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An Inside Look at 'The Bible' Miniseries

The 700 Club goes behind the scenes of the new History Channel miniseries, The Bible, with producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Read Transcript


REMEMBER ME.

BY DOING THIS, I'M GOING TO

THE FATHER, BUT I WILL

ALWAYS BE WITH YOU.

Reporter: HOLLYWOOD

COUPLE MARK BARNETT AND ROMA

DOWNING HAVE JOINED FORCES

WITH THE HISTORY CHANNEL TO

CREATE AN EPIC 10-HOUR MINI

SERIES CALLED "THE BIBLE."

WHEN YOU LOOK AT A PROJECT

OF THIS MAGNITUDE, HOW DO

YOU BOIL IT DOWN TO 10

HOURS.

IT TOOK US MANY YEARS,

AND WE GOT THE ADVICE OF

MANY THE THEOLOGICS.

GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION.

FROM THE MOMENT ADAM AND

EVE FELL FROM GRACE, WE HAVE

BEEN A PEOPLE WANTING TO GET

BACK IN CONNECTION WITH

GOD.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE THEMES

THAT WE FELT WE REALLY

WANTED TO SEE, THROUGH THOSE

OLD TESTAMENT CHARACTERS.

WE SEE EACH OF THEM

ATTEMPTING CONNECTION AND

FAILING.

ATTEMPTING CONNECTION AND

FAILING.

AND GOD SO LOVED US THAT HE

SENDS JESUS FOR US.

AND OUR NEW TESTAMENT

NARRATIVE BEGINS WITH THE

BIRTH OF JESUS, WHO COMES

AND BRINGS US HOME.

AND SO THAT WAS THE

CONNECTIVE LOVE STORY THAT

WE WANTED TO TELL.

WE ONLY HAD 10 HOURS, SO WE

HAD TO CONVINCE THE

STORIES.

IT ENDED UP REALLY IT IS

MORE OF AN DUCTION

INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE.

Reporter: IN TACKLING A

PRODUCTION OF THIS

MAGNITUDE, GREAT CARE WAS

TAKEN TO MAKE THE FINISHED

PRODUCT LOOK AND FEEL

AUTHENTIC.

WE WENT ABOUT THREE OR

FOUR HOURS DRIVE DOWN TO THE

ATLAS MOUNTAINS TO THE EDGE

OF THE SAHARA, AND WE CHOSE

THIS LOCATION BECAUSE IT

ALLOWED US TO ACHIEVE THE

BEAUTIFUL BIBLICAL

LANDSCAPE.

IT HAS REPLACED SOME OF

THE EPIC KAZBARS, WHICH

LOOKED LIKE THEY BELONGED,

AND PROBABLY DO BELONG, TO

2,000 YEARS AGO.

MOSES.

WE WANT TO MAKE THE BIBLE

COME TO LIFE WITH FRESH

VISUAL IMAGERY FOR THIS

GENERATION.

SO WE GATHERED TO US THE

BEST IN THE BUSINESS.

WE HAVE THE BEST, AN

OSCAR-WINNING TEAM WHO

CREATED THE SPECIAL EFFECTS

FOR GLADIATOR.

Reporter: A PORTUGUESE

ACTOR PLAYS THE ROLE OF

JESUS CHRIST.

WHEN YOU WERE APPROACHED

ABOUT DOING THIS ROLE AS A

PERFORMER, AS AN ACTOR, WHAT

WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND?

I THINK THE FIRST THOUGHT

WAS, I CAN'T DO IT.

HONESTLY.

IT IS LIKE THIS IS TOO

MUCH.

YOU WILL ALL FALL AWAY.

WE'RE NOT JUST TELLING A

STORY.

WE'RE TRYING TO TOUCH

PEOPLE'S HEARTS.

WE'RE TELLING A STORY

THAT PEOPLE LIVE BY.

I GREW UP KNOWING THE

BIBLE.

I GREW UP BELIEVING IN JESUS

CHRIST.

SO WITH THE FACT THAT MY OWN

FAITH AND MY OWN BELIEFS,

GETTING INVOLVED IT'S LIKE

HOW CAN I DO SOMEONE I KNOW

SO WELL.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

SHOULD WE GO TO WHAT PEOPLE

KNOW ABOUT, OR SHARING YOUR

OWN EXPERIENCES.

I THINK I TRY TO DO IT

BOTH.

Reporter: IN THEIR

YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL WORK IN

HOLLYWOOD, MARK AND ROMA SAY

THIS PROJECT IS ONE OF THE

MOST POWERFUL PROJECTS

THEY'VE EVER WORKED WITH.

IT IS HUMAN, IT IS

CONNECTIVE, AND IT IS

BEAUTIFUL.

THROUGH THE WHOLE THING IS

THIS HEART BEAT OF FAITH,

THE HEART BEAT OF GOD'S

LOVE.

THE PROJECT WAS MADE TO

GLORIFY GOD.

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