Proverbs 16:9: "A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."
p16:9 Inspirational Films is a subsidiary of Big Byte Video Productions of Central Florida and giving God the glory for my salvation is why this web site is here.
As the Christian films arm of Big Byte, it is our aim to produce family-friendly entertainment in the form of music videos, church productions and feature films. We have been shooting church productions for quite some time now for Tabernacle of David Church in Lake Placid, FL. Here is just a taste of what we've been up to:
This fourth clip is one of the visual effects we're doing for "Samson the Strong", produced by Tender Shoot Films. You can learn more about the movie by visiting www.tendershootfilms.com.
This clip is a flame effect shot for "Samson". Jeffrey Scallon, the Director, wanted the pots in the end scene at the destruction of the Dagon temple, but we did not have anything to put in the pots. So flames were added to give more of that "heathen worshipers" look.
The teaser trailer for "Samson".
Edited Scene from "Samson"
" What's in a name?" Ever since he created Big Byte Video Productions in the year 2000, Rick Shorrock had felt the Lord telling him that he should use his talents to promote the Salvation Gift that Jesus Christ gave the world. "It was one of those things, like, I can hear and feel Him pulling me in that direction," Rick says. "Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of making short films from each of the books of the New Testament." So, right before his devotions one morning, Rick asked God that if He wanted him to make an offshoot of Big Byte to make strictly Christian films, what would it be called? "I prayed this right before opening my Bible that morning. Didn't know where I was going to start reading. As God would have it, the Word opened right into the Book of Proverbs. And the first verse I started to read was verse 9 of chapter 16. 16:9! It was a perfect name: '...the Lord directs his steps.' And to top it off, 16:9 is the aspect ratio of widescreen film!" So Rick added a lower-case "P" to the front of 16:9, both to abbreviate the word "Proverbs" and to simulate the look of high definition filming scanning rates like 1080p.
THE VISION: It was shortly after God provided the name for His new company, that Rick was given the reason. "My wife says I dream cinematically," he says. "Well, one night, not long after God gave me p16:9, I had a doozie. I'm sure it was a vision. I was given the basis for a Christian adventure movie that would be as at home on Trinity Broadcasting as on Syfy." Working out an outline and script has taken two years, and it looks as though the movie will start production some time in 2011, Lord willing.
"But I still didn't know if this was of the Lord or not, and was seeking confirmation. I mean, all my productions at Big Byte were commercials, corporate documentaries, web videos and some television episodes. I had never made a feature film before, much less worked on one. So I prayed for confirmation. Then one Saturday night, my wife and I were visiting a friend's church. The pastor was praying and prophesying, and he suddenly said, 'There is a person here tonight, a guest, who has been asking for guidance from the Lord for something that He has planned for him to do. God wants you to know that when the time is right, you will have all the tools you need to do it.' Praise God! But I guess I was stubborn, because at my own church a few months later, our youth pastor, in the middle of praying, stopped and said, 'God's speaking to me. He says there is someone in the congregation who has been holding back doing something that God wants him to do. God says 'Get busy, and He will see you through it.'
Enter John and Alyse Merritt of Tender Shoot Films. "John and Alyse are Christian film makers in Tampa, FL. They had put an ad on one of the on-line video production job sites. They were looking for a Christian videographer to help them shoot a Christian feature-length film about the Biblical story of Esther. This movie turned out to be an eye-opener for them and me, as none of us had done anything as big as a feature. The finished movie has really made a spiritual impact on many people, and has helped me as an artist. John and Alyse really have taught me a lot about perseverence."