It’s not about how great something looks but about the life breathed in to it.
When I was new at editing videos my only concern was to make it look cool, but when I viewed it, I knew something was missing. I was trying to make all my videos look like everyone elses. I later learned what made my work different was my perspective. You may see the sunset, but I see you watching it.
Since joining Instagram, I realized this more. I want people who follow me to have an experience of seeing the world through my eyes. At first I had no idea how to use this platform. Those I asked for advise told me I was over thinking it. I saw so many people using it for different things, famous people seem to use it to remind their fans they are alive and still good-looking. But for my little world of 100 people who follow me, I decided I wanted them to see the beauty in the small details of life. To remember its small moments that make the big moments.
When creating something new, I ask myself these questions…
-How do I want people to feel when they view my work?
-What do I want them to think about?
There should be a message behind every creative thing you do. Even annoying advertisements know their point.
So no matter if you’re creating a video, taking a photo or writing, keep in mind how powerful your view of the world is. Because no one see things quite like you.
I received an email today with a few questions about what to do when you wanna go to film school but can’t afford it. Yes, I know this question too well since I asked myself it a few times. I’m on the journey as well so I answer this question from my personal experience.
I had no idea what I was stepping in to. I applied for the job only because I had no where else to go. I questioned God often, “Why am I back here in San Bernardino? There is nothing good here!” I saw it as a place of broken dreams.
He soon began to open my eyes and made His way to my heart. The ironic thing was that I hated my city but my new church loved it. I couldn’t understand why.
When I moved in to the video department God began to show me why He brought me back. I was at The Rock to learn, to work, and to observe.
I started to see it was people that my church loved. And I was one of them.
My church is indeed a light in dark city. I see it as a place of hope, a place that restores the broken and saves the lost.
I thought I was there to make videos but as always, God had a bigger plan.
Tomorrow will be my last day and its going to be sad. I will miss the little details about my day, walking in the break room making jokes with my co-workers, having surprise creative meetings in the lady’s room.
Pastor Deborah, who is the most courageous woman I know, wrote me a letter that melted my heart. To think, she believes in me. That alone makes me tear.
If you are a creative person, you know how often people look at your strange. If you are a dreamer, then you really get that look. You are the outcast, you are the odd ball.. but here at The Rock.. they looked at me with belief in their eyes and with confidence. Their look reminded me that, “All things are possible.”
I want to share with you the card that Pastor Deborah gave me.
The card it’s self is a list.
Ten simple things to remember:
1. Love is why you are here.
2. The most important day is today.
3. If you always do your best, you will have no regret.
4. In spite of your best effort, some things are out of your control.
5. Things always look better tomorrow.
6. Sometimes a wrong turn will bring you to exactly the right place.
7. Sometimes when you think the answer is “no”, it’s “not yet.”
8. True friends share your joys, see the best in you, and support you through your challenges.
9. God and your parents and we, will always love you.
10. For all your accomplishments, nothing will bring you more happiness than the love you find.
And it’s so true.
Though I am moving forward in my career, the love that I found here at The Rock is what I will remember most. It was a job that gave me room to grow, had confidence in my creativity, taught me patience, taught me leadership, management, taught me how to communicate to people. It taught me everything I couldn’t have learned at a school or in a book but it was experience.
Though the road for me up ahead is unclear, I can trust in God because when I thought I was on the shelf and that I wasn’t being used anymore. God placed me at The Rock and gave me a purpose. And I know once again God will place me in a good place. Where I can once again grow more, impact more, teach more, and do more.
So I encourage everyone, no matter where you are at, it’s not forever, so appreciate it while it last.
The Rock Church and World Outreach Center is located in San Bernardino, Ca with over 24,000 members and fed over half a million people in 2011. Last year, over 12,000 people dedicated their life to Christ at The Rock.
Finally I completed my demo reel. Creating a demo reel has been a goal of mine for years. It’s interesting to see all of my best work in a video that isn’t even a minute long. So many years, hours and days put in to creating the visual effects and stories.
I am very fortunate to get paid to do what I love and what I believe in. Most of these projects were created for The Rock Church and some of them my personal work.
You see 5 frame clips but I remember the battle of each video along with their victories.
The creative meetings for Easter started in March at church. As I looked for video examples to show the worship pastor I came across this beautiful credit intro on vimeo. It was modern and the style of music would be different for an Easter video. I showed it to the creative meeting and waited for their responds. After the video played I added, “Lets tell what happened at the Cross in a poetry spoken word form with abstract images displaying God’s powerful nature.” The creative team and pastor gave me thumbs up to try it.
Beth, who also edits with me arranged a guy from church to re-create the music and Erica, who is a song writer, to write a poem. When I finally got to creating the video, I sat at my desk not knowing how I was going to make this video. After Effects can be complex and I knew it was going to take some focus and time. Each 4 seconds was taking me 4 hours to create. I prayed and asked God for help.
When the video was complete, I showed the worship pastor and he was a little unsure how it was going to fit in. There was a chance it wasn’t going to get played. The day before Easter weekend it was time for the head pastor of The Rock, Pastor Jim to watch it. We set up the main auditorium so he could get the full effect. After it played I walked in the auditorium and sat down.
Pastor Jim looked at me and said, “I went a pastors conferences and someone had written a letter to that pastor saying they were going to leave the church because of the music and they said ‘God is not in that type of music’, the letter was written in the 1800’s about Amazing Grace. I was hoping we would have something alternative, lets play it.” I went back to my desk thinking about what my pastor told me.
I am part of an amazing generation. It’s true what God spoke to my heart when I was 18 years old, “you were born for such a time as this.”(Esther 4:14). I love how the church is embracing creativity and using it to bring God’s glory to a new generation. I know God has given me a gift and I’m so glad the church allows me to use it to play a role in reaching lives.
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.