This past summer has been the busiest summer of my life. The Heritage Foundation offers a paid internship practically on the steps of the Capitol in Washington. With an only 14% acceptance rate and hundreds of applicants, I wasn’t sure what would become of my resume and application.
After my interview with Heritage’s VP of Communications Rob Bluey for my journalism class (which you can read here if you missed it), I received an acceptance email from Rob and an offer to join him for the summer at Heritage.
I said yes.
Since then, I’ve been working every day to help Heritage’s multimedia news outlet, The Daily Signal, produce conservative videos and Facebook Lives for their website and social media pages.
My first project was editing a promotional for Heritage Action’s Sentinel Summit, which required me to learn Adobe Premiere within a week’s time. And yes, I loved every minute.
Several people have asked me how I put together my Scripture For Life chapel challenge video (If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here!) So I thought I might take the night alone in my room to write a basic tutorial explaining how I made the animations using just Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X.
I started out with the idea. My roommate suggested doing an animation versus a live-action video because I wouldn’t have to feel bad about collecting the prize scholarship when so many actors would have helped with the project. With a cartoon made completely from my computer, I would have done the entire video myself.
The first thing to do was come up with a verse I’d like to center my video around. That was easy, since my college verses are Isaiah 41:10,13. I liked the visual image I got when I read the verses, since it specifically talks about the God of the universe holding our right hand and leading us along through our life’s trials.
President Shoemaker of Pensacola Christian College challenged the students to take a Bible verse that meant a lot to them and express it in some creative way for an upcoming contest (the winner got the rest of their tuition paid for). This could either be a form of artwork, photography, music, speeches, writing, or video.
I jumped on it.
I put in twelve hours of work in Final Cut Pro (because I didn’t have access to Adobe After Effects) to create a text-based cartoon. I’ve seen the style everywhere in popular videos and wanted to try one for myself.
(Winners to be announced next week)
UPDATED 3/13/17: Although submissions remained closed, President Shoemaker extended the contest for another week to allow more time to showcase exceptional entries. He invited nearly twelve more finalists to the platform today, including us nine from last week, to showcase their work and pick the final winners from that group.
Because Shoemaker loved the entries so much, he chose four winners to receive the scholarship, one from each kind of category: art, writing, music, and graphic design/video. I and three other finalists were picked to be the winners out of over 700 entries.
Each summer, the teen group at Fairfax Baptist Temple battle each other with their Teen Crusade, a three night event where the teenagers are split into two teams and try to beat each other in games and competitions to earn points. This year’s theme was based on the Marvel movie, Civil War, with the two teams being Iron Man and Captain America.
I made this minute highlight for the church’s website to promote the event and the teen group.
Fairfax Baptist Temple’s annual Teen Crusade is one of the biggest hypes of the summer for the young people. Each year the teens are separated two two teams, represented by two colors, and compete against each other for three nights in the summer by playing games, doing competitions, and cheering the loudest.
This summer’s theme was Civil War, the team colors being blue and red to represent Captain America vs. Iron Man. The youth minister, Gary Boyd, preached about the spiritual war waging in every Christian’s life and orchestrated each game and competition for the week. This year, Captain America emerged victorious in the quest to become champion in the civil war.
Aunt Cheryl Dyck asked us cousins to do a sort of talent show for Grandma Dyck’s birthday (#HarveysGotTalent; #HarveyIdol). Since neither Caleb, Connor, or I have any clue as to how to make banging on a piano sound good, we decided to go with one of our more familiar skills: movie making.
Journey is the most plotted film since Kingdom’s Edge, and is filmed in over four state and national parks, including the Dakota Badlands and Mount Rushmore.
Filmed on location at Fairfax, Virginia, Minot, North Dakota, South Dakota Badlands, North Dakota Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Harvey, North Dakota, and Custer State Park, South Dakota.