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This is the first part of a multi-part series. Read Part 2 Here. You can read Part 3 here.

This week, I am wrapping up a sermon series graphics and video package for Tabernacle. The series starts this Sunday, February 5th, so I’ve gotta get this thing finished. It’s pretty close.

Why Blocks?

We want to make our Groups and LifeGroups a big priority in 2017. As a staff, we have been refining our Groups and LifeGroups strategy for a few years. The groups we currently do have are going very well, but we want the groups to not only grow but to have their four main purposes in mind when the meet: Transformation, Multiplication, Care, and Service.

Before I was involved in the sermon planning process, our pastor had already established that he wanted the imagery to be LEGOs. Immediately, I knew I wanted to have fun on social media. I thought it would be perfect for some of the staff, or at least the pastor, to do a Lego Challenge… that is… walk on legos on video. We filmed the video last week and made it a promotional video to show that Sunday.

The Promo Video / The Lego Walk

We wanted this to be attention grabbing. We also wanted it to be informative. So I set to work trying to make something dramatic. I set up a scene in our KidsTown Worship area on their stage. I pulled a rug from a classroom to put the legos on.

The Setup and Equipment

I used a 2 point light setup, using my trusty iKan Corp Mylo LED panels. The primary camera was a 7D with a 24-105/4L on a tripod. My second camera was a 70D with the little EFS 24/2.8 STM pancake lens on a DJI Ronin M Gimbal. Audio was the wireless Rode Filmmaker Kit.

I pressed record and filmed myself pouring Legos on the rug.

My pastor is a pro when it comes to video. He might be scrambling for words in the middle of the video, but he always seems to pull it off well and quickly. He sat down and in 2 takes had a 2-minute promo video recorded. I used the second setup to record b-roll…both handheld and remote controlled from the gimbal. In about an hour, I had the video filmed and edited… Now, I just needed a logo.

I wrestled with a few different directions. In the end, I decided I AT LEAST needed the main graphic. We print banners, large art pieces, and bulletins using the main graphic. So, no matter what I did for our bumper video, I needed to have a series graphic (still) pronto. I hurriedly slapped a lego base together and spent a portion of the next day building the word “BLOCKS.” I slapped it onto the end of the video and came up with this:

With the promo video complete and the main graphic set, I needed to come up with a bumper video (the video that plays as a transition from the music to speaking). More on that in my next post.