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The Price is Not Right – New Sermon Series Stage Design

Our february sermon series was about how to handle your money.  So our team here at church called it “The Price is Not Right”.  We wanted to go for kind of that retro game show feel.  However, as with all of our sets over the past year, we wanted to make sure that it was re-usable.  Long story short, if a set we make is not re-usable for us on Sunday morning or one of our ministries somewhere, then it’s probably not  a good investment.

So we devised a plan.

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We took into account standard sizes of wood pieces.  We made each piece the right sizes to maximize the pieces of lumber that we would have to buy to make the set.  You’ll also see that with the shapes that we made, we’ll have a lot of versatility to making new stage looks in the future just by simply combining different pieces or turning the pieces.

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We got a ton of shop lights for dirt cheap off the internet, as well as a ton of 60 watt bulbs that are mirrored on the front.  It was important to me to get the mirrored front lights.  This keeps the harshness of the bright bulb off the congregation, yet still gives off a warm glow (you’ll see in a picture below).  Here’s a few pics of the pieces and our awesome volunteers putting it together.

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As you see in the picture above, in the background we have a set that we use occasionally for series or events.  This goes back to what I was talking about investing in sets that we can use again.  The post for that backdrop is here.

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Next, we had to hang four of the pieces. That’s always fun 24 feet in the air.
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Here’s a close of up of the fixture.  It has a real nice glow to it, without the harshness of seeing the bulb directly.

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All in all it gave us a great camera backdrop as well as the ability to create some cool worship moments.  Thanks to the team!

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Men’s Ministry Video

Men’s Ministry.  How do you make an interesting video about men’s ministry.  We’ve done a couple parody videos in the past of manly videos like 300, Braveheart, etc.  Those all turned out well and good, but we can’t keep doing parodies.  So we went for a direct approach.  We spent a lot of time figuring out how to best say what needed to be said.  We wanted it to be quick and straight forward.  We didn’t want flowery language of any kind, but wanted to make it clear that we’re serious about what we’re up to.  So it took four of us guys in the room filming about an hour to figure out what needed to be said.  And on top of that, once we had the take we liked, we got back to the edit floor and chopped away and replaced a lot of it.

It’s interesting to think that when a video looks rather simple and straight forward (It’s just someone talking into the camera), there’s a lot of work involved behind the scenes just to get the message across.  Then there’s lighting, audio, cameras, lenses, b-roll footage filmed at events, graphics, etc….  It’s a lot of work for 50 seconds of a final product.  In total we probably spent about 10 hours on this video, and the graphic was already made.  It’s a lot of work for quality videos, but in the end its worth it.

New Website Motion Graphic Video

Our awesome team at Northwood Church launched the new NorthwoodChurch.org website.  They wanted a simple announcement video with a voice over talking about the fact that its new and story driven.  So with a little motion graphics here’s what we ended up with!  We used Camtasia for the screen recording, After Effects CC for all the motion graphics, Premiere Pro CC for the editing and sound, and lots of lens flares from VideoCopilot.  The result?  A nice short video that J.J. Abrams would be proud of.