Ecclesiastes

The importance of this story and script 

The bible is, and always has been, an international best seller, outselling many of the ‘well-known’ titles. Such a fact is not often disclosed, as the bible has been removed from most ‘best-seller’ lists. 

A key aim of this production is to faithfully and accurately ‘translate’ the bible into film. Translations of the bible have existed since its creation, with every iteration bringing with it an opportunity for individuals to read and discover the word of God. Within a modern society, there is a need for a modern ‘translation’, one that still holds and perpetuates the essense and message of the bible, and not sensationalised like modern media. Recently the bible was translated into sound in the The Bible experience Project. This project went on to become the #1 fastest selling audio book of all time. 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, allowing for our audience to develop their own understanding.

There is something compelling and powerful about the bible. It is enduring and, despite it’s obviously offensive bluntness and critique upon society, it continues to succeed whenever it is presented faithfully and accurately. This is the first and most important principle, making the production goals, aims, style and focus very easy: ‘Stick to the script’. This overarching concept is pivotal to our ideas and artistic vision, making our aim have much deeper and more enduring purpose.  

Ecclesiastes Pilot

God is revealed through Solomon’s wisdom, that God is actually “King of Kings” and King over all.  There is a higher power that is King and has ultimate last say at death of King Solomon’s life and every other life too.  King Solomon’s grapples that he doesn't have control over his own life whether or not he does good or evil.  The conclusion and the end of Solomon’s life is “it’s best to Fear the Lord and live in Wisdom, even if you are dealt a bad hand in life”.

Ecclesiastes urges the viewer to think about life outwardly and how random life really is and what is the meaning to life.  It forces the viewer to look internally look at their own fragility and their own existence.  Does their life have meaning? Does it have value? Can they control their own world, or are their attempts ultimately meaningless? 

This section of scripture is timeless.  Its speaks to all nations and all ages, Solomon’s wisdom is just as relevant today as it was back 900BC.  


Cultural Relevance.

King Solomon, is Multi - Faith According to the Talmud, Solomon is one of the 48 prophets.In the Quran, he is considered a major prophet, and Muslims generally refer to him by the Arabic variant Sulayman, son of David.
The Hebrew Bible credits him as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem, beginning in the fourth year of his reign, using the vast wealth he and his father had accumulated. He dedicated the temple to Yahweh, the God of Israel
King Solomon is recognised 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.

Production Style (Treatment)

This is a grand narrative set in an immensely lavish dinner table setting on a large green-screen set. The King will relay the book of Ecclesiastes in the style of a Shakesperian monologue. The King will use his guests and audience as ‘sounding-boards” to emphasize certain proverbs, maxims, and sayings. This is the Kings last great seech and is spoken at a time where he had become aware of the mistakes that he made throughout his life; often self-critical, he attempts to teach future generations the suffering and misery of seeking after foolish, meaningless, materialistic emptiness, instead offering wisdom through the discovery of God. 

In its essence, Ecclesiastes explores the notion of "what is the meaning of life?" to a captive (and captivated) audience.

As Solomon looks over his life three themes come into play.  Firstly that he, even as King, has no control over his own life and the lives of others.  Even if he uses “wisdom” (which is the theme of Proverbs) life in itself is random, akin to playing dice on a chess board.  In addition, he finds that although life has wisdom within it, it is not exempt from fate or from good or evil, success and failure, life and death.  Secondly, time is against us all. From the time we are born, our lives are but a blink, and once gone, none are remembered. Thirdly: we are not immortal. Each one of us will eventually die. Then what is the purpose of life exactly? He asks the questions is it all meaningless.  “Life here under the Sun is meaningless.” At the end of Ecclesiastes, Solomon’s near his death.  He speaks of living with the fear of the Lord and Wisdom.  As it is good to do these things, even though calamity may come, every life has the same fate.  We are only here for a blink of time and then we are gone.  So let us not grow weary in doing good.  Solomon pursues the idea that God will one day clear away the vapor and His judgement will come in death.

For western cultures the ‘long-form-monologue’ style of this film will require a deft use of cutaways, backgrounds, lighting and characterization to add interest and keep the attention of the viewer. This is an ‘art-house’ style of film that requires an interest in the source text and is similar to the traditions and many of the ‘styles’ used to capture and depict Shakespearian plays.

Project Background

In its essence, Ecclesiastes explores the notion of "what is the meaning of life?" 

Solomon muses to “stop trying to control your life”, as the random and seeming incoherent nature of life cannot be controlled.  Instead, we must learn that we can only ever have control over our own attitude at the moment, so enjoy life’s moments to the full.  As this life is the one life we get.

The viewer is compelled to look at their own life, their own success and sufferings, and analyse their purpose. Are we as humans mundane and meaningless? The view is taken onto a journey of deep thought,  that there must be a high entity them themselves, and if so should live as so.

The story is set against a background of incredible wealth and lands.   A feasting banquet with Solomon and his Kings men and women and servants.  While feasting King Solomon goes on monologuing his thoughts and fears to his merry servants.


Cast

King Solomon [lead] - Neil Modra

Neil Modra is an exceptional actor.  Neil really owns the role as King Solomon and creates a powerful and thought-provoking performance.

