“They’re Addicts, Andrew! Woohoo!”
Karen had spun around in her chair and gave an audible full blown southern whoop. Now that might seem strange, and it may seem completely inappropriate, but this is a music video we’re talking about.
We had our first day of filming on August 30. We were primarily filming the bulk of “VICTORY” which is really a fun song and (will be) a really fun video. The first part of our day was spent recording Cardboard Testimonies. Perhaps you’ve seen this used in churches or nonprofits before — where someone’s story is told in about two sentences. Well, we had encountered some really amazing individuals throughout the day with a variety of testimonies. At one point a couple was randomly walking by the room whom Karen mistook for someone else. They came in and we started talking to them, and before you knew it, they were on camera. It was really amazing hearing their story about overcoming some pretty strong addictions for the sake of their marriage and family. It’s amazing to me what God can do in our lives when we seek His help.
The other highlight for me (it’s a bit of an odd thing to say “highlight”) was meeting a young man named Alex. He had actually been shot point blank in the head and survived! Unbelievable. He has some big challenges, but was really funny and very excited to help be part of our video.
After we wrapped at our first location, we went and filmed in downtown Jacksonville. Karen and several of her friends agreed to have a staged girls night out and let us film it. Yeah, nothing weird about 3 guys filming a cackle of women laughing and running around downtown Jacksonville. The shoot had some weather issues, but overall, it was quite fun and got us ready for Day 2, which would be featuring a really talented hip hop and breakdancer named Jameek Barnes. We’ll blog about him later though, because that guy is just amazing and really fun to be around. He deserves his own blog.
In filming there is 90 percent preparation and then 10 percent execution. Maybe 10 percent post production too which takes us to 110 percent, which is about right in Hollywood accounting worlds. What I mean is that you spend a long time getting ready, but there are so many variables you can never truly prepare for so some of the best filming is when you’re with a team of dedicated professionals who thinking on their feet and improvising create environments and visuals that astound you. We’ve got that team on this project, you’ll just have to come to the concert to see what we’ve done and will do.
Thanks for reading,
Enjoy the Adventure!