Ok, so while I have been out of school for most of the summer and avidly (if unsuccessfully) searching for a good job, I have had time to get some major work done on some pet projects. I am so excited that I want to tell you about them, without giving too much away.
I have had an idea for several months now to do Nooma™-style videos for teens and 20-somethings on theological concepts. Essentially, the basics of the Christian faith in video form. There would be initially three five-episode video series dealing with topics of systematic theology. Then it would move onto two practical series, one on Bible study and the other on spiritual discipline and practice.
Two: The Spiritual Value of Gothic Literature
No, my fascination with Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Phantom of the Opera has not been in vain over the years. There are a great many spiritual allusions in these works. They draw from a great stream of Christian influence in fiction writing, and draw on it, as well as on concepts from the classical period. I am going to write a book on these outstanding concepts in these works, and also further do my own stage script or screenplay version of Dracula which hopefully will be faithful to the novel, will pay careful attention to the spiritual warfare involved, and of course be an entertaining and worthy adaptation (not in the tradition of most Christian media).
Those were the big ones. Here are some other ideas I’m playing with.
Three: Job or Augustine’s Confessions as rock operas
Job, as a closet-drama, is aching to be adapted into dramatic form, but the best way to do this, I feel, is through a Rock Opera; that is, a concept album made of rock music. Likewise, Augustine’s conversion story is one that could easily adapt as well. Now, I can write decent lyrics, but I am not musically trained, so this is based upon finding one or more composers to help with the work.
Four: The screenplay I started in college
The story of hauntings/demonic activity at a small rural college, tied to the theological and spiritual infidelity of leaders on the campus. I always meant to finish this, and my revisions of the first act have been productive so far.
Anyhow, that’s where I am right now. If you’d like to help with any of these, shoot me a note.