Who is Paul Munger? Why the Name Watchman?

Paul has 10 years media arts experience in print, web, and video. His copywriting and graphic design skills have been displayed in national magazines/catalogs, and through three highly successful homeschooling websites.  In 2006, Paul applied his creative vision to filmmaking, beginning with writing/editing/producing his multiple award-winning Creation documentary Animals in the Bible and the instructional film Blueprint for Language Arts Success.  Attending the San Antonio Christian Filmmakers Academy, Erwin Brothers Film School, Academy of the Arts, Gideon Media Arts classes and AFG Film Workshops all greatly expanded his filmmaking knowledge.  He then went on to serve with AFG on three feature films: as Extras Casting Director for Hero, Production Office Secretary for Alone Yet Not Alone, and Production Manager for Writers' Block.

Paul employed his editing skills in numerous short films, pregnancy center/missionary promos, and commercials.  He most recently acted and crew-assisted in the short thriller Pain of Death and short political drama Second Fiddle at the Gideon Media Arts Film Festival. Films currently in development include Courting Love, a children's book adaptation, a civil war drama, and a documentary on the life and legacy of reformer John Calvin.  Paul's vision is to craft excellent films and assist rising filmmakers to impact culture for the glory of God.

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The names of things have great significance.  When my parents bestowed upon me a name with the meaning of "humble watchman,"  I have little doubt that they had great hopes for their son to one day mature into a living expression of that concept.  But what exactly is a watchman?

Isaiah 21:6, “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go , set a watchman , let him declare what he seeth.”

A watchman's job is very simple: to watch.  To watch something is to observe attentively, typically over a period of time.  In days gone by, watchmen would stand in towers or on city walls and observe traffic coming and out of the city.  They would take note of anything unusual or sound an alarm if there was an impending attack. Other actions would be to announce persons of importance or notable events occurring outside the gates.  I view that as my role in society, first as a Christian and secondly as a creative professional.  As I observe the people and events in our culture, I will always filter these things through a Biblical grid to understand them aright and know how to respond appropriately.

Film is a powerful medium because it tells stories, and people spend countless hours watching these stories because story is metaphor for life.  Powerful ideas are wrapped inside emotional experiences.  So as a Christian making films, it is my express desire to be first and foremost pleasing to God in both what I watch, and what I creatively produce for others to watch.  The mission of Watchman Pictures, then, is very simple, good stories well told, that communicate powerful ideas based on Truth, that entertains and edifies the viewer.  All of this I will do in full dependence upon the Lord's providence and gracious empowering, for without Him I can do nothing.

Psalm 127:1, “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

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