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For Easter

April 1, 2011 1 comment

http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/19231/What-Was-On-His-Mind

What was Jesus thinking? What was on His mind while he endured the cross? YOU were. This short dramatic piece is perfect for any church service or Easter, communion meditation, etc. Hebrews 12:2 and 2:9 are cited. VOTED #1 Innovative video in Christian Video Magazine’s 2009 Video Contest

Finally came to me

When I took a bunch of video on a ski trip with my friends, one of them asked me how many video illustrations I make out of them.  I told him that wasn’t the purpose of be filming.  Instead I did it to preserve the memory and make a little highlight video.  But then his question lingered in my mind.  Especially after I had my big fall.  What could be the message illustrated by this funny event?????  I left it for month’s and finally it came to me, and it was so simple.  What I did was just plain foolish, and proverbs talks a lot about that!  Here’s my new video illustration “A Fool’s Tale” compliments of my own folly!  Enjoy.

The Greatest Gift

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Thankful for…

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

thankful

I relayed my ABCs of thanksgiving this morning in church.  However, I won’t post them here since they were in Spanish.  But have you thanked God for something starting with each letter of the alphabet lately?  It’s a good exercise.  And here’s a cute little video from the kids in our church!

http://sermonspice.com/product/28314/thankful-for

Better than I imagined it.

What was Jesus thinking? What was on His mind while he endured the cross? YOU were. This short dramatic piece is perfect for Easter or any other church service, communion meditation, etc. Hebrews 12:2 and 2:9 are cited. THIS CAME TOGETHER NICELY AND TURNED OUT BETTER THAN I HAD ENVISIONED IT!

Emily helped inspire this idea back after Easter.  I’ve switched to doing most of my work in After Effects now instead of Premiere. I’m getting comfortable and faster in this awesome program. I have a ton to learn still. I started this video early in the week, little by little, mornings, nights, lunch hours, my day off yesterday. Also, my wife, who helped inspire this video after Easter, helped with the tedious After Effects YOU animation after I taught her the process for that bit.

The opening sequence was made from scratch. So was the mosaic. http://www.revostock.com/After-Effects-Project/83441/The-Legend.htm is for sale for $30. I liked it, but one, didn’t want to spend the money, two, it was for a later version than my old 6.5 version, three, I wanted to see if I could reconstruct it w/out the help of a tutorial, just by my own knowledge, and I did.

To download this file: http://www.sermonspice.com/product/27201/what-was-on-his-mind-3f

Always Amazed

I’m always amazed at how long it takes to make a two minute animation!  Well, especially in my case, when you edit a little at night, and a little in the morning before going to my real job, it’s b_encountersslow moving.  This one probably took me a couple of weeks. But it pays off in the end.  I’m having a lot of fun learning the power beast of a program that After Effects is.  Some techniques I learn, or steal, others I stumble upon myself.  I think that is the goal of all of the tutorials online, to get you to experiment for yourself.

 

My latest endeavor in the video realm is a new series from Mark E. Moore’s book “Encounters with Christ”.  I don’t know how many of these I’ll end up making.  Probably 5 or 6, that will become a decently priced fishxpressions bundle on www.sermonspice.com.  Next up on the slate- Nicodemus.  Then I have to think about Spanish versions, and possibly my first video  offerings exported in HD.

 

To use this video, purchase and download here- http://www.sermonspice.com/product/26844/encounters–mary-and-martha

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

Christian Video Mag

So I wrote an article for christianvideomag.com. It’ll be in the next issue. The editor-in-chief, Steve Hewitt called yesterday and asked what we were going to call my column. I was kind of taken off guard, because we had spoken prior about some possibilities, but I thought we’d just get the first article published and see what happens. But apparently I’ll be writing every month. He recommended the name, “Greg’s Video Toolkit”. That’s nice. I suggested the whole “FishXpressions” thing in an email- it was sort of an afterthought. Well, that’s when I decided to take up the blogging thing again. I moved over here to wordpress, and here we are now. Hopefully I’ll be reviewing some equipment and learning some new things along the way. I have to admit: I AM NOT AN EXPERT! I’m a fellow student of filmmaking. That’s the angle I’m almost reluctantly pursuing this column. Because I’m sure there are others out there like me– ordinary guys trying to do extra-ordinary things with ordinary technology. I haven’t had the luxury and formal education when it comes to video. I’ve created some really bad stuff in the past. But I’d like to get better and different with each new creation. With limited resources and manpower, etc. it’s hard, but it still is fun and rewarding (in many regards). Let’s help each other out, then! I’ll share my basic tips, and you can leave some profound comment. Sound good? Sounds good.

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