Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Jesus: Your Best Life Now (Glen Scrivener, 2009)



  1. I owe the new title to you Dave. Thanks.

    And yes - any thoughts on improvements etc gratefully received. It's my first foray into video stuff.


  2. Not sure where to start in reaction to this. First of all, what is it? Is this a video or a Powerpoint with a soundtrack? What's the aim? If its meant to be a PP, then it needs some conceptual and visual clarification and development. Unfortunately my overwhelming impressions would be incomprehensible, unclear, complicated and ugly? Is that a bit too honest? It seems quite complicated to me. Perhaps guilty of misunderstanding the visual medium.

    I'm glad Glen is making videos, but this one isn't something I would use, recommend or watch again. That's my honest reaction.

  3. Probably not the best use of the medium which does raise some questions about how best to use the various media available today (this is no Nooma quality video), I'm interested in the point Glen is making. Perhaps message and medium are inseparable today and that raises some interesting questions.

  4. this is great. A creative way of making a very good point. Tom you're being a bit harsh I think - for a "first foray into video stuff" its a great start. I'm sure if he teamed up with a graphic designer, and perhaps got the duration down to 3-4 minutes this could be even better.

    I'll certainly be looking to work the main point into some of my teaching material for a salvation course I am preparing. Good work Glen & looking forward to some more.

  5. Ah well. I'm too cheap to buy actual software, so it has to be powerpoint I'm afraid. Unless someone knows how to properly do these things and wanted to collaborate...

  6. The message within the video was great, but it is evident that you are a writer.

    By that I mean that there was a lot of information in the video which wasn't absolutely necessary. In written form you can have asides and more detailed explanation, but in a video short like this what you really want to focus on is the central point.

    It's not a bad first try at all and I look forward to seeing more stuff, but I would say you desperately need to condense the material in the video. You also need to work on the pace, it was quite slow and plodding which made it hard to give it my full attention for the duration. A quicker pace with less information will produce a much better result.

  7. Less content and snappier would help.
    I say again though I message is great - and is one we really need to consider.

  8. I'm sure the message is good. Whatever it is, but this really isn't a problem with skills, it's a conceptual misunderstanding about communication and how video functions as part of that.

    Video media has certain natural limits to it, unless we are moving into the realm of conceptual art. And those rules and limits are being broken in this video, and would still be broken by a shorter one. Even teaming up with a graphic designer, and making it more succinct and shorter wouldn't work, because the concept just doesn't work right.

    It's the same as painting, unless you are incredibly talented, you need to study how others communicate effectively with the paintbrush, and slowly develop the skills and learn the rules of the media.

    Anyone with some real experience of making video would tell you exactly the same thing. There are different genres within video. Docs, news, drama, reality, lecture (bit clunky and doesn't work well, need a lot of cameras), commercial... etc, and there are general rules, but also genre rules. In the same way as you don't start a sermon off with singing a ditty, because it is against the rules, you have to respect the rules of video media.

    Glen, I'm sorry, I was a bit harsh at first, I'm glad that you are innovating, power to your arm pal. My concern is that I don't want you to waste your time doing something that is ineffective. If I were you I would decide what genre, or type of video you want to use, then look for the best examples of it.

  9. thanks Peter - absolutely, good advice.

    thanks Tom - any suggestions on good examples of animated teaching videos?

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