PROVO -- A well-known entertainer, film producer and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jimmy Osmond, has embarked on a three-hour docudrama documenting "The Story of Jesus" from the perspective of leaders and scholars representing a host of different backgrounds, including Christians and Jews.
The film incorporates interviews with the world's top academic experts, including archaeologists, theologians and historians, as well as documentary footage of the latest archeological finds in Israel and Palestine.
"What we wanted to do is get religious leaders from different parts of the world to come together on what they had in common," Osmond said this week in a telephone interview.
Already an award-winning project overseas where two hours of it has been shown, the film will be presented in its entirety in the United States and available for purchase around Christmas.
Osmond said the project has helped to develop his roots in his own faith and he believes it has the power to do the same for others.
"From a spiritual standpoint, it helped me to know what I don't know," Osmond said. "I am growing every day."
Osmond also said the film has helped him to celebrate the life of the Savior.
"I think anybody that takes the time and works with people that have such a knowledge, it really brings a real knowledge of the life of the Savior into your life," he said.
"It gives you a sense of place ... a close proximity of Bethlehem to other places in the Bible. ... It helps you connect the dots to what the traditions have been.
"We went back to the earliest Greek texts to see what the writers were trying to tell us and also understanding the way they wrote."
The project commemorates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
Olive Branch Creative, LLC, Big Book Media and CTVC have joined forces to produce "The Story of Jesus."
Osmond is president of Olive Branch Creative LLC.
"This exciting project utilizes the very latest archaeological, historical and theological research and analyzes the key influences to Jesus' teachings, explores the land in which he lived and preached, along with the people who surrounded him," Osmond said in a news release.
"I am thrilled to be a part of this unique and in-depth look at the life of Jesus, who has represented so much to so many."
"After 25 years of filming in the Holy Land, including many projects relating to the Jesus story, this production stands out for me with its use of leading world biblical experts from across the Christian spectrum," said producing partner Ray Bruce, president of CTVC.
"We learn how the very latest historical and archaeological research helps to illuminate the gospel stories that stand at the heart of the Christian faith."
The film incorporates high-end time lapse and Sony Red, the highest-end quality film for the production.