A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Writing of Superbook

Meet Sean Gaffney, one of the writers of the hit animated children’s series "Superbook," and learn what it takes to craft Biblical stories into short narratives that reach young audiences around the world.
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Meet Sean Gaffney, one of the writers of the hit animated children’s series "Superbook," and learn what it takes to craft Biblical stories into short narratives that reach young audiences around the world.
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“I am Sean Gaffney. I am one of the writers of Superbook. I have written such episodes such as “Joseph and Pharaoh’s Dream, and Revelation: The Final Battle.” Our goal at Superbook is to introduce the Bible and biblical truths to the children of the world. We’re in 38 plus languages right now. By the time we air, it’s probably going to be more than that. It’s growing all the time.”

“A temptation that some people get when they’re writing for children is to try to make it childish for them. We don’t water down the Bible. Another interesting challenge that comes with Superbook is we are taking history. We’re taking real people in real time and we’re having them interact with fictional characters, with Chris and Joy and a robot.”

“We have an entire team at Superbook of biblical experts, archeology experts, history experts, who go through our episodes and make sure that we’re not violating who the character is.”

“There are a lot of writers on Superbook. The stories don’t start with the writer. They actually start with Gordon Robertson and his team going through and figuring out which story we want to tell.”

The most challenging, the most fun, and the most rewarding episode I have worked on is Revelation. It’s such a rich complex book. It’s so huge. But the heart of the episode is, ‘can you really be forgiven?’

“And Chris finding out that not only can he be, but the work’s already been done; the battle’s already been won. It was a fantastic episode to work on and the way that the episode was realized, I couldn’t be prouder of it.”

“When we create, for those of us who are writers, who are artists, our model for creation, of course, is God. We were made in the image of a Creator. It’s hovering over the story. And for me that means prayer; letting the Spirit speak to me. I’m trying to get out of the way as much as possible so that the hovering can take place.”

“I’ve worked on a lot of different kinds of projects. And this one is –is unique in that my hopes are too small for where God’s taking this.”

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