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My blog will show you how to start your business with free advertising sources, and to then build your business with the profits. Post to 50 And More Social Media Sites, including Instant Blog Subscribers, Facebook and Twitter. John Lo talks to Troy Cooper about how Epicentre Church launched their missionary training school for movement pioneers. Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor of the Australian newspaper, and a Catholic, has some advice for Christian churches.
In Western Europe, on the east and west coasts of the US, and in Australia, the new religion of aggressive secularism is on the rise, more self-confident and fundamentalist than ever.
Widespread, prolonged affluence has been more effective than oppression ever was in killing religious belief and practice. Across the past 120 years, the Christian churches in Europe and Australia have lost every significant, long-term battle about social norms and legal measures to underpin them.
The Christian churches now need to reconceive of themselves as representing a distinct and not all that big minority (of practising Christians).
Recently Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner was willing to hear a complaint against the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart for circulating a pamphlet which upheld the view that marriage is between a man and a woman. If the churches saw themselves as a strong minority with clear values under attack they might respond differently. A robust archbishop leading a self-confident community that believed in its future might respond to the attack on Don’t Mess with Marriage by finding the most public square available in Hobart and reading the document out in full, then instructing all the priests in his diocese to read it from the pulpit on Sunday. Our modern-postmodern generation prefers WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) to WDJD (What Did Jesus Do), every time. What purports to be moral guidance might be nothing more than subjective thought, opinion, or sheer imagination, taken as divine wisdom. Here’s an example, when we train how to do Discovery Bible Study we often use the story of the woman who wept at Jesus feet (Luke 7:36-50). We’re uncomfortable with the reality of human sinfulness and the holy love of God which must judge and punish sin. Once we’ve removed the holiness of God from the picture, the next thing we can do is remove the necessity of the Cross for our salvation. Right now, if you’re someone who is faithful to the teaching of Scripture, and you’re living in the enlightened West (UK, US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada), I hope you feel like you’re standing on the wrong side of history. The illusion is over, you can’t be faithful to the historic Christian faith and your culture any more. I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.
Those who gather at his cross and by his empty tomb, no matter their nationality, are on the right side of history. The controversial founder of one of Europe’s largest Protestant churches is battling some in his church leadership over his reaction to multiple affairs. Leadership failure is a major threat to every multiplying movement of disciples and churches. Here’s DA Carson’s take on why the “Young Restless and Reformed” movement sailed into rough waters a few years ago. He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Before the risen Lord Jesus sent his disciples to the ends of the earth, he sat them down for an overview of God’s purposes in Scripture. To cut through the missional fog that afflicts us, we need to know the flow and significance of Biblical history from Genesis to Revelation. Police in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have arrested three evangelical Christians, accusing them of forced conversion and insulting Hindu religious sentiment.
Rev V A Anthony, of the Brethren Assembly Church in Satna, his wife Prabha and another woman were arrested after leading prayers in the nearby town of Aber. No-one is making any inroads at all into the non-religious population or non-Christian religions. For the first time on record people of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales.
London has the highest proportion of people who say they are religious due mainly to having high levels of people who identify with non-Christian religions. Wales has the highest proportion who say they have no religion, largely due to the low number of immigrants.
The Christian population is ageing, half of all Christians in England and Wales are over 55 [ed. The proportion of the population who describe themselves as Anglican plunged from 44.5% in 1983 to 19% in 2014. The Church of England expects attendance to continue to fall for another 30 years as its congregations age and the millennial generation spurns the institutions of faith. Meanwhile the Archbishop of Canterbury (above) has urged Christians not talk to people about their faith unless they are actively invited to do so.
Michelle and I are off to Thailand to meet up with our MOVE workers who are serving in India, Thailand, the South Pacific, Australia and Britain.
Then I get to visit the Land Downunder and meet my grandson Jackson for the first time, see our four children and watch Collingwood play Melbourne at the MCG. The plan was simple, meet people in the community on the streets or in homes and offer to pray for them.
After five days in Moss Side, Manchester we know on any day there are people waiting to learn more and waiting to turn and believe.
Michelle and I will in London for the next Following and Fishing Training, June 17-18, 2016. The training gets you started connecting with people, sharing the gospel and making disciples.
For Aussie readers, What Jesus Started and Pioneering Movements are on sale at Koorong Books—20% off. We crowded into the hotel conference room for our final session at the end of a long week searching for people and houses of peace. All of this happened in Moss Side, notorious for its high rate of drug and gang related murders. Thanks to our hosts, Anthony Delaney and Ivy Church, and to Don Waybright and the team from Sugar Creek which included their lead pastor Mark Hartman. The notorious Moss Side neighborhood of Manchester UK is recognized as the most diverse neighborhood in the world. Day One: 56 people received prayer, 48 people heard the gospel (3Circles), 11 yellow lights (I want to learn more), 4 green lights (turned and believed). Steve Wright talks about how a multi-site mega church can reach it’s community through multiplying disciples and churches. Each touch of training has two components: one is the event and the second is the weekly rollout. We went in to Tulsa in September-October, and it was just a soft touch of training with the pastors and elders and a few key people in the church. They started going through the Commands of Christ on Wednesday nights, they started taking a training team out in the harvest on Thursday nights, and next thing you know you’re seeing out of this church led by pastors and elders, people come to Christ and stories start bubbling out within the community.
So we show up in January and I meet with their fruitful trainers on the ground the night before, and we run through the training and practice and we get up there and their people did 80% of the training. So second touch of training, we did the event and then they did the 4-6 week rollout of the Commands of Christ afterwards. At this training one of the trainer’s second-generation disciple was there and that person baptized a third-generation disciple at the training. Our whole goal is to come in to help get it started, then we remove ourselves and just continue on in a coaching and mentoring relationship, so that it’s the local leaders and teams that are the ones rolling this out.
The 3Touches are three training events on sharing the gospel and making disciples, two-three months apart. At the last event (2-3 months later) the swarm team watch while the local practitioners do all the training.
Adopt a NoPlaceLeft radius around church to share gospel with every household within a time-frame.
Recently I spoke to Troy Cooper about how he finds churches that are ready to become mobilisation centres for multiplying disciples and churches. One is disciple-making—they’re usually exploring different evangelism and discipleship tools that are totally unrelated to one another. The second is church planting—hey we’re interested in planting churches—and they’ll typically outsource this to somebody.
