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Andar [Walk]

My short film for 2013 – winning best director and best editing and visual effects in the Ignite Short Film Festival 2013.  It stars my son learning to walk and illustrates Jude 24.  There is both an English and a Spanish version.

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Page CXVI are offering all their music for free

You may have noticed that I like the music of Page CXVI.  First, it’s cool.  Their songs have a great feel, and there is enough variety to keep them interesting without getting boring.  Second, they often go really well with video, especially since they have made a lot of their music available as instrumental tracks (you may have noticed how I have used their tracks in my films Blindness and Centre).  Third, they’ve got some solid lyrics, and I love their reworking of hymns.

So you can understand how I couldn’t help posting about them again when they announced that this month they are offering ALL their music for FREE DOWNLOAD.  To make the most of this, go here.  And do make sure to thank them and share this offer with others – they want it spread. How extremely generous is that?!

They’ve also done some nice performance videos for some of their songs.  Here’s one:

 

*Edit 2 Aug 2013 – Page CXVI now do most of their music licensing through THE MUSIC BED, which can cost some money.  Though if you have a special request or particular circumstances, it’s worth sending the band an email at bookings@pagecxvi.com

The Illustration Project: please suggest additions

‘The Illustration Project’ comes from my dream to have good short videos that could be used for illustrating every Bible passage and theme.  Big dream, I know.  But in this community, perhaps we have at least some collective knowledge of different videos out there that we’ve found useful.  I’ve been posting some of the ones I’ve made or have come across.  But I really need your help.  Please let me know videos that you have found useful for illustrating a point or provoking thought, either by contacting me directly or leaving a comment on this post.  I will then turn it into a post and tag it appropriately so that it will be searchable on this site, as well as adding it to the appropriate menu under the illustration project.  In your suggestion, please:

1. either provide a link for where the video can be viewed on the web

2. or provide a link to where we can see more about it (eg. an imdb page)

3. “Illustrating:” – Suggest what Bible passages/themes it illustrates (as many as relevant)

4. “How to use it:” – Give an example of how you’ve used it or will use it or what setting it would be good for

5. “Permission for use:” – Show what kind of permission is given for use of the video (Vimeo makes you choose a license when you upload, so this is really helpful for knowing if you can use it) and any cost involved, if any (eg bluefishtv.com)

6. “Critique:” – Add some criticism: what do you like about it? what don’t you like about it?

You can copy and use this:

{video/link}

Illustrating:

How to use it:

Permission for use:

Critique:

Thanks for your help!  Let’s build this resource!

Lunchbox: Science

 

Illustrating: This video talks through the questions people have that science seeks to answer vs the questions that it doesn’t, and so how to think about science in relation to religion.  Rather than being opposed to each other, these questions show how science can complement religious beliefs.

How to use it: Provoke thought – it could be used before a talk on how science complements Christian belief, but I think it would be best used before a small group discussion or Q&A style event.  It could even be used before a talk on something like Genesis 1 as a way of highlighting that it might not be seeking to answer the science questions but the ‘why’ questions.

Permission for use: This was made by UCCF (the christian unions) in the UK.  Like the others in the Lunchbox series, they have made it available for download here so that you can use it in your ministry setting.  Do send them an email to let them know how you use it so they can be encouraged by how their resources are being used.

Critique: It’s a bit long, at 2min 59secs, meaning it’s not quite as punchy as it could be.  I like how it is structured such that it identifies clearly the types of questions by using similar shots.  The footage is generally pretty good too.

Centre

This is my most recent short film.  It’s currently a finalist in the Ignite Short Film Festival.  You can vote for it here, as well as watch the other 17 finalists.  They are all under five minutes, and all based on a Bible passage that features the word “hope”.  Well worth a look!  And of course, I’d love you to vote for mine :)

 

Don’t forget to vote

Lunchbox: Religion

Illustrating: A poem set to music accompanied by images and words, this animation asks questions about what it means to know God – How can we know God?  Do all religions lead to God?  The last line sums up it’s getting at: “Could all of these faiths hold some of the truth or is there just one way that I can know you?”

How to use it: Provoke thought – Use this video alongside a talk about how we can know God.  It would complement verses like John 17:3, Acts 4:12, and Hebrews 1:1-3.  The truth of the gospel is that we can know about God and actually know God personally because he has revealed himself in his Son, Jesus, and made it possible for us to draw near to him because of his death and resurrection.  Jesus is the problem to all of the world’s answers.

Permission for use: This was made by UCCF (the christian unions) in the UK.  Like the others in the Lunchbox series, they have made it available for download here so that you can use it in your ministry setting.  Do send them an email to let them know how you use it so they can be encouraged by how their resources are being used.

Critique: At 2min 39 secs, it’s just a little bit long for my liking, but only by a touch – certainly not too long to use.  The animation is good and complements the poem well and matches the rhythm of the music.

Lunchbox: Life

Illustrating: This vox pop gives a good range of people’s answers to what they think is the meaning of life.

How to use it: Provoke thought – Use this video alongside a talk about the meaning of life, which could cover many talks about what it means to be Christian.  I’ve used it alongside a talk on the rich man who comes to Jesus asking about how he can inherit eternal life, but who walks away sad because he is not willing to give up his wealth to follow Jesus (Mark 10:17-22).  Most people would be able to identify with at least one of the answers.  For me, the most striking answer is “I don’t think there’s any meaning to life, is there?”, because in the end I don’t think anyone really believes this – the way they live their lives shows otherwise.

Permission for use: This was made by UCCF (the christian unions) in the UK.  Like others in the Lunchbox series, they have made it available for download here so that you can use it in your ministry setting.

Critique: There are some creative shots and the editing is quite good – it sits at a nice 1min 22secs.  The sound and video quality could be a bit better, but this doesn’t distract from the point of the video.

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