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Easter Production 2010

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Our  church put together a pleasant Easter production, created mostly by the youth and which involved a number of short skits, monologues, and short videos, two of which I filmed.

Here are the three pieces I put together for this special Sunday performance.

Defining Love from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

Love Never Fails from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

Cafeteria Short Film from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

Enjoy and have a blessed Easter! Thanks to all who participated and helped.

And oh, I just got back about an hour ago from a wonderful day of filming at the Davis farm for Katherine Davis‘ documentary piece for the Do Hard Things documentary. More on this in a future post!

Beyond the Confines

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People often become too accustomed to one piece of software, swearing by it’s code and plastering slogans of it’s glory all over their favorite community sites. It’s become a patriotic religion, people! Come’on and grow up! It’s not the tool that makes the art, but the experiences of the artist portrayed through the medium.

To illustrate my point, I will share with you three of the most amazing CG videos I ran across this morning. Check them out for yourself and see if awesomeness is confined to one program.

Nature by Numbers from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo.

DVEIN // Showreel ’09 from DIGITAL TEMPLE Magazine on Vimeo.

And oh, my brother just got married last Saturday!  More news on that in a future post.

P.S. Anyone have any thoughts on YouTube’s new format?

Mary and Joseph traveling

Christmas Production Is Over!

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Well, it’s finally over. The youth of Fayetteville Christ Fellowship’s Christmas Production was performed yesterday evening at 6pm EST. This Biblical retelling of the Birth of Jesus was presented from the point of Mary of Nazareth, showing the roller-coaster ride she went through from before the point of receiving the message from Gabriel to the conception of Jesus, and His death and resurrection, this play shows you what she felt during these years of rejection and hope.

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Eric's angel groupshot

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Simeon's seems a bit busy with his iPhone

This play mixes live-action stage performance with pre-filmed video projected on the screen. In one scene, Mary actually has a conversation with the video (with the voice of Gabriel being dubbed live.)

We had a great cast, especially Erika Dailey (Erica Snuffer,) who portrayed Mary. A big thanks goes out to the entire youth group, our youth group leader who directed us, to those who provided the lands to film the shepherd scene and Buster the donkey for the traveling video, and the baby for the temple footage. We had actors, narrators, musicians, and those who ran the sound and video display during the performance – it was a huge undertaking, but the theme that permeated the entire production was “Trust, trust, trust”. Yes, trust God, and with that trusting, the whole project pulled through to become a beautiful performance.

Temple scene mini-groupshot

Temple scene mini-groupshot

Mary and Joseph traveling

Mary and Joseph traveling

I was privileged to portray a magi, sing the song “God With Us”, and direct, film, and edit the footage sequences, as well as narrate the voice of Joseph.

Me giving a thumbs-up for the temple scene :)

Me giving a thumbs-up for the temple scene :)

Praise God for His help and leading with this project, because without Him it would not have pulled through nearly as well. There was a lot of fighting against this production, but God prevailed.

You can see all the videos from this production on this Vimeo playlist!

Enjoy and God bless

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