Introduction

The Book of Psalms

Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים, Tehillim, “praises”. Commonly referred to simply as Psalms or “the Psalms”, is the first book of the Ketuvim (“Writings”), the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament. The title is derived from the Greek translation, ψαλμοί, psalmoi, meaning “instrumental music” and, by extension, “the words accompanying the music”. The book is an anthology of individual psalms, with 150 in the Jewish and Western Christian tradition and more in the Eastern Christian churches. Many are linked to the name of King David, but his authorship is not accepted by modern scholar

Cultural Relevance

The Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Anglican Churches have always made systematic use of the Psalms. New Testament references show that the earliest Christians used the Psalms in worship. Following the Protestant Reformation many of the Psalms were set as hymns. These were particularly popular in the Calvinist tradition. Among famous hymn settings of the Psalter were the Scottish Psalter and the paraphrases by Isaac Watts. The first book printed in North America was a collection of Psalm settings, the Bay Psalm Book (1640). By the 20th century, Psalms were mostly replaced by hymns in church services. However, the Psalms are popular for private devotion among many Protestants and still used in many churches for traditional worship.[46] There exists in some circles a custom of reading one Psalm and one chapter of Proverbs a day, corresponding to the day of the month. Metrical Psalms are still very popular among many Reformed Churches.

The Psalms have always been an important part of Catholic liturgy. The Liturgy of the Hours is centered on chanting or recitation of the Psalms, using fixed melodic formulas known as psalm tones. Early Catholics employed the Psalms widely in their individual prayers, a fixed daily cycle of twenty-five psalms to be recited, and nine other psalms divided across Matins.

Production Style (Treatment)

Psalms Shooting Board http://bit.ly/1Uqw2n4

The Psalms are a classic ‘meditation’ product to be produced in the style of “Reflections” by TBN http://www.daystar.com/shows/daystar-original-programs/reflections/ which is one of the most successful programs in the history of the TBN network.

A compilation of (in-house) stock footage creates a visual montage that carries the viewer across a series of ‘naturescapes’ that compliment the words and themes of the Psalms.

Characters

Russ Ixer:  Piano recitals and vocals

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Naturescape footage:

Chris Tangey: http://bit.ly/2Y2Y0Jq 

Stephen Smith: http://bit.ly/2YqwN7S

Philip Caladoukas: http://bit.ly/21i7QTS  

Budget

The Psalms budget is based on the production costs to record the 150 tracks with Russ Ixer. The total costs averages $60 per Psalm or $9,000. The stock footage has been donated by all suppliers and editing is being completed on a voluntary bases.

Distribution

The Book of Psalms will be hosted as a series and individual tracks (and album) on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. The video production to be submitted to Netflix as a meditation program and distributed to local and international networks as well direct channels medical centres, prisons, airlines and nursing homes.

Promotion

The goal with Psalms is to complete the production of each Psalm as “word-for-word” music. There are many versions of individual Psalms that are available on multiple platforms and channels. Combining these musical pieces with gentle naturescape footage creates a meditative product that has many various applications.

The most obvious channel is Christian Radio where a series of programs that play the Psalms and have discussions around the content. Aggregators such as the https://www.cmaadigital.com/ Digital Hub and FTP download sites such as https://www.twr.org/ to reach thousands of international radio stations with the Psalms production.

Market Research

The only complete collection of word-for-word Psalms for centuries has been the Gregorian chant: https://www.britannica.com/art/psalm-toneindividuals

More recently there have been a numerous attempts to complete the Psalms word-for-word concept with varying degrees of success and completion:

http://www.psalmistyle.com/sound-1.htm
https://www.pastemagazine.com/noisetrade/music/zacfitzsimmons/psalms-word-for-word-volume-1

A number of apps have been developed using a more traditional format that have been developed for congregations to sing along to the words.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.charisdevelopment.thesixteenfifty&hl=en
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.freechurch.app&hl=en
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.erike.uzoma.audiopsalms&hl=en

These productions are yet another example of the rapidly growing and “grassroots” Christian “word-for-word” Bible movie genre. The Christian “word-for-word” film industry is in its small beginnings and is expected to expand rapidly, so to will productions such as ‘word-for-word’ Psalms.