Nov. 18 NOVA

Handcranked Productions Animates Bible for NOVA Production
“The Bible’s Buried Secrets” premieres nationwide on PBS November 18, 8 pm.

The eclectic animation studio Handcranked Productions recently completed over 35 animation sequences for a new landmark two-hour special from NOVA entitled The Bible’s Buried Secrets- a captivating look at the origins of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. The film premieres on PBS Tuesday, November 18th 2008 at 8pm ET. (check local listings)

Handcranked co-owner Bryan Papciak explained, “One of the visual centerpieces of the film is an animated Bible hcp-biblestill03.jpg– with moving pages and backgrounds designed in the style of ancient Illuminated Manuscripts. We built this Bible prop as an actual leather-bound book (with the help of bookbinder, Johnny Carrera) – and brought it “to life” with classic stop-motion animation techniques.”

“While our animations were ultimately assembled in the computer, the materials we filmed were physical and organically textured; like hcp-biblestill02.jpgpulpy paper, leather, old maps, ink, and scrolls.” said Handcranked co-owner Jeff Sias. “Because of the tangibility of the objects and the intriguing subject, this is one of the most interesting and satisfying projects we have worked on as a company.”

Produced by Providence Pictures for NOVA, and directed by Gary Glassman, The Bible’s Buried Secrets presents the latest archeological and biblical scholarship  to explore the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible—the foundation of monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For a preview of the film, visit:

NOVA is a client of FC Board member, Anne Zeiser, who is helping launch the two-hour special NOVA documentary, managing the public reaction to the film, and developing a thought-leader special screening and panel discussion in New York the week before premiere with Newsweek magazine and the Interfaith Center of NY. “Science and Faith: Complementary or Contradictory?” will be moderated by Newsweek’s Religion Editor, Lisa Miller and feature a panel of top scientists, theologians and filmmakers who will explore how archeology, biblical scholarship, and faith intersect, and sometimes collide. The national event will be taped and will be streamed on NOVA’s website at : See NOVA¹s “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” broadcast premiere on PBS on Tuesday, November 18th at 8pm (check local listings).

Posted: Nov 6th, 2008
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