Getting that first Benji movie made was like careening through a mine field of slammed doors, unplanned disasters, catastrophic mistakes, and a noticeable vacuum of money, knowledge and experience.
I was convinced that God did not want this movie made. But it turns out he absolutely did. I just wasn’t ready! He had work to do. I had what Lee Domingue calls “a God-sized dream, which is what you have whenever it seems impossible, unreasonable, and too expensive, but you have a passion for it nonetheless. A passion planted by God.”
So it’s up to him to make you better, stronger. Many times I thought this is the end of life as I know it, but it all had to happen exactly as God planned it or neither Benji nor The Soul of a Horse would exist today. All of those adversities and obstacles were there to season me, to build my competence, my knowledge base, and to test my passion. For passion is what kept me from ever giving up and gave me the drive to find ways around those impossible obstacles. God was literally molding me with experiences that would provide the wisdom and tenacity to ultimately make it all happen against a great number of apparent odds.
The memoir below begins on my second day ever on the set of a real movie. The first time was back in college. I was an extra. This time I had written the screenplay and was producing and directing the film. (Read more)
The “New Benji” Movie Trailer
The new BENJI is a movie for the ages. All ages! Hope, love, laughter and persistence toward a positive goal, all wrapped up in the heart and soul of a floppy-eared star you can’t help but love. Watch the trailer here. Then watch the movie on Netflix, all across the planet, in 192 countries! Then watch it again and again. You won’t be able to help yourself.
Joe Camp, creator of Benji, and Writer-Director of the first five Benji films has turned over the keys to his youngest son, Brandon Camp, to follow in his footsteps. But Brandon does more than merely follow. In Joe’s own words, “The Benji phenomenon doesn’t just continue into the future but has been elevated by Brandon’s work, his care and his concern. Folks around the planet are falling in love all over again! And, to me, that feels pretty spectacular.”