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OSORNO is a sound studio from Warsaw (Poland), that has been producing radio dramas, advertisements, podcasts, documentaries, promotional videos, and animated films for 7 years now. We have worked with the Polish National Radio, POLIN Museum, Warsaw Uprising Museum, and many book publishing houses. We have also realized theater plays and TV dramas. We produced more than 300 hours audio content.
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The Audio Bible super production came to exist for three main reasons. Firstly, The Bible is a work that everybody knows about, but few have managed to read. We believe that in the age of digitalization and great technological advancements, everybody should have access to it. Secondly, our initiative has a social dimension. People unite when they believe in a common ideal, which is why we want everyone to have a chance to participate, be it through a donation, a good advice, or a prayer. Finally, the digitalized Bible, realized with the use of latest technologies and participation of famous actors as well as amateurs, is our contribution to culture for generations to come.
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The idea was conceived a few years ago in the head of Krzysztof Czeczot, the founder of OSORNO, which is a company famous in Poland for realizing super productions like JO Nesbo's Cockroaches, Game of Thrones, or Blade Runner. All literary genres have been drawing from the Bible, which is rich in stories that have inspired artists for centuries. It's a pillar of a few religions, cultures, even civilizations, and definitely one of the most important books in the history of humankind, one that cannot be ignored. Which is why we are aware that the project is a huge challenge, but it will definitely be worth it!
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No. Right from the start, the idea has been developed by lay people, but with consulting institutions of the Church. We cooperate with the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in Washington, D.C. We are working on a canonic text that we have bought the copyrights for: the New American Bible, revised edition (NABRE) 2010, 1991, 1986, and 1970 editions, hereinafter referred to as the New American Bible, revised edition (NABRE).
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Of course! We have received a recommendation letter from His Excellency Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture in the Vatican. His Excellency Gianfranco Ravasi made himself familiar with the effects of our work in Poland and gave us his blessing. However, we did not ask the authorities of the Catholic Church for any financial support, because we want to base this project on people who will be able to support it for various reasons, not only religious ones.
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On the contrary. The Audio Bible super production is for everyone! Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Reformers, Presbyterians, and all Christian denominations and movements. It is also for non-believers or followers of other religions. The Audio Bible was created in the spirit of love and reconciliation. In the spirit of dialogue, openness, and sensitivity towards other people. This is why everybody can gain from it.
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Our work will be available on a mobile application, and its extensive fragments will be available free of charge through our social media channels (e.g. YouTube, Soundcloud). Once our work is done, each month we will publish a given book, addressed in full to those who can support us only through prayers. These aspects are very important for us – inclusivity and wide availability. The Audio Bible super production will be also available on CDs and pen drives, which will be distributed through on-line stores (such as Amazon, eBay and similar).
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You need a regular smartphone with iOS or Android, on which you will be able to download The Audio Bible super production, and regular earphones, which is the equipment you are currently using to listen to your favorite music.
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The first stages of work, i.e. pre-production (license for the text of NAB, copyrights, creation of The Book of Revelation) were carried out using OSORNO funds. The mobile application was created with the use of audioteka.com funds. Due to the large scale of the project, and the fact that we wish to have artistic freedom, we are planning to raise most funds through crowd-funding. However, we are also holding talks with potential investors.
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One hour of a finished audio-play is about 50 hours of work. Work for which we want to employ about 100 professional actors. We will make the recordings in the studio of Formosa Group (Los Angeles, CA). Then, the recorded parts of the Bible will be sent to our sound studio in Warsaw. Before being given its final shape, each recording must be appropriately cut, then put back together; then, after the sound and music is added, the recording is cleaned and mixed. Each of those tedious stages requires time and effort, if we want to achieve a spectacular result. Some additional costs are connected with the operation of a dedicated website and communication of the entire project. This includes the costs of our travels to Los Angeles and stays in the US, which gobbles up much of the budget. The assumed costs are a minimal amount to realize the project on the scale and with the quality that we promise.
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Our priority is to ensure a perfect quality of all recordings. And to achieve that, we need to employ professionals. That is why we will employ actors who are members of the SAG, and will be paid appropriately for their work.
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We are planning to release a complete product in December 2020, assuming that we manage to raise the funds necessary for carrying out the project by March 2020.
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We wanted to highlight the fact that our project is being conducted in Europe. The roots, the whole team, the company – are all located in Poland.
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The Audio Bible super production is for everybody, but the final decision should be made by the listeners. It's important to remember that the Bible is very diverse, it includes scenes which can be brutal, iconoclastic, or drastic. Or simply too difficult for children, who may not always understand the symbolic meaning of certain fragments. That is why we gave ourselves an additional great challenge: just like in the Polish version of the project, we will publish a Kids Edition.
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The Audio Bible Kids Edition consists of 180 fragments selected by us from the Holy Scriptures, each having from 3 to 10 minutes. They end with a recorded biblicist's commentary explaining the context and the meaning of the fragment. The commentary is meant to be a starting point for a further discussion between children and the adults. But most importantly, Kids Edition will be narrated by children. Other characters will be played by adults. The sound part will also be slightly modified for the children's sensitivity: the music will be milder, and the sound effects will be adjusted to children's imagination
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Our work can be a useful tool for parents as they are the ones that should guide their offspring in education and development. In Poland, the Polish version of the Audio Bible is used in religious education in kindergartens, schools and universities. We hope the English version will prove just as helpful.
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Yes, provided that you will not derive financial benefits from it. Our rules contain a provision according to which The Audio Bible is intended for private use. However, we understand that our enterprise has a certain mission and its spiritual aspect is very significant for us. Therefore, if you want to play fragments of The Audio Bible super production to your community, to listen together and share the experience – we invite you to do so. We would only ask you to share photos or videos from the meeting with us. We will gladly post them on our social media profiles as an example of communal profiting from our project.
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In connection with the provisions of the license agreement and the applicable law, without our consent you may not:
• Copy and sell the Audio Bible files in any form.
• Use the files on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.).
• Broadcast fragments of The Audio Bible super production through terrestrial and on-line radio stations, terrestrial and on-line TV channels, or through other means of sound distribution.
• Use the files in a public space in which you could violate human dignity and the religious beliefs of others. Remember that matters of faith are incredibly sensitive and intimate issues.
• Place the files on any torrent sites and other pirate servers which could be used for further illegal distribution of The Audio Bible super production.
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It is very easy to obtain a license for public display or broadcasting of The Audio Bible super production. Just send us your proposal to: bible@audiobible.eu. In our response, we will ask you: where the display is to take place, how long it will take, and which fragments you wish to broadcast. Then, we will propose terms and conditions for cooperation. The whole procedure should not take more than 21 days.
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Our project is not the kind of adaptation which is often used for movies, where it's common to delete or modify some plot lines, characters, or dialogues. We do not delete anything from the Bible. In the dialogues between characters, we will only remove the indication of who's speaking. Which means that we will not record such sentences as „He responded” or „And God says”, because they are not necessary when you can recognize the character from the actor's or actress' voice. We want to give the work a film-like, natural dynamics, which is the only reason we are calling it an adaptation. Apart from this, we will stay faithful to the full, original content of the Bible.

