DNOW 2011

  We just finished up Disciple-NOW at Germantown Baptist. I'm not going to lie, it was a pretty incredible weekend. A DNOW unlike any other DNOW I've experienced actually. The Student staff steered a different direction than we typically have before... and the response was amazing! I'm generally skeptical of emotional, mountain-top events. But I felt this time that the maturity of the students at this church really culminated through the weekend and they expressed that outwardly more than I've seen before. One of the more powerful things for me to see was one night when we gave out blind folds and had the students worship with them on. The goal was for them to be free of distractions and know that no one was watching or judging them(except the camera:) ). Seeing them choose their physical mode of worship was very moving. Here's the recap video I put together as well as the animated intro video we used to kick off the weekend.

For my DSLR film guys: I rented a RedRock Micro Captain Stubling Rig for the weekend and it worked great! It was my first time with a follow-focus and I've realized it's really the only way to go when shooting documentary, hand-held content. I guess truthfully it's the only way to go period. I also purchased the bargain-buy Cannon 50mm 1.4 which is a no-brainer for beginners. I wouldn't have been able to shoot all the low-light content without it.

For my AE animators: The intro video was a fun little challenge I forced myself through. I made myself animate the tree from scratch. When I first saw the logo that was created by our T-shirt designers I thought I could just cheat by incorporating Andrew K's "Evolution" swirls to get the growth effect. But that wasn't enough for me. I knew there was a way to do it for real. Luckily I found out when looking through the files that most of the logo was the same identical branch replicated. So I used Write-on to make it grow and scaled the leaves individually. Then I replicated the branch and got it pretty dang close to matching the original shape of the designer. I felt much better afterwards.