Ecclesiastes
Introduction

The importance of this story and script
The bible is, and always has been, an international best seller, outselling many of the
‘well-known’ titles. Such a fact is not often disclosed, as the bible has been removed from
most ‘best-seller’ lists.
A key aim of this production is to faithfully and accurately ‘translate’ the bible into film.
Translations of the bible have existed since its creation, with every iteration bringing with
it an opportunity for individuals to read and discover the word of God. Within a modern
society, there is a need for a modern ‘translation’, one that still holds and perpetuates the
essence and message of the bible, and not sensationalised like modern media. Recently
the bible was translated into sound in the The Bible experience Project. This project went
on to become the #1 fastest selling audio book of all time. 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, allowing for our audience to develop their own
understanding.
There is something compelling and powerful about the bible. It is enduring and, despite
it’s obviously offensive bluntness and critique upon society, it continues to succeed
whenever it is presented faithfully and accurately. This is the first and most important
principle, making the production goals, aims, style and focus very easy: ‘Stick to the
script’. This overarching concept is pivotal to our ideas and artistic vision, making our aim
have much deeper and more enduring purpose.

Book of Ecclesiastes


God is revealed through Solomon’s wisdom, that God is actually “King of Kings” and King
over all. There is a higher power that is King and has ultimate last say at death of King
Solomon’s life and every other life too. King Solomon’s grapples that he doesn't have
control over his own life whether or not he does good or evil. The conclusion and the end
of Solomon’s life is “it’s best to Fear the Lord and live in Wisdom, even if you are dealt a
bad hand in life”.
Ecclesiastes urges the viewer to think about life outwardly and how random life really is
and what is the meaning to life. It forces the viewer to look internally look at their own
fragility and their own existence. Does their life have meaning? Does it have value? Can
they control their own world, or are their attempts ultimately meaningless?
This section of scripture is timeless. Its speaks to all nations and all ages, Solomon’s
wisdom is just as relevant today as it was back 900BC.

Cultural Relevance
King Solomon, is Multi - Faith According to the Talmud, Solomon is one of the 48 prophets.In
the Quran, he is considered a major prophet, and Muslims generally refer to him by the Arabic
variant Sulayman, son of David.
The Hebrew Bible credits him as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem, beginning in the
fourth year of his reign, using the vast wealth he and his father had accumulated. He
dedicated the temple to Yahweh, the God of Israel
King Solomon is recognised 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


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


In its essence, Ecclesiastes explores the notion of "what is the meaning of life?"
Solomon muses to “stop trying to control your life”, as the random and seeming
incoherent nature of life cannot be controlled. Instead, we must learn that we can only
ever have control over our own attitude at the moment, so enjoy life’s moments to the full.
As this life is the one life we get.
The viewer is compelled to look at their own life, their own success and sufferings, and
analyse their purpose. Are we as humans mundane and meaningless? The view is taken
onto a journey of deep thought, that there must be a high entity them themselves, and if
so should live as so.
The story is set against a background of incredible wealth and lands. A feasting banquet
with Solomon and his Kings men and women and servants. While feasting King Solomon
goes on monologuing his thoughts and fears to his merry servants.

Treatment


The book of Ecclesiastes contains proverbs, maxims, and sayings, ultimately being an
autobiographical story. King Solomon wrote it late in his life (approximately 935 B.C) at a
time where he had become aware of the mistakes that he made throughout his life; this
leads to the author relating his own lessons, often self-critical, in an attempt to teach
future generations the suffering and misery of seeking after foolish, meaningless,
materialistic emptiness, instead offering wisdom through the discovery of God.
In its essence, Ecclesiastes explores the notion of ";what is the meaning of life?"
As Solomon looks over his life three themes come into play. Firstly that he, even as King,
has no control over his own life and the lives of others. Even if he uses “wisdom” (which
is the theme of Proverbs) life in itself is random, akin to playing dice on a chess board. In
addition, he finds that although life has wisdom within it, it is not exempt from fate or from
good or evil, success and failure, life and death.
Secondly, time is against us all. From the time we are born, our lives are but a blink, and
once gone, none are remembered.
Thirdly: we are not immortal. Each one of us will eventually die. Then what is the purpose
of life exactly? He asks the questions is it all meaningless. “Life here under the Sun is
meaningless.”
At the end of Ecclesiastes, Solomon’s near his death. He speaks of living with the fear of
the Lord and Wisdom. As it is good to do these things, even though calamity may come,
every life has the same fate. We are only here for a blink of time and then we are gone.
So let us not grow weary in doing good.
Solomon pursues the idea that God will one day clear away the vapour and His
judgement will come in death.

Characters


King Solomon [lead] - Neil Modra
Wise and Powerful Leader, thoughtful, compassionate

A Great and Powerful King, Wealthy in all the Land. Played by Neil Modra.
Neil Modra is an exceptional actor. Neil really owns the role as King Solomon and
creates a powerful and thought-provoking performance.
Since graduating from NIDA in 1989, Neil has worked as an actor, director and
teacher. He has appeared in the Night Sky Production of Shakespeare’s Comedy

of Errors in which he played both Angelo and The First Merchant at the Coogee
Arts Festival. His film experience includes roles in Mongrel’s Funeral and The Last
Crop (with Noah Taylor). Neil’s television appearances include speaking roles in A
Country Practice, Police Rescue, Children’s Hospital, Blue Murder, Snobs, All
Saints, and, the lead role in Word and Worship. On stage he has played the lead
roles in Eternum, David, Angel Story of Singapore and Jesus the Rock. He has
also been the lead in corporate productions including for Worksafe, as well as in
TV commercials including for: QANTAS, AMP, NRMA, Toyota, Hamilton Island,
Yellow Pages, St George and RSPCA. Neil has directed theatrical productions
including The Secret, JTRM and Now and Forever. Neil has lectured in Acting at
the tertiary level and works as a Corporate Trainer


King Solomons Wife’s - TBA
Stunning, beautiful, showcasing different nationalities
According to the biblical account, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.
The wives were described as foreign princesses, including Pharaoh's daughter
and women of Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon and of the Hittites.

Wisemen - Greg Stigter, TBA Extras
Wealthy, Acstocaric, TBA Extras

Servants - TBA Extras

Each of the contacts below have shown preliminary interest in the project. This would be
“subject to” a final broadcast quality and excellence in production.


Distribution

This film will be produced and formatted to fill the Christian category on the Netflix platform and other streaming services and Christian Broadcasting networks.

Market Research

Ecclesiastes is a word-for-word Bible book feature film and as such and combines the compelling narrative of a personal drama with exact biblical translation. This is a 'super-niche' product to satisfy the 1 Billion professing Christians.

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

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.”