The third one is missions mobilization; they’ve got a heart to mobilize people to the nations and they’re usually looking to outsource that too. When I look at the Bible and see what happened in the book of Acts, if you start with disciple-making, it leads to church planting, which leads to missions mobilisation. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
In New Zealand, as in Australia, Britain and Europe, we’re still a long way from multiplying movements of disciples and churches. The biggest barrier to the spread of the gospel, resulting in new disciples and multiplying streams of churches, is our unwillingness to share the gospel up front and early and teach new disciples how to obey Christ. Theirs is the story of gospel advance as Phil is facing a life and death struggle with cancer. Phil and Monika Clark talk with Steve Addison about their story of pioneering movements in New Zealand. Last time we checked in Russell Godward was out searching for houses of peace in Gisambi, Kenya. If you want your Mondays to be different maybe we could come and train with you, your church or a group of churches in your town? I got comfortable and settled in to switch off and watch a movie before the busy two weeks ahead and noticed an older Asian man sitting next to me.
Part way though the flight (at and my movie!) the gentleman next to me tapped me on the shoulder. I talked about how in the Koran it says Jesus was sinless, born of a virgin and did miracles. So, there, at 30,000 feet we prayed and Salim from Sri Lanka asked Jesus to forgive his sins and said he wanted to follow Him. Please pray that the seed that has been planted in Salim’s heart will grow and that he will become a strong follower of Christ. Cindy Freeman moved to Los Angeles from San Diego in 2009 to pursue a career in the film industry. Cindy has worked on a number of independent films as a production assistant and 2nd A.D while in Los Angeles and in July of 2010 she began working at Dreamworks Animation as a production coordinator. Jenna Edwards began her film career in Minnesota where she was signed on as talent with Easter Hailey. After several years of successfully navigating her career through the Hollywood studio system Edwards made the leap to independent film with her first feature April Showers.
If the kids are around, you might wanna send them out of the room for a minute.  I’ll wait. What people intend to show with a scene like this: That despite his shortcomings, the hero is not a bad guy and this unnaturally attractive woman sees that. The person who gets pounced needs to give the pouncer something that they truly want or need. What people actually show in a scene like this: That they couldn’t think of something creative or new to show this character trait. Also, sex isn’t the only way to show that a character doesn’t care about something of value.
The scene where the guy really wants to have sex, but the girl doesn’t, so the guy kinda just goes ahead and starts doing sex to her anyway and she eventually comes around and has an amazing time about it. What people intend to show in a scene like this: That the girl really is actually into this guy but that she’s just shy or something.
What people actually show in a scene like this: That the characters are kind of okay with sexual assault. A scene like this can work if it’s clear that the characters really do care about each other and if there’s a clear reason for the woman’s reluctance. What people actually show with a scene like this: That they think men are simple automatons who have no ability to control themselves if they see lady skin.
If a sex scene is inserted just to seem edgy or cool, it will feel flat, unnecessary and exploitative. Just like actual sex, when it comes to writing about sex, the tension is often more interesting than the release. A degenerative illness will feel like a bigger kick in the gut to a competitive athlete than it will be to a homebody. If we haven’t met a character’s extended family in the first 75 minutes of your story, it won’t make us all that upset if we find out that their favorite aunt died in minute 76.
Your audience wants to feel bad for your characters; they’re looking forward to empathizing with them. We return to the topic of music in film once again with London based composer Ram Khatabakhsh. Ram started playing the keyboard at the age of six – just to figure out the melody of his favourite songs and themes.
Ram currently directs a music production company (Motion Sound Production) based at Pinewood Studios (UK) where he collaborates with directors and producers and works with a number of talented musicians and engineers. That’s a great question and there are plenty of options for this type of project.  Meaning, you can find another company to co-produce with you who has insurance, purchase short-term coverage or, if you plan to make many of these films within a year, you may consider purchasing an annual policy. Screenwriter and Development Executive Tom Vaughan joins us to talk about working as a writer in Los Angeles and teaching screenwriting in LA and Houston. Tom Vaughan studied at the University of Houston with Broadway legend Jose Quintero and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. His productions include BLACKOUT with Jane Seymour for CBS, and CRITICAL ASSEMBLY with Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked up) for NBC. He has been teaching screenwriting for nine years between Los Angeles and Houston and finds it as gratifying as actually practicing it. Ellen Coss is a 25 year veteran in computer generated imagery, starting her career at the seminal Digital Productions. Seeing that overseas production was the wave of the future Ellen headed to Prana Studios, a 325 person animation studio with offices in Mumbai India and Los Angeles.
Ellen then provided producing consulting services for the animated feature Arthur Christmas an Aardman Animation film to be distributed by Sony.
You know that as a screenwriter, you will need to put words on the page to tell your story. Writer types (myself included) often love basking in the glow from their sparkling, perfectly obscure, amazingly profound WORDS.
Without so many words, you get to delight in and focus on all the other ways to tell a story: what characters are wearing, their expressions or what artifacts are in their environments. My two favorite sequences in one of my favorite movies, Children of Men, also have no dialogue.
There are so many moments in our own lives that are made powerful not by the clever turn of phrase someone threw together at just the right second, but by what they didn’t say, by what email didn’t come, by who wasn’t at the party, or who was, or the way they just turned away when you showed up and made eye contact. Just for fun, try rewriting a scene or two of your latest screenplay without just half the dialogue, or if you’re feeling up to it, no dialogue at all and see how it changes the scene, or the piece entirely.
Q: I’m new to LA and everyone is always talking about going to networking parties but I feel uncomfortable. Time is precious in a screenplay, so you want to get as much contextual information (not expositional information) out as quickly as possible. The wrong way to do this is to have another character provide spoken exposition like the following. Hey Amanda, since you are too busy and shy to meet anyone since your recent and painful breakup from Mark who works downstairs, I thought I’d invite you to a party tonight. The dialogue above is boring, on the nose and takes all the fun out of discovering who a character is. Following are are five effective ways to introduce your characters to the audience without spelling it out for them.
A character’s positive or relaxed reaction to their environment will tell the audience that this is where they belong, that these are the things that make them happy and, per screenplay logic, the world that will be yanked out from under them later in the movie. By showing us what makes a character uncomfortable, we get a different, but equally as informative view on who they are. It’s not always necessary to use other characters or dialogue to help define your character.
Almost everyone has an item or two in their possession that defines or illustrates who they are. The podcast on editing made me think of what’s been happening with on-set digital work-flow and I was wondering if you all had noticed. I have noticed this as well and it can be a dangerous practice to get in to if you haven’t thought it all the way through. If you do decide it’s a good idea to cut dailies together on set, then I suggest having an assistant or 2nd editor who does that while keeping your main editor away from this part of the process. The editor’s only focus should be on telling the story and it is your job as a producer to make sure they are not unduly influenced.
For our last episode of Season Four and of 2011 we recap the past season and all we learned about post-production, distribution and marketing.
Jason Brubaker is a Hollywood based Independent Motion Picture Producer and an expert in Video On Demand distribution. Jason is a contributing author of The Independent’s Guide to Film Distributors, he is the founder of Filmmaking Stuff, a professional resource for independent filmmakers, and his articles on independent movie marketing, distribution and film production have been featured in The Independent, the New York Film Academy and Movie Maker Magazine.
