Video Bloopers!

I love to watch bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage from movies and television shows. Did you know you can see this type of footage on the VBS 2012 Worship Rally DVD Set? Back in the day when we actually shot the video on tape, we would end up with lots of bad takes and extra footage we couldn’t use in the actual drama. Much of it would end up in our bloopers. In today’s digital age, most of those extras simply get wiped off the video card.

Tim Cox

So, coming up with bloopers has become more challenging for our video editor, Tim Cox.

The bloopers always show up in our “Credits” section of the DVD. Here are some fun things to know as you watch the bloopers for this year’s video:

• The guys had to spin that propeller probably 70 times or more before the plane started.

• Michael Kennedy who played the part of our “ground crew chief” is the owner of the fabulous plane we used.

• You’ll see Bill Cox, our video director, hiking up Waimea Canyon. That was a hard . . . let me emphasize . . . HARD hike! We had passed the “End of Trail” sign before we began that descent into the canyon! There’s always a moment every year when I ask myself, “What am I doing here?” Hiking up this canyon was that moment for me in this particular shoot.

Those are just some fun tidbits to know as you watch the credits this year. Enjoy!

Report from Silver Dollar City

We’ve completed our week of shooting at Silver Dollar City. Thunderstorms had been predicted for the entire week. Thankfully, we were blessed with beautiful weather every day! It was even cool in the mornings, which was a big help to us.

When we’re going to be traveling with actors and parents, there’s always the curiosity (okay, I’ll be honest—there’s CONCERN!) as to how things will go. The airfare from Nashville to Branson was much too expensive, so we had a nine-hour drive with strangers! Thankfully, we had a great time with Alec Taylor and his mom, Tracie, and with Vance McCarty. Not only were they great actors, they were great traveling buddies as well! Norman Harris from Memphis, met us in Branson. We worked with Norman on Big Apple Adventure, and I was really looking forward to working with him again.

Here are a few photos from the shoot. I won’t divulge what’s happening in the shots. You’ll have to watch the VBS 2013 Worship Rally DVD to find out!

Two of the three main characters: Norman (in the chicken suit) and Alec

That’s Vance, who played the role of “video director,” with Chloe. She was a star!

Discussing the next scene. That’s Bill Cox, our director, in the center.

Now what in the world could this be about?!

We’ll complete the production next week in Nashville. Praying for a great finish!

Shooting at Silver Dollar City®

I’m so glad that I finally can tell you we’ll be shooting a portion of the VBS 2013 Worship Rally DVD at Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Missouri! They have been absolutely wonderful to work with, making everything as easy as possible for our team! When Bill Cox, the video director, and I made the first call to ask if they would consider our shooting there, one of the comments they made really impressed me: “We want you to know you have a partner in Christian ministry.” Wow! We had not heard that from any other theme park! We knew right away we wanted to find a way to make their location work for us.

Did you see the blog I posted April 18, shortly after we visited our “secret” location? I included two photos as clues, but they were only portions of photos so it would be challenging to determine where we were!

This first photo is part of the building that houses one of their great roller coasters, “WildFire.” I honestly think it may be the best roller coaster I’ve ever ridden! WildFire will be known as “Vaporizer 3000″ in our video. Be on the lookout for it!

This second photo is the bumper that’s on the front of WildFire.

We leave in just a few days to begin production there. I would truly appreciate your prayers for good weather, safe travel, and good health! Thanks!

Video Pre-production

Can you believe we already are in pre-production mode for the VBS 2013 Worship Rally DVD?! Most of you haven’t even seen the 2012 video yet (though I’m confident you will take a look)! One of the fun, but challenging parts of the pre-production process is finding the right location for the story. Is it within driving distance from Nashville? If not, how will we assemble our cast? If we’ll be driving, how many vehicles will be required? What will gas cost us? Yikes!

I can’t wait to tell you about the location we’ve chosen for the VBS 2013 video! The few of us who went on the site survey to this location left there saying, “We want to find a way to work with this place.” We were so impressed with their management team. I was excited when we began to develop our story and discovered that it, indeed, will work at this particular site!

The VBS 2013 theme will be revealed on June 4! Until then, any guesses from these pictures as to where we’ll be shooting? (I did try to make the guessing difficult! Hey, it’s supposed to be a secret until June 4!)