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- 21 August 2020 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
I know it’s been 7 months since my last update, but I wanted to bring some great news to you. January of 2019, I met with Lacey and Josh about wanting to make a movie about her life based on her book "The Reason". In March of 2019, I was granted that opportunity from them to do so. In June of 2019, Lacey and I began to collaborate on putting the story together what would eventually be written as a screenplay. In August of 2019, I began to write that screenplay (again, in a collaboration effort with Lacey). And now, in August of 2020, after much prayer and hard work and determination, we have finished the script. Well, at least a working version of the script. It will still need a little more work before it goes into production. But we are very excited about reaching this point. There have been months that went by where our schedules took us off of the project. But back in January of this year, we became laser-focused to get this done. And what a journey it has been.
We have the story to a point where we are all very satisfied with how it presents God's story that he told through Lacey's life, and can't wait until we can to get this into production. But that's where we will need your prayers. We still have a lot more work to do. Our next steps are to start meeting with potential directors and investors so we can begin to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. So if you could, we would love it if you prayed that God gives us the wisdom and discernment to know which of the people that will be presented to us are the ones we are supposed to be working with on this, to give it the greatest impact possible. We pray that God opens the hearts of those who have the ability to invest in this project, to see the powerful message it could deliver, and the potential impact it could have on the viewers.
I will keep you updated on our progress, but even if you don't hear from me on near occasions, please don't forget to keep praying. It's the most powerful tool we have to get this accomplished.
Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in this project and for all of your prayers and support up to this point. Don't stop!!
- 17 January 2020 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
Hey, I know it’s been a while folks, but a lot of you have been inquiring wanting to know what’s going on with the Lacey Sturm story. First, let me say that I have not stopped working on writing. The last time I checked in on here I gave the announcement that the first draft was finished. It was actually more like version 1.5 as I had a bit of a re-start, but I digress. After that, Lacey and Josh have been focused on their Reflect Love Back ministry, and Lacey went out on a mini-tour. Throw in some other projects and home and family life and you can see how some time can pass by.
Last month, we wanted to get back together to start to regroup and focus on the story once again. So we gathered at a local Chick-fil-A (what, isn’t that where everyone goes to talk about writing screenplays for movies?) and started to go through the opening of the script. We actually made great progress but the Holidays were upon us, so we had to once again put things to the side to be with friends a family and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.
After ringing in the New Year, we all wanted to get back on track to focus on getting the next version of the script finished. Since then we have gathered a few times and so far we have been very productive. We are already 1/3 of the way through the script and the changes that are being made are amazing. I’m really trying to make sure that Lacey’s voice is heard in this story and by going over what I originally wrote, that’s exactly what’s happening here. And so far, we are all pretty satisfied with what we have to this point.
Just so you know what to expect, once we get through this draft of the script, my job will be to comb through it a few more times to clean up dialogue and to make sure that every scene we have in the script is of value from Lacey’s point of view and from an entertainment point of view.
I’m also very excited because, along our journey, we’ve had a few prominent people express interest in getting involved with the project. I’m not going to drop names at this point - are you crazy? But I will say that it gives me a lot of confidence to believe that God definitely has His hands in all of this, and when this film is made, it will be successful and impactful. So please keep praying for us! Pray that God continues to open doors and bring the right people into the fold. People who can help in areas that we just don’t have the ability to do on our own. And that we keep Him in our sites at all times so we can be clearly guided on telling His story, which was given through Lacey.
That’s all for now. I’ll check back in with everyone when we wrap on this round.
Blessings to all!
- 27 September 2019 /
- by zoetifex Studios /
Wow, what an incredible week it's been. In one week, the following took place: I got to go to Akron, OH to see Lacey and Josh kick off their new tour and hang with them for a little bit. What an incredible show. So much energy and excitement in the room to see Lacey perform a great mix of Flyleaf, Solo, RLB and new songs. If that were the only thing, it would make it a great week.
But then I found out that her Granny was in the hospital up here in Pittsburgh. She had asked if I wanted to go and visit with her and there was no way I was NOT going to do that. So I made my way there on Tuesday and not only got to visit with her, but Gramps was there too. I found them to be the most delightful people and they told me some great stories. One of my favorite moments was when a nurse walked into the room and she asked if the nurse could come back later on saying "This nice young gentleman here is writing a movie about me." Funny lady! And Gramps was filled with character too. He was smiling the whole time I was there.
And finally, the biggest news of the week (oh, as if this other stuff wasn't big). Well, this blog is about the process of writing the script for this movie, so in that regards - it's big. Ok, I'll shut up and say it... I got to write "The End" on the first draft of the script. While it was amazing to write those words, there is still sooooo much work left to do in order to finish the script. Currently, I'm going through it to clean it up so I can consider it a "final first draft". The next steps are that we will go through the story and clean up some of the scenes for accuracy and then also decide whether or not those scenes are important to the story or not and either delete them, replace them or update them. That will begin the next phase which is 2nd draft. However, remember back when the story was getting to be too long and I had to scrap many pages? I was up to 130-some pages and still wasn't done, so I had to kind of rethink the story and start over. So you could kind of consider this final first draft a second draft, or maybe 1.5 (not going to nitpick). But the story is back up to 140 pages. That is long, but as I've said before - it's always better to have too much to scale back, then not enough and try to build up.
Because of Lacey and Josh being on tour right now, I'm not sure when we will be able to get together to go over the script and start picking it apart. Once I'm done cleaning it up, she will have it to review at her leisure and return it to me with some change notes. So the process will still continue until she gets back home. So until that happens, these blogs might be even more scarce. So hang in there for a little while. Just know that I'll be back as soon as there is more to tell.
Thanks again so much for your prayers and encouragement. Also your questions and comments via private messages. I love to see the enthusiasm so early on about this movie. Don't stop!!
Until next time (whenever that may be)...
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Week 14 Blog Post is up on the progress of the Lacey Sturm story. Link In Bio! An amazing week that included watching Lacey and Josh kick off a new tour, a visit with Lacey’s Granny and Gramps and... oh yeah, something about an “end”. 🤔 As always, we appreciate your prayers. #TheReason #LifeScreams #LaceySturm #JoshuaSturm #RockBiopic