K.J.Kolka (Based on his comic book)
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College student Rich Benton becomes the Christian super hero THE
CARDINAL, after seeking God's direction for his life. Live action
film, based on the Christian comic book
Cardinal Adventures" by K.J.Kolka.
Lucas A. Scattergood plays the role of Rich
Benton/The Cardinal.Luke has performed in many plays, and is quite
active in the thea- tre. Not only does Luke
perform in local theatre productions, but also in many plays at
his church.Luke is currently attending college and
is studying theatre. Hewould like to pursue acting upon
graduation. He is a very talented
will certainly see his dream fulfilled.Luke attends Christ Gospel
Church in Parma, Ohio.
plays the role of the Scarlet Assasin. Jim has hadsome film experience,
along with a stint as the host of Heidelberg College's TV show "Late Night at the Berg".
Jim also has a variety of stage experience. He has a B.F.A. in theatre arts from Heidelberg
College. He is trained in stage combat,
and is certified by the Society of American Fight Directors. He
is currently a volunteer at his church, assisting in the drama team.
the Polaris Christian Church in Brunswick, Ohio.
the part of Rich Benton's girlfriend, Chris Mc-Coy. Heather has appeared in several plays
including "The Sound of
"The Wizard of Oz" and "Hello Dolly". She has also gone through modeling
classes, which she says has helped her with acting and presentation.
She has also acted in several
plays at her
church. Heather attends the Medina United Methodist
Church in Medina,Ohio.
Jane Lanham plays the part of Brent's
mother. Jane has appeared in
including the lead role in "Manic" from the New York
Film Academy. She has also acted in many plays. She has studied acting at Moorpark College,
and the San DiegoAppolaid Theatre. Jane
lives in Simi Valley, California and attends church at Corner- stone Community Church in Simi Valley.
Anna Keener plays the part
of the College Professor.Anna has been doing drama in her church
for sixteen years, both in
where she lives with her husband, and in New Mexico. The dramas have been one person monologues, both straight drama
and musicals. Anna attends church at the Wadsworth Assembly
of God in Wadsworth,Ohio.
Ryan Edward Cox plays the part of the College Administrator.
Ryan has appeared in the film "Size Seven Red" as a
detective, and was an extra in the film "Seabiscuit".
Ryan has also been a radio deejay and has a variety of sport skills.
He attends the west Carrolton Church of the Nazarene in Ohio.
SYMONDS plays the part of Detective Truth. Roy is very active
in drama, appearing in such plays as "The Pirates of Penzance",
"The Mikado", "HMS Pinafore", "A Down
Home Christmas" and "1776". Over the past 7 years,
Roy has been an active cast member in the "Watch
the Lamb" passion play at Grace Baptist
Church. He has appeared in many roles, including both
Saints Peter and Paul and Caiaphis the High Priest. Roy
attends Grace Baptist Church in Brunswick, Ohio.
Joshua Holley plays
the role of Brent. Joshua
is the younger brother of Luke Scattergood, and also shares his talent and interest for acting.
He has been in many plays, and has played many roles from
Roman Centurions to demons for various church productions.
Joshua attends Christ Gospel Church in Parma, Ohio
Steve Olson plays the role of Tom, the teen age thug.
Steve is beginning to expand and add to his acting portfolio,
which includes a couple of TV roles, and acting workshop
parts. Steve lives in Hudson, Ohio.
John Martin is the Producer and Director of THE CARDINAL.
John has been a self-taught filmmaker since 1972, and made his
first Christian film in 1980. THE CARDINAL is his 12th Christian
film. John's film ministry is New Parable Films, where he produces
short films called "Video-Tracts", a new
alternative to traditional Christian tracts with the added impact
of video. John has been featured on the radio, and in the newspaper
discussing his films. John lives in Medina, Ohio with his wife
Donna, daughter Lauren, and their dog "April". He attends
Pearlbrook Church of God in Cleveland, Ohio.
K.J.Kolka, (Kurt) wrote the script for THE CARDINAL,
which is based on his comic book "The Cardinal Adventures".
Kurt created the comic while attending Concordia College in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. After graduating with a B.A. degree, he continued
to publish his comic in a Michigan newspaper. In 1990, as the
doors opened for him, the comic was published in its own book,
and is still published each summer by Sunday Comics Ministries.
