Have you ever watched an animated character and wondered what the actor attached to that voice looked like when they were recording it? Check out this video of the voice talent behind Wonder and Palette, our wonderful hosts of Elevate Jr. They’re recording some special Christmas content for Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders! You’ll also see some of the early animations that go along with this voiceover.
Ever wonder what it looks like when we put up a set for an Elevate shoot? Check out this video of our largest setup ever! We’ve condensed about 14 hours of volunteer work into two minutes. Can you spot any Elevate characters?
I am so looking forward to our first full Elevate Christmas series! We’ve had several questions about how we are going to use this eight week series here at FC. Since we don’t want the kids to get tired of Christmas before we ever get there (if that is even possible), we are going to start Professor Playtime the first weekend in December. We’ll use four weeks of the series this year and then the other four weeks of the series next year. If you would like to do the same, it will be helpful for you to know that all of the lessons stand alone (i.e. no lesson depends on another lesson to make sense) so you can pick any four you would like to show this year!
Keep your eyes on my blog for upcoming sneak peaks. I really think you are going to love this series! It’s going to be a lot of fun!
Here at Elevate HQ we are immersed in Christmas! We have Christmas decor, Christmas stories, and lots of Christmas music as we prepare for our most ambitious series yet: Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders! Check out this behind the scenes video of one of the Christmas songs we’re working on, Deck the Halls.
Can you really complain about a job where you get to make paper airplanes? I can’t! Here we’re testing an activity for an upcoming Elevate Family series (now ElevateAtHome.com). The point? We need to hang around friends who will help us make wise decisions and keep our lives soaring for God.
We get to make paper airplanes and teach families about God, all at the same time! How great is that?! Guess who’s plane went the farthest? All those years sitting in the back pews making paper airplanes out of church bulletins finally paid off!
I learned early on in ministry that keeping my office in great shape is a huge help in forming positive thoughts in people’s minds about me and the Children’s Ministry at Fellowship Church.
I want people, when they walk into my office, to think of me as someone who desires, and will even demand, excellence. If they walk into my office and go “WOW!!” (instead of “…ohhh my”) they will make an assumption about how I want things to run in this ministry.
You can talk all you want, but nothing speaks louder than the environment you call your home away from home. Remember, your office speaks for you…even when you’re not in it!
So the question is…What does your office say about you?
This is an iPhone video of our songwriter, Ryan McMackin, playing a new Elevate Jr. song during a deadline meeting for our next series, Dojo. After hearing it, I decided we should shorten the song by 15 seconds and change the “play, play, play” lines to lyrics about learning. Can’t wait to hear the final version!
To develop Elevate, Elevate Jr., and the new Elevate Family products there are three major departments:
Pre-production (brainstorming the series, writing the series)
Production (filming, art construction, animation)
Post production (editing, scoring, DVD production)
Each series begins here…the Deadline Meeting. It’s here that all the departments come together and work out all the kinks of doing what we do in just 8 weeks. Basically, in a nutshell, the agenda for the meeting is “who needs what and when?”
Currently we are in pre-production of “City Streets – The Musical”. Yes, I did say musical. This will be the most ambitious series yet. We’ve got some very talented High School kids who will be playing the leads…which makes for some interesting shoot times in the studio (all in the evening after sports and school). Should be lots of fun!