Church of the King’s 2016 VBS
Daily Story Video Package
For the 2016 VBS at Church of the King the theme was Everest and a mountain climbing race. A team of racers would be the main actors on stage. They also needed some more video elements that would play on the church’s screens to help tie it all together. They had specific criteria for the video as listed below.
It had to:
Introduce the main point for the day
Recap a little of what happened the previous day
Segway to the animated bible story
Have the bible story be engaging and not boring
They really wanted it to:
Be based off a video that they referenced from another VBS package
Have a computer/hologram interface for the actor to interact with
Show a full body of the actor in the environment
Race Coordinator Game Plan
Each day the race coordinator would be at a different check point along the race course up the side of the mountain. Obviously living in Louisiana there are no mountains to film so green screen was the natural next step. The other constraint I had was there was only one day to film all five of the scripts which meant we really didn’t have time to do various lighting changes to match each of the backgrounds along the race course. I suggested a studio or mobile control room be the location for the actor and we could change the scenery that was outside the window to match where she was at for each checkpoint.
Live Action Race Coordinator
They were fairly open to whatever style I came up with for the virtual set. I searched for some images to use as reference to talk through with them and help narrow it down.
I grabbed images with a few different looks, including the traditional TV studio, a newsroom, and a control room. After we talked it through, we came up with a design that’s a little like something from a Coast Guard Cutter and a control room.
Before I even started filming the talent on the green screen it was important to build the 3D set so that I knew where to put my colored effects lights.
Race Logo & On Screen Graphics
After reading through the scripts for the five days I realized that I needed not only on screen graphics of a map showing where each of the teams were on the mountain, but also an overall logo for the race and a lower thirds graphic for the name of the race coordinator. I originally came up with the idea of doing a trophy like the Stanley Cup for the logo. I even grabbed 3D elements and put one together.
The trophy looked good, but I had a hard time getting the name of the race added into the design. I went back to the drawing board and started doing some google searching to try and find some inspiration for the design. I tracked down these reference images.
From there I worked on building elements and pieced together these logo option and ultimately landed on the large version pictured on the left.
Once the project coordinator approved the look I took that and built the lower third based on the final design of the logo.
For the on screen graphics I originally wanted to have a full 3D holographic design with a 3D map inside a cylinder. I didn’t really get to the full nitty gritty of design and creation until after I had shot the green screen footage. My time frame was getting short. I had a package of pre-built UI frames and icons that I decided to use. I had already downloaded and merged a 3D model of Mount Everest from google maps via Google SketchUp.
Bible Story Animations
With the Bible stories that went along with the skit of the mountain climbers on stage, the important part was driving home the main thought for each day. At the same time I was still a one man band producing all of this content so I came up with the 3D comic book idea.
The Bible Story Game Plan
For this part I didn’t have time to do a lot of animation, but I still wanted something to help give it some production quality and to push myself a little bit creatively. Prior to this I had seen a commercial for a cell phone company and pulled inspiration from that as well as the story style of a children’s PBS show called Super Why. So instead of doing a whiteboard style animation I pitched back this concept.
This was a monumental amount of work. In the end seeing how well all of the videos played together with the actors on stage and how the kids responded to it all made it worth while.