A couple of weeks ago we announced that we have found a film production company to lead the charge in producing The Paul Project tools for us. What an exciting answer to prayer that God has connected us with like-minded individuals who have professional filmmaking experience. They share our vision for producing new resources that will help people around the world know Jesus and follow Him.
The body has many parts, and as each member fulfills its unique role the body works together for the common good and overall health. In the same way, as we—The JESUS Film Project® and the production company—do what we do best, we look forward to seeing many people come to Christ and become true disciples.
To spell out a little more how this will work, it might help to these key phases in filmmaking—
Development: creating a compelling story, scriptwriting
Pre-production: hiring (all jobs including key roles such as producer and director), casting (actors), selecting locations, building sets
Production: filming the scenes, developing special effects
Post-production: film editing, music score, putting it all together
Distribution: strategically getting all of the resources—feature film, miniseries, and other print and visual tools—out to the intended audiences
The JESUS Film Project will take responsibility for the script development phase. God has given us a vision for a powerful resource. To be faithful to that vision we must first make sure we have a compelling script that tells Paul’s story while being faithful to Scripture and historically accurate.
During the filmmaking phases—pre-production, production, post-production—we will advise and consult with the filmmakers to ensure the films produced will fulfill the long-term ministry needs God has put before us. Throughout the process we will make sure the films remain true to Scripture.
Once the films are complete, we will take responsibility for their translation and ministry use around the world, just as we have done for decades with the JESUS film.
Right now, even as the script is still in process, the production company is moving forward with the pre-production phase, including location scouting in the Middle East and UK, and ongoing discussions with a potential producer.
Please pray that The JESUS Film Project and the production company will work well together toward our common vision.
Continue to the pray for the location scouting team—Bryan Hickox (executive producer with the production company), and Eric Foster and Jim Green (JFP consultants). They have already seen a lot of great potential filming locations on their trip so far.
Pray that good relationships will be built with the studios they’ll visit in the U.K, and that there will be a clear sense of God’s direction for which studio to work with on the film.
Also remember to pray for a compelling script that will draw many to follow Jesus.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead … (1 Peter 1:3, English Standard Version).