Sometimes inspiration comes from places you least expect when you least expect. Having had the opportunity to work where I do, I’ve been really blessed to have a lot of creative freedom to projects we get to work on. For any church, especially churches who love being creative in their messages, there are common seasons and common messages within those seasons. The story of Easter will always be about the resurrection of Christ, the story of Christmas will always be about His birth and what that means to us. But what I get to do is try to give a new perspective, try to make a story that may seem common and possibly lost in the middle of a holiday rush come alive. So at times it can feel like we need to one up ourselves from last year. Bigger, louder, more too see, etc.
But the point is often not how to one up ourselves but how to tell the story in a way that really matters to the viewer. Tell it in a way that will “stick”.
This year, inspiration came from the old hymn, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” Here’s a look at the opener that was played at Rockford First:
We had a blast putting this together. With the help of Greyspot Visuals, we were able to make the story come to life, the way we wanted to tell it. We wanted to use the lyrics of the hymn to tell the story of a path that we all take. Whether a drummer boy, shepherd, wiseman or the modern person, we are all wandering in search for something, but the true reason on why God came to earth, to be in the middle of our mess, is the same for all of us. There’s not one person He didn’t come for.
With every project, it had it’s obstacles. Adding stars to the scene, was one of them. We wanted to introduce the Star of Bethlehem without actually seeing it, to give a feeling of encountering greatness off frame. But without other stars in the background, it seemed out of place. So adding stars to a black background meant a lot of rotoscoping:
Here’s a small glimpse of the rotoscoping and fx with color grade starting with original looking footage:
Here are some more behind the scenes pics and shotlist breakdowns for the project:
Special thanks to:
Greyspot Visuals, Inc
And of course the Talent