“1806” imagines a dark time when evil has the upper hand and the oppressed must push back for their survival.
Through circumstance rather than design, a hero is made as a natural leader rises in “Lord Vernon”.
On the verge of battle, he delivers an epic speech.
When I think of a battle, I immediately think of movies and epic films like Braveheart and The Lord of The Rings… surreal images of men in armour, clashing their swords and shields in a muddy field, fighting for honour and glory. Seeing two armies clash onscreen is one of the clearest expressions of Good vs Evil. For me, a real highlight in those films happens right before a major battle, when the hero inspires his allies through words of hope, reminding them not only what they fight for, but most importantly… why.
Looking into Ephesians 6:10-20, I discovered the core structure of a Hero’s Speech. Verses 10-11 inspires courage, acknowledging the true source of our strength. Verse 12 keeps our focus clear and directed by describing the enemy. The strategy for victory is laid out through verses 13-17 and battle serenity is promoted in verse 18. Finally, verses 19-20 brings it all together by explaining the purpose of freedom.
With these universal elements ~ Courage, Focus, Strategy, Serenity and Purpose ~ the words of Ephesians truly echo meaningfully across time. It is the perfect battle cry, and this is the basis of my short film.
“1806” explores the use of the Scripture as words of inspiration to allied men on the brink of a physical battle. Encouraging the use of our inner resources, it serves as a reminder of the spiritual forces of good and evil at play in our physical reality. Our Christian beliefs compel us to look beyond our “flesh and blood" and connect with the divinity of our immortal spirit, acknowledging God in everything we do. Sometimes when the truth is too complex, we simplify things by vilifying people. “1806” challenges us to recognise the face of our real enemy and exercise the true source of our divine power.
Starring Sean Lordshaughn as Lord Vernon
Produced & Edited by Adrian Lordshaughn
Copyright Free Music: ‘Unsafe Roads’ and ‘Gjallar’ by Alexander Nakarada
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INT - GARRISON - NIGHT
[TEXT ON SCREEN]
War! It is a time of turmoil and oppression.
Resistance forces strike a garrison at night,
Freeing the rebel leader, Lord Vernon
United, they prepare for action.
Rallying his allies onward to freedom,
Vernon echoes the wisdom of the Gospel.
EXT - NIGHT
At the precipice of battle, Vernon closes his speech with these remarks…
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
FADE TO BLACK
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