New Media Roundup

by / Tuesday, 01 January 2013 / Published in Blog

It's that time again! Time to take a look at our newest releases and happenings around the Sermon Gear World!

We've been very busy developing a top secret new product that will change the church media world as we know it. I know it sounds trite, but we're moving ground on a piece of software that has never been created, and will dramatically change the way people make church video announcements, countdowns, and worship backgrounds... oops, I think I've said too much.

Let's jump into the round up! Here are our top 5 new church media releases!

5. The Apple Collection

I recently created this collection to provide some assets for pastors to use in sermons about the Forbidden Fruit, and about good fruit growing on good trees. It features some pretty darn cool 3D animations that perfectly loop (no easy feat!), and has a ton of applications for Sunday morning.

View "The Apple Collection"

4. "Our King" Worship Launcher

This video is meant to serve as a pre-service video to play before worship. It's an animation style known as Kinetic Typography. Add a bunch of lens flares and bright music, and you've got a video to pump people up!


View "Our King Worship Launcher"

3. The BIG Question

We all love big things... but sometimes it can get out of hand. I created this video to be a tongue-in-cheek look at our obsession with big things, even within the church. It asks a simple but important question... Who are we building for?

View "The Big Question"

2. Visual Caffeine Countdown

PURE> VISUAL> SUGAR!!!! (No further explanation needed)

View "Visual Caffeine Countdown"

1. Angels Among Us

In what is perhaps our favorite work yet, "Angels Among Us" deals with several controversial and thought-provoking themes; angels, death, and finding proof to believe in God. Here are a couple easter eggs to watch out for and some behind the scenes goodies from the video:

-The "broken radiator steam" you hear is actually the sound of the steam from a train.

-The smoke from the car is actually a smoke bomb from a fireworks store. We only had one smoke bomb though, so we had 60 seconds to shoot that segment, so we shot it 4 times in VERY quick succession, until the smoke ran out.

-Although the script says that there wasn't "anyone for miles", we filmed on a college campus near the agricultural department. We had a fairly constant stream of cars, trucks and tractors to stop filming for... especially when it looked like the car was on fire with smoke.

-Both Dan (actor who played John) and Sam (Andy) have outside jobs as professional actors. In our case, we had about 2 hours to shoot this entire short film.

-To get the shot where the car runs over the camera... we literally ran over a camera. A scary moment no matter how you look at it. But I felt it was a shot worth risking a camera for.

View "Angels Among Us"

Thanks for reading, we'll see you on the next New Media Roundup!

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