Erik Parks has been producing short films since he was a teenager. His latest short, Thieves, is a biblical allegory about Jesus and the two thieves on the cross. Now he’s ready to take the next step and produce a feature length film.
When did you first develop an interest in filmmaking?
I’ve enjoyed making little movies since I was about 13 or 14 years old. It started with highly choreographed action movies starring myself and my brother, went on to 70’s-style Kung Fu spoofs, and is currently into more dramatic territory. I’ve always enjoyed the art of storytelling.
What is your filmmaking background?
I majored in communication arts at Bryan College with an interest in film. Even got to be a part of a semester-long program in Los Angeles studying film and had an internship at a production company out there. The experience was eye-opening and further cemented my excitement for filmmaking.
What short films have you produced?
I’ve written and directed several shorts over the last few years and have enjoyed working with many of the same actors. The latest films I’ve made are Father(s), SNAKE, andThieves. Probably the most fun for me as a director was SNAKE. We had a major league baseball player make a cameo appearance, Christian music artist Cindy Morgan had a role in it, and on top of that we staged a bar fight scene as well as an intense car wreck. It was awesome.
Tell us about the awards your films have received.
Father(s) did quite well earning us BEST SHORT FILM awards at a couple different festivals. Quentin McCuiston, the lead actor, also got a BEST ACTOR award from one of them. Thieves is currently making the rounds in film festivals and so far has won a handful of technical awards.
Tell us more about your short film Thieves.
Thieves is set in an apocalyptic future where cities have basically become ghost towns. The main character, Thomas, meets up with two other survivors and must decide which one can be trusted. The set- up is pretty simple, but for me, it’s a way to tell a much deeper story. Essentially it’s the Christian journey. At some point, we all have a choice to make about whom we will trust. So this short was a way to incorporate a lot of biblical ideas and imagery into what really is an allegory pertaining to Christ and the thieves on the cross.
What are your filmmaking goals?
Simply put, to bring glory to the Lord. I want to make art, first and foremost. I love hinting at spiritual themes and pointing to the beauty of Christ in my films, but not at the expense of the art. To me, sermons are best left to the pulpit. But if we can combine an honest, compelling story with strong visuals and a subtle message, then I believe we have succeeded…awards or not. I’ve made several short films now, so the next goal is to get a feature film off the ground. I’ve got a script, I’m meeting with some folks and now just need to find the money to make it happen. So if anyone out there shares a similar passion, hit me up! (Shameless pitch.)
A link to watch Thieves