Brubaker has has lectured on these subjects to filmmakers from around the globe through various filmmaking seminars, panel discussions and workshops. We are all imperfect and no one is good at everything, therefore, it is important for you to know your strengths and weaknesses in order to fill in the gaps.
There’s a saying that when you make a movie you actually make three movies by 1) writing the screenplay 2) shooting the movie and 3) editing the film. Karl is also a producer of English dubs of foreign-language features.  Credits include Gen (Turkey), Wolfhound (Russia), and the animated features Goat Story (Czech Republic) and Space Dogs 3D (Russia). Karl and his wife Lauren have written three monster movies together, made a short film about hiccups, and are currently producing a series of childrens radio plays.
Now that you have brought on Skye Rentals as a sponsor, you talk about base camp a lot.  What is it and why is it so important?
I’m glad you asked this question Brandie because I feel like it might be one of those questions that a lot of people don’t know the answer to, but are too afraid to ask.  I didn’t know what base camp was until I had done a couple of films early on in my career as an actor.
Sometimes, base camp is a drive away from where the actual filming is taking place.  An example of this would be if you are shooting on a large ranch and power for base camp is near the house on the ranch but your actually filming the scenes off in the woods somewhere, you would set up base camp near the house and drive people to the location where shooting is occurring. When making a film it’s important to be mindful of adding value to the project in order to sell it later.
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It over-estimated its strength and tried to hang on to all of its territory, including the long narrow neck of its north. They should conduct themselves as a self-confident minority, seeking to win conversion through example and persuasion and not to defend endlessly legal protections and enforcements that are increasingly untenable or meaningless. With WDJD, Jesus revealed in Scripture is our guide rather than the Jesus of our imagination. Jesus announces to a room of Pharisees, who are sitting in judgment on her, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven.” No one ever points out that Jesus saw this woman as a sinner in need of salvation. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history . Those who lie about him and persecute or harass his followers in any age might imagine they are bringing something new to history, but they inevitably end up ringing the changes on the old human story of sin and oppression.
Perhaps they are no more vulnerable than your average church leader, we’re just more likely to hear about their failures. DA Caron’s The God Who is There is a great place to start, and for Kindle readers it’s on special at $2.99. So I went to Manchester in faith that God was already at work and I would encounter him in the harvest.
We encountered Muslims from around the world, Rastafarians, Gnostics, drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, gang bangers and more.
We really believe it’s the week-to-week rollout of the training that really gets to movement, but the event training becomes an on-ramp for people and an opportunity to help raise up trainers.
So we were scheduled for January, April and July—three touches—but the January training was now a second touch because we’ve already got people on the ground that can train. We just went back for the third touch and just watched them at two campuses, and now they’ve got a solid training team on several campuses, and now those teams are helping train other churches in the city. After each one 3Thirds discipleship groups are launched to practice the skills, begin sharing the gospel and learn how to disciple others. So we went in to talk about church planting but we immediately went back to let’s talk about how to make disciples. We pray together as a young 19 year old guy turns his life over to following Jesus, and we make plans to start meeting to disciple him!
Broken people are not put back together overnight, but why would you want to do anything else? The Spirit stirred him, then a slow realisation showed on his face and he acknowledged that Jesus must be greater. Salim’s son-in-law in Sri Lanka is a Christian and when he returns to Sri Lanka he is looking forward to talking with him. Film Method is the podcast that will take you through the nuts and bolts of independent filmmaking.


Upon her arrival in LA she immediately began working with producer Jenna Edwards to create behind-the-scenes content for Jenna’s feature film April Showers.
Quickly after being signed Edwards was hired by the agency as a full time employee giving her a head-start on her Hollywood education.
It was while Edwards was working for Ferrar that she developed an interest in the casting process, before long she had moved from talent agencies to working in casting with such industry leaders as Sally Steiner (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Boy Meets World), Barbie Block (Jonas, Pepper Dennis) and Allison Jones (Super Bad, The Office).
We all got to Earth thanks to some very special hugs and chances are that at some point in our lives, we’ll do some hugging ourselves. The guy can act like a bit of jerk, but if he displays a genuine soft spot for his cat or grandmother or war orphans—then he might be pounceable.
Spending bazillions of dollars on a car, just to wreck it seconds later and not care about the little Honda Fit he destroyed in the process because he’ll just pay everyone off would get the same point across. I’ve watched movies where people use women like playthings and we still kinda want to be like them!
A scene where an exhausted Dad reminds an exhausted Mom that they’re going to make more of an effort to make a go of it could be informative and sweet. It should show us new information about the characters and it should directly affect the plot of the film.
While it’s titillating (pun intended) to see nudity on screen, if you’re trying to evoke the kind of emotional reaction that will make a movie really resonate with audiences, not giving it all up is really the way to go. R-rated movies are a harder to monetize because fewer people can go see them and so fewer people pay for tickets to them.
This is not to say that we’re going to laugh when an unknown character gets a bad diagnosis, but without the proper set up and character development, bad news for a character can feel at best, unimpactful and at worst, manipulative. A sudden death of an up and coming star, scholar or leader will hurt more than the passing of a person who hasn’t done much nor aspires to.
While out-of-the blue events happen in real life all the time, these deus ex machinas often fall flat on film if they’re not supported. If a character has put nothing on hold preparing for a promotion, we won’t bat an eye when we learn that the gig went to their coworker. Losing a job sucks, but it is completely possible to live off unemployment for a while and get a new job, so it’s not the end of the world. But it is possible to get medication, join a support group and have a perfectly normal life.
But if a character gets trapped in a storm that’s just like the one that orphaned her when her parents had to drive through it to pick her up from camp because she wouldn’t stop crying…that takes the emotion up several levels.
Ram discusses his passion for composing music for film and working as a composer for independent film.
One day shoot with a cast and crew of about 10 people.  I want to make sure my production company, crew and the property are covered.
Tom also shares what it’s like to develop scripts at a small production company and gives some advice to new screenwriters as well.
It was his work as a writer and director in Houston theatre that got him recognized by Hollywood. He served as writer as well as Co-Producer on ATOMIC TWISTER with Sharon Lawrence and DEAD IN A HEARTBEAT with Penelope Anne Miller and Judge Reinhold, both for TBS. He is currently the Director of Development for the Los Angeles production company Dirty Robber. The concept of creating a whole world is the same, but in CG animation, every aspect of the production is created in a computer. And yet, despite the fact that we don’t hear crackling wit snapping back and forth between the characters, we always know exactly what’s going on, we’re on board with how characters are feeling and we get to delight in the visual medium that film is.
Characters in fact, can often come to life much more when they are not resting on the crutch of words. In fact, most of the third act of that movie is, apart from score and sound effects, silent.
