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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!

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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Free Audio Book!

Prayer. Fasting. Solitude. Worship. Stewardship. What exactly are the spiritual disciplines and how do they help us grow into disciples of Jesus? How do the spiritual disciplines lead us on the path to Godliness? This classic book answers those questions and prepares us for a journey into the life with God.

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With deep thanks to the author, Donald S. Whitney, we are excited to offer Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life as the free audiobook download for the month of March.

It’s not uncommon for an accomplished musician to be able to sit down in front of a new piece of music and play it through without a hitch. To make it seem easy, as if it required no effort. Yet the “freedom” to play with such skill comes only after years of disciplined practice. In the same way, the freedom to grow in godliness – to naturally express Christ’s character through your own personality – is in large part dependent on a deliberate cultivation of the spiritual disciplines.

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My Andy Griffith Remixes

February 25, 2009 1 comment

An easy effective way to make video illustrations for sermons.  Take clips that are in the public domain and edit them for time and content.  There is a lot more involved than slapping a title and a verse to it. Many times it has to be edited down to be a short clip that pastors can use without eating all of their time. It involves watching the episodes (which is fun) and seeing what might work and the finding a scripture that would be pertinent.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23510/andy-and-barney-on-relationships

This video did pretty well for Valentine’s Day.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It’s good for any message on relationships.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23465/temptation

This one is straight forward and could be very effective on a message on temptation.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/22624/sin—the-loaded-goat

An interesting take on the destructive nature of sin.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23969/discipline–full-version

A great scene about a spoiled kid and the importance of discipline.  Full version includes Opie trying out some of his tactics.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23843/discipline–short-version

Fun little video on gossip!

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23838/barneys-gossip

All in a Day’s Work

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment

So I’ve been looking forward to making this video.  Worship 1/2 has had some great success on sermonspice.  A lot of churches have used it- even some conferences.  This is the sequel.  I get to work on videos on my days off.  Today is Friday, so I got to shoot the video (thanks to Emily, my wife, for dropping the kids off with a sitter and helping me behind the camera).  As always when I have my footage, I want to edit until it’s done.  I had a relatively quick edit.  Some of the tricky overlays I already had done.  I just needed the footage.  Since I did my overlays before shooting, I didn’t want to do them over again.  My footage was wrong in that I was standing on the wrong side, where the graphics were.  To fix this, I did a “horizontal flip” effect.  So I look like a left-handed guitarist and drummer!

To download: http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/24040/lukewarm-hymns-cd-info

I made this countdown before having the idea for another CD spoof:

The original CD spoof is here: http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/16663/worship-1-2-cd-info

WOW. Worshiphouse Media!

November 12, 2008 Leave a comment

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On top of this they’ve provided me, and you readers, with a special code:
fishxpressions promo code:
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Christmas Quiz

November 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Christmas is around the corner, but as a contributor to sermonspice, I have to be ahead of the game.  So I already have a Quiz countdown up.  Let’s see how you do.  You can download at http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/21399/bible-based-christmas-quiz

Mexico- Aztec Country

November 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Recently I went down to La Huasteca- the mountains in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico.  There are remote villages up there where Spanish is not even spoken.  The music you hear on this is in this dialect.  God is opening doors there.  In one of the villages I went to, the missionary was threatened with his life several months ago.  They blocked the road and had their machetes out.  But we were there recently and no problem.  I’ll be going back in January.  Let me post something from an upcoming article of mine in Christian Video Magazine:

 About one month ago I took a trip into Aztec country in the mountains of Mexico.  I was able to minister in several villages where the church is just beginning to grow.  In some of these places there has been persecution of Christians.  In most of these villages Spanish is not the first language, and many do not even speak Spanish.  I know Spanish, but I don’t speak or even understand there other dialects.  I went ahead and brought my laptop, as the missionaries asked me to.  I had my doubts about using my multi-media presentation of music, moving images, and illustration videos.  I was thinking that I was not in Kansas anymore.  But to my amazement the videos did really well.  Those that could not understand Spanish could relate to the images.  Some saw things they maybe never have seen before, but were moved by it.  There was a lot of positive feedback.  Those services could’ve gone all night, but many of the people had walked hours in the rain and mud to get there and had the same journey to make to get home again.  I’m going to get some new material and go down there again soon.  It was a wonderful experience seeing their faces light up. Video played a roll in this ministry.

Of course God is doing a lot more down there.  Video is minor in this case.  But please pray for continued success in this ministry and for more doors to open.  Here’s a slide show with pictures:

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