Introduction

The importance of this story and script

The bible is, and always has been, an international best seller. It is a little known fact that the bible has been removed from most “best-seller” lists. This is because bible continues to outsell most of the “#1 bestsellers”.

A key aim of this production is to faithfully and accurately “translate” the bible into film. To really grasp the importance of this process could take up pages of historical, theological and sociological dialogue, but to put it simply it was the translation of the bible from Latin to English that took the world out of the dark ages!

We live in a culture that has lost interest and respect for the bible, God and the principles of the Christian faith. This film does not attempt to address this and ‘convert the world’, but what we are attempting to do is translate the scriptures into film.

This is the first and most important principle. Recently the bible was translated into sound in The Bible experience Project. This project went on to become the #1 fastest selling audio book of all time.

There is something compelling and powerful about the bible. It is enduring and despite it’s obviously offensive bluntness it continues to succeed whenever it is presented faithfully and accurately. This principal makes the production goals, aims, style and focus very easy: “Stick to the script”. So our aim has a much deeper and more enduring purpose. 

Book

Job Shooting Board https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYv6up_-h0E 

The Bible book of Job was the only book used in the App that was produced specifically for the project. The budget was $20,000 and shot in 7 days. The film was posted on YouTube where it has had over 100,000 views

Cultural Relevance

Job is recognised as prophet Ayoub by the Muslims, and by the Jews. The extensive ‘narrative’ style of the script is acceptable to middle eastern cultures who still value the storytelling tradition. We expect this story to have great success throughout the middle east and the third world.

Production Style

In these pages is the single longest “first person” narrative that God has given (about himself) in any of the pages of the bible. For this reason, and the simple fact that this book is accepted as “scripture” by the major faiths of the world is a compelling enough reason for it’s production.

For western cultures the ‘long-form’ style of this film will immediately place it into the “art-house’ category. The temptation would always be there to modernise the script to make it more palatable to a 21st century culture, however this is not the purpose of this production. The script will do all the work. There will be criticism of the length of the dialogue and the simplicity of the production, but those who are engaged will become immensely loyal supporters of this project.

Project Background

How would you handle it if God and Satan made a “bet” about you?

Often misquoted  or misunderstood, the book of Job is a compelling battle matching God against Satan, man against  God and a man against himself.

The story is set against a background if incredible suffering and intense personal pain, while, behind the scenes another drama unfolds, the hidden realm of the spirit where unknowable answers are finally revealed.

This film will shatter misconceptions about the nature of God and “acts of God” placing the blame for humanities suffering truly where it belongs and revealing the incredible nature and character of a living God.

For a short video treatment on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Utanopenari

Quick Synopsis

Job is an incredibly successful businessman: a president, king or “media mogul”. He is perfect in all of his ways and protected by God. In an attempt to prove the faithfulness of fallen human love, God allows satan to unleash hell on unsuspecting Job.

The dialogue that follows between Job and his friends echoes the “advice”, explanations and “excuses” that all of us have been guilty of trusting in times of trouble and a conclusion that forces any believe to adjust themselves to God and not visa versa.

A 20th Century media Translation of the Bible.

“Job” will attempt to show the passion, pain, suffering and agony that is clearly depicted in the original text. Scabs “from head to foot” with “maggots eating the flesh” combined with “friends” who “scream” and “yell” at Job full of passion that is easily missed in a cursory glance at the manuscript.

Treatment

Job is powerful, prosperous, righteous, respected, family man.

There is none like him in his land. He is a man to be reared and respected and has millions of dollars of assets at his disposal with hundreds of staff.

A scene in heaven unfolds. satan appears with the host of angels and

Challenges the integrity of man before the court of God.

God accepts the challenge and allows the hand of satan to be moved against Job.

In a day Job is wiped out. Everything lost, family and fortune destroyed Job maintains his integrity. Humbled, head shaven and dressed in rags Job refuses to curse God. Job is victorious, “round one to God”.

Satan, a powerful adversary presents his case again, arguing that the flesh must be destroyed before a true verdict can be reached.

Again God allows a level of suffering that is shocking in it’s intensity and what it suggests about the “justice” of God. This is gory, nasty stuff. “boils from head to foot’, maggots and pain. Yet Job remains true.

Enter Job’s 3 friends (plus +1 youth). The discourse that follows is epic in its heartfelt passion and failed application of most of the (now contemporary) counselling methods. Yet all the worldly, commonly accepted advice of Jobs friends falls short at touching the heart of this man who (by now) is in the deepest, darkest depression and despair.

But this is God’s story, and no man, or demonic prince will outsmart, outwit or outdo the king of all creation.

In an incredible “whirlwind” revelation of himself, all of creation is humbled before the creator, and in the face of such a magnificent God Job is restored in a moment and his fortunes increased.

Cast

Job

[lead]

– Greg Stigter

Executive, destroyed, passionate, redeemed:

The greatest man among all the people of the east. (7 sons and 3 daughters). Job has a depth of integrity that unsettles his friends. He is in constant pain and his main focus is on his God. Many sections of his dialogue are prayers and he is the only character who “doesn’t give a rip” about “airs-and-graces”. Job is thoughtful of his friends and aware of when he “steps over the line”…but, because Job’s whole life is “over the line” he does not mince any words.

