To Know Thyself; Making Your Life Count; Bettering Yourself; Communion With Your Creator; Facing The Uncertainty of Eternity… With Certainty!
These were some of MY fundamental reasons for becoming a Freemason and for then practicing, studying, and applying the philosophy of Masonry in my life. As it turns out, these are also some of the key ideas to be explored and discussed in a new documentary, The Royal Art Of Freemasonry.
The documentary is written & directed by Johnny Royal, and a Video Trailer for the work is just now released. If the actual piece lives up to the trailer, I will plan to be owning a copy!
“April 21, 2017 12:30 ET
Feature Documentary The Royal Art of Freemasonry Releases Teaser Trailer and Key Art Worldwide
LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – April 21, 2017) – The Royal Art of Freemasonry, seven years in the making, written & directed by Johnny Royal, has released the Teaser Trailer today which you can see here. The feature length documentary presents never before seen footage of the world’s oldest and most powerful secret society, the Freemasons. The film provides insight into the unique culture surrounding the fraternity, asks the question of why people join, explains in depth the entire masonic structure including the Blue Lodge (degrees 1 – 3), the Scottish Rite (degrees 4-33), and the York Rite (Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons, Knights Templar), and where members feel their ancient society is headed as the future unfolds.
“It feels like everything I’ve ever done in my life has gone into making this film,” says Writer and Director Johnny Royal. “It has been the most challenging thing I’ve ever done.”
This year, the United Grand Lodge of England, founded in 1717, celebrates its 300th year anniversary. However, Freemasonry has roots that reach much further back as evidenced by the recorded minutes of the Lodge of Edinburgh No. 1 in Scotland in 1599. Never before has a documentary been able to tell the story of all of the Masonic degrees and provide a glimpse of what happens in the masonic allegory after a candidate achieves the Master Mason or 3rd degree.
“One of the reasons The Royal Art of Freemasonry took so long to make was figuring out the actual overarching narrative. Eventually, I realized that the story arch was the hero’s quest. What begins to surface is a realization that we [the candidates] are able to be the hero or the villain in our daily lives, based on the choices we make. Freemasonry truly is a progressive moral science interlaced throughout the narrative structure of the Hero’s Quest.””
“Royal’s team on the film are comprised of a powerful lineup including Music Supervisor, Composer, and Re-Recording Mixer Sean Beavan (The Lost Highway, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Ernest Chapman and Juliette Beavan, both who are credited as composers and associate producers, Robert Doan as producer, Dene Anderberg as Executive Producer, Jason Pachomski as Supervising Editor (Game of Thrones), and Zach Brinkerhoff as Visual FX Supervisor (Thor and X-Men First Class).”