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Determined to make it work

Where to begin? It’s 6:10am.  I’ve been working on this short video for some time now.  It’s finally done.  I’ve had some trouble with it, but I’ve been determined to make it work.  And I think it does in the end.  It started with me wanting to get better at After Effects.  So I ordered a 99 cent DVD, and a $5 book, and total training on DVDs for $25!  But those haven’t come in yet.  So I watched Andrew Kramer’s stuff on http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/ (an amazing FREE resource!!!).  I started a file I named “exp” short for experimenting.  Well, that experimentation turned into this video.  And it “ate my lunch” so to speak for the better part of this week’s free time.  Yes, I did take the fam to a  D League basketball game, I wasn’t an absent presence at home.  But just about every minute I could squeeze in, I was editing.  Whether it was preparing the images in photoshop, tedious work with magnetic lasso, or eraser, or the actual 3D animations on AE where every keyframe has to be perfect, it was pretty draining for a 1 1/2 minute segment!  The night before last I worked 4 hours straight, slept, couldn’t sleep well because my mind was still editing, woke up edited more, went to work, came home for lunch, edited and ate, went back to work, came home, edited, rendered (which took all night) went to bed, couldn’t sleep well because I’m DETERMINED TO MAKE IT WORK!  At 4:30am this morning I was able to add the music and render in Premiere.  I think it’s finally done.  I’m sure experts could have done it a lot quicker.  This was my first stab at this genre of video.  By the end, I was finally getting the hang of it.  In the process at times I was scratching my head!!  Especially since I started in the middle and had to backtrack.  Oh well.  Here’s the video.  Enjoy!

You can download or preview here too: http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/25050/god-cant-use-you (sound is much better than youtube’s version).

A Free Video for You

Thanks for stopping by fishxpressions blog.  Because you came to check things out, have a free video:

Download it by right-clicking and “Save Target As” to your computer: www.gregoryfish.org/potter_wheel_sepiaWMV.wmv

The song is used with permission from Daniel Bashta (www.danielbashta.com– by the way his album is free or by donation) and the potter is Doug Marks (who goes into great detail in his book and conferences which he performs and you can contact him if you want more info at nelsondouglasmarks@gmail.com.)  I hope you enjoy the video and can use it effectively for the Kingdom.  God bless!

Just in time for Easter

I was inspired to do this song a year ago.  Some friends had us over for a Christian Seder meal, which is part of the passover celebration.  Jesus and his disciples were celebrating this at the last supper.  The closing ceremony is something called “dayyenu” which means “we deserve no more”.  At our church this year we will put on a church-wide Seder meal and possibly use this video at the end after reciting the traditional dayyenu text (Christian rendition). 

Be blessed this easter.  You are.  It would have been enough, but He’s given us more!

Just Have Fun With it!

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Excerpt from my new CVMag article: Many of us in Christian Video ministry in churches across the country don’t have formal training in all of the areas that we work in. Much of our learning comes “on the job” and through reading of publications (such as CVmag). I’m reminded of my kids when they start a new sport – soccer for instance. I know that they are not going to be like the great Pelé. They are just starting out. It’s ridiculous to make such an assumption! So what do we tell them? “Just go on out there and HAVE FUN WITH IT.” And they do…most of the time.

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Newest Countdown Yet

This link will take you directly to this simple countdown:

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/24752/bible-jokes-countdown

Try your hand at these little Bible jokes- you might guess some of them.

These are very easy to make, I put this one together in one sitting on a whim!

First Potter Edit

I recently took some footage of an ex-professor of mine, a great man and friend, Doug Marks throwing a pot on his potter’s wheel.  He did one of his wonderful conferences at our church.  We were so blessed and maybe you can be too.  Email him for info on hosting a conference or to obtain his book:  nelsondouglasmarks@gmail.com.  Then I found this song by Daniel Bashta.  I obtained permission to use it and edit it down for time.  Daniel’s info and CD is available for free even or for a donation at www.danielbashta.com.  Here’s my first edit with my pottery footage:

Bundles are Better

Everything comes in bundles now a days.  Phone/ Cable/ Internet bundled.   Buy this cheese and get chips bundled with it.  Well I have some bundles too.

Since “Lukewarm Hymns CD Info” was just released I thought that I would bundle it together with its counterpart “Worship 1/2 CD Info”.  By themselves they are $15 a piece.  Together they are $25 for a savings of $5.  $5 could be a latte at Starbucks, two at McDonalds, or 10-15 at home.  In this economy bundles are better.

Here’s the link:  http://www.sermonspice.com/bundle/24311/cd-infomercials/

Other bundles of mine are:

http://www.sermonspice.com/bundle/14478/christians-should-act-like-christians-bundle/

http://www.sermonspice.com/bundle/21013/nothing-but-the-blood-bundle/

Featured on Sermonspice’s Weekly Review!!

What is the weekly reveiw?

This– “View the latest videos that sure to communicate and connect to your audience.
See videos hand picked and previewed from among the over 13,000 videos on Sermonspice.com.”

They picked one of mine!- http://www.sermonspice.com/weekly_review/1/ (espisode 50 after this week).

I was just browsing sermonspice a little, seeing what other producers are up to, and I noticed a banner for the new weekly review.  It said something like “We do the digging, bringing you the best videos.”  I clicked and started watching.  As usual Daniel Temple came out but this time with someone else (the producer of all the “baked pickles” videos, whom I recognized) but behind them both…is me.  They have some multi-TV thing behind them, and I see me in the choir robe.  The first video they highlight is mine.  They do have to cut it way short, but they link it at the end AND give a code (good for a week) for $3 off.
 
It so crazy…I was floored when I stumbled upon this.  Just the other day I told Emily that I would love it if they would pick a video of mine (possibly this one) to highlight on the weekly review.  And they did!  I did nothing to arrange this.  So cool!  Fun stuff.

February Article CVmag

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QUICK LINKS:

 Whole Issue:  http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2009_02/cv2009_02.pdf

My article alone: http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2009_02/cv2009_02gfish.pdf

A Worthy Investment
By Gregory Fish

For a long time now, I have wanted to upgrade some equipment. I wanted a video camera that had a better picture, and that had more options, etc. Why? For one reason, I wanted to be able to shoot some stock footage, and could not do it with a consumer camera. However, another reason is that I have a passion to give God the best I can possibly give Him. I am my own worst critic. And for a long time, I haven’t been pleased enough with the quality of my own productions. It’s something that I always strive to improve. Improvement comes mostly from a production standpoint, how well crafted the concepts are and whatnot. Improvement is also dependent on equipment, both hardware and software. So, I’ve been saving up for a while, and I finally spent some money. I believe it to be a very worthy investment. Let me tell you about what I bought.

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What is FishXpressions?

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FishXpressions is an extension of Gregory Fish’s ministry.  He and his wife, Emily, are in full-time cross-cultural ministry.  Both share a passion for the production of visual media.  What started out as uploading one video to Sermonspice (Footprints in the Sand) has turned into a vast portfolio of video illustrations, countdowns, and backgrounds (in both English and Spanish).  Several FishXpressions videos have made the Top 100 page and a couple have been in the Top 5.  Gregory has written about his journey in Christian video in his column “Greg’s Video Toolkit” on Christian Video Magazine- a free online magazine- www.christianvideomag.com.  He also maintains a production blog with tips and helpful links at www.fishxpressions.wordpress.com.
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