2015 has been shaping up to be a wonderful year already. However, one particular weekend will stand out above the rest. At the end of January we received the opportunity to do the live cast of First Baptist of Thomasville’s Disciple Now (D-Now). S&L provided the lighting and effects, and teamed up with the church to create the entire stage. I cannot say enough about what a wonderful job they did and how great they are to work with.
For us at Life Bridge, it was an entirely new challenge. The current generation is fed so much media, so much hype, that going to church can sometimes be described as going to a rock concert. From the very beginning Drew, the youth pastor, and I had discussed we did not want to just entertain these young adults. Instead we wanted to engage them. My favorite part of being a filmmaker is trying to make an impact on someones life through this art form.
Typically on opening night an interactive video would play that would be a fun way to get the kids paying attention. This year we all took a very different approach. Our new friend Ryan, who played a large part in the stage design, had come up with this wonderful concept for a video that incorporated what they had already created on the stage. Our theme was “Follower” so they were using white and red arrows. So we decided to make a black-and-white piece where the only ounce of color were the red arrows.
I could write a very long list of all the things that went wrong that week and that were beyond our control. But none of it matters. How we pulled off the shots, doesn’t matter. What cameras we used, doesn’t matter. Who the actors were, doesn’t matter. What matters is we were able to make a positive impact.
I challenge you, don’t stand around idly. Everything you do, or don’t do, matters to someone. So let’s be constructive in all things. You don’t have to be rich, you don’t have to be an expert in a trade, you just have to be a friend to someone who needs it.