Community Group sketch video

This was an INCREDIBLY fun project as well as a huge learning experience. This project was for a message series all about living life in Biblical community. Our Community Group director wanted something unique and compelling to use as an intro video for the series and had suggested this type of “sketch” video.

The process:

First, our Community Group director set up a meeting for me (the sketcher), the videographer and the voice over. If I remember correctly, the director had already written up a rough draft script and from there, we started “storyboarding” the video. This helped me figure out where we were going with the script, what we wanted to turn into visual elements, and what type of “special effects” we wanted to try (such as tearing the paper, making the car move, etc). This allowed us to figure out the flow of the video as well as the placement of certain elements.

Second, I was tasked with figuring out exactly what the sketches would look like prior to filming. (No, I’m not good enough to just spontaneously sketch without a plan!) Then, I lightly sketched each of those drawings on each of the pages.

Third, it was time to film! Or, I should more accurately say, “shoot photos!” I say that because our videographer figured out that the easiest way to make the video speed through the sketches was to take still frame photographs about every 3-4 seconds. I wish I would have taken a photo of the “behind the scenes” of this project because it was quite interesting. I knelt behind he desk with my arm stretched out over the sketchbook (but couldn’t lean in too far because my head would show), the video studio lights were on to give it just the right light (and it was HOT in there!) and the DSLR camera was hanging over my head on a tripod (shooting down towards the desk). Our videographer would start the camera and I would start drawing. The camera would shoot approximately 30 frames (every 3-4 seconds) before it would stop so we had to listen for the shooting to stop and I would freeze exactly where I was. The videographer would hit the start button again and we’d proceed with the drawing. This continued until I finished the entire video of sketches. **

Lastly, our videographer then took all of those still frames and I believe she used a feature in Photoshop that seamed the photos together to create a fluid “film.” I am guessing she also brought it into AfterEffect to make a few adjustments as well.

**You’ve got a one time shot to make this work of you’ve got to start all over again. I speak from experience. I actually misspelled a word and had to go back and quickly re-sketch the entire video and do it again. And…now that I’m thinking about it…I think I messed up the second time as well. I almost ran out of paper in my notebook, but…third times the charm. 🙂

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