Super Bowl Sunday (Cameo)

Yesterday we showed a video promoting Super Bowl Sunday at Northwood Church. Check it out (Watch it all the way through the end):

It was a lot of fun to film. Particularly, the popcorn scene was fun to film, however, the clean up was not so much fun…

Revelation Song With Many Languages

If you’ve gone to church in the last five to six years then odds are that the Revelation Song has a special place in your heart. And if you haven’t figured it out by now, Northwood is a globally minded church (The Global Faith Forum). What happens when you put together a globally minded church and an amazing song like the Revelation Song, well…. you get this:

This is the latest worship video from Northwood Worship on their debut album entitled, “Feet That Move”. The languages are English (obviously), Vietnamese, Spanish, and Hmong. Because of our global DNA, our church absolutely loves this song. What an awesome depiction of Heaven, with different people of different nations joining in to Worship the Lord. This one was a lot of fun to edit. The dynamics of the different worship leaders (Missy, Phuc, Rudy, and Daniel) gave great diversity to the shots that our production team could take. Again, as always, hats off to our production guys and gals for getting great shots. It was truly a joy to edit.

Quick Note:
We originally did the song way back on a Sunday almost a year ago. The languages for this one were Romanian, Vietnamese, Lali, and Hmong:


Unhealthy Entanglements – A Look Behind The Video Bump

So when Bob approached Brent, Paul, and I about wanting to do a sermon series called “unhealthy entanglements”, we had no idea what the sermon series would look like. We were really struggling with how to bring the message across without being extremely negative and dark. Take the word “unhealthy” for example, not a whole lot of positive images emote from the word (and rightfully so, I mean it’s unhealthy…). And then there comes Entanglements, I asked a few people what they thought of when they heard entanglements and I got everything from weeds to hair knots to wires being all tangled up. The first sermon of the series was set to roll out on January 9th, and on January 5th (wednesday), Brent and I did a little bit of brainstorming. We finally came up with an idea that didn’t seem too negative, yet got the point across really well. Check it out:

What really helped the video not be so negative was two things. The first and most obvious thing was the music. The music is a little bit playful and adds some mystery to the piece. This helps take away from the darkness of the shot. The second thing that helped the video not be so negative was the movement. The movement is a bit free flowing and adds life to the piece.

So how we shot it was like this:

(That’s Chris Taylor – the rope master)

Right after Brent and I brainstormed and came up with the idea of a Rope becoming more knotted, Chris Taylor and I ran across the street to Lowes and grabbed a 20 ft. rope. We then brought it back to the studio, drew out some story boards, and started filming in front of the green screen:

So the plan was to motion track the rope to make the text look like it is connected to the rope. When you motion track, you select a point in the video at which After Effects can play the footage and track that singular point. When it tracks the point, it converts all of the tracking information to X,Y,Z coordinates, from which you can apply to virtually anything (look at the white box on the rope below, that’s the motion tracker):

So a little trick I learned with motion tracking- Sometimes the data points that the motion tracker records makes the resulting data a little jumpy. Meaning that the data is a bit too raw and needs some straightening out. Once you have applied the motion tracking to any given layer, you can alt-click on the position stop-watch of that layer, and type in the “smooth” command. So the command should look something like smooth(2,5). The first variable tells you how many times per second, and the second variable is the magnitude. This smoothing technique gave the video the final touch to make it a really nice video.

Video of Forgiveness

If you’ve been at Northwood for a long time then you will remember this video. We played it almost two years ago and it was the perfect fit for today’s services, where we dived into how to deal with junk before it builds up. People loved it today just as much as two years ago, so I thought I would share it with you guys and gals. I remember when we were making it, Mike Owens (man in the video) did such a great job telling the story we did it in one take (rare for video shoots). I think we actually ended up taking two takes just in case, but he did a great job telling the story from the heart. Jordan Fowler was with me when we filmed it. We tried to cut the video down as it was a pretty long video, but it was such a powerful testimony, we left it all in there. Enjoy!