This Christmas I was asked to create a video that told the story of Jesus in a different and modern way. The goal was to make the birth of Jesus relatable to the 21st century person. My pastor gave the team this scripture to work from, “He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” John 1:27. From there all the creative departments went and created their media.
I created the opening video. Every video editor knows how important it is to find the perfect song. My sixth attempt was with a track from “Moving Mountains – The Earth and the Sky”. I found that it enhance the images on screens and made the words easy to follow.
On rehearsal night my pastor expressed to me that she loved the video but had a hard time connecting with the music. I then went back to the editing timeline to see if any of the songs she suggested would work. I discovered I had connected with my first song so much that it was hard to imagine the images that were laid down to anything else. I had hit a music wall.
The last song that was suggested to us was August Rush. I expressed that I didn’t mind the video being changed, whatever it took for the message to be presented how my Pastor saw fit.
As a video editor, someone who puts their heart and soul in to a project, I have learnt its ok to let go and allow someone else to take over. Pride is not an issue and its nothing personal. My boss who used to video edit said he would give it a go. Here is the second version that was aired at the Girls Night Out event where more than 3,000 women showed up. Sitting in the back and watching this opening video, I was very proud of our team effort. It was neat to see this new personality the video had.
So which ever version you prefer, the goal was accomplished and the story was told.