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The Big Story

I was given the privilege to work with Jim from Bay West Church in Florida. They were looking for series artwork and motion graphics for their upcoming Easter series “The Big Story”. The premise was that when you think of a story, it has a beginning, middle, and end. Stories always have framework, because it helps us make some sense out of what is going on. So their Easter series is tying in the The Big Story (from creation to the end of time) to our every day lives. Being able to see The Big Story will help people better understand how they fit in, and what their purpose is.

Props to Jim and his team with coming up with the idea! Thanks for letting me be apart of your vision!

Here is the sermon series artwork and bump that Chris Johns Media created for them.

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In The Trenches Sermon Series Bump

Through the month of March, we are in a series called “In The Trenches”. It’s a sermon series about prayer, spiritual warfare, etc. Obviously, as you’ll see below, we went with the military theme; hence, “In the Trenches”. So without delay, here’s the final Bump that we ended up with, and then I’ll show you what we did to make this bump. Check it out:
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[div] Here’s the process we went through to get the look we wanted.
Step one: filming boots running through the mudpit.
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[div] Step two: Key the blue screen out
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[div] Step three: Add the clouds
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[div] Step four: Add some nice dirt textures
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[div] Step five: Color treatment
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[div] Step six: Add rain and dirt splashes
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[div] And presto! Ten hours later plus hours of rendering! We have a beautiful bump for the sermon series. Just FYI, the color treatments and everything was based upon the sermon graphic, they weren’t random choices. This is best for the series in that all the printed pieces they see are matched to the videos that they see.
[div] We had a lot of fun making this video. We had to find a good army surplus store near by. In Fort Worth, we found a killer store called Omaha’s.
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[div] We got some boots and a helmet for the last drop. We had a blast playing in the mud, as you’ll see below. You’ll also see that we recorded the audio of the footsteps splashing in the mud. It really helped to add that extra special sauce to the piece.
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Christmas Miracles Sermon Bump

Here is the bump I created for a sermon series titled “Christmas Miracles”. On any given Sunday, we typically go through our worship set, then we show the sermon series bump to set the tone of the message, then we dive right into the message. I particularly like how the mood of this bump transfers well from worship time to sermon time. Normally, during the Christmas season, we have a very heart-felt musical special or strong worship song to end out the worship set. This usually leaves hearts feeling heavy and receptive, so I like how the tone of this bump can take you from the end of a worship set and really set your hear to hear the good news of Christ. It gives you that moment to breathe.

A thing to always remember is that when it comes to playing videos in Church (or any setting for that matter), a video is only as good as how it fits into the mood of the service. This is what separates the experienced videographers from the non-experienced. An experienced videographer will consider the mood/atmosphere in which the final product is being played, because how the runner is handed the baton means everything.

Enjoy!

Friend Me! Sermon Bump.


What makes a great sermon bump? For this specific bump I went after a couple principles: simplicity, catchiness, and communication. More to come later on a few specific tricks and effects. First, just take a good look at the video. Keep in mind simplicity, catchiness, and most of all communication.

What makes a great sermon bump?  For this specific bump I went after a couple principles: simplicity, catchiness, and communication.  More to come later on a few specific tricks and effects.  First, just take a good look at the video.  Keep in mind simplicity, catchiness, and most of all communication.