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KICKSTARTER’S PLEDGE

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We will be more than grateful for your interest in our project and your support, which is very important for us. We see it as a beautiful proof of faith in our endeavor, and an expression of huge trust that we will never forget. Once we produce the entire material, we will release a special video with big thanks to all those that supported us, and, if you agree, your name will be mentioned.
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For supporting us with a purchase of the PRODUCER T-shirt, you will get a T-shirt with the following specification: 100% cotton; weight 160 g/m2; color: black; „The Audio Bible” front print size: 205 mm x 192 mm; „PRODUCER” back print size: 240 mm x 33 mm; prints color: PANTONE 467c. Sizes: men: s/m/l/xl/xxl and women: xs/s/m/l/xl/xxl. Size chart: [link].
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For supporting us with a purchase of the Brand T-shirts family pack, you will get 5 T-shirts for you and your loved ones, with the following specification: 100% cotton; weight 160 g/m2; color: black; „The Audio Bible” front print size: 205 mm x 192 mm; „PRODUCER” back print size: 240 mm x 33 mm; prints color: PANTONE 467c. Sizes: men: s/m/l/xl/xxl and women: xs/s/m/l/xl/xxl. Size chart: [link].
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For supporting us with a purchase of the Brand T-shirts group pack, you will get 20 T-shirts for you and your loved ones, with the following specification: 100% cotton; weight 160 g/m2; color: black; „The Audio Bible” front print size: 205 mm x 192 mm; „PRODUCER” back print size: 240 mm x 33 mm; prints color: PANTONE 467c. Sizes: men: s/m/l/xl/xxl and women: xs/s/m/l/xl/xxl. Size chart: [link]
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Immediately after we complete the entire material, you will receive a personalized access code to The Audio Bible super production in the mobile application. After downloading the application onto your smartphone and entering the code, you will be able to enjoy The Audio Bible super production anytime and anywhere. Don't worry, the whole process will be very simple, and together with the code you will get a detailed instruction. We are planning to deliver the prize in December 2020.
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Immediately after we complete the entire material, you will receive a personalized access code to The Audio Bible super production and the Kids Edition in the mobile application. After downloading the application onto your smartphone and entering the code, you will be able to enjoy The Audio Bible super production together with your children anytime and anywhere. Don't worry, the whole process will be very simple, and together with the code you will get a detailed instruction. We are planning to deliver the prize in December 2020.
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You will receive a pen drive with the full The Audio Bible super production, packed in a durable cardboard box. On the pen drive, you will find the entire Holy Scriptures in mp3 format, to be played on any device that allows mp3 audio files (home cinema, computer, stereo, car, etc.). The pen drive has at least an 8 GB memory and 3.0 USB standard.
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You will receive a pen drive with the full The Audio Bible super production, packed in a beautiful, hand-folded cardboard box. The box will have a little card attached, where you will be able to write a dedication for the loved one you choose as a recipient of the gift. On the pen drive, you will find the entire Holy Scriptures in mp3 format, to be played on any device that allows mp3 audio files (home cinema, computer, stereo, car, etc.). The pen drive has at least an 8 GB memory and 3.0 USB standard.
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You will receive a pen drive with the full The Audio Bible super production, packed in a beautiful, hand-folded cardboard box with golden lettering saying:

