Christmas Magic is another book by NY Times Best Selling Author Michael Garland that zoetifex Studios has obtained the rights to produce as an animated television Christmas special.
A Little Christmas Magic is about a shy little girl named Emily who has always loved Christmas Eve and when a shy boy moves in next door, Emily thinks it would be great to have a new friend. Since he seems too shy, Emily decides to build herself a Snow Woman to have as a friend and names her Katrina.
At bedtime, Emily is awoken by a stir to find her cat and dog have somehow learned how to sing “Jingle Bells,” and that a rowdy crowd of mice are baking pies in the kitchen. Outside, the snow-woman Emily built earlier in the day, and the next door neighbor’s snowman have come to life! Emily joins in singing and dancing with her two new friends as it turns into the most magical night of her life.
After a wonderful night, Emily returns to her home and fall asleep in the living room. In the morning, Emily is woken up by her parents and seeing all of the presents around and the stockings stuffed, she wondered if last night was just a dream. The only way to find out was to go out and see.
Outside, she is met by the boy next door and they are both amazed to see the snow people standing side by side. Emily knew that it really was magic that brought Katrina and the snowman to life as well as a new friendship.
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Genre: Family Comedy
Icarus Swinebuckle, a book by New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Garland, is a story that is based on the Greek mythology character of Icarus. Only in this story, Icarus is a cobbler by trade, but he was really more of a dreamer. However, his daydreams about flying was causing work to back-up.
One night, Icarus revealed to his son Robin, the most beautiful set of wings. Icarus tells him that he thinks they will work. Goose feathers held together by wax. Robin thought they looked like an angel’s wings.
One day, Icarus decides to test his wings. A large crowd gathers below his building as he climbs up on the roof top. Everyone stares in amazement. His son looks up at him with proud eyes. His wife shuts her eyes because she cannot bear to watch.
As he stepped off the roof, he held his wings high - the crowd gasped! But Icarus didn’t fall. He began to fly - and the crowd cheered! Icarus rose far about the earth. So high he could see only the sun. Could he fly there! He had to try. Icarus began beating his wings with all his might.
As Icarus drew closer and closer to the sun, the wax on the wings began to soften. One by one his feathers fell out. He stopped his climb, but it was too late. Icarus plummeted back to the earth - everyone was still staring at him.
As they fished Icarus out of the water, he felt so embarrassed that he failed in front of the whole town. But as he came up onto the land, his son and wife greeted him with huge smiles. And suddenly, the whole crowd cheered.
That night, after he had told his son Robin all about his flight, he told him that when he was up there, he could see the moon. And that gave him another idea. He wanted to build a flying ship that could take him there. As he wondered if he could build such a thing, Robin assured him that he could and that he would be glad to help. Icarus picked up his sketch book, and began to draw.
First at the Tomb
First at the Tomb The True Story of Mary Magdalene
Mary's true story is fantastic and filled with the redemption of the gospel. It is waiting to be told in truth. It promises to evoke a massive response far greater than Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code!
Mary’s story is centered in the gospels around her role as the first to see the risen Savior. The evangelists John and Luke frame their accounts of Mary to tell three stories, all of which highlight her redemption, for we are told that Jesus cast seven demons out of her. There was nothing more degraded than the spiritual uncleanness she had known. But John tells us about the resurrection of Jesus through her eyes!
John suggests that Mary Magdalene sees a vision of nothing less than the Holy of Holies and the holy Ark of the Covenant! The blood stained clothes, the wonder of overshadowing angels, had become the Mercy Seat where sin was put away forever!
What imaginations the gospel writers had to see the role of Mary in the redemption of God! Mary, once defiled by seven unclean demons was made to represent the purity of Eve, the chastity of the Virgin Mother, and the holiness of all the High Priests of Israel! This is the true story of Mary Magdalene--a set of three portraits far more beautiful than anything a mere earthly writer could ever imagine!
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The Birds (Animated Short)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Birds (Animated Short)
Alfred Hitchcock is about to give a lecture on his love for the birds. In fact, his love for birds expands to his "taste" for them. His adoration for the bird starts to get a little too uncomfortable for the fine feathered friend. But the bird has the last laugh as he expresses HIS opinion of Alfred's admiration.
