Former Hollywood Producers Talk About Church Videos of the Book of Mormon

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The former managing director of BYUtv and BYUradio wasn’t sure what to expect when he was appointed to serve on the committee overseeing the Book of Mormon Videos project.

What he’s noticed in the project so far – especially the attention to detail – has impressed him greatly.

“What is overwhelming,” said Elder Dunn, “and I’ve worked on so many high-end productions in my career, nothing beats it.” “I appreciate accuracy and detail 10x more than what I am used to, working in Hollywood, and working everywhere. This is the top of the line.”

Elder Dunn and others with a background in film and television spoke with the media at an event in Provo on June 17, as the church filmed its fifth and final season of Book of Mormon videos.

The Church has also released a video preview of Season 4, which depicts the appearance of the Risen Savior Jesus Christ to the ancient Americas. The fourth season is slated to release this fall.

The Book of Mormon video series is available for free in over 15 languages ​​on the church’s Book of Mormon app, the church’s YouTube channel, the church’s website, or in the Bible library.

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Bill Elliott knows something about big production. He worked as a senior manager at NBC for 23 years, working on shows like “ER” and “The West Wing”. He also made films all over the world before finding work in the church.

Media director Bill Elliot is attending the final shooting season of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints production of Book of Mormon videos.

Media director Bill Elliott attends the final filming season of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Production of Book of Mormon Videos at LDS Motion Picture Studios South in Provo on Friday, June 17, 2022.

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As Media Director of the Church’s Priesthood and Family Department, Elliott started with church Bible videos and participated in Book of Mormon videos from the start.

One of the first steps in the process was to research the General Conference talks.

“We looked at every talk at the conference over the past 50 years and wanted to see which scriptures from the Book of Mormon were cited the most,” he said. They also surveyed the various sections of the church to see which scriptures are most quoted.

“Out of all of this we’re starting to narrow it down,” Elliott said. “This is not about substituting scriptures. This is a starting point for studying scriptures. If you like the video, go and read the book – it’s great. That’s what we feel like we’ve done. We’ve tried to take these stories and create them and make them more accessible.”

Once filming began, the first thing Elliott noticed was the quality of the crew.

The cast and crew are preparing to shoot several night scenes from Episode 6 of the fifth season of the series

The cast and crew prepare to shoot several night scenes from Episode 6 of Season 5 of the Book of Mormon Video series, May 25, 2022, in Goshen, Utah.

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“These guys are as talented and skilled as anyone I’ve worked with before,” he said.

Another unique feature of the project is the design of the collection.

“The collections we built, the way they built them out of Styrofoam to save money, having talented art directors and people creating something like that and what we have at the Goshen Jerusalem Collection is amazing,” Elliott said. .

The difference between Hollywood movies and the Book of Mormon

For Elder Dunn, watching Book of Mormon videos “bring to life” was “a powerful experience in profound ways,” he said.

There was also an emphasis on “getting things right”.

Costume and location designers work with a cast member during the filming of the sixth episode of season five of

Costume and location designers work with a cast member during the filming of the sixth episode of Season 5 of “Book of Mormon Video,” May 25, 2022, in Goshen, Utah.

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“In many ways, the stakes here are much greater,” he said. “I’ve been involved in multi-million dollar productions where every day you go is an expensive thing. Here’s a question of getting it right. In this case, ‘good enough’ won’t cut it. It has to be precise.”

Elder Dunn continued, “If the bold claim that the Book of Mormon is the most correct book of any book on earth is to be made, I think we need not take such a great leap in logic to say that the video must be the most accurate as we would. Nor can you do that because There are weaknesses and there is a nuance and there is an explanation, even in a video of this type. But I would say that the ante certainly fits in with this particular production.”

Over the years, more than 1,200 crew and crew members, including 200 volunteers, have participated in the project

Over the years, more than 1,200 cast and crew members, including 200 volunteers, have participated in the “Book of Mormon Videos” project. Portions of the sixth episode of season five were filmed on May 25, 2022 in Goshen, Utah.

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Elliott said that nearly everyone who works on the videos feels they are ready to be there and contribute.

“Every single crew member feels like they were put here to be here at this time and often gave up other jobs with Disney or Hallmark or other projects because they wanted to be here,” the media director said. “Maybe 90% of the cast has been here for all five seasons. They come back because it’s something special and the rest of their lives they’ll look back and go, ‘I was a part of that.'”

For Elliot, there is another distinct difference between working with Hollywood stars and the team that produces the Book of Mormon video book at the start of each day.

“Before we begin…every day begins with a word of prayer,” Elliott said. “And when you see (the cast and crew) praying and thanking God that they had a chance to work on a product like this – that brings soul and bears witness to Jesus Christ – it makes you realize you’re working on something special.

“It is not just about making films. It is about sharing the testimony of a savior with the world through a medium that is perhaps the most popular the world has ever known.”

Teen actors get ready to shoot a scene

Teen actors prepare to film “The Stripling Warriors” on June 17, 2022. The Book of Mormon tells the story of two thousand young men and their faith in God. The story will be shown in Season 5 of the Book of Mormon Video.

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