A point, a smile, a frown, a tear, a step away from you, or a subtle scoot toward you, a kiss, a stumble, a something left behind when they thought they had cleaned up all the evidence…these types of things often speak loudly and clearly without using words at all. In order to understand your story, the audience will need to know a decent amount about each character’s personality almost immediately.
You’ll probably freak out at all the people there since you have social anxiety, but I want to help you since I know that deep down, you really do want to connect with someone. Imagine each example describes the first time we see a character in a movie and notice how much information you can learn without having someone directly say who the character is, what they care about or what they want. Giving these kinds of objects to characters helps define and illustrate them for audiences. Instead of just taking up space in the scene, that first line of dialogue should pull the audience into the character’s point of view immediately. The possibility of on-set dailies is leading towards on-set editing and for some Indie productions and companies who produce small corporate commercials it is already happening. For some forms such as commercials, it might be a great thing.  But, for film, it is not a good idea to have your main editor cutting things together on set. He is focused on helping YOU make, market and sell movies more easily by growing your fan base, building buzz and creating community around your title. I knew what I liked and what I didn’t like and was very good at pointing out what I didn’t like.
The editor of a film can serve as one of the primary storytellers of your movie and therefore is a critical role to cast when hiring your crew.
Most people’s lives don’t naturally fit into a three-act structure, so even if you’re basing the story on a personal story, you will have to embellish or even create some details to make a story work. In order to make a story work, you have to understand what the parts of a story are, how they work together, where they should fall and why they’re important. Writing a screenplay, selling a screenplay and producing a screenplay are very different things, so know what your end goal is.
Those things, such as actors with names, can be attractive to a distributor who is looking to make a certain profit on your film and will also allow you to pay back your investors. Ahmed began his career in Ohio working as a production coordinator on various television commercials and indie feature films. Ahmed worked at New Line Cinema on various productions including Son of the Mask, Freddy vs. One of the first priorities of the work was a complete examination of all previous exploration and excavation in the precinct, particularly that of Margaret Benson carried out in 1895-7. In each case, the church misunderstood the extent and nature of its support and the long-term threat it faced. It did not retreat to its formidable heartland in the south, which would have been vastly more defensible. Give me the real Lord Jesus, who paid my debt, who commanded me to repent, and who forgave my sin. The challenge was that because this was coming from pastors and elders in the community, we had seven churches there, with seven lead pastors!
They know NoPlaceLeft—that’s the banner they’re flying under—and they know there’s a number of pastors and churches in the area that are doing this.
When we find a pastor that’s broken for lostness, hungry to learn, then we can come in as catalysts, serve them like crazy through training and coaching, and praying for them like crazy.
Letting the lead pastor and elders see that we come to serve and that we’re willing to go at the pace of the Holy Spirit through their leadership. Even more, God is glorified that whether Phil lives or dies, Phil and Monika live in Christ.
He needs to leave, but before he does Dapo asks him if we can meet again to share some more?
We begin to share more with him; we ask if he feels near or far from God and he talks a little about this.
In a roundtable discussion format we will meet guests from all walks of filmmaker life who will share their golden nuggets of wisdom about everything from hiring a producer, to finding a composer, to seeking out investors.
Cindy also directed the behind-the-scenes content creation for Jenna’s film In the Darkness. After two years of rising through the Minnesota film community Edwards made the move to Los Angeles. During this time Edwards was also able to gain valuable production experience working on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcolm in the Middle, and working with studios like Disney, MTV, FOX and CBS. But when a woman in a movie offers herself as some sort of taming device without getting anything in return, it makes both characters look weak. Flushing diamonds down the toilet or having a house full of amazing gadgets that never get used, children who never get hugged and pets who never get walked could also communicate the same idea.
A post-therapy scene where a concerned boyfriend reminds his girlfriend that she doesn’t need to be afraid of closeness anymore can be compelling and transformative.
It should motivate character to new action and they should be changed, if even slightly, by having experienced that scene.
Enter a scene (pun intended) just before or just after the act and you’ve got a lot more to work with in terms of exploring character, defining relationships and maintaining momentum.
The bad news should feel specific—like something that we definitely don’t want to happen to THIS person. An agoraphobe forced to relocate because a tornado destroyed his house will invoke more of a reaction than the same situation happening to an executive who’s never at home anyway.
If we’ve never spent time at a character’s summer home, it’ll barely register when that summer home is wiped out by a late season storm. However, if the loss of a job means that a character has to move back home with their millionaire, superstar sibling and their controlling parents who never supported them in the first place, that character’s in a much more painful situation. However, if the illness is brought on by the unregulated drug the new patient invented and rushed to market…that really hits home for that person. He continued to play on his keyboard as a hobby after school hours and learned to play his favourite songs by ear. His feature film debut was UNSTOPPABLE, starring Wesley Snipes.  He just completed his directorial debut, PLAYING HOUSE, based on a script written with Kristy Dobkin. They talk, Talk TALK their way through three acts, telling you not just the plot points you need to know, but also how untouchably brilliant the writer behind that masterpiece is. Actions, in turn, get to be much more definite, clear and decisive when you don’t have someone in the shot narrating what we’re seeing anyway. If you haven’t seen it, it’s amazingly powerful and nothing any character could say would do those moments justice. Editor Karl Hirsch joins us to talk about workflow, the technical aspects of editing, and collaboration. He has guest-lectured at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, Film Independent in Los Angeles, and has spoken on film festival panels in Victoria BC, Austin, and Phoenix.
Sure, there are some prodigies who can whip out a perfectly formed first draft, but most professional writers will spend months or even years on a script before they plug every plot hole, smooth every character arc and crystallize every line. Even if you are writing a story based on your life or the life of someone you know, you will need to give your character their own existence. Writing a screenplay is difficult work, but the good news is that lots of people have done it before you.
Producer’s Rep Noor Ahmed joins us to give tips on how to increase the value of your project and on working with the MPAA.
Before leaving for Los Angeles, he worked on the indie feature Blue Car which premiered at the Sundance film festival and was released by Miramax. We pray for a need and then ask, “Right now, do you feel near or far from God?” Then we listen. More aware of the enormity of the task as Britain fragments into a range of different faiths or no faiths. It was actually just supposed to be a vision meeting; it wasn’t supposed to be a training, but they took what I gave them and they began to roll it out. We had over 250 people at this massive training, getting trained, going out in the harvest…this is awesome, but the challenge is, if this thing continues to blow up, how many people are comfortable training in front of 250 people? Season One will focus on the development phase of making a movie starting with the seeds of inspiration and writing a script or finding material with a particular audience in mind. It was while Cindy was working with Jenna that she was inspired to create the Film Method podcast.
But there’s a way to do it so that it makes sense and there’s a way to do it that is creepy, alienating and ineffective.