The Audio Bible super production

For:

Name / Surname

You will choose the name and surname yourself. The box will have a little card attached, where you will be able to write a dedication for the loved one you choose as a recipient of the gift. On the pen drive, you will find the entire Holy Scriptures in mp3 format, to be played on any device that allows mp3 audio files (home cinema, computer, stereo, car, etc.). The pen drive has at least an 8 GB memory and 3.0 USB standard.
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We reserved a few dozen roles for you to be able to become a part of The Audio Bible super production hand in hand with professional actors! Some of these roles involve 2 or 3 sentences; some are bigger. Immediately after you pledge this award, we will send you a proposal of a role with at least 2 sentences to act out. See examples of the texts [link].

We organize all of the recordings in our studio in LA.

The ticket price is not included.

If you can't come to LA, don't worry! There is one more way of joining the cast, which we practiced when doing recordings with an actor from Australia. We will send you an e-mail with a precise audio tutorial prepared by our actor, so that you will know exactly how to say your lines. We will help you find a recording studio close to where you live (or you can suggest a place where you can do the recording). We are unable to cover costs of renting a studio, but during the recording we can use Skype, FaceTime, Viber or other, to be with you, cheer, and give advice. Then, we will ask you to send us the files, and we will deal with editing the recordings and sound processing.
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We have planned a few dozen roles for people who aren't connected with the profession of an actor or voice-over actor in any way. We have experience with realizing productions featuring amateurs and the effects were amazing! The Polish edition featured about 150 amateurs, including a kindergarten teacher, a fire-fighter, an office worker, a CEO of a large corporation, an unemployed person, an owner of a transport company, a security guard, a physician, a policeman, an accountant... You can join the list!

However, we do bear in mind that the work we are creating must be made with the utmost quality, and there are some aspects where we cannot compromise. Therefore, all candidates will be subject to verification in terms of the timbre of their voice, diction, and predispositions for completing such an important task. We will ask you to send us an audio sample recorded on a regular smartphone. But don't worry, we are not looking for a professional!
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In case of this award, we will come to you, wherever you are in the US or Europe! We will want to meet you and personally thank you for your great support. Our meeting will have to take place in a quiet room, suitable for audio recordings. We will establish the parameters of the place and other details in our e-mail correspondence. The whole meeting should take around 1 hour. We will record a few group roles, such as crowds shouting (eg. "Crucify him!" or "Long live the king!"), or people in a temple or at a marketplace. See examples of the texts [link].
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We believe that the best method for spreading the Good Word is to literally share it with your family, friends, or colleagues. If you support us by choosing the Evangelisation pack, you will receive a set of access codes to the Complete Edition (The Audio Bible super production + Kids Edition) for:

Regular - 30 people

Medium - 50 people

Big - 100 people

You will have the right to give these codes to your family and friends, use them as prizes in contests on the radio, TV or on your YouTube channel, or use them as gifts in any other way. The only thing you will not have the right to do, is to resell them.


If you have any other questions feel free to ask: bible@audiobible.eu

Bless!