Greg Robbins fell in love with filmmaking at a young age and has been involved in almost every aspect of creating films. His first film acting role was in 1984 when he played a redneck thug in a PBS special, “The Grand Baby”. He created “Pastor Greg”, the first true Christian sitcom which aired from 2005-2008. His latest film project is “Through A Mother’s Eyes”.
When I was in around eight years old my grandfather gave me an 8mm camera and I started making movies with my younger brothers. Then five years later the summer before eighth grade I went to see the motocross movie “On Any Sunday” (1971) starring Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Back then theaters had double features, and the movie playing first was “Sometimes a Great Notion”(1970), also starring Paul Newman. There is a scene in that film when Newman’s brother, played by Richard Jaeckel, is trapped under a log and drowns. Two things happened that day to to me; I acquired a fear of drowning and realized that I wanted to be an actor and tell stories.
Tell us about the mission of your production company.
My mission is simply to contribute to healthier, happier families through entertainment. Every movie, TV series or documentary we do must enhance life!
What are some of the movies and tv shows you’ve produced?
“Animal Action” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHAhGd1d3E0
“Pastor Greg” Christian sitcom http://www.pastorgregsitcom.com/
“Robbins Nest” sitcom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSZUILDyMfU
“C Me Dance” http://www.cmedancethemovie.com/
“Lindsey’s Way” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-osH_uRzvnw
“Christmas Unwrapped” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKwd-8ENAPI
“Stuck in the Past” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1CjPJlITmY
“Superheroes Don’t Need Capes” http://superheroesdontneedcapes.com/
“How to Live Out of a Dream”
“Through A Mother’s Eyes” http://www.throughamotherseyesthemovie.com/
Which project do you connect with most personally?
I connect with certain projects or characters in different way; but if I had to choose a character it would be Jake in Lindsey’s Way. I feel his heart and I believe in many ways I am a lot like him. As for stories it is “Superheroes Don’t Need Capes” because this is a true story that happened to me over 40 years ago. I am the character Paul in this movie. So directing this movie was emotional at times because I had to re-live it.
Do you only do faith-based projects?
I only do projects that are pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ! They don’t have to have biblical reference but they must enhance life period!
Of the many filmmaking hats you wear, which do you prefer?
I am trying not to wear many hats because I don’t do a solid job when I am spread too thin. If I direct, then I don’t produce, and will only act if it is a smaller role. I prefer acting. I started as an actor and it is where I am most comfortable. I do enjoy directing as long as I have solid producers to put out the fires so I can focus on the scene in front of me.
Which is your preference – film or television? Which do you think has the most impact?
Honestly TV series has the most impact on our country on a daily bases. But more people buy a movie ticket in a year then go to all of the sporting events put together! As a preference I enjoy making movies very much when I have the time to take my time. On the other hand I do love sitcoms!
Do you have any new projects in the works?
I am trying to raise fund to produce another sitcom I created that I believe will have a major positive impact on Americans. And a movie based on a true story about 2 disabled veterans that I am positive will be loved by all!
What is your goal as a filmmaker?
When people walk away from one of my movies or TV series I want people to feel good! Lifted up and encouraged. My guiding scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Encourage one another and build each other up.
50 years ago the most powerful influences in America came from the pulpit. Sadly today it is the movie and TV screens. More people buy a movie ticket in a year than go to all the sporting events put together, I said that at a church in Talladega, Alabama once and they nearly tossed me out. The Movie/TV industry is the most powerful influence on the planet. What are these influences Americans are being fed? They are sad, evil pornographic and violent.
David Frost once said that television and movies are inventions that allow us to be entertained in our living rooms by people we would not have in our homes.
Whether art imitates life or life imitates art if you feed people evil we will spread evil. Every single day Hollywood sets out to destroy mankind for the sake of money. The moral barometer does not exist anymore.
I’m not saying all of Hollywood is putting out evil; there are some wonderful movies that have come out in recent years, but it isn’t enough and we need to stand together to change it. This is why I promote and stand with new networks like Parables TV. Now don’t take this as a plug for them; however I do hope it begins a dialogue and we speak out for the many other people that are taking a stand! That we speak out about the ones that have heard the cry of the people! The folks that see the negative effect the movie/TV industry has been on us and they have taken a stand to do something about it!
Let’s stand together in support of the ones we welcome into our living rooms. Or you can gripe and complain that TV is horrible! I say we join with networks like parables TV that take this responsibility to entertain without destroying the moral fiber of humanity to heart! If we do this we will put the influence in America back where it belongs, back at the pulpit! That positive influence will feed the parent, the teacher, the politician and our children healthy uplifting entertainment that enhances life!