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Release Date: January 01, 1970

Starring: Lon Waitman, with the voice talents of Chris McDaniel

Genre: Alternative Christian
Animation

Audience: High schoolers and young
adults REVIEWER: Lisa A.
Rice Writer/Director Lon
Waitman and Vertical Hold
Productions have produced a
new video/DVD compilation
entitled VERTICAL HOLD, a
six-part, partially animated,
partially live action,
animated Christian teaching
series for high school and
college kids, and young
adults. Vertical Hold
Productions was formed to
provide alternative Christian
animation and video products
to those seeking out God’s
truths in non-traditional
formats. This first video
compilation does just that in
thought-provoking, humorous,
and hard-hitting ways. The
VERTICAL HOLD DVD contains the
following six sketches,
running from about two to ten
minutes each: Evolution –
This short animated vignette
is a tongue-in-cheek look at
the "evolution" of the
Christian experience and has
received top awards at two
major Christian film
festivals. Glory – This
ultra-symbolic animation
spectacle grippingly portrays
the need to see the glory of
God in our everyday
lives. Fastlane – This
seven-minute clip gives
viewers a fast, wild ride with
animation, video and special
effects. It’s a very
convicting look at our
hyper-fast-lane Western
culture that has no time for
the still, small voice of
God. Footprints Revisited –
This is a short, hilarious,
"love must be tough" version
of the classic
“Footprints” poem, with a
definite piercing edge to
it. Hear the Wind – Possibly
the best of the group, this
ten-minute piece is a bizarre
journey through the “soul
noise” of our culture,
combining animation, video,
and special effects with
useful insight into how to
hear God's voice better. Path
of Brilliance and Light –
The final sketch of the series
is a dramatic, edgy, live
performance by Vertical Hold's
Lon Waitman, as seen at Xtreme
Moments conferences across
America. The VERTICAL HOLD
collection beautifully
illustrates the classic
filmmaking advice, “Show it;
don’t say it.” With fun,
edgy, extremely
thought-provoking animation,
the six sketches are highly
symbolic and low on
preachy-ness. Though the DVD
has certain places where its
minimal budget is apparent,
the creativity far makes up
for the smattering of audio
and/or video
shortcomings. Producer Lon
Waitman certainly thinks
outside the box and is
unafraid to try
non-traditional approaches to
presenting the gospel through
skillful animation formats. At
a modest price of $15, the
VERTICAL HOLD DVD is an
excellent teaching and
discussion tool for seekers of
Christianity, and it will
spark deep, soul-searching
conversation amongst believers
at every level of the faith.
Because the series contains a
few animated portrayals of
drugs, murder, and violence,
its target audience is
primarily high school and
above. Portions of VERTICAL
HOLD have recently been shown
on TBN and JCTV. MOVIEGUIDE®
hopes that many more series
will be forthcoming in future
years to meet the unique and
ever-changing needs and media
tastes of the younger
generation. Please address
your comments to: Lon Waitman,
President Vertical Hold
Productions 8153 Colquitt
Road Suite F Atlanta, GA
30350 Phone:
770.396.6633 Email:
[email protected] Website:
www.verticalhold.net

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 30 minutes

Address Comments To:

Content:

(CCC, BBB, L, V, A, DD) Christian worldview in six sketches portraying the stark differences between a godless system of thought versus the ways and thoughts of born-again, enlightened humanity, with the Gospel clearly presented through both animation and live action sequences and with strong pro-creation, anti-Darwinian message; one light obscenity; some animated portrayals of violence portraying a stabbing, a demon’s head being sliced off with a sword, and a plane crashing into a building; alcohol use; drug use rebuked; and nothing else objectionable.

GENRE: Alternative Christian Animation

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Summary:

VERTICAL HOLD is a six-part DVD that utilizes alternative Christian animation and video formats to humorously and compellingly evoke thought and discussion on the challenges of being a believer in a mad world. Despite a minimal budget, the sketches in the VERTICAL HOLD DVD provide an excellent tool for teaching and group discussion among high school and college students.

Review:

Writer/Director Lon Waitman and Vertical Hold Productions have produced a new video/DVD compilation entitled VERTICAL HOLD, a six-part, partially animated, partially live action, animated Christian teaching series for high school and college kids, and young adults. Vertical Hold Productions was formed to provide alternative Christian animation and video products to those seeking out God’s truths in non-traditional formats. This first video compilation does just that in thought-provoking, humorous, and hard-hitting ways.

The VERTICAL HOLD DVD contains the following six sketches, running from about two to ten minutes each:

Evolution – This short animated vignette is a tongue-in-cheek look at the "evolution" of the Christian experience and has received top awards at two major Christian film festivals.

Glory – This ultra-symbolic animation spectacle grippingly portrays the need to see the glory of God in our everyday lives.

Fastlane – This seven-minute clip gives viewers a fast, wild ride with animation, video and special effects. It’s a very convicting look at our hyper-fast-lane Western culture that has no time for the still, small voice of God.

Footprints Revisited – This is a short, hilarious, "love must be tough" version of the classic “Footprints” poem, with a definite piercing edge to it.

Hear the Wind – Possibly the best of the group, this ten-minute piece is a bizarre journey through the “soul noise” of our culture, combining animation, video, and special effects with useful insight into how to hear God's voice better.

Path of Brilliance and Light – The final sketch of the series is a dramatic, edgy, live performance by Vertical Hold's Lon Waitman, as seen at Xtreme Moments conferences across America.

The VERTICAL HOLD collection beautifully illustrates the classic filmmaking advice, “Show it; don’t say it.” With fun, edgy, extremely thought-provoking animation, the six sketches are highly symbolic and low on preachy-ness. Though the DVD has certain places where its minimal budget is apparent, the creativity far makes up for the smattering of audio and/or video shortcomings.

Producer Lon Waitman certainly thinks outside the box and is unafraid to try non-traditional approaches to presenting the gospel through skillful animation formats. At a modest price of $15, the VERTICAL HOLD DVD is an excellent teaching and discussion tool for seekers of Christianity, and it will spark deep, soul-searching conversation amongst believers at every level of the faith. Because the series contains a few animated portrayals of drugs, murder, and violence, its target audience is primarily high school and above.

Portions of VERTICAL HOLD have recently been shown on TBN and JCTV. MOVIEGUIDE® hopes that many more series will be forthcoming in future years to meet the unique and ever-changing needs and media tastes of the younger generation.

Please address your comments to:

Lon Waitman, President

Vertical Hold Productions

8153 Colquitt Road

Suite F

Atlanta, GA 30350

Phone: 770.396.6633

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.verticalhold.net

SUMMARY: VERTICAL HOLD is a six-part DVD that utilizes alternative Christian animation and video formats to humorously and compellingly evoke thought and discussion on the challenges of being a believer in a mad world. Despite a minimal budget, the sketches in the VERTICAL HOLD DVD provide an excellent tool for teaching and group discussion among high school and college students.

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