Sight & Sound Theater launches Christian film studio

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LANCASTER, Pennsylvania – The Ministry of Sight & Sound, which has spent decades delivering Bible-based entertainment at performance theaters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Branson, Missouri, is expanding its entertainment portfolio by creating content for the screen.

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry launched the streaming service Sight & Sound TV. This allows people from over 100 countries to see a live performance of “Queen Esther” virtually. Under God’s guidance, the organization felt compelled to create unique Christian films that the world could see.

As Sight & Sound President and Chief Story Officer Joshua Enck said in a video released Friday, Sight & Sound Films will take their passion for storytelling from the big stage to the big screen with true stories of historical figures and events that “changed the world” , because Christ changed them first. ”

Sight & Sound’s director of marketing and communications Katie Miller, granddaughter of the company’s founder Glenn Eshelman, spoke to The Christian Post about how the new film studio came about.

“[My grandfather] is really, really excited, “Miller said.” It felt like such a big task to get out of such a challenging season, and we just feel incredibly grateful, and so does he, that we were able to [do this]. “

The company began discussing a potential investment in film just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While they felt this was the direction the Lord was taking them, they had no idea how to get there.

“When we first asked the idea, the questions were really about, how are we going to do this, aren’t we? And when COVID hit, it felt like it would be this thing that was like, ‘OK, maybe one day it we would probably several years later, ” said Miller.

“It felt like the Lord was just allowing that season to not only give us space to venture into feature films, but actually speed it up, something we really thought would slow us down,” she added. “It became just such an answer to prayer and just really felt like God’s faithfulness throughout the situation.”

Eshelman always had a love for the stage and multimedia, as well as the mix of the two. He originally started his productions as a slide show for churches in 1976. After many years of traveling and that, he opened a theater.

A decade later, Sight & Sound began their immersive experience using live animals and performing on a 300-foot panoramic stage. Now they have built their film studio next to the iconic theater in Lancaster.

“I think it feels really special to have the next generation of storytellers to take the mantle and take it to the next step,” Miller told CP.

“We are so passionate about the stories we have the opportunity to tell and the messages in them. So if we were to do that and step into something like film, we would like to be able to do it at the same level of quality that everyone already knows us. , when it comes to our stage shows. ”

All Sight & Sound productions have original content inspired by biblical stories found in Scripture. With their loyal team on site, they could use the same gifts and talents in a different medium to tell the stories of various faith heroes not mentioned in the Bible.

“When it comes to the theater side, Bible stories are what we are called to do there. And at the same time, we began to feel that this was moving for other stories that we know are out there with just as strong messages of faith,” Miller noted. .

“And so the question really became, how do we start telling those stories? And film is what rose to the top,” she recalled. “So for us it’s partly about a different medium, but it also opens the door to a wide variety of stories, all still with a biblical basis, and inspiring faith stories are what we hope to continue to portray.”

With endless possibilities, Sight & Sound seeks to continue to deliver inspiring content to the audience of faith now in a greater capacity.

Miller described their goal as telling “True stories of historical figures who changed the world because Christ first changed them.” According to Miller, “It really is the heart of why we want to do this and why we’re excited about what’s coming.”

“It’s overwhelming when you try a new thing, you see the end way for where you know you want to go, and the path doesn’t always feel super clear,” she concluded.

But now that the pieces are assembled, Miller ended up saying, “It all turns out to be so good. So it’s exciting, and it’s nerve-wracking, too. There are a lot of strangers yet, but we’m excited to get started.”

On Friday, Sight & Sound Films released the trailer for their debut film “I Heard the Bells”. The film is scheduled to premiere in theaters in December.

Known as America’s Poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lives an idyllic life – until the day his world is shattered by tragedy. With a nation torn apart by civil war and his family torn apart, Henry puts down his pen, dumbfounded by grief. But that is the sound of Christmas morning reviving the poet’s lost voice as he discovers the resounding hope of rekindled faith, “reads the film’s synopsis.

Jeannie Ortega Law is a reporter for The Christian Post. Reach her at: jeannie.law@christianpost.com She is also the author of the book, What’s happening to me? How to defeat your unseen enemy Follow her on Twitter: @jlawcp Facebook: JeannieOMusic

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