Dear Friends, not to say too much on this blog, but to simply invite you to read my journey into God's love, through my precious daughter, Lydia Dianne. She was a beautiful miracle in our lives, a 36 hour journey into great deep love, mercy, and sorrow. Our 9 months of having her at home in my wife's womb, singing to her, and then seeing her in real life, saying yes to her precious soul into this world, and being blessed by her peaceful smile and cooing will forever be etched into my heart, soul, and mind.
I know a lot of you journeyed with my wife and I. I thank you for that. My wife and I look forward to the healing that time has, the comforft of friends and professionals, and to look towards the purpose in all of this. We know there will be little girls just like her with new dresses, as my wife makes them. I know that I will reach out to fathers going through this processes, as well, but for now, what the full picture is, we cannot see.
All we know is this: We are loved. Our daughter is loved. You are loved.
Read the blog here and let me know your heart's cry. I am here for you. We can be pinpals, talk about life, and enjoy healing together, as children of God.
Do you want to learn Adobe Premiere CC and edit your video productions on a professional manner? I am now offering video editing classes at Yarbrough's Music and you are more than welcome to come in and talk to me personally. I am offering classes now, because I know everyone and their grandmother can shoot video. But, do you know how to put it all together to make a breathtaking birthday party video? Do you know how to shoot and edit a professionally done short film from your phone? I will cover all of this in the classes.
You can also ask about videography, lighting, and sound classes for video and film production.
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You can also call the store at 901-761-0414. Ask for Layne.
The Culture Of Life Film Festival is going to be a major event, no doubt about it. With over 700 films already submitted in a little more than three weeks, the film Judges at the non profit foundation are going through them to pick the films they believe are closest to the heart of their campaign. Layne McDonald Ministries is a charity film organization that gives back funds from the films they create, and the Culture of Life Film TV Network and Festival are an extension of that in order to give other filmmakers a way to share their films, show them to donors to the cause, and to help a great purpose.
"I started this film festival with an idea that we don't just have to come together once a year to celebrate film, our faith as Christians, and how to help others through our message and solutions out in the real world. I wanted something that anyone could partake in at anytime, any day, and on their own schedule." Layne McDonald, the Founder of the Foundation, TV Network, and Festival said. "Together, we can do so much more to help the needy. So, the TV Network is the 24/7 version of the Film Festival."
Filmmakers can submit their films to the live event and/or the tv network, Film Goers buy a digital monthly ticket to see that growing archive of films at the network, and at the end of the year there is a big event to celebrate the most watched films and hand out distribution rewards. This year, however, the film festival will be pushed back to February, due to a life issue with Layne's wife and baby. He is truly living what he preaches and believes.
Submit your film by going to www.filmfreeway.com/cultureoflifefilmfestival, or watch films by going to www.cultureoflifetv.com. Submission as a filmmaker is free. Monthly ticket passes to new films every month is only $14.95 a month (or a special discount at $145 a year - 2 months free!).
Check out a TV Network and Film Festival that is sure to take the industry by storm. When most film festivals are charging outrageous entry fees to filmmakers, $25 tickets to filmgoers, this film festival is setting a mark that is not only a great quality, but for a wonderful cause.
Culture Of Life TV
I had a really hard time in school growing up. I fought for Cs on my report cards and every turn I took, it seemed like my teachers thought I was not trying. But, I was trying very hard. In fact I would study five hours a night. I would scrape and claw for that low grade point average. I would cry and pass out while studying at home only to fail or barely pass my tests. I have a major form of dysgraphia and dyslexia. But, I am a Children's Book Author and you can be one too.
It does not matter if you have bad grades in school. There are a lot of great minds out there that never went to college or flunked out of high school. Some of them just dropped out. I am not encouraging this at all. I went to four colleges. I have Associates degrees in film and television, so I learned a lot about writing stories and story structure at college. I excelled in college, because they gave me a hands on opportunities to show what I knew. Film school was the perfect place for me. You have to find the perfect place for you. There are many different thoughts in learning. You just have to learn which method sticks in your mind and go with it.
"How the man Became the Moon" was drawn in its integrity on a 12 hour trip I took as a freelance camera man in 2012. I drew it on my iPad. Then I added the words. Yes, I made the story last, because I knew there were some elements I could get away with and still have a rhymed story at the end. You can write the story first, draw first, and do whatever works for you the best.
I am an Author. Never in this history of the world has it been easier to get your ideas onto a page, to captivate your own fans, and to build a career as an Author. I do not think it is about making one book, but making many books, and using every tool you have to make it happen. In this book I will tell you how to write a story, draw your illustrations, and to publish your book through apps. Now is the time. Don't be afraid. Don't ask a publisher if you can make a book. Just go do it.
Go here to order the book in digital or print, and learn how to make your own book >
Dear Family and Friends,
Please share this with your family and friends. This is about our baby girl Lydia Dianne McDonald:
"A person is a person no matter how small." - Horton The Elephant
Welcome to our new service called the Virtual Video Editor. The completely online service is the perfect solution for any TV Producer, Filmmaker, or Commercial Producer that needs to get their video done on a tight schedule. Whether you send us a hard drive or upload your raw footage, below will show you how we are changing the way you can review edits in your office or on the go on your phone, make notes, send us edit notes, and watch the latest version in your office or in the car. If you need an Editor, look no further than our Virtual Video Editor Solution. You are in good hands with a 17 year Editor making sure your videos are edited professional. Learn more here >
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We have an exciting year ahead of us, with new film scripts being written RIGHT NOW. If you have a friend or family member that loves filmmaking, acting, or just volunteering for a nonprofit that helps families in need, please pass along our information and how to get in contact with us. Anyone can go to www.laynemcdonald.com, click on Forums, and talk to us on the Welcome Forum - It's a new addition and it is only one of the many ways people can have a personal connection and get involved.
We want to give Actors a chance to shine, Volunteers a chance to give back and be a part of a filmmaking family, and we are the only Christian film studio (that we know of) with an open door policy , because we believe this is the only way to really find new fresh talent with great hearts.
So, please share our Facebook page, our website, and help build this ministry into something great -- WHILE we offer all the amazing Actors and Volunteers on our films amazing IMDB credit, a place to call home as an Artist, and a family to great family films together.
Layne McDonald Blog
I post all the news about the latest films, casting calls, and more right here.