The Family

Created by Justin Chaloner, The Pitch 2016

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Three members of a family are enjoying a relaxing evening together in the kitchen. Mother is making tea, father is potting some plants and the son has just returned from work. The phone rings, which the father takes in the next room. He comes back, sadness on his face. He explains that 'the project' has failed again and that it probably needs to be scrapped. The others are shocked and they talk about what to do. The son then suggests one option, which involve significant risk and dangerous, not to mention great pain and suffering. His parents plead with him to reconsider but he stresses that it's the only way. Overcome by grief and sadness, they embrace. As they continue to do so, we focus on the plant pots. The seedlings have miraculously grown over the past few minutes, bursting with life. Fade to black. NB The accompanying video is a simple animation to illustrate this concept.

Biblical Connection

I've always wondered about the process that the trinity went through to decide to rescue humanity once and for all by sending Jesus to live among us and ultimately die for our sin. In this story, I wanted to 'humanise' the godhead, to try to help us empathise more with this decision. I do not believe the son was sent unwillingly ... rather, I beieve it was a mutual decision which the son willingly embraced, all because of his love for mankind. Even so, it was a difficult choice – fraught with pain and suffering. This stems from the words of John 3:16-16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”