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Genre: Family Comedy
King Bean who is kind, gentle and somewhat meek (who also gets flustered when he tries to speak), rules Beanerville with his wife Queen Lady Lima and their son Prince Billy Chili Bean. Bart the Big Bad Baked Bean comes up with a plot to stuff all of the Beanheads in a big Beanbag, and then try to rescue them so that the Beanheads will see that Bigger is much Better and crown him King at the Beanhead Ball. But the Beanheads discover his plot and King Bean saves the Beanheads and shames Bart. All of Beanerville celebrates King Bean.
zoetifex Studios owns the rights to produce The Beanheads as either a TV show or Feature film (or both). Elements of the production can be pulled from the plot above (taken from the first book titled “The Beanbag Plot”) as well as future books that are being planned for publishing.
As far as merchandising and marketing goes, The Beanheads give us the greatest potential for much success with toys, games, “happy meals” extras, clothing and much more.
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Radio Reboot Show
Radio Reboot Show
Genre: Action & Adventure/Comedy/Musical/Drama
Return with us to the days before television entered the homes of the American families - when radio was king. Families tuned into comedy shows like Abbott and Costello, Amos and Andy, Burns and Allen and The Jack Benny Show. They tuned into Western shows like Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, The Cisco Kid and The Lone Ranger. Sci-Fi, Dramas, Police Shows even Soap Operas - they could all be found around the dial, throughout the day.
Radio Reboot Show is a show that will appeal to people of all ages. Kids will love the visuals, and get to hear shows that their grandparents grew up with. Adults will love a show that ties the bonds between their parents and their kids, and recall the nostalgia listening to reruns of these shows on late-night radio. Radio Reboot Show will have the unique opportunity to even gain the viewership of some seniors who want to see the shows that they grew up with, come to life on television, in a way they could have never dreamed of as a child. We’re not saying that this will be a big chunk of the demographics, but tests from our Alfred Hitchcock short have been very positive among seniors.
Based on feedback from those who have been exposed to the premise of this show, Point Pleasant is probably the most anticipated project that we will work on. This show has something for everyone.
Point Pleasant is based on actual events that expose the true story surrounding the controversial legend of The Mothman that took place in 1966 in Point Pleasant WV. While we are interested in telling that story, we are more interested in taking a little creative license on the speculations of just what or who the Mothman was.
Some have speculated that it was an angel. Based on those suggestions, we see the Mothman as the Archangel Uriel for several reasons. The Mothman was seen with red glowing eyes. One of the roles of Uriel is as the eyes of God. It is known that all of the Archangels have associated colors. It just so happens that Uriel’s color is red. He is also depicted as carrying a scroll. We have some great ideas on how to incorporate that into the shows storylines.
This show will cover topics such as Government conspiracies/cover-ups, Sci-Fi, 1960’s period, American History, Ancient Alien theories, Men in Black, Urban Legends, Gospel Scriptures and more. A little something for everyone.
Most people don’t know the full story of The Mothman, and thanks to an Internet “After Show” that will feature actual witnesses and historians of Point Pleasant, cast members as well as Biblical scholars and theologians, the audience themselves will be moved to seeking the truth for themselves.
The Book of Revelation is one of the most discussed books in the Bible. It has been (at times) quoted, misquoted, ignored, misused, inspirational, prophetic, confusing, and revealing.
Many movies have been made about what the “end of times” will be like (Left Behind, The Moment After, Revelation Road). But nobody has yet to capture (in cinema) the visions of Jesus Christ that God revealed to John. Whatever your interpretation of Revelation is, there is no denying that the visions were spectacular to say the least. That is why zoetifex Studios sees this as their greatest challenge. To tell a compelling story about John and the visions he was given about coming events - the end of times and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
We know this will be at least a 5-6 year endeavor, but if we get it right, we hope that it will be the film by which people identify us.
Not since Disney’s Fantasia have people remarked about the stunning visuals in an animated film. We look to draw from that history and emotions behind such spectacular visions, while at the same time tell an engaging story, and educate people of the true meaning of the last book in the Bible.
Sacrificial Faith: Abraham and Isaac
Sacrificial Faith: Abraham & Isaac
Although there are many areas of Abraham’s life to focus on, this story will focus on Abraham and Isaac and the importance of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his “only” son (the only son promised to Abraham and Sarah by God).
The story will begin with the beginning of the journey of Abraham and Isaac to Mt. Moriah. Abraham begins to reflect on not only his son Isaac, but all of the other important facets of his life that lead up the God’s promise of a son to be given to Sarah.
Abraham will also reflect on the fact that he has had to say goodbye to just about everyone that was important in his life. From his father, to Ishmael and now Isaac.
