Route 66 … Rylie’s Story

October 1 was such a traumatic day in the life of our city and our church. Even as the month’s pass it still impacts us. There is always a delicate tension between moving forward too fast and revisiting it too often. Our strategy has been… as it applies, we deal with it.

As we kicked off our 2018 new years series “More Than Happy”, working through the book of Philippians, we realized that the story of one of our own was so poignant to the truth of enduring.  Rylie Golgart, 19 years old, was shot that evening at the concert. Her story is one of heroics, perseverance, and just raw emotion.

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Combining video (which allowed us to tell the dramatic details of that evening) with Rylie’s presence live on stage was the right combination. We did not want her to have to relive all of the details life on stage or take everyone else back through that. Rather we pointed the interview towards hope and restoration. She did a great job!

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Keep it Simple for Maximum Impact

As we started 2018, we kicked off a new 8 week series in the book of Philippians.  And as we did so we wanted to make impact through simplicity.  Part of the need for simplicity came from the fact that this service arrived on the heels of multiple Christmas services with over 10,000 people in attendance.  The turnaround back into creative process required something with impact, but from elements we already had in play.
After some discussion decided to create a moment just after communion with the song “Do It Again” – at the point when the song builds at the bridge toward the end.  We thought a spoken word would work well in that section of the song while the band slowly drove the dynamics of the song to a crescendo in keeping with the build and close of the spoken word.  Two people from our team combined thoughts that were in keeping with our passage this week in Philippians with some words from Steven Furtick.
Here’s the final version of the spoken word:

No he has never failed me yet

In Christ I put my confidence, and because He is near

There will be no place for failure or fear

When I look back on every trial I faced, I see the trail of love he traced

He’s never left things a mess before, only beauty from ashes and I see it more and more. 

In this New year the only failure that needs to be feared is the enemy’s 

I will resist his lies, as he tries so hard to deceive me

but with God by my side we WILL retrieve all that the enemy has tried to steal from me, kill in me, and destroy around me

Though he might try to convince me that my past holds failures that will cast a shadow on my future, 

I will resist those lies with the truth that I am more than a conqueror through him who loves me

That Jesus has already won, that his promise still stands as does his faithfulness

And so great is his faithfulnesss

Greater than my fear, Greater than my failures

It overcame death and the grave 

When the world thought he was dead and gone, 

He raised to life and brought me along

Theres no need to be afraid, failure won’t get in my way because what God started in me… He will finish

 

See the video here:

 

 

Learnings:

  1. Keeping things simple can often bring maximum impact.
  2. Small tweaks in your current programming may be all you need.
  3. Find the seam in service where you can thread the heart element.

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Doors, Doors, Doors…

As part of our Open Doors series, we wanted to provide a kickoff visual that would then thread through the entire series. The image was obvious…a door. But in order to do this well, we needed the door to be amazing. And we did just that.

Here was the complete concept.

  1. Find a workshop and have a door built that we could film through the process.
  2. Shoot what we call a “nooma inspired” piece that will incorporate some keys thoughts about the power of doors in our lives in the midst of that context.
  3. Keep the door prominent both on stage and throughout different creative elements of the series. We had already brainstormed some future ideas that would thread the door in the series.

So we began to execute:

  • Started with a great sample of the door. Here’s what became our inspiration:

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  • Script was written and then edited. We had decided to introduce the song “Glimmer in the Dust” alongside this element so our script needed to reflect some of the thoughts from the lyrics to tie them together. We were aware of this both in the content and in the completed video edit.
  • We secured an incredible craftsman in our church who also had a workshop that would be our video location. We actually asked him to build two identical doors that we would use later. This was great because it allowed him to build the door you will see in the video prior to our shoot and then be working on the second door. Sort of like a cooking show. We had the completed recipe even as we were “cooking” up the final piece.
  • We shot in about 5 hours on a warm day. The area was a bit confining and we were located on a busy street so audio was a challenge. We ended up having to shut the garage door (more heat) in order to get great audio.

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  • We were pleased with the final edit. Combined with the song, it was powerful in the room and set up our communicator well.

