Title: Return to the Hiding Place
Genre: Historical Action Adventure
Producers: Peter C. Spencer and Petra Pearce
Release Date: Fall 2015
A Clock Maker who became a Leader
A Leader who formed a Teenage Army
A Teenage Army that defied an Empire
Overview: When Corrie ten Boom realizes the Nazi empire is systematically rounding up Jewish people and sending them to concentration camps, she uses her house as a hiding place and helps form a teenage army to stand up against this tyranny. This incredible true story is a thought-provoking and fast-paced movie about courage, sacrifice and faith in action.
Title: Freedom Flight
Genre: Historical Action Adventure
Release Date: 2020
Overview: Based on Frank Iszak’s heroic escape on 13 July 1956, Freedom Flight takes place during the Cold War when seven brave students, in a desperate attempt to escape the brutalities of a totalitarian regime, designed a spectacular way of crossing the impenetrable Iron Curtain: by hijacking a Hungarian domestic commercial flight, overpowering the crew, disarming the secret policeman on board, evading the Soviet MIG 17 fighter jets and landing in West Germany.
Potential Films Projects
Title: Britfield & the Lost Crown
Genre: Family Adventure
Themes: Friendship, family, loyalty and courage
Release Date: 2021/2022
Title: In Praeditus
Genre: Psychological Spy Thriller
Themes: Family and Father/Son
Potential Release Date: 2020
Title: The Gardener’s Apprentice
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Themes: Family, Romance and Relationships
Potential Release Date: 2021
Genre: Historical Action Drama
Themes: Hope and Heroic Sacrifice
Overview: During World War II in Nazi occupied Warsaw, Polish nurse Irena Sendler secretly served in the Polish Underground. Assisted by two dozen Żegota members, Sendler heroically smuggled approximately 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, provided them with shelter and false identity documents and saved them from the Holocaust.
Potential Release Date: 2022
Title: An Unlikely Friendship
Genre: Historical Biography
Themes: Family, Friendship and God
Overview: This movie is about the creative and thought-provoking friendship between C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Enter the world of these brilliant minds as Tolkien struggles as a writer and Lewis searches for the truth. Told over several decades, this story chronicles these two literary giants as they discuss and debate philosophy, politics, and man’s search for the truth. Experience social change, world history, the Inklings and how Lewis and Tolkien brought the world Narnia and Middle-Earth.
Potential Release Date: 2023
As we build our literary library, Devonfield Publishing is reviewing many exciting book titles, authors and series for future publication. Currently, we are focused on the August 2019 launch of Britfield & the Lost Crown, an exciting middle school/young adult book series.
The Awards keep coming in and the Critics are Raving about Britfield & the Lost Crown:
“A perfect mixture of fast-paced excitement, heart-stopping surprises, fascinating history, and endearing characters with historical references scattered along the way. Tom and Sarah’s devotion to each other provides an excellent backdrop to the many mishaps and dangers in which they find themselves. I could see this book being used in a classroom setting both as a literature piece and as a geographical and historical resource. Stewart’s clever narrative draws you in and doesn’t let you go till the end!”
– Dawn Weaver, Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews - 5 Stars!
“Tom just barely escapes the evil orphanage with his friend Sara to follow the clues that his long-lost parents may still be alive! Could Tom really be the heir to the British throne? Such a thrilling book filled with so much awesome history about England, crazy mysteries, and truly amazing characters. It had me hooked every second of reading it! I can’t wait for the sequel.”
– Hannah, Age 13, Kids’ Book Buzz - 5 Stars!
“An intriguing first-in-series read that is sure to capture the attention of the middle grade and young adult crowds. Readers journey through English cities and countryside beautifully rendered in the narrative. The book also includes maps and intelligent background information about the setting and history with access to online illustrations and commentaries. Britfield weaves plot, texture, storytelling, and fascinating characters into a winning combination and enriching experience.”
– Chanticleer Book Review - 5 Stars!
“As a middle school English teacher of 28 years and a multiple bestselling author for middle grade books, I can honestly say Britfield and the Lost Crown has all the right stuff. Intriguing characters, foreshadowing, and suspense will draw readers in deep and have them gasping for breath for the next chapter and the next.”