But in movies like that that work, those characters usually balance out their misogyny with many other likeable traits. That sequence, however, falls into the “we know this couple is really trying to work on their relationship” category.
These things are real bummers, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to have the impact you want them to in your script. By age of 11, he was attending private piano and music lessons and exploring multiple musical genres.
Join us as we speak to animation producer, Ellen Coss about her experience in the world of CG art and animation. Because I knew my weaknesses, I was able to find producers who were strong in the area of script notes. They shouldn’t do, feel, think or say things simply because you do, feel, think or say those things.
Car designers need to understand engine mechanics so they make sure there’s room for one in their latest concept vehicle. If you want to sell your screenplay, finishing the script is only about 50% of the work—because next you’ll have to make and nurture the connections that will lead to a sale. There are plenty of blogs and websites (like this one) that can give you good, solid advice.
A thirty year old semi-invalid of a distinguished English family, she had the rare good luck to ask for the concession to a site that seemed unimportant and a site that no one else wanted.
Instead, the next year, the armoured divisions of North Vietnam invaded and Saigon lost everything. It owns some of the most splendid buildings in Europe and is associated with the most prestigious institutions of its nation. Convinced that when Jesus said, “Follow me and I’ll teach you how to fish for people” he really meant it. It can seem like it’s just one church that’s doing this, so that’s why I just dropped the idea hey what if we rolled this out at multiple campuses next time?
So these newer believers are training other believers how to make disciples, and what gave them such credibility to do it is, for the last 4-6 months they’ve been out in the harvest every week, engaging lostness, sharing the gospel, discipling the fruit and starting groups in homes, and they’re already seeing third generation disciples.
But jerky powerful people also do lots of other things that show that they’re unempathetic. Also, yes, there are some filmmakers who tend to be pretty exploitative when it comes to this sort of thing, and if you are Michael Bay, then what on earth are you doing reading this blog?
However, films are not real life and on screen, a guy who coerces sex out of a woman comes across as a creep.
If all the woman needed to do was flash some flesh to get whatever McGuffin she’s after, then why are we watching an entire movie? First, I think the boobs in that movie are totally unnecessary, but here’s why they’re not a total turn off. It is necessary for less-than-ideal things to happen to your characters, but not all downer events are created equal. Most recently they wrote HALLELUJAH together for acclaimed Japanese director Kazuika Kiriya (Casshern, Goemon). Through surrounding myself with others who had that skill set, I was able to learn and develop my own skills at giving script notes.
Architects need to understand structural principals so that their buildings don’t fall down. If you want to produce your screenplay, you should make sure that what you’re writing is within your production capabilities—i.e. Ahmed worked as an Associate Producer on the PBS documentary, California and the American Dream, a four part series that received a national broadcast in the U.S. It was assumed that even an woman amateur with no experience could do little harm at the nearly destroyed Temple of Mut, in a remote location south of the Amun precinct at Karnak. It was a violent, bloody sight, where the Man of sorrows was poured out like water, and all his bones were out of joint (Ps.
At that moment the guy changes, the bravado falls away and he visibly warms to the idea of prayer. And while we may hold each other to flexible standards, audiences generally do not give such lenience to characters in film. Ebeneezer Scrooge was the quintessential mean ol’ rich guy and there’s nothing sexy about his story. If you’re not Michael Bay and can’t write your own ticket, then you should be trying to impress readers, studio execs and producers with substance over style.
And the woman who can’t stick to her point of view long enough to get to sleep comes across as weak. Why doesn’t she just prance through life in a bikini taking money from stunned bystanders’ wallets, walking out of stores with unpaid merch, and slowly but surely rising to the rank of Supreme Ruler of all the World!
If someone were to come up to me right now and ask me what my weaknesses were, I would be able to list them right now.  But, then I would also be able to tell them who I have surrounded myself with to balance those weaknesses out.
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She worked there for only three seasons from 1895 to 1897 and she published The Temple of Mut in Asher in 1899 2 with Janet Gourlay, who joined her in the second season. Yet barely 700,000 English Anglicans, a trace over 1 per cent of the population, go to church on Sundays.
I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.
It’s getting dark and cold, so we head around the area to prayer walk before heading home. By letting sex or sexuality be the secret weapon, characters don’t have to think, plan or grow. They have a silly game of crashing weddings, but they don’t do it to be malicious and they help everyone have a fun time when they’re there. He attended Kingston University in London where he obtained his degree in music composition.
In the introduction to that publication of her work she emphasized that it was the first time any woman had been given permission by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities to excavate; she was well aware that it was something of an accomplishment. Now they’ve got a full-time staff guy and a missions team and they’re pursuing unreached, unengaged people groups in Central and South America.
Their faithfulness has prepared the way for movements of disciples and churches across New Zealand. He looks me in the eye and says “Yes, 2 years ago this week my older brother at age 21 committed suicide in prison. In November 2008 Ram was commissioned to write orchestral music and had his music performed by Kingston Chamber Orchestra in public concert. Ahmed worked for the distribution company Roadside Attractions traveling to various film festivals as their Acquisitions Coordinator. Yes, they help them ultimately so that they can get off of work for the day, but their help is sincere. During his time at Roadside Attractions the company acquired several high level indie films including Supersize Me and What the Bleep Do You Know.
So there on the High Street, as the cold and dark press in on us, we pray for him and his family in Jesus’ name. Because they are well-intentioned guys, their playtime with the girls feels fun and playful, not manipulative, gross or creepy.
In November 2007 Ram’s music was performed in the South Bank Centre as part of the PLG Group season. We were frankly warned that we should make no discoveries; indeed if any had been anticipated, it was unlikely that the clearance would have been entrusted to inexperienced direction. Ram’s music is highly motivated by film music, as this is the greatest goal in his career. Ahmed left Roadside Attractions to join Reder & Feig where he worked with the firm as a paralegal on films including, Brick, Thank You for Smoking, La Misma Luna, Southland Tales, and other indie features (full list on IMDb) before becoming the firms in-house Producer Rep. 3 A Margaret Benson was born June 16, 1865, one of the six children of Edward White Benson. He has been working as a freelance composer for several feature film projects and has written music for number of online advertisements and commercials and short films. He was first an assistant master at Rugby, then the first headmaster of the newly founded Wellington College.He rose in the service of the church as Chancellor of the diocese of Lincoln, Bishop of Truro and, finally, Archbishop of Canterbury. Benson was a learned man with a wide knowledge of history and a serious concern for the education of the young. He was also something of a poet and one of his hymns is still included in the American Episcopal Hymnal. Arthur Christopher, the eldest, was first a master at Eton and then at Magdalen College, Cambridge. A noted author and poet with an enormous literary output, he published over fifty books, most of an inspirational nature, but he was also the author of monographs on D.
