The dramatic story of AJ Bussey tells his home life in Los Angelis leading through denying God, and restoration in Oklahoma City. He is now a Youth Pastor in Elevate Church Moore, Oklahoma.
Filmed by the Creative Team at Elevate Church.
Directed, Edited Peter Friedlander
Camera Joshua M Hein
Other Ricky Pope, Steven Earp, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College
Show Date 12-1-12
Behind the Scenes
The pastor of Elevate church in Moore, Oklahoma came to me a few weeks ago with ideas of showing a few video testimonies of individuals of what their life was like before and after Christ transformed their lives showing all throughout December.
With just a few months in attendance this was my first video project that I had a chance to come on board and help with the production.
We filmed Wednesday night, youth night, a week and a half from the Sunday in which it was showing.
Joshua and I arrived at the auditorium in the collage, setup lights and cameras then hunted down AJ who was somewhere on the collage grounds.
I had somewhat an idea of what I wanted the final video to look like but it was only when we caught up with AJ and I began to talk and find out more about him then the rest of the visual ideas came in mind.
At the end of the interview I asked him what are five words to describe the way that your life was life before and after Christ.
When in edit, listening to the audio, it seemed to a shame to put these blunt words without some sort of visual representation.
I started out with plain titles, white text over black background. I watched it and thought it looked dull. I then pulled the entire sequence into After Effects and used the same titles but compiled them over the video in the first scene where AJ was using these words.
I added a shattered glass texture and loved it so much I created the ending words as well. Originally I had these words slightly moving in space as if to float in the auditorium seats but looked unsettling.
Inspired by the typography in ["Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word - Ministry Videos" http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=FMBEFJNU], I decided to go back into After Effects and make the impactful sentences of his speech come to life. Once everything was animated I added sound effects, glitches and flares. Mostly drones and wind sped up or slowed down ranging from two frames to half a second in length. I was going to skip out on the music to make it more calm and surreal but eventually put it in.
What I normaly have to do with some video projects is paint out unnecessary objects. Whether it be a open door, someone with their back towards the camera in the background, microphones or just whoops, we didnt know THAT was in the frame!. Here is a short behind the scenes on special effects