Another feature of our educational productions will be showing the parallels in the story between other important Biblical stories. In this case, we will showcase how the story of Abraham and Isaac share similarities with the crucifixion of Christ as well as David burying the head of Goliath.
Our objective is to let even the most faithful Christians see the scriptures presented in a way in which they may have never conceived.
Crushing the Serpent: David & Goliath
Crushing the Serpent: David & Goliath
The story of David & Goliath is only a few chapters long, but there is so much to the story that filling a 23 minute long short movie was quite easy to do.
The story begins with Samuel receiving the message from God that he is to anoint a new King, and instructs him to visit the house of Jesse. Upon seeing David, he is instructed by God to anoint him, which left Jesse a bit surprised that God would choose the youngest and smallest of his sons, over his other sons who were great warriors.
As David is anointed, King Saul feels deeply troubled and orders David to his side to sooth him by playing music on his lyre. David wishes he could see battle like his brothers, but is constantly told he is too small to fight.
Goliath is a 10 foot tall Philistine from Gath who comes to do battle against the Israelites. He taunts them by day and night and easily defeats anyone he comes against. When he challenges the Israelites to send him a worthy opponent, nobody is able to step up to meet the challenge. Not even King Saul, the largest and greatest warrior the Israelites have ever known.
When David sees Goliath, and learns of the way in which he is disrespecting the chosen people of God, he becomes angry and pleads to go up against him in battle. Understanding that David’s faith in God’s power is enough to trust, he goes to fight Goliath, but with only a sling shot, 5 stones and God at his side.
David defeats Goliath, and cuts his head off which causes the Philistine army to retreat in fear. David takes the head of Goliath to the outskirts of Jerusalem to bury the head on a hill. A hill that will be named after Goliath of Gath, otherwise known as Golgotha.
Gigantuous is inspired by our Educational version of David and Goliath, only it takes place on a distant planet that has gone through a devastating world war against attackers from another planet who were after their advanced technology and planetary resources. But during the war, all of their technology is destroyed, leaving the people left to defend their people with their own strengths and limited ability to make weapons. All the while continuing to fight off what is left of their attackers who are still trying to get at the planets greatest resource - deuterium. A type of hydrogen gas that is necessary for warp speed space exploration.
A teenage kid, who is a bit of an introvert but a technological genius, feels rejected by his own people. As a result, he creates his greatest masterpiece - a giant technological beast he calls Gigantuous (Goliath).
Gigantuous has the strength of 1,000 men. He can jump over buildings and smash the largest structure with ease.
A young man of faith (David) rises to defeat Gigantuous and eventually helps to drive out the rest of the enemy combatants and restores the planet to it’s once former glory.
Gigantuous not only speaks to the name of the technological creature, but also to the size of the young man’s faith, which ultimately prevails.
**NEW** FROM MY KNEES
From My Knees
Genre: Faith-based Drama
A family man takes life for granted until his faith in God is tested and shaken due to events that are seeming to unravel his life.
After periods of cursing God he finds true happiness when he begins to praise God through these darkest of days.
This script is in development and more details will be released as they become available.
A Pastor and son have a falling out over money and are pitted against one another in a Golf Tournament offering $25,000 to the winner.
The son needs the money for an opportunity to get his PGA Tour card, and the father needs the money to save his church.
Their relationship is re-kindled when the Pastor suffers a heart-attack on the golf course.
**NEW** LIFE SCREAMS
A deeply depressed 16-year old Lacey Mosely has convinced herself that her life is a burden to everyone and seeks to end her life. She was currently living with her Granny and Gramps in Gulf Port, MS as a result of having major relationship issues with her mother. This move was supposed to give Lacey the space she needed to get her life together. But, due to a strenuous relationship with her Granny, issues with kids at school and just an overall poor outlook on life itself, Lacey fell even further into depression.
One day, Lacey came home from school, and was having what she thought was a nervous breakdown. Her grandmother noticed something was wrong and demanded that Lacey go to church. A place she despised because she hated people who talked about Jesus. But she went to church anyway, simply to get her grandmother to leave her alone.
For some reason, she just couldn’t tune out the white-haired preacher who was talking about pain. Then, he said something that really startled her. He said, "There’s a suicidal spirit in the room” Lacey though to herself, ‘I’ve gotta get out of here. This is weird.'”
Lacey tries to leave church but is stopped by Brother Partridge who tells Lacey things about her he couldn't possibly know. As he prays for her, she begins to feel the warm embrace of God and is saved.