He helped to edit the correspondence of Queen Victoria for publication, contributed poetry to The Yellow Book, and wrote the words to the anthem "Land of Hope and Glory". Most important to the study of the excavator of the Mut Temple, he was the author of The Life and Letters of Maggie Benson, 4 a sympathetic biography which helps to shed some light on her short archaeological career. He also wrote several reminiscences of his family in which he included his sister and described his involvement in her excavations. He helped to supervise part of the work and he prepared the plan of the temple which was used in her eventual publication.
His younger brother, Robert Hugh Benson, took Holy Orders in the Church of England, later converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a priest in that rite.


He also achieved some fame as a novelist and poet and rose to the position of Papal Chamberlain.
Her publication of the excavation is cited in every reference to theTemple of Mut in the Egyptological literature, but she is known to history as a name in a footnote and little else.A Margaret Benson was born at Wellington College during her father's tenure as headmaster. Each career advancement for him meant a move for the family so her childhood was spent in a series of official residences until she went to Oxford in 1883.
She was eighteen when she was enrolled at Lady Margaret Hall, a women's college founded only four years before.
One of her tutors commented to his sister that he was sorry Margaret had not been able to read for "Greats" in the normal way. 5 When she took a first in the Women's Honours School of Philosophy, he said, "No one will realize how brilliantly she has done." 6 Since her work was not compared to that of her male contemporaries, it would have escaped noticed. In her studies she concentrated on political economy and moral sciences but she was also active in many aspects of the college.
She participated in dramatics, debating and sports but her outstanding talent was for drawing and painting in watercolor. Her skill was so superior he thought she should be appointed drawing mistress if she remained at Lady Margaret Hall for any length of time. She began a work titled "The Venture of Rational Faith" which occupied her thoughts for many years. From the titles alone they suggest a young woman who was deeply concerned with problems of society and the spirit and this preoccupation with the spiritual was to be one of her concerns throughout the rest of her life. In some of her letters from Egypt it is clear that she was attempting to understand something of the spiritual life of the ancient Egyptians, not a surprising interest for the daughter of a churchman like Edward White Benson.
A In 1885, at the age of twenty, Margaret was taken ill with scarlet fever while at Zermatt in Switzerland. By the time she was twenty-five she had developed the symptoms of rheumatism and the beginnings of arthritis. She made her first voyage to Egypt in 1894 because the warm climate was considered to be beneficial for those who suffered from her ailments.
Wintering in Egypt was highly recommended at the time for a wide range of illnesses ranging from simple asthma to "mental strain." Lord Carnarvon, Howard Carter's sponsor in the search for the tomb of Tutankhamun, was one of the many who went to Egypt for reasons of health.
After Cairo and Giza she went on by stages as far as Aswan and the island temples of Philae. She commented on the "wonderful calm" of the Great Sphinx, the physical beauty of the Nubians, the color of the stone at Philae, the descent of the cataract by boat, which she said was "not at all dangerous".
By the end of January she was established in Luxor with a program of visits to the monuments set out. I don't feel as if I should have really had an idea of Egypt at all if I hadn't stayed here -- the Bas-reliefs of kings in chariots are only now beginning to look individual instead of made on a pattern, and the immensity of the whole thing is beginning to dawn -- and the colours, oh my goodness! The ancient language and script she found fascinating but she was not as interested in reading classical Arabic.
Her interest was maintained by the variety of animal and bird life for at home in England she had been surrounded by domestic animals and had always been keen on keeping pets. By the time her first stay ended in March, 1894, she had already resolved to return in the fall. When Margaret returned to Egypt in November she had already conceived the idea of excavating a site and thus applied to the Egyptian authorities. Edouard Naville, the Swiss Egyptologist who was working at the Temple of Hatshepsut at Dier el Bahri for the Egypt Exploration Fund, wrote to Henri de Morgan, Director of the Department of Antiquities, on her behalf. From her letters of the time, it is clear that this was one of the most exciting moments of Margaret Benson's life because she was allowed to embark on what she considered a great adventure. A Margaret's physical condition at the beginning of the excavation was of great concern to the family.
A Margaret Benson had no particular training to qualify or prepare her for the job but what she lacked in experience she more than made up for with her "enthusiastic personality" and her intellectual curiosity. In the preface to The Temple of Mut in Asher she said that she had no intention of publishing the work because she had been warned that there was little to find. In the introduction to The Temple of Mut in Asher acknowledgments were made and gratitude was offered to a number of people who aided in the work in various ways.
The professional Egyptologists and archaeologists included Naville, Petrie, de Morgan, Brugsch, Borchardt, Daressy, Hogarth and especially Percy Newberry who translated the inscriptions on all of the statues found.
Lea), 10 a Colonel Esdaile, 11 and Margaret's brother, Fred, helped in the supervision of the work in one or more seasons. A It is usually assumed that Margaret Benson and Janet Gourlay worked only as amateurs, with little direction and totally inexperienced help.
It is clear from the publication that Naville helped to set up the excavation and helped to plan the work. Hogarth 12 gave advice in the direction of the digging and Newberry was singled out for his advice, suggestions and correction as well as "unwearied kindness." Margaret's brother, Fred, helped his inexperienced sister by supervising some of the work as well as making a measured plan of the temple which is reproduced in the publication.
Benson) was qualified to help because he had intended to pursue archaeology as a career, studied Classical Languages and archaeology at Cambridge, and was awarded a scholarship at King's College on the basis of his work. He organized a small excavation at Chester to search for Roman legionary tomb stones built into the town wall and the results of his efforts were noticed favorably by Theodore Mommsen, the great nineteenth century classicist, and by Mr. Benson went on to excavate at Megalopolis in Greece for the British School at Athens and published the result of his work in the Journal of Hellenic Studies.
His first love was Greece and its antiquities and it is probable that concern for his sister's health was a more important reason for him joining the excavation than an interest in the antiquities of Egypt.
13A It is interesting to speculate as to why a Victorian woman was drawn to the Temple of Mut. The precinct of the goddess who was the consort of Amun, titled "Lady of Heaven", and "Mistress of all the Gods", is a compelling site and was certainly in need of further exploration in Margaret's time.
Its isolation and the arrangement with the Temple of Mut enclosed on three sides by its own sacred lake made it seem even more romantic.
14 When she began the excavation three days was considered enough time to "do" the monuments of Luxor and Margaret said that few people could be expected to spend even a half hour at in the Precinct of Mut.
A On her first visit to Egypt in 1894 she had gone to see the temple because she had heard about the granite statues with cats' heads (the lion-headed images of Sakhmet).
The donkey-boys knew how to find the temple but it was not considered a "usual excursion" and after her early visits to the site she said that "The temple itself was much destroyed, and the broken walls so far buried, that one could not trace the plan of more than the outer court and a few small chambers". 15 The Precinct of the Goddess Mut is an extensive field of ruins about twenty-two acres in size, of which Margaret had chosen to excavate only the central structure.
