When looking among Christian-produced films, a particular film production company stands out from the rest. This film production company is Sherwood Pictures. Sherwood Pictures has produced a number of films including Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. Sherwood Pictures always puts forth a Christian theme or message in their films, and this is especially evident in their film Facing the Giants.
Sherwood Pictures began with a pair of brothers, the Kendrick brothers, who were incredibly gifted in media and film (Catt). When asked where he would like to be in five years, Alex Kendrick replied that he would like to do film, but no church would keep him on staff if he did that (Catt). Pastor Michael Catt (the pastor of his church and the man who put Kendrick on staff at Sherwood Baptist Church) then encouraged Kendrick to create films if God was in it (Catt). From there, Sherwood Pictures was birthed beginning with their first film, Flywheel. After that, Facing the Giants was released in far better quality and workmanship than its predecessor. Facing the Giants was released in 2006 with Alex Kendrick as its director. The writers of the film were the brothers, Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick. The film starred Alex Kendrick as the lead character, Grant Taylor, and Shannen Fields as his wife. Actors Alex Kendrick and Jason McLeod would be featured in Sherwood Pictures’ later films.
Facing the Giants is a story about Grant Taylor, a football coach and husband who seems doomed to failure as he has coached six losing seasons and his household has long been in disarray. After the start of what seems to be another losing season, Grant discovers a group of parents and his own assistant coach conspiring to fire and replace him as head coach. Grant hits a turning point in his life, and he gives everything to God, including his football season. Things begin to turn around for him and the community as revivals begin to happen on his football team and in the school. God continues to bless Grant and brings him and his team to win the state championship against all odds.
The primary purpose of the film Facing the Giants is to convey the Christian message and elements of a Christian worldview. One of those elements is putting God in everything. That element shows constantly throughout the film as the characters very obviously state that putting God first and praising Him regardless of their circumstances is a priority. This element shows itself in the simple fact that Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick and their team at Sherwood Pictures were willing to follow their calling and create a film with a Christian worldview despite the film industry’s overwhelming majority in secular tendencies. The central theme of the film is that nothing is impossible with God, following the Bible verse Philippians 4:13: “I can do everything through him who gives me” (New International Version, Philippians 4:13). The characters in Facing the Giants go from...