Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Walk on the Water

Today some of the youth group and I worked on a video for Pilgrimage.  Pilgrimage is a conference held in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Over 6000 youth and mentors attend every year to hear speakers, bands, and youth who share their stories with everyone.  Youth groups are invited to put together a dance, skit, or video to perform or have shown at the event.  Only a few of these are selected each year and we are trying to be one. 
We choose the song “Walk on the Water” by Britt Nichole.  We shoot a lot of stuff at the church and worked hard on planning out the script for the video.  We shoot two main scenes at the church and then we had to make a decision.  We really wanted to add a part about walking on water but we couldn’t figure out what to do.  One of our co workers at the church has a pool so we decided to try and use it to film our walking on water part of the video.
We went to her house and put a table in the pool.  At first the table floated but after sitting and pushing on it we were able to get it to sink. One of the youth and I got into the pool to help hold the table down.  Realizing very quickly that the table was too short for the pool and that we wouldn’t look like a person was walking on water, it fact it would look like they were sinking.  We had to come up with a new plan, so we added another table on top of the first table.  It turned out not to be a not very stable situation.  We ultimately decided to stack blocks up in two stacks and then we had to move them so that people could walk all the way across the pool.  It worked very well and we were able to get four people across the pool. 
Owen and I spent two hours in the pool holding the tables and blocks still while the others walked safely across.  Chesson and Danielle worked very hard on the storyline and ideas for the video.  Daniel, Ian, and Ben were all parts of the video.  Ian at the last minute stepped in to fill a major role in the video.  Daniel was comic relief especially after we had the earthquake today.  Ben is also a comedian, but we can be very serious also which are great qualities.  Bailey and Casey also helped us at church today which really helped us get some great shots. 
I am really proud of them all.  They gave up one of their last days of vacation to help film a video for church.  Their commitment to the church, the youth group, and to me is amazing and wonderful.  I am so thankful for each of them and what they bring to the table.  Together we were able to walk on water today.  We could of never done it alone, but by working together and believing that Jesus is with us in everything we do, we were able to get as close to replicating the miracle of Jesus walking on water as we would ever be able too.  I am blessed to have these youth in my life!  Thank you!
Shout out to Denise and Tim for letting us use your pool!  It helped us to beast this video! 

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