“We want to get the message across”: the goal of the chosen one’s writer-director – Present the authentic Jesus to the world
The Chosen is the very first multi-season television series about the life of Jesus and its popularity continues to increase among viewers.
Distributed by VidAngel Studios, the series is the largest crowdfunded media project in history. Last year, over 75,000 people contributed $ 10 million to Season 1. Later, over 125,000 donors donated the same amount for Season 2 production.
The creators of the series are now in the process of crowdfunding to produce Season 3.
Show writer and director Dallas Jenkins recently spoke to radio host Delilah Rene during her popular Love Someone with Delilah podcast about the project.
During the discussion, Jenkins explained that making The Chosen was a “life-changing experience” for everyone involved.
“I feel lucky to be a part of it,” he said. “God clearly has something to say and I feel like he has something he wants to communicate to the world right now and I’m just trying to do my best to handle it and that’s really cool to have.”
He noted that The Chosen puts the Bible in a context that is portrayed as human and a little more real to the viewer.
Delilah said she was addicted to the show from the start and with each episode the show just keeps getting better.
However, Jenkins said he didn’t feel like he had become a better storyteller with every episode, but rather it was the uniqueness of the show that made it so successful.
“We are doing something really unique. There has never been a multi-season show about the life of Christ,” he told Delilah. “And one of the things about the multi-season shows that I find really great that have served us really well for this story is that in a movie or a miniseries, when you’re trying to tell the story. story of Jesus, you have a long way to go in a short time.
“So you don’t understand the characterizations. You don’t fall in love with some characters’ journeys. It’s just that Jesus goes from miracle to miracle, bible verse to bible verse, and you are not really emotionally involved in each. incident. ”Jenkins continued.
“Whereas with The Chosen, because we have time to introduce you to these people and we are in no rush … we really take our time. It’s not that the episodes get better by more and more, ”the writer-director explained. “It’s because you know these people more and more. Then when you really know them and fall in love with them, you’ll be happy to see them read the phone book.
“In each episode, the more you get to know them, the more impactful each of those moments is,” Jenkins continued. “That’s what’s been so cool and unique about the show, is that we’re doing it in a multi-season format that gives us time to explore each of these stories to their fullest extent.”
Delilah also pointed out that she noticed the chemistry between the actors.
“You can tell there’s real love, respect, humor… you can’t pretend,” she said. “I don’t care how good the writers and directors you have. You can’t fake the tenderness that has developed and it’s a beautiful thing to watch and be a part of.”
Jenkins also revealed that the cast and crew have become family in many ways since the show began.
“At least half, if not more of the actors and the team are believers. They range from atheist to agnostic through the journey of their faith to believers… we have the whole spectrum,” he said. note. “But we’re all united in a desire to put on a great show as much as possible and to see the impact it has on the lives of everyone involved. Because we’re a part of something that’s bigger than us., I think we all feel lucky and humbled to be a part of it. I think that helps. “
Jenkins also explained that The Chosen was created at a difficult time in his career.
“This show was born out of failure,” he said. “I had just had a big career failure. My film had exploded at the box office. I went from a director with a bright future to a director with no future in just a few hours. by getting involved in it, a short for my church Christmas Eve service that was filmed at my friend’s farm in Illinois.
“This little short film I made about the birth of Christ is the catalyst for the ‘proof of concept’ that eventually hit social media and generated over $ 10 million to 19,000 people around the world. whole who funded season 1, “the writer-director said. recalled.
“I became available for what I think God was really calling me to do. I think, even for me personally, God was waiting for me to be broken. He was waiting for me to surrender. He was waiting for me to truly believe it. “It’s not my job to feed the 5,000 … it’s just to provide the breads and the fish. And I didn’t really believe it. I was trying to control everything,” he admitted.
Finally, Jenkins noted that he had no expectations of how many people would watch the show, but instead wanted to keep doing what God called him to do.
“We know it’s in every country in the world,” he said. “We heard from people in countries like Iran and China. We said that because the app is free and accessible, they might have experience with the scriptures that brought them closer to the Bible.
“My goal is to present the authentic Jesus to the world,” he explained. “The way we put it is that we want to present the authentic Jesus to a billion people, but the billion people goal is more like a representation that we want people to spread the Word.”
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