Web Series Depicting The Great
Controversy
Wins Geekie Award

(Posted September 11, 2013)

BY ADVENTIST NEWS NETWORK

The trailer for a Steampunk Web series produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church made headlines at the first annual Geekie Awards in Hollywood, California, United States.

 
 FILM AWARD: Director Jason Satterlund, center, speaks after “The Record Keeper” Web series he directed was recognized at the  Geekie Awards in Hollywood, California. Executive producer Garrett Caldwell, right, and actor Jelynn Sophia also accepted the award for “Best One-Shot.  [PHOTO:Marriesha Richard]
“The Record Keeper,” which dramatizes the epic struggle between good and evil, won the award in the Best One-Shot category for Best Trailer. The One-Shot category recognizes episodes in the final stages of postproduction.

Director Jason Satterlund and executive producer Garrett Caldwell accepted the award, accompanied by cast members Aris Juson and Jelynn Sophia. The award show was live-streamed from the Avalon, a historic landmark in Hollywood.

“I feel so honored to be here,” Satterlund said. “We are excited to receive this response on a series that isn’t even out yet.”

Advanced screenings of “The Record Keeper” are expected to begin in October, producers said.

“We can’t wait to show you the rest of the series,” Caldwell said, acknowledging the role of cocreator Rajeev Sigamoney and the two other executive producers, Ben Schoun and Delbert Baker, both general vice presidents for the Adventist world church.

“The Record Keeper” follows the story of Cadan (JuneSoo Ham) and Larus (Dennis Hill), two angels who struggle to maintain their friendship after universal civil war breaks out. Meanwhile, another angel, Raina (Lindsay Frame), pursues an accurate record of events while trying to make sense of the chaos.

The Web series echoes major themes from The Great Controversy, a touchstone book by Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White that chronicles God’s guidance throughout history.

Church leaders said “The Record Keeper” will resonate with people who may not otherwise come into contact with The Great Controversy or even the Bible.

 
WORKING ANGEL: The trailer for “The Record Keeper” shows the angel Raina (Lindsay Frame) reacting as rebellion spreads to earth. The Web series based on The Great Controversy is scheduled for release in February 2014. [PHOTO: ANN]
“The inspired insights that Ellen White provides in The Great Controversy make the compelling narratives of Scripture even more relevant,” Caldwell said. “So many people are expressing interest in [White] as an individual and in her writings as a result of ‘The Record Keeper’ project. We simply must consider continuing to tell these stories in this manner.”

“The Record Keeper” is set in a Steampunk universe. A subgenre of science fiction, Steampunk features steam-powered machinery, often in an alternate world or fantasy setting.

The Geekie Awards event is billed as “the first live-streamed geek-genre award show,” recognizing the best indie comic books, graphic novels, short films, Web series, and more.

 



 

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