– Wayne Thomas Batson, bestselling author of The Door Within Trilogy
Our first release in Spring 2019 is the exciting middle school/young adult book series, Britfield & the Lost Crown.
Britfield & the Lost Crown is a fast-paced adventure novel that transports the reader from the smoldering crags of Yorkshire, through the heart of England, and finally to the magnificent shores of Dover. Creating an interactive world of mystery and adventure, culture and education, Britfield is about friendship, family, loyalty and courage. The first in a five-book series, Britfield intends to educate as well as entertain readers by weaving geography, literature, architecture and history into the plot. Children will not only embrace the action- packed chapters, but will enjoy the authenticity of a story with real locations and realistic events: no one flies, has magical powers or has a thirst for blood. Britfield builds with intensity and intrigue, sacrifice and revelations. Book II takes place in France and Switzerland; Book III, in Italy; Book IV, in South Africa; and Book V, in China.
Britfield & the Rise of the Lion, Book II will be released in the fall of 2020.
Continuing the series, Britfield & the Rise of the Lion will be released in the fall of 2020. Taking place throughout France, Tom and Sarah face an entirely new enemy, a nefarious and clandestine group with unlimited resources. With their ultimate destination as the castle Chambord, Tom and Sarah must first escape from Mont St. Michele, then navigate through the Paris streets, the underground sewer system and over rooftops of Paris. They visit Notre Dame, climb the Eiffel Tower, and experience a secret room hidden within the Louvre, all the while chased by an assassin determined to wipe out any potential threat to the British throne. Including old friends and new allies, Tom and Sarah’s intense adventure is filled with twists and turns, unexpected betrayals and lifechanging revelations.
Theatrical Play Project
Title: An Unlikely Friendship
Release Date: 2020
A fast-paced 90-minute theatrical play, An Unlikely Friendship is about the dynamic, creative and thought-provoking friendship between C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Enter the world of these brilliant minds as Tolkien struggles as a writer and Lewis searches for the truth. Told in a 3-Act structure over several decades, these two literary geniuses discuss and debate philosophy, politics, mythological fantasy and man’s search for the truth. Experience social change, world history, the Inklings and how Tolkien and Lewis introduced the world to Narnia and Middle-earth.
Horizon Prep Summer Program
In association with Horizon Prep, Rancho Santa Fe, Devonfield will be conducting a one week summer course introducing students to the world of film. This dynamic course will cover the real world of movie making, from writing a compelling story and hiring a talented cast to production, acting, marketing and worldwide distribution. The approach behind this program is to create a model that will eventually turn into a full semester class and finally into an entire film and media program for Horizon Prep. Once this model has been finalized, we plan on sharing it with Schools and Colleges nationwide.
The Art & Creativity of Movie Making
From Concept to Reality
7th - 12th Graders
This class is limited to 20 students.
Date/Time: July 20-24, 9 am - 12:00 pm
Monday: Mastering the Basics of Storytelling
How do you write a great story and movie script? With 20 years in the film industry, Chad Stewart will teach you how to harness your ideas into a powerful story and professional screenplay. We will study classic films and global blockbusters to learn the tools of crafting an engaging and timeless story for the world to watch.
Tuesday: The Movie Process
How are films developed? Explore the process with Producer Mark Joseph as he shares his experiences working on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Passion of the Christ, Reagan, and his new release Max Rose. Learn the different stages of filming and production, finding distribution and worldwide marketing.
Wednesday: Acting for Tomorrow
This comprehensive class covers how to survive in Hollywood; creating dynamic and believable characters; on-set film techniques; promoting your career, and balancing your work and personal life.
Thursday: Putting Your Film Project Together by Chad Stewart
Assembling a movie project is one of the hardest parts of filmmaking. In this dynamic class you will learn how to get your film financed, create a business plan, develop a budget breakdown and discover how to properly “package” your film so you can take your project to studio heads or private investors.
Friday: 20 Dos and Don'ts for Marketing Faith-Based Films by Ron Forseth
Learn from a pro who works at Outreach, Inc., the largest faith-based advertizing company in the world. This workshop draws on years of experience in successfully promoting faith-based films, including The Passion of the Christ, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Courageous, Man of Steel, and many more. Understand the importance of church engagement, marketing channels and media strategies.
For more information on this class and many other dynamic programs, please visit www.prepsummer.org