Have you ever sat down together as a family to watch a movie or tv show, and after endlessly scrolling through Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV, HULU, you couldn’t find any quality shows/films you could watch together as a family? Well, you’re not alone. That was our family.
As a wife and mother of two daughters, I struggled for years searching high and low looking for quality content I could watch with my family. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure why studios, streaming platforms, and tv networks didn’t produce QUALITY family-friendly entertainment.
Content for families falls in either three camps:
- Disney flicks that promote the same message– Princesses looking to be rescued by a dashing Prince, swept away to an enormous castle, and living in happily ever-after. Ok, with the exception of Mulan. Anyone who has daughters will agree that we as parents should encourage our daughters to be fierce, independent, courageous, and self-sufficient.
- Poorly made Christian movies/tv shows– I know I’m going to get a lot hate, but the majority of Christian movies/tv shows are awful. There I said it. Great message, but the acting is horrendous, the storyline is usually the same (an individual stands up for their faith, and challenges an atheist), and the cinematography is poor in quality. I have a lot to say on this subject matter, but I’ll save it for another post.
- Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Original Series- Some of these streaming platforms have produced a few decent shows for the family, I will give them credit for trying. However, I feel they have missed the mark. The lack of depth and the core message of these films/tv shows are usually shallow. There’s no substance.
You might be asking yourself, “What exactly constitutes quality family entertainment?” Well, I am glad you asked.
Quality family entertainment is content the entire family could watch together: a compelling story that resonates with all family members, content that sparks the imagination, and provides an ‘escape’ for the audience member. In addition, finding talented actors who bring life to the character they’re betraying, and creating a visually engaging story on the screen are elements of brilliant filmmaking.
Since there’s a lack of film/tv entertainment for the entire family, I decided to produce my own, and launch my own independent film studio. Seni Studios will produce a range of content: from short films, to adaptions from classic children’s literature.
As a storyteller and filmmaker, it’s my sincerest aspiration to produce content that will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
What are your thoughts on the current quality of family film/ tv programming that is available to consumers? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you!