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Here  is the complete element including the song :

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Order of Service:

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Set Change… LED’s for Days

As we head into fall we wanted to make a shift in our set change. However, everyone was still a fan of the LED tape look we were using to great effect in our present set. So we set out to find a way to still incorporate while shifting our look. After some “napkin sketches” and hallway conversations, we came up with a concept. At that point we handed it off to a key volunteer who is a stage carpenter by trade. He is a great help in taking our ideas, tweaking them to actually work, adding details, and designing how the install will happen.

This is our original concept

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Here are the “Built to” drawings that he sent.

(Note that the rear projection panels are now lifted off the ground. Originally we had wanted them to sit on the stage. However, he convinced us to raise them 3 feet which would allow for less shadows and added the horizontal led bars across the bottom)

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From these drawings we gathered material and started the prework.  The week prior some of our volunteer crew spent three days building the panels. They were constructed out of 2×4, wrapped in black plastic and then tightly wrapped with white, reflective muslin. Prepping these prior made the week of install MUCH easier. That’s a learning for us – as much pre work as can happen on stage installs…do it.

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Key Concept: One of the ways to make your budget work and still have a compelling environment is to retask and reallocate. So we took the LED bars from our previous set (rebar and LED tape) and deconstructed them from the arrays. They were then rehung in a different configuration. New look. Old LED’s.

The entire install took three days. We tweaked as we went along and added the horizontal LED bars on the front of our keys and drum risers. We are happy with the look and it give us some flexibility with the screens. We actually are going to leave this for Christmas and just add back in some string Christmas trees we used a few years ago that will compliment it well. No need for a new set !

Here’s some pics of the final product:

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Men Who Lounge: Videos in 100 degrees

Inspiration comes from a variety of places.

As we were having conversations around our summer “Giants” series bumper package, the idea flew onto the table to use the Sonic Drive Thru commercials as a jumping off point. Our version, however, would take place on top of a roof vs. in the drive through of a fast food joint.

We had 8 weeks to cover so our crack writing team went to work shaping facts about our biblical giants into “comical” 1 minute spoofs. It would be a big challenge for our team to execute as it involved:

1. Major amounts of prop gathering
2. Shooting on a roof top in the middle of the summer
3. Working with two pastors/actors who would have to be familiar enough with the material to pull it off.
4. We were shooting all 8 … at one time.

For our team, this was a welcome challenge. Every team needs those ongoing moments where it is “all hands on deck” for a big project that is more than we should probably be taking on, but feel compelled to do so. This was that exact thing.

On the day of the shoot – we prayed for cloud cover and went for it. The result was a great series of videos that kept the enthusiasm going for the entirety of the series. We were pleased with the result even with our amateur acting talent.

Enjoy!

 

Choose One, Change One Summer Emphasis

Each summer in the midst of vacations and travel, we intentionally try to bring attention in a specific direction so that the summer becomes a momentum gain. In the past we have emphasized the arts each weekend. This year we felt the need to put some energy and effort behind our local ministry partners.  Our theme is “Choose One, Change One” with the idea being each individual choosing one organization with the hopes of changing at least one life.

Each weekend a specific organization is focused on through various means (video highlights, life story, or live interview).  Throughout our campus, the organization is then featured and individuals are encouraged to find a way to volunteer with them.

On our first week we choose to kick off the series with a mash up of Titanium and Don’t Let Me Down. This was partly inspired by the State Farm commercials currently playing that emphasize getting involved. Michelle Shepherd, our music director, did an incredible job with the song as we scaled it back to just her and a keyboard.

Enjoy.

Introducing a New Tune…Creatively

Anytime you introduce a new song…it can be tricky. You’re never sure whether it will resonate with people or actually work as executed. We were inspired to try and be preemptive as we rolled out the new worship tune, “Worthy of your Name” by Passion.  To do this, we began by shooting a music video out on location that we were able to roll out onto our social media pages.  The hope was that people would become familiar with the song as they watched via FB and then be familiar when done live.  One of our worship leaders, Matt Biel took on the task. This involved:

  1. Prerecording a published ready version of the song
  2. Putting together a band for the shoot
  3. Shooting on location (we choose Red Rock Canyon for this particular song)
  4. Edit video and get it out through our various channels

Here is the preemptive music video shot by David Cowan, our Arts and Media Pastor:

Here is the song as done during our weekend. We added a “song story” to the beginning as a means for Matt to introduce the song and its content.

In the future, we will use this roll out on occasion to introduce new songs. We were happy with the process and the final product.