in the movie too. Now the Veritas Project is a series for young people, to encourage them to think, to deal with issues, to not just parrot everything they hear on the boob tube, but to think things through. Hangman's Curse talks about bullying, harassment, respect for others. Nightmare Academy deals with absolute truth. It's a direct confrontation of the popular relativism that you hear so much of today.
Crosswalk: Can you talk about your own wounded spirit and how God has used that story in your life?
Peretti: Well, it started out as a talk that I knew that I always wanted to give, just never had the opportunity. I always imagined giving this talk at a Bible college or something. The time and place would be right and I'd actually come out and say something like, "This is probably going to be the weirdest sermon you're ever going to hear. I've never heard it before. I've never heard a pastor, or a youth leader, or a teacher, or a principal, or anybody ever talk about this, but I'm going to talk about it because I know it affects everybody." And then I'd go on to tell them about the wounded spirit.
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