Job’s Wife – Wendy Cole

Stunning, aggressive and angry:

Job’s wife is glorious in beauty at the start of the film, but transforms as Satan uses her to try to get Job to “curse God and die”. At the end of the film, all her makeup and trappings are removed and we see her and Job reconciled with beautiful babies.  We know that she is dark skinned as her children (at the end of the ordeal) are named “Cinnamon” as a reference to skin colour.

Eliphaz

[featured lead]

– Brendan Donaghue

Critical, accusatory, judgmental:

Act five – scene two humble, quiet endearing, loving

Act five – scene three Eliphaz has a shadow dream sequence. He then becomes offended, accusing, condemning and a “know-it-all”.

Bildad

[featured lead]

– Nick Frost

Intellectual, aloof, Religious, small minded:

A descendant (or follower) of Shuah, son of Abraham and Keturah, whose family lived in the deserts of Arabia.

Act five – scene four: Sympathetic, but imploring, like an Aussie farmer. He then turns to his companions and starts to “grandstand” before them, airing his opinions. He then develops his speech into an aggressive accusation of Job with a complete disregard of Job’s suffering (page 21)

Zophar

[featured lead]

– Dennis Cole

www.dcministries.com

Fatherly, insulted, Angry and Arrogant:

Zophar suggests that Job’s suffering could be divine punishment. Zophar is found in The Old Testament in the book of Job, chapter 20. Zophar goes into great detail about the consequences of living a life of sin. Angry, arrogant and without mercy. At one point he starts crying “crocodile tears” with a hand on job’s shoulder.  Approaches job boldly while he lies prostrate on the ground and shouts angry insults as he stands over him.

Elihu

[featured lead]

– Joel Egan

The youngest, passionate, intense, desperate:

Descended from Nahor (Job 32:2, 34:1). He is said to have descended from Buz who may be from the line of Abraham (Genesis 22:20-21 mentions Buz as a nephew of Abraham).Chapters 32 through 37 of the Book of Job consist entirely of Elihu’s speech to Job. He is never mentioned again after the end of this speech. “Then elihu lost his temper. He blazed out in anger against job for pitting his righteousness against god’s. He was also angry with the three friends because they had neither come up with an answer nor proved job wrong”. Elihu had waited with job while they spoke because they were all older than he. But when he saw that the three other men had exhausted their arguments, he exploded with pent-up anger.  Speaks with a boldness and authority that shame his friends into further stunned silence.

Budget

PROJECT Job
SHOOT DURATION (days):10(inc rehearsal)
EDIT DURATION12
PROGRAMME DURATION:1.1hours
1. PRE-PRODUCTIONTime hrs$ per hrEst. Budget
Script writer30$50.00$1,500.00
Producer Fee50$50.00$2,500.00
Director Fee100$45.00$4,500.00
Production Manager50$50.00$2,500.00
Production Assistant80$18.00$1,440.00
Administration Fee40$45.00$1,800.00
Sub Total  $14,240.00
2. PRODUCTION – FILMINGNo of DaysRate/DayBudget
Camera hire (Equipment) (5)7$250.00$1,750.00
DOP8$400.00$3,200.00
Camera Operator8$250.00$2,000.00
Camera Operator7$250.00$1,750.00
Camera Assistant7$178.00$1,246.00
Sound Recordist7$250.00$1,750.00
Grip7$150.00$1,050.00
Assistant Grip7$180.00$1,260.00
Gaffer7$150.00$1,050.00
Best Boy7$180.00$1,260.00
Production Assistant8$178.00$1,424.00
Makeup8$300.00$2,400.00
Wardrobe20$170.00$3,400.00
Autocue7$300.00$2,100.00
Digital Wrangling (1)7$178.00$1,246.00
Sub Total  $26,886.00
Studio Hire5$300.00$1,500.00
Location Fees4$300.00$1,200.00
Set Designer4$250.00$1,000.00
Equipment hire / Misc (3)1$2,000.00$2,000.00
Sub Total  $5,700.00
Travel4$400.00$1,600.00
Transport  -(Petrol / R&M)4$80.00$320.00
Accomodation4$250.00$1,000.00
Catering9$150.00$1,350.00
Petty Cash 5$100.00$500.00
Sub Total  $4,770.00
3. TALENTNo of DaysRate/DayBudget
Job10$350.00$3,500.00
Elihu10$350.00$3,500.00
Bildad10$350.00$3,500.00
Zophar10$350.00$3,500.00
Eliphaz10$150.00$1,500.00
Jobs Wife4$350.00$1,400.00
Jobs Family (9x)1$350.00$2,500.00
Extras4$350.00$1,400.00
SUB-TOTAL  $20,800.00
ITEMdays$ per dayBudget
4. POST PRODUCTION   
4.1 AUDIO:   
Voice Over3$250.00$750.00
Voice Over Record2$150.00$300.00
Music Copyright Royalties1$1,000.00$1,000.00
Soundtrack – Write/Record1$700.00$700.00
Audio Sweetening3$100.00$300.00
SD Cards10$30.00$300.00
Misc1$1,000.00$1,000.00
SUB TOTAL  $4,350.00
4.2 GRAPHICSQtyRateBudget
Paintbox 10$350.00$3,500.00
Animation10$700.00$7,000.00
After effects and layering5$80.00$400.00
Digital 5$30.00$150.00
SUB TOTAL  $11,050.00
4.3 EDITQtyRateBudget
Stock footage purchase ($30/sec)50$30.00$1,500.00
Editor Fees (4)200$40.00$8,000.00
Rendering10$45.00$450.00
Mastering10$30.00$300.00
SUB TOTAL  $10,250.00
3) MASTER & AUTHORQtyRateBudget
Mpeg Video encode ($/minute)10$15.00$150.00
Web/email encoding ($/hour)10$20.00$200.00
    