Connected to the southernmost pylons of the larger Amun Temple of Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes, the Mut precinct contains three major temples and a number of smaller structures in various stages of dilapidation.
She noted some of these details in her initial description of the site, but in three short seasons she was only able to work inside the Mut Temple proper and she cleared little of its exterior.
Serious study of the temple complex was started at least as early as the expedition of Napoleon at the end of the eighteenth century when artists and engineers attached to the military corps measured the ruins and made drawings of some of the statues. During the first quarter of the nineteenth century, the great age of the treasure hunters in Egypt, Giovanni Belzoni carried away many of the lion-headed statues and pieces of sculpture to European museums. Champollion, the decipherer of hieroglyphs, and Karl Lepsius, the pioneer German Egyptologist, both visited the precinct, copied inscriptions and made maps of the remains.16 August Mariette had excavated there and believed that he had exhausted the site. Most of the travelers and scholars who had visited the precinct or carried out work there left some notes or sketches of what they saw and these were useful as references for the new excavation. Since some of the early sources on the site are quoted in her publication, Margaret was obviously aware of their existence. 17A On her return to Egypt at the end of November, 1894, she stopped at Mena House hotel at Giza and for a short time at Helwan, south of Cairo. Helwan was known for its sulphur springs and from about 1880 it had become a popular health resort, particularly suited for the treatment of the sorts of maladies from which Margaret suffered. People at every turn asked if she remembered them and her donkey-boy almost wept to see her.
A "On January 1st, 1895, we began the excavation" -- with a crew composed of four men, sixteen boys (to carry away the earth), an overseer, a night guardian and a water carrier. The largest the work gang would be in the three seasons of excavation was sixteen or seventeen men and eighty boys, still a sizable number. Before the work started Naville came to "interview our overseer and show us how to determine the course of the work".
A A good part of Margaret's time was occupied with learning how to supervise the workmen and the basket boys.
Since her spoken Arabic was almost nonexistent, she had to use a donkey-boy as a translator. It would have been helpful if she had had the opportunity to work on an excavation conducted by a professional and profit from the experience but she was eager to learn and had generally good advice at her disposal so she proceeded in an orderly manner and began to clear the temple.
On the second of January she wrote to her mother: "I don't think much will be found of little things, only walls, bases of pillars, and possibly Cat-statues. I shall feel rather like --'Massa in the shade would lay While we poor niggers toiled all day' -- for I am to have a responsible overseer, and my chief duty apparently will be paying.
18A She is described as riding out from the Luxor Hotel on donkey-back with bags of piaster pieces jingling for the Saturday payday. She had been warned to pay each man and boy personally rather than through the overseer to reduce the chances of wages disappearing into the hands of intermediaries.
The workmen believed that she was at least a princess and they wanted to know if her father lived in the same village as the Queen of England. When they sang their impromptu work songs (as Egyptian workmen still do) they called Margaret the "Princess" and her brother Fred the "Khedive".
A PART II: THE EXCAVATIONSA The clearance was begun in the northern, outer, court of the temple where Mariette had certainly worked.
Earth was banked to the north side of the court, against the back of the ruined first pylon but on the south it had been dug out even below the level of the pavement. Mariette's map is inaccurate in a number of respects suggesting that he was not able to expose enough of the main walls. At the first (northern) gate it was necessary for Margaret Benson to clear ten or twelve feet of earth to reach the paving stones at the bottom. In the process they found what were described as fallen roofing blocks, a lion-headed statue lying across and blocking the way, and also a small sandstone head of a hippopotamus.
In the clearance of the court the bases of four pairs of columns were found, not five as on Mariette's map.
After working around the west half of the first court and disengaging eight Sakhmet statues in the process, they came on their first important find.
Near the west wall of the court, was discovered a block statue of a man named Amenemhet, a royal scribe of the time of Amenhotep II.
The statue is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo 19 but Margaret was given a cast of it to take home to England. When it was discovered she wrote to her father: A My Dearest Papa, We have had such a splendid find at the Temple of Mut that I must write to tell you about it. We were just going out there on Monday, when we met one of our boys who works there running to tell us that they had found a statue. When we got there they were washing it, and it proved to be a black granite figure about two feet high, knees up to its chin, hands crossed on them, one hand holding a lotus. 20A The government had appointed an overseer who spent his time watching the excavation for just such finds. He reported it to a sub-inspector who immediately took the block statue away to a store house and locked it up.
He said it was hard that Margaret should not have "la jouissance de la statue que vous avez trouve" and she was allowed to take it to the hotel where she could enjoy it until the end of the season when it would become the property of the museum. The statue had been found on the pavement level, apparently in situ, suggesting to the excavator that this was good evidence for an earlier dating for the temple than was generally believed at the time.
The presence of a statue on the floor of a temple does not necessarily date the temple, but many contemporary Egyptologists might have come to the same conclusion.
One visitor to the site recalled that a party of American tourists were perplexed when Margaret was pointed out to them as the director of the dig. At that moment she and a friend were sitting on the ground quarreling about who could build the best sand castle. This was probably not the picture of an "important" English Egyptologist that the Americans had expected. A As work was continued in the first court other broken statues of Sakhmet were found as well as two seated sandstone baboons of the time of Ramesses III. 21 The baboons went to the museum in Cairo, a fragment of a limestone stela was eventually consigned to a store house in Luxor and the upper part of a female figure was left in the precinct where it was recently rediscovered. The small objects found in the season of 1895 included a few coins, a terra cotta of a reclining "princess", some beads, Roman pots and broken bits of bronze. Time was spent repositioning Sakhmet statues which appeared to be out of place based on what was perceived as a pattern for their arrangement. Even if they were correct they could not be sure that they were reconstructing the original ancient placement of the statues in the temple or some modification of the original design.
In the spirit of neatness and attempting to leave the precinct in good order, they also repaired some of the statues with the aid of an Italian plasterer, hired especially for that purpose. A Margaret was often bed ridden by her illnesses and she was subject to fits of depression as well but she and her brother Fred would while away the evenings playing impromptu parlor games. For a fancy dress ball at the Luxor Hotel she appeared costumed as the goddess Mut, wearing a vulture headdress which Naville praised for its ingenuity.
The resources in the souk of Luxor for fancy dress were nonexistent but Margaret was resourceful enough to find material with which to fabricate a costume based, as she said, on "Old Egyptian pictures." A The results of the first season would have been gratifying for any excavator. In a short five weeks the "English Lady" had begun to clear the temple and to note the errors on the older plans available to her. She had started a program of reconstruction with the idea of preserving some of the statues of Sakhmet littering the site. She had found one statue of great importance and the torso of another which did not seem so significant to her. Her original intention of digging in a picturesque place where she had been told there was nothing much to be found was beginning to produce unexpected results.A The Benson party arrived in Egypt for the second season early in January of 1896. After a trip down to, they reached Luxor Aswan around the twenty-sixth and the work began on the thirtieth. That day Margaret was introduced to Janet Gourlay who had come to assist with the excavation. The beginning of the long relationship between "Maggie" Benson and "Nettie" Gourlay was not signaled with any particular importance.
