But that would be self-serving. Of course, this whole entry is self-serving. And how objective can I be about my own production that I wrote, produced, edited, hosted and cleaned up after production (hint: chocolate pudding is a pain to clean once it hardens).
The documentary is anything but a talking head. The video engages students from the opening food fight, takes them quickly into the basics of science, elements of logic and sound reasoning with graphics, illustrations, re-enactments and quirky humor and charisma. In the second part the video shifts gears again into an intense debate between a devout Evolutionist and Creationist.
Suffice it to say there is a lot of stuff covered in this video. Most of the people that I asked to review it for me had to watch it twice or more just to get everything. Accompanying the DVD is a CD-Rom with viewing, discussion and teacher guides that can be viewed and printed. If you home school these are great for your kids to fill out and analyze the video. If you are a teacher this is a ready made lesson for you to start a unit with.
Engaging, humorous, moves quickly and refreshingly balanced… or so I’ve been told. Actually the Dove Foundation, who approved this film for audience 12 or older, wrote “I don’t think that Phil Pfanstiel, journalist and teacher, will become popular after viewers see this DVD. He presents both sides to the evolution/creationism argument and basically leaves it up to the viewer to decide. Both sides will possibly decide he wasn’t strong enough on one side of the coin.” Read complete review from the Dove Foundation here.
It is a one of a kind production. The other DVDs sold on this site are great explorations of Intelligent Design and worth watching (I watched most of them while I developed this production). However, there has not been an effort made by either side to present both sides on a level playing field and let the viewer decide for themselves. Man, that would be a great name for a DVD.
Sometimes the host speaks too quickly and the humor is very juvenile. Of course in my defense, the video was made for juveniles. The target audience is 7th thru 10th grade. As a teacher and youth worker in this age range for eight years, I appreciate what it takes to make them laugh and stay engaged. The other weakness is that this is volume one but there aren’t any other volumes available yet. I watched the first one and I wanted to watch the next seven volumes but was told I would have to wait until I made the videos before I could watch them. If this last sentence was confusing then you will also miss some of the humor in the video.
This is the strongest point of the production. I think I make some great arguments and present the information in a logical and balanced way. If you saw all the stuff I had to synthesize and still make it digestible to the average teenager I think you would award it 10 stars.
This video turned out a lot better than I thought it would and I had high hopes for it to begin with. I think you’ll feel the same way after viewing it. Just be sure to pass the DVD along to your child’s teacher to see if they could use it in their class, so that even more students are presented both sides to this eternally important question.
Buy the film Here.