In late 2015 our creative team met with pastoral leadership to discuss upcoming sermon series for 2016. One of the ones that got me most excited was called “No Excuses.” In our creative time we planned to shoot 6 comedic videos that show cased excuses that Christians give when talking about why they don’t share their faith. They had to be short, and they had to be funny.
2016 turned into a very busy year for video production at the church. Including the weekly video announcements, 2 video creators were tasked with completing 36 video projects in just under 3 months. A difficult task no matter what sort of videos are required. A short film project is a whole extra level of complication. after meeting about the workload, and planning an aggressive production schedule, we decided to go ahead with the series as planned.
Here’s the series broken down by the numbers:
-6 two-minute short films used as sermon bumpers.
-2 couples with limited acting experience playing the characters.
-4 days of shooting on a very small budget: We bought a few props.
-2 weeks after the first day of shooting the first film was shown.
-9 weeks total for production and post for all six short films.
-12 other video projects completed during the same 9 weeks.
Obviously, that’s an insane schedule, but I wanted very much to keep it. I felt that sing humor to broach the subject of reasons why people don’t share their faith was the right approach. And I just like filmmaking. It’s incredible that I can sometimes do it as a part of my job. The fact that we were able to complete these projects is largely due to a lot of pre production and planning. Nothing ever goes according to plan, but that work paid off, as it always does.
Watch the entire series below:
Excuses #1: The only people I know are Christians.
Excuses #2: I’m not qualified.
Excuse #3: I don’t want to push my faith on other people.
Excuse #4: People might make fun of me.
Excuses #5: I’m too busy.
Excuse #6: I’ve tried it before and it didn’t work.