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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
– 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.
– 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”.
– 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)
– Dennis Cole
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.
– 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.
This film will be produced and formatted to fill the Christian category on the Netflix platform
Job 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.
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.”