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Bob Pritchett | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jan 24 2019 10:52 PM

https://blog.faithlife.com/blog/2019/01/now-on-faithlife-tv-plus-authorized-bible-agent-7/

Authorized is a new video format for Faithlife TV; it's more like something you'd see on an 'educational' TV channel than a lecture or a documentary. (It's based on Dr. Mark Ward's book with the same title: https://www.logos.com/product/144705/authorized-the-use-and-misuse-of-the-king-james-bible)

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you like the film? Does the format convey the message of the book well? Would you like to see other books 'turned to film' in a similar manner?

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 24 2019 11:18 PM

Bob, can we request..

  1. Video-covers on AppleTV to be made bigger? They're too small.
  2. A separate page with bigger covers when we select a certain category? Kinda like Netflix & Hulu. FaithlifeTV is ok, but need major polishing.
  3. Sort by: year released, category, genre.

Thanks

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 24 2019 11:36 PM

Onto the review of the video itself...

1. I thought it was pretty "fun" and "millennial style" ... in my case, colorful & entertaining.

2. Wasn't in 4K HDR/DV. Biggest letdown for me here, being a 2019 release.

3. Lacking CC (subtitles) for those who needs it.

4. Content material itself was perfect.

Keep it up!

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 2:54 AM

I just watched this, and really enjoyed it. Mark does a great job of communicating the essence of his book — although I'm not sure most authors would do such a good job in front of camera! And considering the subject material, the production values are very high. A 5-10 minute version of the film, perhaps uploaded to YouTube, could perhaps be shared widely and be helpful to many.

If you do more of these, Supernatural would be an obvious next step. But as to whether you could expect to make your money back, I don't know. People expect this sort of thing for free.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 3:01 AM

mike:
3. Lacking CC (subtitles) for those who needs it.

I watched the video in the web browser, and subtitles were available.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 4:13 AM

I also watched this and really enjoyed it though it did get a tad silly here and there but I'm sure some will like that aspect (KJV quiz show parts).  Please keep this up! I hope one day FLTV can catch up and become more modern. In addition to Mark's suggestion, it also needs a my owned video section. If you expect people to buy more videos then making them easier to find would be great. I own several but finding them is not always easy. 

To the other reviewer about supernatural, there is actually a set of videos on the unseen realm if interested though I do see the appeal of a movie as well

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 4:14 AM

mike:

Onto the review of the video itself...

1. I thought it was pretty "fun" and "millennial style" ... in my case, colorful & entertaining.

2. Wasn't in 4K HDR/DV. Biggest letdown for me here, being a 2019 release.

3. Lacking CC (subtitles) for those who needs it.

4. Content material itself was perfect.

Keep it up!

I had subtitles on my Roku. In fact they were enabled by default for some reason and I had to turn them off

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 5:01 AM

Bob Pritchett:

https://blog.faithlife.com/blog/2019/01/now-on-faithlife-tv-plus-authorized-bible-agent-7/

Authorized is a new video format for Faithlife TV; it's more like something you'd see on an 'educational' TV channel than a lecture or a documentary. (It's based on Dr. Mark Ward's book with the same title: https://www.logos.com/product/144705/authorized-the-use-and-misuse-of-the-king-james-bible)

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you like the film? Does the format convey the message of the book well? Would you like to see other books 'turned to film' in a similar manner?

The video is excellently done and Mark is to be commended for his ability to write and present himself well in front of the camera.

Only nit... it appears that the camera lens was not clean when shooting him against the blue background. There are smears on the upper left side of the screen. It is not my screen as these moved consistently as the camera zoomed in.

Good work.

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Erwin Stull, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 6:05 AM

A very good production. I liked it. Thanks. Smile

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 8:39 AM

Bob Pritchett:
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you like the film? Does the format convey the message of the book well?

Having not yet read the book, I can't comment on how well the video presents the book. Living in an area dominated by KJV-onlyism, I found the video entertaining, informative, and very well done. Now, I am inspired to read the book and share some of its insights with those whom I teach.

Bob Pritchett:
Would you like to see other books 'turned to film' in a similar manner?

Absolutely!

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 8:51 AM

Bob Pritchett:

Would you like to see other books 'turned to film' in a similar manner?

I forgot to answer this question... Absolutely 110% yes

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Nord Zootman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 10:35 AM

I thought it was well done and communicated clearly. Please consider doing more projects like this.

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Erwin Stull, Sr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 10:50 AM

Yes, please do many more of these. Very informative and enjoyable to view/interact with. Thanks again.

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 11:24 AM

First, I enjoyed reading the book. Thanks Mark.

Yes, I enjoyed the film and it does covey the book pretty well. Sure, I would love to see other books turned into film in a similar manner.

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 2:35 PM

Bob, I watched this today with my 10-year-old daughter and then discussed it with her. Even though the content was not aimed at a 10 year old, she was able to understand and discuss a decent percentage of it (some stuff like comparisons to Shakespeare) was clearly above her head. But what I think was telling was that the movie was an effective way to communicate. If a 10-year-old understood that much and sat still for the entire time, I think that this is a model that will probably be more accessible to a wider audience.

I also really enjoyed the movie. I have not read the book so I cannot say how well it communicates the overall message of the book. 

I think the difficulty is that you have to have an author (or fill in) who is able to be as good of an on-camera communicator as Dr Ward. 

I think that other books, turned into film, would be great even if the way in which it was presented was different so long as the quality of production was of this caliber. I would see biography being a particularly good type of book applied in this way. But honestly, with some creativity, almost anything could work. It certainly is memorable and efficient. I don't think I ever would have read the book, but now I know of an effective and respectful tool to engage in discussion with someone who is of the mindset that KJV is the best (or only accurate) English translation

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Clearview | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 4:31 AM

I have read the book and watched the movie, I can recommend both.

Bob, keep up the great work at Faithlife.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 6:27 AM

Hi Bob

Ive just watched the video.

Really well done and communicates clearly and sensitively in a way that holds attention.

I haven’t read the book so can’t comment on how well the video conveys its meaning.

And producing more like this would be really good.

Well done, Graham 

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Fred Chapman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 8:22 AM

I just watched the film. I thought it was excellent and would like to see more like it.

The only thing I was a little put off by were the role playing scenes (i.e. game show host, lab specialist, etc.). I'm sure many might find those entertaining, but I thought they were a little hokey. 

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 1:47 PM

Informative and interesting  video that portrays the gist of the book, which I just finished reading. Mark Ward does good work. The book is certainly more detailed than the video, of course, and I strongly recommend the book.  However, I thought the tones of the book and video were quite different. 

The book was enjoyable to read with humor, kindness, fairness and firmness. The book is quite effective. The video came across almost a tad snarky and was sometimes hokey at serious moments.  Different from book, the video is much more likely to rally cronies than to convert the opposition.  I feel apologetic to say so in this context but still will say that I won't recommend the video to friends--while, I strongly recommend the book.

Make more videos like this! But, I would suggest:

1) Do not make them too stark with a scholar apparently imprisoned in an empty cell or wooden cage.

2) Do not use game shows to sell scholarship. 

3) Do something in between.

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 2:34 PM

Fredc:

The only thing I was a little put off by were the role playing scenes (i.e. game show host, lab specialist, etc.). I'm sure many might find those entertaining, but I thought they were a little hokey. 

I thought they were actually helpful to drive home the "false friends" point and to give comedic interlude and a little break in the content, but maybe the reason I liked them was that I was watching this with my 10-year-old daughter.

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