Working on a brand new location for the opening shots in Nazareth! Currently deciding between a few options…
The World Nativity Project will be premiering at Bridge Community Church during Come to the Manger. If you’re in the area, stop on by! It’s going to be a great event with hundreds of international nativities, food, music, and more. The short film will be released online shortly after, free for anyone to use at their own Church or Christmas event.
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The background and effects are temporary, but here’s a quick preview of the first real shot of the film!
World Nativity is intended to be about a three and a half minute long short film using scripture verses to introduce the story of Christ’s birth, and the importance of this event to every person and people group across the globe. As part of Bridge Community Church’s Nativity Exhibit in Troy, Michigan, it will be shown in multiple languages for visitors. It will also be posted to the BCC website as part of our multi-lingual/multi-cultural focus, and of course shared with other churches that would like to use it as well.
Using only Biblical texts lets us translate the script into many languages without extensive translation work, allowing for much easier expansion of the languages available. Bridge Community Church already prints some bulletin inserts in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tamil. Hopefully we’ll be able to record audio tracks in as many languages as we can find native speakers!
Because this is a small production, and because of the multi-cultural focus, we’re not aiming to recreate first century Israel…but rather pull inspiration from cultures and ethnic groups across the world. Especially interesting are the varied nativities from international artists, inspired by the iconic architecture, landscapes, and artforms found throughout every culture. Hopefully this short film can incorporate that same spirit, taking artistic cues from international sources and creating (perhaps impressionistic) vignettes for each segment of the Christmas story. An introduction to the good news that Christ came, died, and rose again for all!