By May of the same year she was to write (also to her mother): "I like her more and more -- I haven't liked anyone so well in years". Miss Benson and Miss Gourlay seemed to work together very well and to share similar reactions and feelings. They were to remain close friends for much of Margaret's life, visiting and travelling together often. Their correspondence reflects a deep mutual sympathy and Janet was apparently much on Margaret's mind because she often mentioned her friend in writing to others. After her relationship with Margaret Benson she faded into obscurity and even her family has been difficult to trace, although a sister was located a few years ago.
A For the second season in 1896 the work staff was a little larger, with eight to twelve men, twenty-four to thirty-six boys, a rais (overseer), guardians and the necessary water carrier.
With the first court considered cleared in the previous season, work was begun at the gate way between the first and second courts.
An investigation was made of the ruined wall between these two courts and the conclusion was drawn that it was "a composite structure" suggesting that part of the wall was of a later date than the rest.
The wall east of the gate opening is of stone and clearly of at least two building periods while the west side has a mud brick core faced on the south with stone. Margaret thought the west half of the wall to be completely destroyed because it was of mud brick which had never been replaced by stone.
She found the remains of "more than one row of hollow pots" which she thought had been used as "air bricks" in some later rebuilding. Originally built of mud brick, like many of the structures in the Precinct of Mut, the south face of both halves of the wall was sheathed with stone one course thick no later than the Ramesside Period.
During the Ptolemaic Period the core of the east half of the mud brick wall was replaced with stone but the Ramesside sheathing was retained. Here the untrained excavator was beginning to understand some of the problems of clearing a temple structure in Egypt.
Mariette's plan of the second chamber probably seemed accurate after a superficial examination so a complete clearing seemed unnecessary. Other fragments were found and the original height of the seated statue was estimated between fourteen and sixteen feet high. The following year de Morgan, the Director General of the Department of Antiquities, ordered the head sent to the museum in Cairo The finding of the large lion head is mentioned in a letter from Margaret to her mother dated February 9, 1896, 22.
In the same letter she also mentions the discovery of a statue of Ramesses II on the day before the letter was written. 23.Her published letters often give exact or close dates of discoveries whereas her later publication in the Temple of Mut in Asher was an attempt at a narrative of the work in some order of progression through the temple and dates are often lacking.
About the same time that the giant lion head was found some effort was made to raise a large cornerstone block but a crowbar was bent and a rope was broken.
The end result of the activity is not explained at that point and the location of the corner not given but it can probably be identified with the southeast cornerstone of the Mut Temple mentioned later in a description of the search for foundation deposits.
A Somewhere near the central axis of the second court, but just inside the gateway, they came on the upper half of a royal statue with nemes headdress and the remains of a false beard. There had been inscriptions on the shoulder and back pillar but these had been methodically erased.
The lower half was found a little later and it was possible to reconstruct an over life-sized, nearly complete, seated statue of a king. The excavators published it as "possibly" Tutankhamun, an identification not accepted today, and it is still to be seen, sitting to the east of the gateway, facing into the second court.24 A large statue of Sakhmet was also found, not as large as the colossal head, but larger than the other figures still in the precinct and in most Egyptian collections.
It was also reconstructed and left in place, on the west side of the doorway where it is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the temple.
In the clearance of the second court a feature described as a thin wall built out from the north wall was found in the northeast corner. It was later interpreted by the nineteenth century excavators as part of the arrangement for a raised cloister and it was not until recent excavation that it was identified as the lower part of the wall of a small chapel, built against the north wall of the court. The process of determining any sequence of the levels in the second court was complicated by the fact that it had been worked over by earlier treasure hunters and archaeologists.
In some cases statues were found below the original floor level, leading to the assumption that some pieces had fallen, broken the pavement, and sunk into the floor of their own weight.
It is more probable that the stone floors had been dug out and undermined in the search for antiquities. A An attempt was made to put the area in order for future visitors as the excavation progressed. This included the reconstruction of some of the statues as found and the moving of others in a general attempt to neaten the appearance of the temple.
Other finds made in the second court included inscribed blocks too large to move or reused in parts of walls still standing. The statue identified as Ramesses II, mentioned in Margaret's letter of February 9, was found on the southwest side of the court, near the center. It was a seated figure in pink granite, rather large in size, but when it was completely uncovered it was found to be broken through the middle with the lower half in an advanced state of disintegration. The upper part was in relatively good condition except for the left shoulder and arm and it was eventually awarded to the excavators. A Mention was also made of several small finds from the second court including a head of a god in black stone and part of the vulture headdress from a statue of a goddess or a queen. The recent ongoing excavations carried out by the Brooklyn Museum have revealed a female head with traces of a vulture headdress as well as a number of fragments of legs and feet which suggest that the head of the god found by Margaret Benson was from a pair statue representing Amun and Mut.
Another important discovery she made on the south side of the court was a series of sandstone relief blocks representing the arrival at Thebes of Nitocris, daughter of Psamtik I, as God's Wife of Amun.25A At some time during the season Margaret was made aware of the possibility that foundation deposits might still be in place. These dedicatory deposits were put down at the time of the founding of a structure or at a time of a major rebuilding, and they are often found under the cornerstones, the thresholds or under major walls, usually in the center.
They contain a number of small objects including containers for food offerings, model tools and model bricks or plaques inscribed with the name of the ruler. The importance of finding such a deposit in the Temple of Mut was obvious to Margaret because it would prove to everyone's satisfaction who had built the temple, or at least who had made additions to it. A They first looked for foundation deposits in the middle of the gateway between the first and second courts. At the same time another part of the crew was clearing the innermost rooms in the south part of the temple. Under the central of the three chambers they discovered a subterranean crypt with an entrance so small that it had to be excavated by "a small boy with a trowel".
This chamber has been re-cleared in recent years and proved to be a small rectangular room with traces of an erased one-line text around the four walls.
In antiquity the access seems to have been hidden by a paving stone which had to be lifted each time the room was entered. A The search for foundation deposits continued in the southeast corner of the temple (probably the place where the crowbar was bent and the rope broken). Again no deposit was found but in digging around the cornerstone, below the original ground level, they began to find statues and fragments of statues. As the earth continued to yield more and more pieces of sculpture, Legrain arrived from the Amun Temple, where he was supervising the excavation, and announced his intention to take everything away to the storehouse. Aside from the pleasure of the find, it was important to have the objects at hand for study, comparison and the copying of inscriptions.




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