Sean says that the filming process for Surfers and Cowboys has been an amazing privilege. “It has taken us from Southern CA, to Oklahoma, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Hawaii. Being a big fan of mountains, ocean, and nature, the process has been eye candy for me the whole time and has given me an opportunity to step away from film-making and just take in the sights and snap some photos.” (find Sean on instagram @sean_marin)
Working alongside Bryan Jennings always leads to adventure. When Surfers and Cowboys movie was just beginning, Sean tells the story: “One day I got a phone call, “Hey, do you want to go to Hawaii tomorrow to film Surfers and Cowboys?” The next day we landed in Hawaii and the next day I found myself sitting on the back of a bull, scared out of my mind! ‘Are you ready? You good?’ ‘NO, I’m not ready, NO I’m not good!’ Then the gate opened (cue music: Johnny Cash: I hurt myself today.) Nothing could prepare me for this! Thankfully I was surrounded by amazing professional bull riders keeping me as safe as possible and they had my back if anything went wrong.
Sean hopes people who watch Surfers and Cowboys will walk away seeing God is their Heavenly father who loves them and wants good for them! “For men specifically, I hope it encourages them to be brave, strong and humble leaders, willing to step out and overcome fears in their lives.”
As we are coming to the final stages of making this movie, we would appreciate prayer for spiritual protection, and creativity in refining the story. We also need prayer for the resources to finish the movie with excellence, for wisdom, and favor with the marketing and release of the film.
See the full interview with Sean Marin below:
Q: Why is making movies and sharing your faith important to you?
A: I get into a lot of conversations about what i do and that inevitably leads to “How did you get into that?”. The quick answer is: I worked at a Christian University overseas and was asked to head up a department around media. But it’s so much deeper than that. You know that thing in your life you do that makes your eyes come alive? For me that been sharing my faith in Jesus with people, to see that “Aha” moment happen in them. Filmmaking became the vehicle for me to share the gospel, to share stories that would heal, bring truth, life and honesty into people.
I can still remember the moment and feeling when I realized the power of stories. It was a star-covered night on the coast of Australia. I was in full time-missions at the time and I had just finished editing some short videos of skateboarders sharing their faith. I had a feeling this was more than a one-off deal. That night in the backyard i knelt down to my knees on the hard cobblestone patio, the grass next to me wet from the ocean air. I prayed — begged God to show me the value of “making movies”, and i would commit the next decade of my life to this craft. Then: BAM! It hit me right there: All the parables were stories that Jesus shared to communicate heavenly things and the gospel. Today our “parables” are movies, music videos, music, images of all sorts. The question to me was, “How are using these parables, and what message and story are we telling?”
Two of my life life-vocational verses are out of Ephesians 5. Verse 11,15-16: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them… See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
These verses call me back constantly to guide me in creating any content.
Q: Tell us about riding a bull during the filming of Surfers and Cowboys movie
A: If you ever get the opportunity to spend time with Bryan Jennings you’ll learn a few things. 1) He loves the Lord so much. 2) If the waves are good, he turns into a 14 year old Grom. 3) Get used to seeing God do things through him last minute and in the moment.
December 3rd I got a phone call, “Hey, do you want to go to Hawaii tomorrow to film Surfers and Cowboys?” December 4th we land, and December 5th somehow I’m sitting on the back of a bull in a chute, scared out of my mind! “Are you ready? You good?” “NO, I’m not ready, NO I’m not good!” And the gate opens (Cue music: Johnny Cash: I hurt myself today ) Nothing could prepare me for this, but thankfully I was surrounded by amazing professional bull-riders keeping me as safe as possible and they had my back if anything went wrong. I feel like this has been most of my experiences in life; I’m not ready for this, but Ok lets do this! And God surrounds me with the right people.
Q: Describe filming surfers and Cowboys movie.
A: The Filming process for Surfers and Cowboys has been an amazing privilege. it started as a small concept to be research for a Feature Narrative Film about a young bull rider and has taken us from Southern CA, to Oklahoma, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Hawaii. Being a big fan of mountains, ocean and nature the process has been eye candy for me the whole time and gives me an opportunity to step away from film making and just take in the sights and snap some photos. (Find Sean’s instagram @sean_marin)
Q: Share one life lesson you hope people will get out of watching Surfers and Cowboys movie
A: I really hope when people watch Surfers and Cowboys they’ll walk away seeing God is their Heavenly Father who loves them so much and wants good for them! For men specifically, I hope it encourages them to be brave, strong and humble leaders, willing to step out and overcome fear in their lives.
Q: How can people be praying for you as you and the team finish the movie?
A: As we are coming to the final stages of making this movie some key areas the team and I need prayer in:
1) spiritual protection from those who don’t want this film made.
2) Creativity and patience as we refine the story to make the best movie we can.
3) Humble teamwork, yielding to the story and one another.
4) Resources to finish the movie with excellence. whether those be in the form of finance or donated time by talented professionals.
5) Wisdom and favor with marketing and releasing this film.
Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com