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!)

Airplane Props for the VBS Musical

If you were fortunate enough to attend the Nashville VBS Previews and see the children’s choir from The People’s Church in Franklin, TN, you would’ve seen these cute airplanes they added to the theme song! Several people have asked where the choir purchased these. The choir director ordered them a few years ago from Oriental Trading. They currently are out of stock or no longer carry them, but we’re thinking they just might make them available again if there are enough requests!

Official title and product number: “Amazing Airplane”  IN-61/9054.

Every year we get questions about “that program the kids presented” at the VBS Previews! You’ll find the musical printed in The Music Book (005404192) which sells for $5.99. This book contains the six VBS 2012 songs along with the written drama and production notes. Be sure to check it out!

Lights! Camera! Action!

We recently wrapped up the shooting of the VBS 2012 drama for the Worship Rally DVD. It was such a great experience. We had a wonderful group of kids to work with. They were so talented, and such great people to be with during a 10-hour work day!

VBS 2012 CAST

We got to shoot much of the video inside an old World War II bunker. I couldn’t believe how massive that place was. You could journey 300-400 feet into this underground labyrinth of tunnels with mysterious rooms and passageways. Lots of heavy metal (not heavy-metal) doors that screech when opened.

BUNKER EXTERIOR

I wondered what all had taken place inside that space over the years.

As interesting as the bunker was when we first walked in, it was a blank slate. Steve Fralick, a multi-tasking member of our video team and set designer extraordinaire, had shopped for vintage aviation and other items during the two or three months prior to the shoot. (He can find treasure where others see only junk.)

BUNKER INTERIOR

And once we were on location, we traveled to an egg farm and gathered a variety of worn-out and beat-up items—an old desk that had uneven legs to stand on, a rolling metal storage shelf that was rusted beyond use, broken pallets, old gas cans, and anything else that looked old.

I’m so excited about this video! I think the story is intriguing and tons of fun, and kids will like the mystery of the bunker. I can’t wait for you to see it!

More about the shoot in my next post!