    
    
SUB TOTAL  $350.00
TOTAL OF ALL COLUMNS $65,810
Contingency Allowance 7.00%$4,606.70
Commissions0.00%
TOTAL WITH CONTINGENCY$70,416.70

Distribution

The book of Job will be submitted to digital platforms; Netflix, Roku and be developed for limited release in commercial cinemas.

Promotion

Christian Radio is extremely strong in Australia with an audience of over 1 million people each week or over 3 million each month.

UCB Radio has a national Distribution Network of over 400 radio stations in Australia. The director also has a unique position to be able to offer sales AND promotion through the “Word for Today” magazine. This powerful combination enables radio promotion to be backed up by a “call-to-action” through the same network. UCB also offer a fulfilment service if required.

International

United States:             TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network)

New Zealand:              Radio Rhema New Zealand

Middle East:                Arabic Translation Al Hayat CMTV P/L (Christian Media TV)

Kingdom Sat:              Leading The Way International – J.Youssef

SE Asia:                      Bhasa Translation IMercy – Paulus Wiratnau

China:                          Chinese Translation God TV Australia – W.Knapman

Release Schedule

Marketing (DVD, Soundtrack)           

Domestic DVD Release                     

Foreign DVD Release (US)               

Domestic Home Video                       

Foreign Home Video                          

US Domestic Cable TV                     

Australian Foreign Cable TV             

Domestic Network                             

Foreign Network                                

Market Research

THE GENIUS CLUB

Release: 2006

International best-selling film; winner of the 5-star Dove; will premiere on TBN Still in sales period cycle.

Reasons for Success:

• World’s first apologetic film

• Stars Stephen Baldwin, Tom Sizemore, Jack Scalia

• Theatrical release around the world

• Winner Dove Award

RiverRain Productions produced The Genius Club in 2006 with a budget under $2

million. The film is also one of the top selling DVDs in Japan, Mexico, Canada, and

Australia.

LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG

Release: 2008

#1 Christian movie in America; Official movie for the Alive Music Festival (largest Christian music festival in the U.S.); winner of the 4-star Dove; As seen on Fox Morning News, NBC News; best-selling dvd in early-release

Reasons for Success:

• Stays true to the Word of God;

• Extensive Facebook and television campaigns

• Over 2,000,000 million Facebooks impressions;

• Theatrical release

• Winner Dove Award

RiverRain Productions produced Live Fast, Die Young in 2008 with a small budget

of less than $200,000. The film has sold over 18,000 early release DVDs in just 8

weeks (US) and has sold 5,000 in Australia will recoup it’s money before the actual

street date.

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

Release: 2004

Box office: $370 million domestic; $611 million worldwide

Reasons for Success:

• Based on the Bible;

• Uncompromising view of Christ;

• Galvanized churches across the country;

• Large grass roots movement

AMAZING GRACE

Release: 2007

Box office: $31 million

Reasons for Success:

• Hymn struck a chord with Christians

• Redemption

• Religious leader in William Wilberforce

Similarity to Ecclesiastes

This film is another example of the rapidly growing and “grassroots” Christian film audience. The Christian film industry has been described as similar to the Christian music industry in the 1970’s. The phenomenal growth of this industry in a relatively short period of time is expected.

ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING

Release: 2006

Box office: $13.5 million

Reasons for Success:

• Based on the Book of Esther

• Marketed to the churches

• Grass roots movement

Similarity to Ecclesiastes:

Job is Biblically-based and combines the compelling narrative of a personal drama with exact biblical translation.

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Christian_film

In 2006, nearly 50 Judeo-Christian-faith films were produced. The films grossed an average $39 million. All five of the major Hollywood studios have created marketing departments to target the growing demand for faith-based and family fare. Movieguide publisher Ted Baehr said, “There is competition for the Christian audience now that there hasn’t been before. I thought at some point it would level off, but so far it’s getting bigger and bigger. It’s more than I could have possibly imagined. One of the audiences that has become stable and even grown for books, music and movies is the Christian audience.”