Or rather, what I’ve been up at Shoal Creek Community Church. First off, as always, I’m involved in media productions, links to which are listed below. To embed video into wordpress, I’d have to upgrade my account, so you’ll have to settle for links to the videos, which I’ve put on youtube. anyway-
we did a Fear Factor month, using various existing fears as jumping off points for the message. This week was Fear of Death. I wrote this piece, edited it, and “directed” it, with trevor moran running the camera and some b roll via youtube thrown in. The location was generously provided by Colin and Rickie Moran, who are also the proud owners of Abigail, the dog who appears near the end. The featured actress is of course my lovely wife kathleen. The song playing in the background is “the world is a very scary place” by the Gothic Archies, brainchild of Magnetic Fields front manStephen Merritt. A Gothic Archies song was used for each Lemony Snicket audiobook- this one goes to the third book, the Wide Window. I was listening to it one day, and the idea for the video blossomed from there. The shoot was pretty fun. I did the edit in iMovie, and that actually went pretty smoothly too. All told, I was pretty pleased with the results.
This wasn’t used, although we talked about using it. It’s a little b roll of trevor chasing Abigail with the camera sans sound.
After Fear Factor, we’ve moved onto a five parter revolving around elements of Story- using concepts of hero, villain, author, plot to talk about God’s story. Fun stuff, especially for a guy that named his blog “story etc”. I’ve done two montages so far, one for heroes, one for villains. The backstory for this- I tried all week to edit this via iMovie on my macbook pro, but my macbook pro wasn’t having any of it- every attempt to import footage led to a freeze up. Recently a dedicated Mac was put into the so called “media triangle” at the church, complete with Final Cut Pro (and adobe premiere, though I haven’t tried that out yet), so I decided to go for that. One problem-with my UMKC hours, I couldn’t make it during the week. Friday night kathleen’s co teacher had a wedding reception, which we weren’t out of ’til midnight. the next day we had a planned trip to visit my parents. So my options were, stay up super late and edit and then go to Salisbury the next day, OR go to bed at midnight and get up super early to edit and then go from there. I took some pretzels and a couple of cokes and went for it that night. It wasn’t a tough edit- except it went to 4am. Two things with the final result- one, it occurred to me the next day that I should have put my titles in the letterboxes instead of over the footage. Not a big deal, and something I’d normally do, but I blanked. Remember the 4am thing? the other thing was time- I’ve done countless movie montages for Shoal Creek, and I know from experience that 4 and half minutes is way long, generally. But as I watched over and over again, it felt okay- not draggy, still good. But was I right, or was this just 4am me thinking it was good? i also think i heard music in the building even though I was the only person there, after all. Did i really or was it just in my head? I’ll let you be the judge yourself. Watching it after having slept, I still feel good about it. The song is, of course, Shake it off by Florence and the machine, my favorite favorite song right now. the lyrics aren’t necessarily about heroism, but there was something about the song that resonated with the topic for me. Last story about the late night- in addition to possible sleep deprived auditory hallucinations, I also saw a kid walking by himself in a dark hooded sweater around the liberty junior high track when I drove home at 4am. Not creepy at all, right?
Same story as heroes, only without a trip to salimsbury I was free to take my time Saturday morning after my men’s group. Having utilized titles the previous week, I decided to let this montage speak for itself. Music is of course Sympathy for the devil by the Rolling Stones, specifically a karaoke version I got from amazon’s mp3 store. After questioning how long I made the last one, I went the other way here, with a mere two minute’s worth. I almost feel like I went too short this time, though- it kind of fades too fast in my mind. I wasn’t lacking for footage- there’s more at this link (villains montage (not used)). The other one was going to be used on a special center projector, but didn’t ultimately fit. Regardless, I’m still overall pleased with how this one turned out. the Psycho ending scene gives me a chill every time, even though I saw it over and over again while editing.
The other thing I’ve been up to is joining a relatively new team at church- the Storytellers. Again, if you have to ask why I’d do such a thing, please re check the title of this blog. The primary focus of the team at the moment is doing a story that ties into the message of the day that is printed in the Sunday handout given out at the auditorium doors. It’s been tremendous so far. and I’ve already had one published, which was exciting…click here for that.
And if you want to see what Shoal creek sunday mornings as a whole look like, go to vimeo.com, and search for Shoal Creek elements, you can see entire church services, broken into each element (song, message, drama, video, etc.).