George Escobar

CWVFF Speaker201420152016201720182019

George Escobar has written and directed over a dozen feature films and documentaries for the Christian market, including the Oscar-nominated Alone Yet Not Alone (for best original song), and The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment (based on the New York Times bestseller “The Harbinger” by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn). It was Amazon’s No. 1 faith DVD for over 75 weeks. Escobar’s films have been released by Provident Films (a unit of Sony), Capitol Christian Distribution, PureFlix, Cinedigm, and Amazon Prime Video.

Mr. Escobar is co-writer, a producer, and second-unit director of The World We Make, an upcoming feature filmed in Franklin, TN. Another upcoming film in 2019 is First Lady, written and directed by Nina May. Escobar served as 1st AD. Escobar will be in production Spring 2019 as a producer and UPM for The Farmer and the Belle, produced by and starring Jenn Gotzon and Jim Chandler.

Launching in 2019/20 is the Christian Worldview Studio and Conservatory that Escobar is forming with entertainment attorney Joel Bunkowske. CW-Studio will finance, produce, and distribute features made with its production partners and students trained at the conservatory. (CW-Studio Conservatory is not affiliated with CWVFF.)

Escobar's screenplay, Trapped, co-written with Ken Carpenter was 1st Runner-Up for the Kairos Pro Award. His other narrative feature work includes co-writing, co-directing, and producing Come What May, which garnered several film festival awards and was distributed by Provident Films. Every Boy Needs a HERO, was released by Capitol, and won Best Score at the Pan Pacific Film Festival and was Audience Favorite Runner Up at CWVFF. The 1940s period film, The Screenwriters, which he executive produced, won several awards at film festivals, including Audience Favorite Runner Up at CWVFF. Mr. Escobar also directed other new documentaries for WND Films, including Blood Moons, The Rabbi Who Found Messiah, and God’s Day-Timer. He also produced, along with Joseph Farah and Joel Richardson, End Times Eyewitness and Global Jesus Revolution.

Mr. Escobar’s other feature projects in development are historical biopics: Trapped - about holocaust survivor Anita Dittman, and Missileman - about Wallace Clauson who was America's top secret weapon during the Cold War.

Mr. Escobar was a producing fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He was Vice President of WND Films and co-founder of Advent Film Group. Previously he was Vice President of Product Development for Discovery Networks, Executive Director of AOL/Time Warner, and Vice President of Advance Products for Tele-TV. He holds seven U.S. patents for interactive design and technologies and is a regular speaker at many Christian film festivals, universities, workshops, and conferences. Escobar has taught filmmaking to over 3,000 students, including about 150 students, interns, and associates during the production of Advent’s feature films.

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2019 Workshops by George Escobar

  • Designing For Cinema: Beyond the Page, Set, Screen, and In-Between

    The script is a blueprint for cinematic design, not just story. It encompasses tone, movement, and emotion. But it doesn’t stop there. Design includes color, sound, and music. The pacing of scenes, the cadence of the dialogue, and the rhythm of the cuts are all part of the grand design. This lecture will cover how a filmmaker incorporates all of these elements under the pressures of time, budget, and personalities. “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
  • Screenplay Book Adaptations: Best Practices & Workflows

    Learn how to option books, find the ‘core’ story within the story, and balance the tension between ‘what really happened’ against using ‘dramatic license’ to tell a more dramatic story while remaining faithful to the spirit of people and events. Discover which structure and scene-by-scene templates or workflows can work for you.

  • Screenwriting for Christians: It’s More Dangerous Than You Think

    Christian films (aka faith films) get a bad rap, sometimes justified. Learn how to avoid preachiness and predictability by turning ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ upside down and sideways. There is greater scrutiny and challenge in making stories of faith organic and authentic, rather than dogmatic. This is the course to learn how that’s done.