Film and Video
Pilot programs have clearly shown that extensive word and concept explanations are often needed if a non-Christian is to understand the written text as read on a cassette. The explanations will need to be provided in a format that is appropriate to both the medium and the listening context. It may be... a dramatic series of daily readings, presented in the context of a village family, and a narrator who will provide the necessary help with background information so that the listeners can place the text in its geographical and cultural context.
Although written before much of the revolution in digital media, this book provides a lot of useful strategic input for those involved in media and Scripture Engagement.
It is divided into three sections:
- Foundational principles for use of media in church and mission – Biblical principles, communication models, research methods.
- Selected media descriptions – chapters on television, radio, video, audio cassettes, print, film, music, painting & dance-drama, computers
- Practical guidelines for media in church and mission – strategy, planning, production, testing, distribution, evaluation.
Renew World Outreach's mission is to assist missionaries and mission organizations with portable audio/visual tools to help reach the unreached nations of the world.
Their products include the Papyrus, a solar-powered audio player with impressive quality sound and volume.
They also have portable DVD players, solar powered presentation systems and portable projector screens - providing ways to deliver the message to large crowds, small groups or individuals. [more...]
The choice of medium can make a difference, and better artistic quality enhances any communication. However, the most important quality is how relevant the message seems to be to the lives of its hearers. If a hearer (or reader or viewer) thinks the message can make an important difference in his life, he will make an effort to listen, even if the quality is poor. Conversely, if he thinks it says nothing personally relevant, he will ignore even the best presented message. This principle of personal relevance is critical to communication.
Wayne Dye expands upon his third condition for Scripture Engagement:
Accessible forms: People are able to read the Scriptures or hear them from others or by listening to electronic media.
The article describes different ways of making the Scriptures more accessible: storying, literacy, local performing and visual arts, audio recordings, cell phones and video. [more...]
SPARK is a site designed to gather knowledge about the use and effectiveness of media programs in mission/ministry environments, with the purpose of promoting Scripture use. This collaborative site, based on the MediaWiki interface, contains knowledge that has been added and used by people like you.
This vernacular media website provides written, visual, and oral strategies to communicate to oral ethnic groups.
The Glory Story is the whole of the Bible Story from Genesis – Revelation in film on just two DVDs: the Old Testament & The New Testament.
Glory Picture Gallery: All the stills & text to tell the whole of the Bible story from Genesis – Revelation. You can download the pictures and text. These great bible pictures are an ideal resource for Sunday schools, home schooling, educational institutions and of course the family. [more...]
"I realised that no translation was worth anything if my children didn't read it on their own because they wanted to. The burning question for me as a parent was how do I get my children into the word of God so that the word of God would get into them? As a professional illustrator the answer became obvious."
The Illustrated Bible - containing the historical books of the Old and New Testaments - is available in two formats: as illustrated pages and as video. Each Bible story selection contains the full Bible text with accompanying images.
The videos are made from the still images, with the camera moving over the illustrations, zooming in and out, and panning across. The images are realistic rather than using a cartoon style.
There are several free Bible stories and video clips to view online or download, as well as others to purchase. Translation and dubbing is possible into other languages. [more...]
"The Story of Jesus for Children" provides a solution to the challenge of teaching children the truth about God and His Son Jesus. This video uses 40 minutes of the original "JESUS" film* and integrates into the drama 22 minutes of new footage with children who might have lived in A.D.30. The video allows children to hear and see the whole story at once, answering questions in clear and concrete terms, and providing fast action. It ends with an invitation, by a child to children, to accept Christ into their lives.
Matthew, John, Acts
Published by: Visual Bible International
Visual Bible International has produced film adaptations of Bible books on a word-for-word basis.
Available are the Gospels of Matthew and John, and the book of Acts. [more...]