Sticks & Stones: A Story of David

A tormented king struggles to protect his people from an advancing army. Can this young, shepherd defeat the Philistine's champion and ensure the Israelites' freedom? A tale old as time and equally revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam alike. David's triumph over Goliath is the quintessential underdog story and has become a part of our modern-day lexicon.

This is Veteran Film Production's first stop-motion film, which recounts the story of David's first battle from the first book of Samuel. Animation inspirations include Robot Chicken, 1960s-era Rankin & Bass Productions and the works of Mel-O-Toons New World Productions.

"Great story attached to the first time animators."
- Branson International Film Festival

- Award Winner (2020): Branson international Film Festival, Best Biblical Story Category (Branson, MO)

- Award Winner (2020): Festival Internacional de Cine Cristiano, Best Animation Short Film Category (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina)

- Award Winner, Best Cinematography (2020): Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, Animation Short Category (Buffalo, NY)

- Award Winner, Best Cast (Voice Over/Narration) (2020): Great Lakes Christian Film Festival, Animation Short Category (Buffalo, NY)\

- Award Winner, Best Animation Fan Favorite (2020): Christian Film Festival, Animation/Cartoon (Newport News, VA)

- Award Winner, Best Animation (2020): Christian Film Festival, Animation/Cartoon (Newport News, VA)

- Award Winner (2019): Cherub Film Festival Competition (Online), Short Films Category (films shorter than 46 minutes)

- Nomination (2020): International Christian Film & Music Festival, Best Animated Film (Orlando, FL)

- Nomination (2020): Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival, Best Animation (Toronto, Canada)

- Official Selection (2021): Churches Making Movies Christian Film Festival, Narrative Short (South Orange, NJ)

- Official Selection (2020): Jamaica International Faith Film Festival, Animated Short Film Category (Kingston, Jamaica)

- Official Selection (2019): God Country Family Christian Film Festival, Animated Short Film Category (Eau Claire, WI)

- Official Selection (2019): Christian Family Film Festival, Christmas Fest, Inspirational Short Category (Ellington, NY)

  • Cam Cornelius
    Key Cast
    "David"
    Soldier's Joy, Fatal Stop, Final Encounters
  • Charlie Ray
    Key Cast
    "Goliath, Eliab"
    Blade & Soul, Real City Heroes
  • Verl Thomas
    Key Cast
    "King Saul"
    Primal Instinct Episode 5, Frederick Douglass / Draw My Life by the Atlas Society
  • Steve Brock
    Key Cast
    "Narrator"
    Author of "Bubbleheads: The Med Run"
  • Jonathan Geer
    Music Composer
  • Felix Manzi
    Music Composer
    Drain Alcatraz, I Am War, American Masters
  • Nate Carroll
    Director
    Wild Bill: In Search of Fool's Gold, Klept F.O., Mole Hunt, Grease Ghoul
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Children
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 26, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Branson International Film Festival
    Branson, MO
    United States
    May 3, 2020
    Winner: Best Biblical Story
  • Great Lakes Christian Film Festival
    Buffalo, NY
    United States
    August 7, 2020
    Winner: Best Cinematography, Animation Short
  • Great Lakes Christian Film Festival
    Buffalo, NY
    United States
    August 7, 2020
    Winner: Best Cast, Animation Short
  • Cherub Film Festival 60-day Online Competition
    Waco, Texas
    United States
    October 1, 2019
    Award Winner
  • International Christian Film & Music Festival
    Orlando, FL
    United States
    May 13, 2020
    Nomination: Best Animated Film
  • Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 1, 2020
    Nomination: Best Animation
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Cristiano
    Buenas Aires Pronvicne
    Argentina
    September 5, 2020
    Award Winner: Best Animated Short Film (Under 45 minutes)
  • Jamaica International Faith Film Festival
    Kingston
    Jamaica
    February 29, 2020
    Official Selection: Animated Short Film
  • Christian Film Festival
    Newport News, VA
    United States
    July 30, 2020
    Award Winner: Best Animation
  • God Country Family Christian Film Festival
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    United States
    December 8, 2019
    Official Selection: Animated Short Film
  • Christian Family Film Festival Family Fest
    Ellington, NY
    United States
    December 6, 2019
    Official Selection: Inspirational Short
Director Biography - Nate Carroll

Our third short and first stop-motion film!

Veteran Film Productions began as an idea in northern Afghanistan by two friends who wanted to tell fun stories. We have been fortunate to have our micro-short films screened across the world: London, Bangkok, Saint Louis, Rochester, Cleveland, Hoboken, DeKalb, and in online festivals.

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Director Statement

Veteran Film Productions prides itself on making amusing, independent films at exceptionally low budgets.