'My Last Day' at Easter

It's hard to believe that it has been 5 years since the release of My Last Day - a recounting of the Crucifixion of Jesus as told through the eyes of the thief that was crucified with Jesus; the one to whom Jesus said, "Today you will be with me in paradise". 
The roots of the project actually started 12 years ago.  If you are interested in a brief recounting of the history, please see this interview with Mike Peckham, the leader of our Film Production department.  I helped recount the history and checked in with Barry Cook to make sure we had the facts correct. But it hasn't stopped with just a short film...  We have been hard at work on a gospel presentation based on this short little animé film.  Since the spoken parts were taken from existing dialog lines in our 1,400 JESUS film translations, we now have nearly 130 translations online as well. 

In fact, this Easter we have a cell-phone friendly form of the gospel presentation you can share with your friends as …

Nkoya language dubbing

It's great to know that the Nkoya language version of the JESUS film has been recorded and is now available for use in Zambia.  We are excited to share some video with you of the actual dubbing that took place in May of 2015.  In this clip you will see some of the men performing the voices for the crowd scene - a crowd of soldiers gambling for the clothes of Jesus during his crucifixion.  As you can see, the walls are lined with mattresses which is typical for field recording situations (to help record the voices without the 'echo' that a small room can produce...
Here you can see an early test screening of the new Nkoya language dubbing of the JESUS film.  When the team goes to record a new language this is something that is done to help insure that the language is correct and to help catch any problems while they are still in the area and can still bring the actors back to make corrections.
Her Abel (who coordinated the project) gives a special thank you and word of appr…

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Jesus came and told his disciples,“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)  I’m reminded from these scriptures that Jesus didn’t lay out a ‘Plan B’.  It started with people (the disciples), it would take place through the church, and it would end at the world (all nations).  How does that plan continue today in the modern, interconnected world of phones and media?  At your church I’m sure you could give a testimony of how your congregation and your church’s overseas discipling work is accelerated through the use of technology and media. Here at the Jesus Film Project we have a detailed plan for how we are serving the body of Christ in fulfilling the Great Commission through the JESUS film…

Archivo Cero completed!

You may remember that we were involved in working on the animation for Archivo Cero (which means File Zero) back in 2011.  Former Disney senior animator Dom Carola was our animation director and I was the producer.  Our crew of about 14 people built the CG models and sets for the first 7 (of 14) episodes and Ovi storyboarded the rest of the series.  Then production went back to Spain and last year the last 3 1/2 episodes landed at HuHu Studios in New Zealand.  The first 7 episodes were posted in English here.  They were actually animated to the Castilian Spanish track for strategic reasons so the English lip-sync doesn't look as perfect as the Spanish version.

Now that it is done (Praise God!) the ministry strategy and rollout can begin.  The initial language versions are Spanish, Catalan, English and Latin American Spanish.  Rather than just post all the episodes it will be held back for various countries and their strategies as it becomes clear how to most strategically use this…

My Last Day gospel presentation in 6 languages

I posted a page with links to our 6 language versions of the My Last Day gospel presentation.  You can also download it to Android tablets and iPads with the free iSpring app.  Instructions are also on that page.  If you have any stories about sharing this with people I'd love to hear it!  You can email me at irv DOT klaschus AT ccci DOT org

VFX and communicating the gospel

Using media to help preach the gospel of Jesus Christ is nothing new for the JESUS Film Project. But the use of Damah film festival and later the Global Short Film Network.  We have used dialog lines from the JESUS films for such things as My Last Day (a 9-minute Japanese anime film about the crucifixion of Christ) and more recently File Zero - a 14-part 'web episode' series due to be released in 2015.

From our letter this month I hope you picked up that we are finding that short films are a great way to start conversations.  We've had reports from around the world from people telling us of how easy it is to start a conversation when you have a short film that you want to share with a friend.  If you know about YouTube - you know this has become a global phenomenon. 

In our case, we seek to make films that start conversations that can lead to Christ!  We acquire what we can from other sources, but we also end up making some of the films here in Orlando and with our partne…

My Last Day gospel presentation out of 'R&D'

Research and development is a funny thing.  Sometimes you get a group of people together and they have a great idea but the timing is not right.  That is my perspective on this meeting that we had two years ago.  The meeting was for the purpose of following up on the 'My Last Day' anime film that we had completed the previous year with Brethern Entertainment and Studio 4C in Tokyo.  This 9-minute film on the crucifixion of Jesus had been a test, a 'pilot film' for the idea of combining JESUS film dialog with new visuals and new story telling (in Japanese anime) to tell the story.

The group had been excited about My Last Day and felt more of the life of Jesus needed to be done in this form.  Their key conclusion though, was that the next step was that it needed to be combined  with a gospel presentation on a mobile device that would be simple enough that anyone could use.  The immediate idea was to develop an app - but as it turned out the timing was not right.

I did ha…