By Lavern Nissley
Have you heard of "The Chosen" series on the life of Jesus and surrounding characters? It's one of the best depictions I've ever seen in this genre. Currently Season 1 is available via a free downloadable app that contains 8 engaging and memorable episodes, each about 50-55 minutes in length. The project is also crowdfunded with opportunities to "pay it forward."
Part of my interest and fascination is with the relationship dynamics in every episode. It's not just about the life of Jesus, but also the very real lives of people like Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, Peter and his family, Roman soldiers and officials, Matthew and others. Both the writing and acting come across as compelling and real without deviating from the central story. Certainly a lot of drama is inserted as a novel based upon scripture and historical traditions.
Here are a few of my own relationship observations after watching the entire series of 8 episodes.
The behind the scenes reflections (both in the app and on The Chosen Facebook page) are interesting and inspiring. The way they captured the scene of the miraculous catch of fish involved a "green burrito", using green screen technology and special effects generation.
Take a look at the trailer and then, if interested, acquire the app and/or visit the Facebook page. You won't be disappointed.
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.