Inc. It is distributed free by Kurt's ministry. Kurt attends Friendship
Church in Gaylord, Michigan.
received the "green light" to produce a live action
film version of THE
ADVENTURES comic book which is drawn and distributed by K.J.Kolka
his ministry Sunday Comics Ministries, Inc. He will write the
on his comic book characters.
has finished the script for the Cardinal film, and I now have
will begin breaking it down to a shooting script. This will determine
of locations I will need to find. Also, I will begin to put out
call for the various roles needed.
breakdown is completed. I have begun to cast some of the roles,
out various locations. The villain in the film is the Scarlet
We have determined that he will speak with a Russian accent. So
found a dialect coach (Matt Francis) to assist in the Russian
has taped the lines and sent them to me for use with the actor
the Scarlet Assassin. The roles of Brent's Mom, the College
the College Professor, Chris McCoy, the Scarlet Assassin, and
Cardinal have all been cast.
scenes of Brent's Mom will be shot in California, and sent to
Also the scenes of the College Administrator will be shot in
Ohio and likewise be sent to me for editing. 2nd unit work is
in Kentucky by Jason Dixon who assisted me on my last film THE
was filmed entirely in Kentucky.
college girl who is attacked, and the older teen age thug roles
cast. That only leaves Brent and Detective Truth to cast yet.
first scheduled date of principle photography to begin here, is
I have received both the California footage and the Dayton footage.
has been cast as of now. That still leaves Detective Truth. I
actors up for the part. I just have to make a final decision.
up the base items for the Cardinal costume, and have begun to
look. The costume needs to be complete by the end of August. I
shoot scenes involving the Cardinal from that point on. I am making
for the July shoot. My plan is to shoot once a month for the
5-6 months. Edit and do special effects work over the winter months.
spring have an edited copy to sent to be scored and ready for
in 2004. Hopefully to coincide with the release of the next
comic book for that year.
filming has begun today. We filmed the interior dorm scenes, the
where Chris McCoy gives Rich the Cardinal suit that she made him,
scenes with the college professor. Everything went very well,
what we set out to do on schedule and on time. Truly the Lord
been involved with this production. Things are moving along nicely.
is very co-operative with allowing us to come to their various
and do the filming we need to do. I am very impressed and feel
next tentative date for filming is the end of August. I'm not
time which scenes we will be filming, probably the exterior campus
or the ending with the Scarlet Assassin by the river.
role of Detective Truth has now been cast. So that concludes all
for the film. I have a very talented cast and look forward to
Evans has been brought on board as Special Effects Supervisor.
be over seeing the flying effects needed to give the Cardinal
has done this type of work before, and I look forward to his input
with him on the effects.
AUGUST 9, 2003
The next shoot date
has been scheduled for Friday August 22, 2003. We will
be filming more
exterior school scenes, the accident that gives the
Cardinal his ability
to fly, and various scenes with Detective Truth. Things
are progressing nicely,
I was able to get the opening shots of the Cardinal
(bird) that had been
so elusive up until now. Also I have been filming some
inserts and establishing
shots in the interim of principle filming.
AUGUST 22,2003 Filming continued today with
more campus scenes, the accident that gives the Cardinal flight
and Detective Truth scenes. Filming went well, despite weather
reports of 50% chance of rain, then changed to 30% and then 10%
to NO RAIN AT ALL!!! God is good. Excellent cast helps tremendously!
Next shoot tentatively scheduled for the end of September.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2003
Saturday September 27th is the next scheduled day of filming.
We will be finishing up the exterior campus scenes with the teenage
thugs. Also we will be filming the ending of the film: the final
showdown between The Cardinal and the Scarlet Assassin.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
Well, we had our first major setback of the film. Although
the weather (80% chance of rain) looked bleak, it rained all night
Friday, and stopped approximately 1 hour before we were to shoot.
The skies cleared and it was a beautiful day to film. Because
of all the rain, the river was high and raging! It looked perfect
for our climatic ending of the film. So what was the setback....50%
of what we shot has to be re-filmed due to the fact that we have
NO SOUND on it! Apparently the microphone at the river shoot was
not plugged in all the way, and all the dialog is lost. Visually
it looked good. I am so disappointed! And to make matters worse,
the weather is getting away from me. I have to get this done within
the next 2 weeks, or the footage will not match up to the rest
of the film. I am scrambling to try and get everyone back on the
11th. If I lose my window, I won't be able to finish those scenes
until spring or summer. I don't want to do that. Please pray that
I can pull this off this year. The school scenes went very well,
though. So I have all the outside shots in the can except the
river scenes now.
OCTOBER 9, 2003
Saturday October 11th is the scheduled day of the river scenes
re-shoots. The ending with the Scarlet Assassin also will be filmed.
This will put us back on schedule with the film. The leaves have
begun to change rapidly, but we should be able to get these scenes
in without incident. Hopefully we will schedule another shoot
on the 31st to complete our October shoot.
We are still trying to secure a location for the Assassin's
office scenes. The one scheduled fell through due to some legal
issues. Those scenes are scheduled to be filmed the end of November.