Since graduating from NIDA in 1989, Neil has worked as an actor, director and teacher. He has appeared in the Night Sky Production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors in which he played both Angelo and The First Merchant at the Coogee Arts Festival. His film experience includes roles in Mongrel’s Funeral and The Last Crop (with Noah Taylor). Neil’s television appearances include speaking roles in A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Children’s Hospital, Blue Murder, Snobs, All Saints, and, the lead role in Word and Worship. 
On stage he has played the lead roles in Eternum, David, Angel Story of Singapore and Jesus the Rock.
He has also been the lead in corporate productions including for Worksafe, as well as in TV commercials including for: QANTAS, AMP, NRMA, Toyota, Hamilton Island, Yellow Pages, St George and RSPCA. Neil has directed theatrical productions including The Secret, JTRM and Now and Forever. Neil has lectured in Acting at the tertiary level and works as a Corporate Trainer
 

Distribution

The Ecclesiastes will have a foundational position as a Bible college training and teaching tool around the globe. The simple effectiveness of the film format will have the same impact that the films of Shakespearian plays have had on schools, colleges and universities for the past decades. From a teaching training base of thousands of Bible colleges and seminaries Ecclesiastes will have broad distribution through Christian and secular online channels. This will be combined with the multitude of ‘on-demand’ services currently available

Budget

PROJECT 

Ecclesiastes



SHOOT DURATION (days):

3



EDIT DURATION

12



PROGRAMME DURATION:

1.1

hours






1. PRE-PRODUCTION

Time hrs

$ per hr

Est. Budget

Script writer

15

$50.00

$750.00

Producer Fee

20

$50.00

$1,000.00

Director Fee

60

$45.00

$2,700.00

Production Manager

15

$50.00

$750.00

Production Assistant

15

$18.00

$270.00

Administration Fee

15

$45.00

$675.00

Sub Total

 

 

$6,145.00





2. PRODUCTION - FILMING

No of Days

Rate/Day

Budget

Camera hire (Equipment) (5)

3

$250.00

$750.00

DOP

3

$400.00

$1,200.00

Camera Operator

3

$250.00

$750.00

Camera Operator

3

$250.00

$750.00

Camera Assistant

3

$178.00

$534.00

Sound Recordist

3

$250.00

$750.00

Grip

3

$150.00

$450.00

Assistant Grip

3

$180.00

$540.00

Gaffer

0

$150.00

$0.00

Best Boy

0

$180.00

$0.00

Production Assistant

3

$178.00

$534.00

Makeup

3

$300.00

$900.00

Wardrobe

20

$170.00

$3,400.00

Autocue

3

$300.00

$900.00

Digital Wrangling (1)

3

$178.00

$534.00

Sub Total

 

 

$11,992.00

Studio Hire

3

$300.00

$900.00

Location Fees

0

$300.00

$0.00

Set Designer

3

$250.00

$750.00

Equipment hire / Misc (3)

0

$2,000.00

$0.00

Sub Total

 

 

$1,650.00

Travel

2

$400.00

$800.00

Transport  -(Petrol / R&M)

4

$80.00

$320.00

Accomodation

4

$250.00

$1,000.00

Catering

6

$150.00

$900.00

Petty Cash 

0

$100.00

$0.00

Sub Total

 

 

$3,020.00





3. TALENT

No of Days

Rate/Day

Budget

King Solomon

5

$350.00

$1,750.00

Featured Lead

3

$350.00

$1,050.00

Featured Lead

3

$350.00

$1,050.00

Featured Lead

3

$350.00

$1,050.00

Extra

60

$150.00

$9,000.00

 

0

$350.00

$0.00

 

0

$350.00

$0.00

SUB-TOTAL

 

 

$13,900.00





ITEM

days

$ per day

Budget

4. POST PRODUCTION

 

 

 

4.1 AUDIO:

 

 

 

Voice Over

2

$250.00

$500.00

Voice Over Record

1

$150.00

$150.00

Music Copyright Royalties

0

$1,000.00

$0.00

Soundtrack - Write/Record

1

$700.00

$700.00

Audio Sweetening

0

$100.00

$0.00

Tapestock

0

$30.00

$0.00

Misc

0

$1,000.00

$0.00

SUB TOTAL

 

 

$1,350.00





4.2 GRAPHICS

Qty

Rate

Budget

Paintbox 

1

$350.00

$350.00

Animation

1

$700.00

$700.00

After effects and layering

0

$80.00

$0.00

Digital 

0

$30.00

$0.00

SUB TOTAL

 

 

$1,050.00





4.3 EDIT

Qty

Rate

Budget

Stock footage purchase ($30/sec)

30

$30.00

$900.00

Editor Fees (4)

100

$40.00

$4,000.00

Rendering

0

$45.00

$0.00

Mastering

0

$30.00

$0.00

SUB TOTAL

 

 

$4,900.00





3) MASTER & AUTHOR

Qty

Rate

Budget

Mpeg Video encode ($/minute)

0

$15.00

$0.00

Web/email encoding ($/hour)

0

$20.00

$0.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB TOTAL

 

 

$0.00





TOTAL OF ALL COLUMNS

 

$30,365





Contingency Allowance

7.00%

$2,125.55

Commissions


0.00%






TOTAL WITH CONTINGENCY

$32,490.55

Market Research

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https://www.filmsite.org/bestspeeches.html
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/01/shakespeare-solos-watch-the-first-six-films