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Honoring Christ through creativity.

October 31, 2015

024: Our Not-So Halloween-Themed Episode (Concept Albums)

This week, the Powers Brothers host the most schizophrenic episode of The Christian Artist to date! We talk about anything and everything, and in particular order, even though our initial plan for this episode was to explain the idea and talk about examples of concept albums. We definitely do that (and in the process, end up brainstorming a general idea for our own concept album that we'll be writing over the next few months), but we also end up taking a listener question and ranting about random topics that have nothing to do with Halloween or anything else. We hope you enjoy!



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October 22, 2015

023: Inside the Mind of the Writer

This week Caleb and David talk about the novels they are writing--how they arrived at the initial concept, how the writing has been so far, and what their plans are for finishing it. We also get into many side conversations about other stories we've been working on, ways to give good feedback to writers who want you to read their book, and anything else that pops into our heads. 


Through it all, we reference Brandon Sanderson, his new book Shadows of SelfNaNoWriMo, and Caleb's website, where you can read along chapter-by-chapter with the novel he's writing.

You can find us on Twitter @Christ_art_show, on Facebook, or at our website.
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October 16, 2015

022: Superheroes! (Cultural Influences On Stories)

This week, the Powers Brothers are joined by their new semi-permanent co-host: David Ludens! A good friend of Caleb and Connor, David knows a lot about art and loves talking about it, and so give him a round of applause for his debut episode! In this episode, we talk about cultural influences on stories--those social issues that are important when a story was written that make it into the book. We talk about how cultural influences of the past have been used to make good stories, how we can use the cultural influences of today to make good stories, and what you might want to stay away from when drawing on influences from your book. One of the main things we dig into is the superhero mythos--what were the cultural influences that created that genre and why does it work? What does that mean for us as Christian artists and how can we use that today?

Oh, and we reference our favorite podcast, Writing Excuses, quite a bit. 

Warning: There is a fan in the background for most of the episode. We apologize. 

You can find us on Twitter @Christ_art_show, on Facebook, or at our website.
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October 7, 2015

021: Speculative Fiction and Plot

This week we finish our mini-series on speculative fiction, tackling story creation from a purely plot perspective, rather than a character or setting perspective. We use two different plotting methods: the Seven Point Story Structure and Orson Scott Card's MICE Quotient, to build the outline of an urban fantasy story. In the process, we come up with some great character and setting elements that support the plot's goal--a mystery/political intrigue enveloped within an underdog sports story enveloped within an urban fantasy setting involving a hierarchy of music gods that might want to take over the world.

In the process, we talk about Death NoteFullmetal Alchemist, and BBC's Robin Hood. Oh, and if you're wondering more about the eschatology we hit on in the last part of the podcast, check out books by either Gary DeMar or Kenneth Gentry.

You can find us on Twitter @Christ_art_show, on Facebook, or at our website.
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October 1, 2015

020: Our Review of War Room

This week, the Powers Brothers do a quick review on the movie War Room and what they think it did well (which is a lot of things). We also talk about how the Christian film industry is lackluster (check out Kevin McCreary's review of God's Not Dead if you're not convinced of that) and about how awesome the "When We Understand The Text" podcast is.


Enjoy!

You can find us on Twitter @Christ_art_show, on Facebook, or at our website.
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