Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is a two-day, world-class leadership event experienced by ore than 170,000 leaders around the world. They recently launched their #GLSnext app, a tool to experience the Summit year-round. I produced the app’s video trailer. Two days after the apps release, it trended #1 on the Apple App store! Uber came in a distant second!
In August 2014 I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua with Compassion International and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey – to see faith in action! Compassion International is one of the most effective child sponsorship programs in the world, partnering with local churches to provide food, health care, education, and Christian community for millions of children. While in Nicaragua, I produced a series of documentary videos for Compassion. We captured visits to Compassion project sites, told the stories of successful Compassion alumni, met with children still in need, and followed Mark and Roma as they met the child that they sponsor, Orlando. Here’s just one video example from the series, directed by William Moffitt. Mark and Roma, perhaps best known for the hit TV mini-series “The Bible” and the movie Son of God, are using their influence in the Kingdom to see 20,000 children sponsored over the next 20 months through Compassion.
FRAMES is an annual book and DVD series where complex social issues are addressed by experts in shorter, digestible bits of information. Sponsored by Zondervan and researchers the Barna Group, I partnered with Dot&Cross, Josh Franer, and J. Oxford Studios to produce the DVD series, which will be available January 2014. Here’s the trailer!
Thanks to David Messner and the folks at The Wonder Grove, I had the opportunity to produce this fun little promo for the 2013 All Access Conference. Allowed me to collaborate with writer/director Robert G. Lee for the first time in many years! Special shout out to B.A.D.D. (The Bel Air Drama Department) for lending their acting talents to the project:
Alongside Dot&Cross, I produced a documentary in Spring 2012 about young Christians and their estrangement from the Church. The project is an in-depth exploration of why young people leave Christianity, designed as an opportunity to truly listen to and learn from their stories. Based on Barna Group researcher David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me, the project features six individuals, each with an unique story and perspective on the Church. The documentary is now available through Baker Books. Here’s the trailer:
The Disability & The Gospel project was a fun opportunity for me to collaborate with childhood friends Jon Marshall and Josh Dennis (of Crossway Books), helping to promote a book by Michael S. Beates. This was also my first opportunity to work with the ever-talented director Josh Franer. The book explores key Bible passages on brokenness and disability to develop helpful principles for believers and churches, teaching them first to embrace their own brokenness and then to embrace those who are more physically and visibly broken. The video was shot at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, CA. For those reality TV junkies out there you might recognize this space as the church where Heidi & Spencer got married from “The Hills.”
The Redwoods Project is a cinematic exploration of the great Redwood trees — the tallest living organisms on earth. The short film features Shane Farmer, teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. In the film, Shane eloquently draws on the strength of the Redwoods as a metaphor for community. As he explains, the Redwoods draw their strength not from the depth of their roots, but from their interconnectedness to one another. I produced the film with Jesse Oxford as director. For four days, in late December 2011, we shot in and around various state parks in Northern California — Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (also in Big Sur), Garrapata State Park (near Carmel), and Big Basin State Park (near San Francisco). Our crew was LA-based, which made for a fun road trip (Andersen’s Pea Soup, anyone?)! Shane and Jesse flew in from Chicago. Project also features Christopher Min. Project is designed for small group curriculum at Willow Creek.
The Issachar Initiative is a new organization that was birthed out of the 2010 Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. It exists to challenge church leaders to mobilize resources around those places in the world that are physically and spiritually impoverished. My Chicago friend, Jesse Oxford, was asked to write and direct Issachar’s first ever promotional film. I came on board to produce all of the live action scenes, which required building five unique sets, a 10 person crew, and casting 20 actors. In two days of shooting at Pollution Studios downtown LA, we traveled from Nepal to North Korea to Africa and more. The motion graphics and VFX were finishing back in Chicago. We delivered the final product in January 2012, and the video can be seen below, and on the Issachar website.
The One Campaign sponsored a Sunday at churches across the USA to raise awareness on global poverty. They asked me and my talented friend, Jesse Oxford, to design a worship moment through video that would 1) offer hope and 2) be accessible across denominations. This is what we came up with!