I wanted to announce that I found out about a new movie that is coming out on DVD called Pendragon—Sword Of His Father.
This film is being put together by Burns Family Studios. The Burns family, who homeschool, has been involved in film making for the past six years. It all started when their youngest son, Peter, then eight, decided to make a film about the history of manned flight. And the next movie he wrote, directed, and starred in.
Why am I interested in this movie? For those of you new to my blog, I am a homeschooling father who is writing a series of books, called The Merlin Spiral, with a fresh twist on the legends and history of King Arthur. If you are interested in reading my first chapter you can click here.
Back to the movie by the Burns family: Filmmaking has become a major part of the Burns family’s life, and their current endeavor about King Arthur (Artos) is being made with their cousins. The goal of this film, set in early medieval Britain, is to encourage young people to follow God’s vision for their lives. The whole family contributes to the making of Burns Family Studios’ newest film.
I found out about this because they will be speaking at our local Home Schooling Conference and Curriculum Fair being held in St. Charles, MO, on June 23, 24, and 25, 2008 at the St. Charles Convention Center.
Here is a bit about their studio:
Burns Family Studios is a group of homeschooling families with a passion for film. Two years ago, we began our filmmaking odyssey with The Deed, followed by Quest for Glory, our first feature film. As God has opened doors, our family hobby has blossomed into a serious endeavor.
Now, through our work on the Pendragon Project, our group is being transformed even as we hope to transform others. As we strive to inspire our audience to fulfill the vision God has given them, we ourselves are learning what it means to follow a vision God has given to us.
Our desire is to use film to impact history, by inspiring our audience to impact their world.
Also, here is info about the movie:
During the 400’s A. D., the farms and villages on the coast of Britain were raided and destroyed by invading Saxons. Our hero, Artos Pendragon, is called by God to lead the British people in the fight to save their homes and families. Artos faces and overcomes such obstacles as the destruction of his family’s village, then slavery in and escape from a Saxon camp, and even betrayal by his friends. But, through these trials, God works in the heart of Artos to make him the leader who can save the British people from Saxon destruction.
So the Pendragon story begins…
Son of the village chieftain, Artos Pendragon is entrusted with his father’s vision to drive the Saxons from Britain in defense of the people God has given him to protect. But, when Artos’s own village is destroyed by raiding Saxons, and he is enslaved, his will is crushed. Unexpectedly risking his life to defend a young girl, Artos is forced to make a desperate escape, during which he collapses at the very end of his own strength. He cries out to God and is rescued by Lailoken, a wise man of the woods. Refreshed in mind, body, and soul, he sets out carrying his father’s sword to finish his father’s work.
Artos travels to the British stronghold at Arfon to join the army that Ambrosius, king of Britain, is raising to stop the invading Saxons. In Arfon, Artos meets Wenneveria, the king’s daughter, and Brotus, Artos’s future companion. Both Wenneveria and Brotus are inspired by Artos’ vision to defend Britain and join him in his effort.
But, the army commander Cadeyrn plots to amass power for himself at the cost of Britain’s defense. Through treachery and betrayal, Cadeyrn succeeds in evicting Artos and leaving the British people defenseless. As the ravaging Saxon hosts prepare to invade and conquer Britain, how will Artos’s vision of protection, peace, and freedom be accomplished?
A story of courage, vision, and sacrifice, this film is sure to thrill your family and stir your heart. As the makers of Pendragon, we hope to inspire another generation to stand tall and shoulder the tasks God has given them.
Check it out!