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After more than 20 years of working in the animation industry, I co-founded Glorious Films to bring my passion of film together with my love of the Bible and theology.

Our first film The Promise: Birth of the Messiah was an animated musical designed to awaken the world to the original music of the nativity story found in the Gospel of Luke.  It was released in December 2013.

We are currently in production on Prodigal The Musical which brings to life one of the most powerful parables of Jesus Christ.  We have been blessed with a stellar Broadway cast. It will be released early in 2015.

We have a very ambitious slate of films to follow, and I invite you to my personal space to show off what we’re working on and to talk about issues related to film, art and biblical theology.

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“…the greatest short story in the English language.”

Attributed to CHARLES DICKENS

 

“…a mighty spiritual picture.”

J.C. RYLE, Bishop of Liverpool

 

 

 

COMING 2015

“If the teaching of Jesus is likened to a lake, this famous Parable of the Prodigal Son would be one of the clearest spots where we can see all the way to the bottom.”

TIM KELLER, PASTOR OF REDEEMER CHURCH, NEW YORK CITY

Quote from Prodigal God.

We are currently in production with our second animated film, Prodigal The Musical with an incredible Broadway and classical music cast led by Jeff Kready (Tony award-winning A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder,) Jeremy Kushnier (Jersey Boys,) Nikki Renee Daniels (Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Revival,) and bass-baritone Nathan Berg (featured in over 30 classic music recordings.)  It is scheduled for release early in 2015.

This parable has captured the admiration and imaginations of many artists, musicians, and writers over the centuries, such as:

REMBRANDT
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
RUDYARD KIPLING
BENJAMIN BRITTEN
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
THE ROLLING STONES
ARTHUR SULLIVAN

 

“…the finest of all the parables.”

DR. LEON MORRIS
PROFESSOR OF NEW TESTAMENT, TRINITY EVANGELICAL DIVINITY SCHOOL

The Promise: Birth of the Messiah

NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD

 

The Original Musical

The Promise was written to remind us that the nativity is about more than just shepherds, wise men, and a birth in a stable. Almost half of Luke’s account consists of songs that have all but slipped into obscurity, and contain powerful statements that are alien to our contemporary understanding of Christmas.

 

Coming to Blu-ray This Fall

SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION COMING THIS FALL

 

 

From the Blog

New Prodigal Poster Released

We’ve recently released a new poster for Prodigal The Musical featuring our characters, from left to right, the Father, the Young Son and the Older Brother, voiced by the amazing vocal talents of Nathan Berg, Jeff Kready and Jeremy Kushnier,... read more

Welcome to ToddShaffer.com

This year marks my 25th year of working professionally in animation. I have been fortunate to have been consistently employed in such a volatile industry for this length of time, with only a few exceptions. And after all these years, I am more excited about working in film and animation than I’ve ever been. I’ve not lost the youthful glee that flooded my heart and clouded the reason that would have otherwise led me to chose a “stable” career. It’s not always been a walk through the roses, though.

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