The question is this: Can holding our media productions up to the Gospel standard or ideal serve as an educational tool to improve future media productions?
I believe it can.
I believe that there are reasons for doing this that I do not fully comprehend, but I am compelled to start this journal of media studies before I have all the answers. There are truths, which at the present time remain unorganized. These truths are universal, which if organized, can be extremely beneficial. Chasms of error, which are frequently repeated, can be effectively avoided.
At some future date, Christ the Lord in His great majesty and glory will return to earth to claim His own. It is the preparation of a people ready to met Him that compels me to encourage media production and education relative to it among the Latter-day Saints. Of course, we will not be alone as a people at his coming, so I intentionally do not exclude anyone from this conversation that consents to the standards that we uphold.
There have been great film movements that have had a defining impact on our world today. There are powerful lessons to be learned from the history books in anticipation of one more great film movement. Whether in the end it will be called the LDS Cinema movement or not, I don’t know.
One of the primary attractions of mass media is in its capacity to engage the masses, entertain them, communicate with them. There is no doubt of the power and influence that it can exercise on its viewers. I am a strong proponent of wholesome, well-organized and artistically-executed media production.
I am something of an idealist, but more realistically, I think I simple have seen too much good to think elsewise of people. This blog then is a hashing board for media theory and principle. Welcome aboard, fellow traveler.