We’ve all heard the story about the drawbridge operator who must make the difficult decision between saving his only son – who is caught in the bridge’s gears – or saving the oncoming train full of passengers. It’s meant to illustrate God’s love for humanity in sacrificing his only Son so that we might live.
It’s a boiler-plate sermon illustration that just about every pastor has in their arsenal, and has been used in every pulpit from sea to shining sea for the past fifty years.
And now it has received an Academy Award nomination.
Filmmaker Billy Zabka, also known as the bully in Karate Kid, has turned the classic illustration into a 30-minute short film titled Most. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and has also received an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short.
The fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated a story we’ve all grown up with in church for an award isn’t even the craziest part. Just read the story about how the film was made with no script, money or location – just two penniless guys who hopped a plane to Europe to film a story they felt needed to be told.