Ecclesiastes 1:8-13:

All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.
No one remembers the former generations,
    and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
    by those who follow them.

I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!



I was supposed to submit this update last week, but I didn’t. I hate missing deadlines like that, mostly because I’m at heart a real rule follower. Blowing a deadline feels like letting people down who were depending on me.


Behind the Scenes from the Shoot (click on images to zoom)







But on the weekend when I was supposed to updating everyone on how the film was progressing, we were actually — you know — shooting the film, so it made sense to hold off until there was a bit more to report.


Behind the Scenes from the Shoot (click on images to zoom)

It was a hectic shoot, trying to cram a bit too much into two days of shooting. I would have liked to have one more day of shooting and one more week of preparation time, but because of the way our (almost entirely volunteer) cast and crew’s schedules aligned, we had a window of just those two days to get it all done. Everyone did a terrific job in a very busy environment without a lot of extra hands. By the time the shoot started, as it usually does, the cast and crew were doing all of the critical work, and I was just standing in the center of it all and watching them make the film come together.


Behind the Scenes from the Shoot (click on images to zoom)

The script changed little since the last update. I streamlined the two scenes and added some additional framing to give it more shape. In the end, we cut a couple of sequences for time. I’m concerned those edits might unbalance the tone of the piece, so as we get further into the editing, we may need to look for a way to pick up a couple of shots, but I don’t want to commit to anything until we see how it’s shaping up.

Overall, I’m still in the shell-shocked, post-shoot blur. I’m beginning to sleep again, and I can eat actual meals, which are both nice developments. But mostly, I’m just looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.



Screen Captures from Chris’ Upcoming Film

(click on images to zoom)






Follow the previous development of Chris’ project by reading his first post and second post as a 2016 Artist in Residence.

View Chris’ previous short film created for Spark and Echo Arts: “Carried from Jericho.”

Read Chris’ artist bio here.


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