[quote="Jennifer_G, post:7, topic:206633"]
I'd find a way to cover all 4. I'd also use Bl. Anne Emmerich's books to visualize the scenes. Not sure where'd I film. Arizona maybe? But it's kind of turning into the Wild Wild West down there lately. May have to settle for Nevada.
I know some like having it in the original, but with English, I think the viewers would relate to it more. Maybe use Aramic/Latin for key parts.
Sure, and I have no clue on the last one.
One of mine -
- How would you display any particular (non-dramatic) scenes?
The last chapter of John always strikes me as this calming, almost light-hearted scene after a violent climax. I'd have it at the tail end of the movie, with the credits slowly starting to flash when Peter jumps into the water to swim to the shore. The ending music would start up after Jesus speaks of John, and you see the camera zoom out as you see Jesus and the disciples continue their meal.
Also (inspired by what someone I know said once), in the Last Supper, when John is resting his head on Jesus, the voices of the others around them would grow soft, and the audience would hear what John would've heard - a beating heart when he asks who would betray him. The camera angle would be looking down the table from one end at a slight angle so you'd see Jesus and John in the middle, and Judas on the far end.
- Any prequels/sequels?
The sequel would be the Book of Acts, and include Paul's travels, as well as John.
The prequel would be just before the births of St. Joseph and Mary, and continue up to the first movie.
Thanks for the reply! Very good ideas there, I might say.
Location is something I haven't thought of...hmm...there are quite a lot of possibilities outside of America - I'll name a couple of the more popular ones that I know of:
1.) Matera in Italy. This is the location Mel Gibson, Catherine Hardwicke (The Nativity Story), Pier Paolo Pasolini shot their films in (Pasolini wanted originally to film in the Holy Land, but was so disappointed that the locations were commercialized that he filmed in his native Italy instead).
2.) Morocco, where quite a lot of films were shot since the beginning of cinema. One prime location for Biblical films within the country is Ouarzazate, which Franco Zeffirelli (Jesus of Nazareth), Martin Scorsese (The Last Temptation), Roger Young (1999 Jesus), Catherine Hardwicke and Michael Offer (BBC's 2008 drama The Passion), among others, used.
By the way, your post just brought a further couple of questions to my mind.
1.) What about the soundtrack?
Would you employ epic music (kind of like the 50's and 60's), Middle-Eastern flavored music (Martin Scorsese started the fad of using this with Peter Gabriel, for Mel Gibson to pick up with John Debney), chant, or an eclectic mix (like Pasolini)?
2.) I've asked how we would characterize Jesus. How then would we characterize His disciples?
For example, in a lot of films (with a few good exceptions) the beloved disciple St. John is often depicted as being a sort of sensitive, almost soft character - within the Apostles, he is often portrayed as the straight man/wet blanket. Perhaps traditional iconography which portrays him as a long-haired, almost-effeminate (that's what they considered beautiful back in those days) young man may have played a part in encouraging this interpretation. This despite Jesus terming both James and John as Boanerges, 'sons of thunder'! :D
Also Judas. It's easy to portray him as the standard one-dimensional villain - given that the Gospels and 2000 years of religious faith damns him up and down, but go too far in an attempt to steer clear of that and you end up portraying him almost as a dupe who gets tricked into handing Jesus over (Zeffirelli) or as the straight man, a super-saint (Scorsese).