Also, after those scenes are filmed, and by the end of December,
I hope to have a 2minute trailer on this web site for THE CARDINAL.
Stay tuned for further info on that. The music has already been
delivered for the trailer, and work will begin on that shortly.
Saturday's filming went well. We re-shot all the river scenes
needed, and finished up the villain's scenes too. Weather was
very co-operative. That concluded the major exterior scenes needed.
So we managed to get everything in before the season changed too
much here in Ohio. Now we move tour interior scenes. The next
scheduled shoot is November 1, 2003.
NOVEMBER 1, 2003 We filmed the scenes today
of the Detective's interrogation room. Things went really well,
managed to get all the scenes accomplished, plus a few extras.
All that remains now is the scenes in the Scarlet Assassin's office.
We hope to film those later in the month. If that becomes a reality,
that will complete the principle photography...ON SCHEDULE!!
NOVEMBER 22, 2003: We wrapped up
principle filming today, with the completion of the Scarlet Assassin's
office scenes, on schedule! Everything went well,
(even though we were afraid we were going to set off the sprinkler
system with the smoke from the dynamite fuse!) All that remains
to be filmed is the Blue screen SPX shots and some small inserts.
Editing has begun already, and is rolling along nicely.
Post production on THE CARDINAL continues with the editing
the first rough cut of the film is underway.
Talks have begun with music composer RANDALL HARP. I am trying
to secure him
to score the film. He is very interested, and I am hopeful we
will bring him onboard. You can visit his web site at www.wrapmusic.com
Special Effects work will finish up on Monday December
15th with the blue screen shots. Special Effect Supervisor Rick
Evans will then begin composite shots of the blue screen and background
plates for the Cardinal's flying sequences.
Publicity continues to grow for the film. Another web site
has added a piece about the film You can check it out at www.comix35.org
. Look under "Christian Comics International"
THE CARDINAL 2 minute trailer is complete. It will premiere
on December26th, 2003 at the Polaris Christian Church (a converted
movie theatre) in Brunswick, Ohio. The trailer will run before
the premiere of another filmcalled THE ELEPHANT by Christian filmmaker
Nick Staron of Glowing NoseProductions (www.thenoseglows.com <http://www.thenoseglows.com>
) . The same
theatre has offered to premiere THE CARDINAL next summer. Details
on that will be forthcoming. I hope to have the same trailer on
this web site eventually too.
Graphic artist/designer SIMON JONES (www.si-productions.com<http://www.si-productions.com>
) is finishing up the new, updated version of my film logo.
It looks fantastic! Afterwards, he will be designing the video
cover/poster art for THE CARDINAL. Images of that will be
on the site
as soon as it is available.
JANUARY 17, 2004:
A rough edit of the film is complete minus the flying effects
and end credits. Run time should be approximately 35-40 minutes.
The summer 2004 issue of CARDINAL ADVENTURES comics (due out
in June) will contain a prominent interview/article about the
Cardinal film. Copies will be available for free (only pay for
shipping) from Sunday Comics Ministries (www.thecardinal.org
The final design for the poster/video cover art has been selected.
The image is being fine tuned, and will be available on this site
very soon. Keep watching.
Here is the tentative schedule building up to the film's release:
January 31, 2004..............Finished edit of the film, minus
the flying effects.
February 29, 2004.............Special effects shots completed
and sent to me to be inserted in the film.
March 31, 2004.................Film music completed and sent back
to me for insertion into the film.
April 30, 2004..................Final version of film comple
ready for duplication.
June 1, 2004....................THE CARDINAL is released on video
to the public and fans!
FEBRUARY 5, 2004 The poster art is
now in the photo section
of this web site. It was designed by Simon Jones who is also now
doing the special effects work on the film. It looks really cool...check
it out! The film is progressing nicely, special effects
work is moving along. I hope to have the footage in my possession
by the middle of March.
FEBRUARY 18, 2004:
I have received the Special Effects sequences from my effects
man in Texas.
They look great! They will be placed into the film in the appropriate
soon. I hope to have the finished film ready to send to California
scored by the end of March.
This is not official, but a comic book artist out of Youngstown,
interested in producing a comic book adaptation of THE CARDINAL
script has been sent to him for consideration.
March 17, 2004:
Editing has been completed on the Cardinal movie. Running time
approximately 35 minutes. The film will now be sent off to California
scored by music composer Randall Harp. Stay tuned for progress
The Cardinal film will be honored in another magazine interview.
comic magazine, MEGAZEEN will be featuring an interview/article
Cardinal movie and myself. I was quite surprised and honored
wanted to do the interview. It will featured in an upcoming issue.
details will be available as it comes in.
