The Cost of Production
We’ll be honest with you. Filming a new season of shows is one of our favorite ways to spend a week. It gets all of us together in the same room being creative. We see members of our cast and crew that we only see during filming. Many of our techs live here, but they have other full-time employment which means we only see them at shoots. Volunteers come in to help out. We have meals together, pray together, and worship together. We love it.
However, video shoots are wildly expensive and they are only the tip of the iceberg. Once the film is in the can, so to speak, the production process has just begun. Depending on the complexity of the program, and the complications experienced during the shoot, it can take from six months to a year to get a show ready for broadcast. Post production represents a huge expenditure of both personnel and equipment.
The expense is well worth it. Our programs are broadcast on four satellites, each of which reaches hundreds of millions of men, women, and children in Central Asia and the Middle East. This form of ministry is by far the most cost effective ministry available and in places such as our target countries; it is the only way to reach unbelievers in a way that is safe for us and for them.
And satellite broadcasting is just the beginning! We upload our videos to several sites, like Vimeo and globalheartmedia.org where our audiences can stream them 24 hours a day, every day. We are also able to download the programming to memory sticks and SD Cards for on-the-ground distribution. We’re even discussing using portable video players inside a few of our target countries to raise awareness of our programs among House Churches. As you can see, we squeeze each episode filmed for the maximum exposure.
The Magic of Lip Synch Dubbing
Several times in recent months we have mentioned our new lip-synch dubbing project. We’re transforming Uzbek Hikoyalar Zamini into Azerbaijani Hekayeler Alemi (Story Land in both languages).
Filming and producing a new season costs approximately $130,000 from start to finish. Transforming a completed episode into a new language costs about $30,000. That’s an approximate $100,000 in savings! It’s easy to see the economy lip-synch dubbing brings to our productions. Suddenly, for a fraction of the cost of a new program, we can reach a whole new audience. The cultural feel of the programs are appropriate throughout Central Asia and the Middle East, but new languages make them readily accessible to children in various language groups.
For our current lip-synch project, another ministry has partnered with us financially, because Story World so perfectly fits their target audience in Azerbaijan and places in Iran where Azerbaijani is the predominant language. We hope one day we are able to lip-synch all of our completed programming into other languages, like Farsi, Arabic, and the Turkish language. We feel this will allow us to make the best use of the programs God has allowed us to produce. We’d love for you to help us afford this worthy goal.
Join Your Heart to Ours
By partnering with Global Heart Ministries, you are helping to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.
We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.