There is nothing like March Madness as we all think of basketball's greatest champions in coming together. We consider the Cinderella stories where the underdogs like David take on the giants like Sampson. This is why we are all such fans of s"the "underdog" and have compassion and mercy against the "big dogs" of the NCAA.
Since becoming a Character Coach, I have learned that I am the last person to ever teach about character. Years ago, Dr. Bill Bright and I were talking in his condo in Orlando as he was in his last "days" of life. He had written a book on the Character of God and a video series talking about how much we all need character.
Dr. Bright had naturally humility about everything he did, and yet scores of people have been added to the kingdom of God because of his amazing multiplication ministry called now, CRU and formerly known as Campus Crusade For Christ. He encouraged me to see how my own "failures" did not disqualify me from sharing God's greatest gift, His son.
So when the season of basketball in the NCAA comes around, I am always thrilled to talk about sports and the impact they have on young people. The pageantry of the competition is large enough, but the struggles, the last second free throws and the nail biting moments are the excitement of college basketball's largest stage on television.
While the lights and the cameras are always thrilling, it led me to consider the times when the lights were nowhere around. Brent Price told me that while he was in the NBA he remembered how his father told him as a young boy, "Take 1000 shots a week". While others were outside playing games, hanging doing video, Brent was practicing. No lights anywhere, but the spotlight on the driveway lighting up the basket at night. He became the best because of PRACTICE.
Do you practice what you preach? For many years I have loved the words from St. Francis of Assisi who said, "Preach, and if you have to...use words." I have not always done this, but I am working each and every day to make my life count more than my words. It's not easy to take a stand today on life's most important principals, but we must. It won't be popular.
People may hate you when you are not looking, but you must keep practicing and doing what is right because this is the only right way to live. Wouldn't it be great if we could all just be "free" and give our time and talents away? However, if you want something, you learn the powerful value in putting a price toward the end goal. Practice, it really works.
So we close with this final word to those who did not make it to the FINAL FOUR. Thank you for the hard work, for your challenging season of wins and for competing. It may not seem you were a championship team, but you were. You practiced and you are to be very congratulated. Keep practicing and you never know...maybe next year.
Sports teaches how to deal with failing more than any other interaction in social arenas and also instills discipline and perseverance, which produces character. Thank you for the consistency of placing character at the top of your game in life. If you are wondering about character, practicing for success, then take some time to learn more. You will be stronger for it and more equipped in life.
Perhaps the most wonderful honor we have is creating films to impact culture. One of the most exciting films of my recent career was adjudicated in Film Festivals around the world beginning in June of 2016. Our documentary feature filmmaking expertise is one of the most exciting and challenging areas of filmmaking. Allow me to share how true stories have impacted my life and film career.
Make sure you go on our page OUR FILM HISTORY to learn more about the first award winning documentary produced by our team, BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR (FOX). This exciting story was a true story of the Waodani Indians in the jungles of Ecuador who killed the missionaries in 1956. These brave men were martyred for their faith and their wives went back to live in the jungle with the very tribe who speared them. END OF THE SPEAR was later the feature film that followed, but it all began with a documentary.
THROUGH THE VALLEY was another moving film we made in 2014 about the genocide which took place in Rwanda. Many people of faith died for their beliefs and memorials all over the nation in Africa remind us of the tragedies. However, through tragedy can also come triumph and in this award winning documentary feature film, you will find hope, forgiveness and even reconciliation! Pure Flix is coming out with a new feature film about this movie starring Julia Roberts brother in 2017, so stay tuned for more later.
Do you realize how many true stories really do need to be told in film? Isn't it amazing how often our lives are filled with ordinary people, having the opportunity to experience extra-ordinary circumstances. This happens with real people, just like you and me. Maybe you have a family member who served faithfully in a war and you never realized their story should be told?
Think about the great feature films which have been made around documentary films? You can see Angelina Jolie's film UNBROKEN and be moved by this powerful true story of real faith. Will Smith's film, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS was based on a Christian book and a true story of a man who was radically changed by his faith and then began to change his world and the lives of his family who lived on the streets.
Right now, our film team is working with Dr. Miller Bargeron who is an author whose dream was to make feature films and he has launched an entertainment company after spending years working for our Federal Government. Jennifer Calvert is an author who is a school counselor who was moved about the real problems with PTSD and teen suicide and is writing a screenplay to make a difference in other people's lives!
Stop for just a moment, do you see a trend here? These are people who have a "calling" on their lives and people we have met who are self published authors and wanting to make a difference. Do you realize how important your story is?
Many years ago, I was doing the funeral of my Great Aunt. As I stood before our family and friends, I made this statement, "No book will ever be written about our Auntie, no song will ever be penned and no movie ever created, but the legacy she has left in our hearts has made us all closer to God, because of her life". Later, I realized while this was true, I may be wrong. Here is why.
What if someone in her side of the family found clippings, began going into research, discovery and found out amazing truths nobody every knew about this great woman? Here I was speaking something that unknowingly, I may have been entirely wrong. What I have come to experience is that all people can have a story and there are many elements in making a story great.
What is your story?
I don't know where you are in life right now, but I do know this. If you are reading this simple blog, there are no accidents. Maybe you are just surfing the web and taking some personal time to dream. We hope you had fun here. However, if there is something deeper inside your heart and you too have a calling to tell your true story, there are some key rules you might want to remember.
Life is not always a story. Documentaries often have missing story elements, so you need to know what to do find them. Multipliers are needed to enhance true stories or they may not be commercial. Character arcs and plot lines are essential to place dimension into every story. Often "based on a true story" is why feature films work so well in the creative process.
Hopefully, these tips will help you in considering if your story could be a film. Not every story is a book, a song or a film, but we have strategies we could explore as you dream with us. It's an expensive process, but the rewards in social entrepreneurship, total impact and truth are overwhelmingly powerful.
Best of Luck and God Bless
PS Our film team is ready to create documentary stories with you today for legacy purposes and for commercial purposes, so you remember, there are many roads to real impact.
Dr. K is also called "Coach KMAC" and is a veteran filmmaker, speaker and author and coach who's been coaching hoops in the NCAA for 21 years with Mercer University Bob Hoffman Men's Basketball coach. His unique FILM COACH style is how this blog rolls.
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"Our team of film coaches are among the finest anywhere. You won't find a better group of people in the world!"
Team members come together to find ways to increase our table just for you.
Dr. Miller Bargeron and Jennifer Calvert are authors who are now filmmakers, so remember YOU COULD JOIN US!
In Franklin, Josh Buchholtz and Rebecca Sharp just got engaged and we celebrate and congratulate our team members who are in love!
Doug Davis has been a true success story with the great Warren Theater Chain in Moore, Oklahoma. A dear friend and thinker in our industry for films/dining!
You will find many pros working together to make movies and we are unified in the excellence of the art!
Christi Craddock is from the group HTT based in Oklahoma City and is a rising star in counseling. Her group has many books you will want to know about more.
Roundtable Team are gathering in Penn., Hawaii, Washington and Alabama on new projects!