APRIL 13, 2004:
I have been approached by the folks at JC-TV in California
(kind of an MTV station for young Christians) that is sponsored
by TBN. They are planning to do a segment for their show on Christian
comics, and they want to include THE CARDINAL movie in that segment.
I have sent them some material, and the
trailer for the film. What a great opportunity to promote the
film! Watch for more info as I get it.
The scoring is progressing along. I have heard a 30 second
clip of the Cardinal theme. I am still hoping to have the music
complete by the end of April.
MAY 19, 2004:
THE CARDINAL is finished...finally! The film is being packaged
and will be ready for release on June 1, 2004. Keep watching this
web site for the official release and order information. The film
runs 36 minutes and is available on VHS only at this time.
In case you just came in...THE CARDINAL is a live action film
based on America's longest running Christian comic book super
hero. The comic book called "The Cardinal Adventures"
was created by K.J.Kolka, and is published by Sunday Comics
Ministries. It is distributed FREE each year. To order copies
of the comic, visit them online at www.thecardinal.org <http://www.thecardinal.org>
The Cardinal is college student Rich Benton, who
while searching for direction in his life from God, discovers
he has been given the ability to fly. That is the only "super
power" he has. Everything else comes from his reliance and
guidance from God. You will see how he gets his flying powers
after an accident involving a chemical spill. You will see how,
with the help of Detective Truth, they expose a teen age crime
ring led by the notorious Scarlet Assassin. Be sure to pick up
a copy of this faithful adaptation of the comic book, THE CARDINAL:
Hero With a Heart!
There have been articles written about the film both in the
latest issue of MEGAZEEN comic magazine and the new issue of THE
CARDINAL ADVENTURES. Be sure to order your copy of this year's
comic adventure. You can contact K.J.Kolka to order your
comics at firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 8, 2004:
THE CARDINAL film is now available. Click on the links on the
Cardinal web page for ordering information. We also now have a
printable order sheet you can use when ordering videos.
THE CARDINAL (2004) actually is not the first time the comic
super hero has made it to film format! K.J.Kolka, the creator
and cartoonist of The Cardinal Adventures comic strip, actually
has made 4 Cardinal films on 8mm film when he was in college!
The titles were as follows:
1) The Cardinal (1979)
2) Return of the Cardinal (1979)
3) Triumph of the Cardinal (1980)
4) The Cardinal: Tann's Treasure (1981)
THE CARDINAL video is also available at select Christian bookstores
in the Gaylord, Michigan area. Tell your bookstore about
the Cardinal video and that you want them to carry it. Contact
us at this address:
June 30, 2004:
The Medina County Gazette will be running an article about
THE CARDINAL video and comic book on Saturday July 3rd. So, if
you are local here in Ohioand have access to the Gazette, check
I have been approached by Triumph Movie Network out of California
for possible airing of THE CARDINAL on their satellite stations.
I have sent them a screener copy for evaluation. If accepted,
the film would be show twice in July and twice in September. More
news as it comes in.
THE CARDINAL also will quite possible be shown at the San Diego
Comic Con in July. This is an international comic convention,
with people from all over the world attending.
July 29, 2004:
What are people saying about THE CARDINAL live action
movie? Here's a sample:
"You did an excellent job on that movie. I am very proud
of it. It really carries the spirit of the comic. Lucas was perfect
as Rich Benton, he IS The Cardinal. I recommend it to all Cardinal
- K.J.Kolka (Gaylord, Michigan)
Creator/Writer of The Cardinal Adventures Comic
"I got my copy of The Cardinal. The flying scenes were
outstanding. Good work."
-Dave Twitchell (Merlin, Oregon)
"Fast paced...Action packed!"
Aristocrat Farms, Inc. (Sagamore Hills, Ohio)
"I loved it! So did my husband! If you make a sequel,
I want one."
-Diana Metter (Litchfield, Ohio)
"I got The Cardinal video and sat down and watched it.
It is a really good movie! I just wanted to compliment you on
the job you did with it. It was the best 36 minutes or so that
I have seen in a while."
-Jason Dixon (Frankfort, Kentucky)
"You have to start somewhere. The Cardinal is already
groundbreaking...the FIRST Christian superhero movie!!! Let's
pray for The Cardinal. It's always toughest being the pioneer...the
-E mail message (Yahoo Comics Group)
"...There was something special in the concept and char
to interest these filmmakers in spending the time, energy and
money to bring The Cardinal to life in film. These filmmakers
also specialize in producing short films or "video-tracts"
for churches to use. The film isn't slated to hit the silver screen.
But I can definitely see it being used for children's Sunday School
or Vacation Bible Schools. I think that Kurt Kolka and New
Parable Films are on the right track to reaching their target
audiences...they are going in the direction God is leading them
in and He is blessing their faithfulness."
Christian Comics Arts Society