Lord of the Flies

Video Description:

The spiritual life is a struggle and the battlefield is the human heart. We are free to decide, but of a sinful life we should take no part.

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Created By: Kelly Butler
Location: Damascus, OR, USA
Experience Level: Moderate
Filmmaker Age: 21
Video Length: 2 min 35 sec

Filmmaker Bio:
Born and raised in Oregon, I am a senior Communication Arts & Theology major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I am a passionately Catholic artist that seeks a beautiful union between faith and media. Film is my passion; Christ is my Savior.

Cast and Crew:
Written, Directed & Produced by Kelly Butler

YOUCAT/Catechism Inspiration:
Spiritual Warfare. I was speaking to my parish priest and he told me of this really cool analogy between the devil and flies that inspired me to write a poem. Often times we like to share how beautiful the faith is and its positive benefits, which are wonderful, but the reality is that living the Christian life isn’t always easy. We endure much suffering, but it is made beautiful in Christ and it is beyond worth fighting for.

3 comments on “Lord of the Flies

  1. Judges' Comments on said:

    Dramatic, creative, and compelling. Engaging message about the spiritual battle against sin.
    -Dr. James Kauffman

    Very nicely done. Creative script, good visuals and music.
    -Sal Solo

    The message of this video is significant and the narrator’s voiceover is extremely well done. I would like to see more going on visually and perhaps a greater sense of lightness at the end of the film to portray the hope we have in Christ. Well done!
    -Lisa Hendey

    The opening shot of the fly was very inventive and captivating, as were the opening lines. I think the film had a difficult time maintaining that sense all the way through. It covered a lot of ground, and it might have been more effective to cover less (in terms of both the challenges and the solutions), and to have developed one or two central ideas more completely. I thought the choice of the ending quote was very effective.
    -Sean Herriott

  2. Fred Fosnacht on said:

    Kelly’s excellent poem and video invoke a strong element of spiritual teaching, that is, through the “dark night” we have a path to grace. This was the major teaching of St. John of the Cross, and one we need to be reminded of frequently.

    Lies: “They feast on our unease…. We make them true.” Thank you Kelly!

  3. Sr. Helena Burns, fsp on said:

    Very, very, very, very, very nice. A message that needs to be heard over and over. I think I’ll just put it on an endless loop….. :)

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