Here’s a quick behind-the-scenes video that I took when on the set of Elevate’s Altitude Jr. series video shoot this week. Many of you have asked me “Where does Elevate shoot it’s videos?” My answer: “Right here at Fellowship Church”. In this video, you can tell our sets are printed and contain a few added 3D elements. You can also see the teleprompter for “Switch”, the puppet (“Bivvy”, the human girl character, memorized her lines, the puppet on the other hand…well, he can be very demanding.) You can also see the number of cameras we use and the directors table, with our director for this Jr. series, Sam Johnson.
This shoot has been a lot of fun and we can’t wait to share Altitude with you and the kids in your ministry! Check out our ElevateAtChurch Facebook page for more behind-the-scenes pictures and updates of this upcoming series!
It is true that we have used stop motion animation several times before, but this video is the first time that we have used this type of animation in a music video!
Our children’s worship leader and Elevate music producer, Ryan McMackin, saw the Coldplay music video for their song “Strawberry Swing” and liked how the style of video opened up the door for so many creative ideas that couldn’t be done in a normal music video format. He wanted to see what Elevate could do with this approach, and he decided it would be the best venue to tell a story in the next music video.
Ryan’s vision behind the new video came in a spurt of creativity: “At the time, I was working on Now & Forever, about how Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and how He’s our Savior both now and forever. When writing the song I was thinking about the journey that we go on as Christ-followers and all the amazing things God has for our lives. There are many unexpected, and sometimes fantastical, stops along the way. But no matter the circumstances, He always provides.”
Stop motion animation was the perfect choice to display a simple storyline with as many imaginative elements as possible. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! To download the full music video for your kids, go to ElevateAtHome.com/music. To use the video at your church, you can order the series The Game Show: Big Questions now available on ElevateAtChurch.com!
Elevate is expanding its global reach with our curriculum in Spanish and French! I am excited to announce that after 4 months of the translation process, the Elevate Kids Entourage series premiered in French and Spanish. Entourage Kids is a movie themed series that teaches kids how to be the right kind of friend.
The journey of translating our curriculum started when Dr. Claude Thomas from C3Global asked what it would take to give Elevate to orphanages in Haiti. C3Global, Fellowship Church and many other churches partnered together after the Haiti Earthquake to provide food and supplies to over 50 orphanages, but we also wanted these kids to hear the life-changing message of Jesus.
A few conversations started among our staff and we started researching companies who would have the resources and desire to partner with us in this non-profit endeavor. We partnered with a company called Transperfect, an international multilingual translation and interpreting service. After months of praying and brainstorming, we decided to start translating into French and Spanish. And the process began!
Though it started as a simple prayer for the kids in Haiti, our prayer now is that children all around the world will hear about Jesus in their language, and learn how to apply the Bible to their daily lives in their own culture.
We are proud to announce Peak 5 of the Elevate Curriculum! Each series in Peak 5 will be released in Elevate Jr. for ages 3-6 and Elevate Kids for ages 6-12.
See if you can guess the themes of each series featured in the map above!
We have some exciting things coming in our two newest series, Under The Big Top and Under The Big Top Jr. Each series will focus on some of the Bible’s most interesting characters. Check out the shots below of our time at the circus!
Happy New Year, everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile… Does anyone else have a problem with time going by too fast?
Over the holidays we have been in production of our new Elevate series “Allaso Ranch”. I am really excited about this series and I look forward to it accomplishing great things here at FC and around the world. The theme for Allaso Ranch is summer camp and each lesson is about growing closer to God.
One of the greatest things about camp is the fun that you have and the friendships that you make. Knowing this, we wanted to write a song for this series that would communicate just how great camp is and how awesome the friendships are that happen there. The song is called “Do It All Over Again” and I’m really excited about the way it turned out. Take a look…
Each week of Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders we will unwrap a different Bible verse natural slimming pills. Actually, it will unwrap itself! Check out the stop motion animation used to showcase the Bible verses in this series!
Just for fun, each week Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders will include stars racing to the top of a tree! The animation, created using After Effects, will take us up through the branches, over ornaments and around lights. Who will win, Red or Yellow?
We tried to pull just a little bit of this Professor Playtime skit to show you, but every part is just too much fun to cut! So… we decided to share an entire skit. This skit is part of a lesson on patience. It has a toy shop, princesses, talking candy, a warrior riding a giraffe, and an astronaut with issues. So really, you need to see the whole thing! Enjoy!
I love Christmas music! It gets me in the holiday spirit and brings back so many wonderful memories from my childhood. In fact music is one of the first things many people think of when they think about Christmas. Because music is such an essential part of Christmas, we decided that Professor Playtime needed more music than the typical Elevate series.
We wanted to stick to the classic Christmas carols that so many of us grew up with, but there was a challenge that we faced. The melodies of most Christmas songs are difficult to sing, especially for kids. So we began a tightrope walking process of staying true to the original song while making the melody easier for kids to sing along to. We love how they turned out! This series includes Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High, Jingle Bells, and Silent Night. Check out our version of Angels We Have Heard on High!