Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Promise: Birth of a Messiah REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

In ancient Israel, during the days of King Herod, a young couple’s world is turned upside down when the prophecy of a long-awaited deliverer unfolds upon their lives. They must trust in God’s promise in the midst of rising challenges, and their faithfulness is rewarded as they witness the most surprising and glorious event of all human history – the promise fulfilled in the birth of the Messiah.

The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah is an animated musical celebration of one of the most pivotal events in all human history, the birth of Jesus Christ.

This beautifully crafted musical is a faithful adaptation of the birth narrative from the Gospel of Luke in both story and song. The animated production leverages optical motion technology to blend traditional animation techniques with the performance talents of ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors. The result is a unique and worshipful story experience that will inspire audiences young and old for years to come.

Actors: Clara Scott, Michael Daniel Murphy, Lon Vining, Kathleen McAuliffe, Glen Bowser
Directors: Todd Shaffer
Producers: Ronald Mezey
Format: Animated, DVD Single, NTSC, Dolby
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Glorious Films
Run Time: 45 minutes

TODD SHAFFER (Creative Director) has more than 20 years of production experience with a wide-breadth of versatility, having worked on over one hundred projects which include commercials, feature films, television shows, animated movie titles, and game cinematics. His career began as an assistant director and animator at the oldest commercial animation studio in Hollywood, Playhouse Pictures, and has since worked for a dozen notable animation studios in Los Angeles. For 15 of those years he has worked for studios in both Los Angeles and Montreal, working with A-list animated celebrities such as Mickey Mouse, Tony the Tiger and the Keebler Elves. His advertising clients have included many top tier corporations such as Microsoft, Disney and Pepsi.

Todd is also a preaching elder at Renaissance Church in Montreal which is part of the Canadian National Baptist Convention, an affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention. He studied biblical hermeneutics in the Logos program at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California, pastored by Dr. John MacArthur, and served as a deacon there for many years. Todd and his wife have four children and live in a suburb of Montreal.

RONALD MEZEY (Producer) has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years. He began his career as a production assistant, and over the next fifteen years became a successful 1st Assistant-Director. This experience brought him to the Motion Picture Bond Company, where as Vice-President of production he monitored risk for the company’s portfolio of productions. In 2000, Ron was recruited by Film Finances, the world leader in completion guarantees, as Executive Vice-President to manage their Canadian business. Three years later he became principal owner of Big Bang Digital Studios, producing high-end CGI animation for feature films, Imax, television, video games and commercials, including the Emmy-nominated children’s series Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks. Since 2010, Ron has been developing his own entertainment products under the Glorious Films and Classics Animated brands. Ron lives in Montreal with his wife and daughter.

LON VINING (Director of Outreach) has been an ordained Southern Baptist pastor and missionary for over 20 years. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and is pursuing a masters in theology. Since 2007, he has served in Montreal as a church planter with the North American Mission Board (SBC) and pastor of Providence Church of the Canadian National Baptist Convention. Previously he worked as Director of Mission Northwest Arkansas at the 20,000 member Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas. He has also planted churches through NAMB in Colorado and Arkansas and served with the International Mission Board in Tanzania, East Africa. Lon is excited to bring together previous experiences as a writer and marketing director with that of missionary and pastor to his new role of Director of Outreach and Bible consultant at Glorious. Lon is also the voice of Gabriel in The Promise. He and his wife have four children and live west of Montreal.

  The Promise Birth of the Messiah from Glorious Films is one of the best Christmas animated DVDs I have ever seen. What is even better is this movie is a musical and very, very well done. The whole DVD  tells the story from when Joseph and Mary met, get engaged and up until Jesus is born and they see Simeon in the Temple.
  The Promise is a very uplifting, precious story and it tells the birth story of Jesus as it actually happened in the Bible.
  The scenes and costumes are very realistic. Clara Scott and Michael Daniel Murphy do a great job as Mary and Joseph. Their singing voices are so superb. This DVD The Promise is for the whole family, from your youngest to your oldest family members. It can and will be enjoyed by all.
 I highly recommend this DVD The Promise-Birth of the Messiah. A new Christmas movie to become a classic.

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S. Carolyn Lewis said...

Thanks for reviewing this DVD. I'm always on the lookout for good ideas for gifts to my grandchildren.

S. Carolyn Lewis

csthankful said...

I have not heard of this DVD before now so really appreciate you reviewing it. Sounds amazing and well worth watching. I appreciate all of your reviews and you make the way for me to be aware of books/movies I would not know about otherwise. Bless you, Connie Sue

Unknown said...

This movie looks so sweet

Becky Beckler