At one point or another almost everyone has asked why there are not more good Christian movies. For some reason there seems to be a shortage. I say seems to be because there really is not a shortage, but there are always reasons why there are not more high quality Christian films. I am not being pessimistic, in fact, I am quite the optimist. Just by knowing what these six reasons are, you can help take up the cause!
1. Supply And Demand
You might jump right ahead and think there is not enough demand to warrant more high quality Christian movies. But the problem is connecting the supply to the demand. Before we started True Story Christian Movies there was no place I could find to get True Story Movies. I did not set out to start a company; I set out looking to find these movies because I personally wanted to watch them. But the market place is in disorder, there are not many places that have a lot of organized, categorized, and easy to find Christian films, especially True Story Movies. People want to find and support these movies, but it has been a challenging task to get them to market.
2. Christians Can Be Way Too Picky
Yea, I said it, and I’m sorry. But you know it’s true. This covers both those making the movies and those watching them. Have you ever thought of how hard it is to get a team of individuals who are very rigid in terms of their theology to all agree on how a subjective scene should be made? Then they are judged by critics who are just as picky. It’s like doing movie production by committee. A little more grace and artistic liberty by everyone involved could make a lot of difference in the long run.
3. Christian Movies Are a New Industry
Many of the films we refer to as the great classic Christian movies were not actually built around themes or characters that were purposefully Christian. They were simply produced in a society where Christian values permeated life more than today. These days we have to purposely inject Christianity into a film, and that is largely a new idea. The industry does not have a hundred years of practice, talent, and technology to do that well. Every film is breaking new ground, and a lot of the recent movies are starting to really do a good job at figuring out how to do it skillfully.
4. Lack of Investors and Producers
Being a new industry, there are not many large budget financers of new Christian cinema like those that have grown in the secular world. Not many Christian films have grossed 50+ million dollars in the box office so there are not many investors willing to consider putting that much money into making them. Many producers have had needed to replace big budgets with ingenuity and duct tape. The tide is slowly beginning to turn though as some recent successes have begun to open people’s eyes to see potential this industry has.
5. They Have – You Just Have Not Heard of Them
I know it sounds almost unbelievable that a good Christian film has been made and escaped our attention. But when I started the True Story Christian Movies online store I realized there were hundreds of great movies that I had never heard of, and I was a Christian movie buff even back then. Christian movie marketing might be even harder to do well than production. Image courtesy of Njaj / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
6. Not Enough Votes
A final reason that there are not more good Christian films is because not enough people have taken a stand and said this is important to them. The way you take that stand is largely at the box office and the DVD store. Every time you buy a movie ticket or a DVD you are voting for what kinds of movies there should be more of. Whenever a new Christian movie opens in a theater nearby, even if it is only being released for one day, if we ignore it then it is like we stayed home from the polls on election day.
At the end of the day, the responsibility for making more quality Christian movies rests just as much on us as it does the movie producers.
In His service,
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