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Merry Christmas!

-Dan

I began the journey on "YHWH" six months ago when I came across a YouTube video of a poet from the UK named Sh'maya performing a piece of spoken word. There was something about the poem that grabbed me, it was majestic yet authentic and raw, and I felt God leading me to pursue this poem as my next project. I contacted the poet, Sh'maya, and told him I'd love to turn his poem into an animated short film. After alleviating some of the natural concerns an artist has when handing their creation over to another artist, he was in. I was excited. He was excited. And then everything proceeded to fall apart.


Every animator I offered the project to said that they absolutely loved the poem but couldn't take on such a huge project. Understandably. The four minute thesaurus-exploding poem would be a massive undertaking that neither I nor any other animator could take on by themselves. I quickly hit a dead end with a project. I had never abandoned a project mid-production but it looked like this would be the first.

I continually brought the project before the Lord asking why He would lead me into a project only to have it disintegrate in front of me. This continued for three months. It was my desert, my wilderness. But eventually God brought me through to the other side with two gentle leadings: the first was that the project wasn’t meant to be a solo-project it was meant to be a collaboration, the second was that the project would be a free resource. Both presented issues for me because first off, I didn’t have a roster of animators standing by to help. Secondly, I had already made a financial investment in the project from music licenses to studio fees for the poet to record the voice over and the project would require more investment before it was finished, not to mention the amount of hours the project would require that would take me away from other projects. It didn’t seem wise or even possible. But I’ve learned (through much reluctant heel dragging) that when the Lord leads, He also provides.

I sent some emails to a couple of animators that I knew because we belong to the same church media/visual arts circles. Surprisingly they were all down to tackle the project as a collaboration. With a new sense of hope I started dividing up the poem into sections. I ended up with 12 sections and had a handful of animators confirmed for the project. Since I didn’t have any other artists to reach out to I asked the other guys if they had any animator-friends that would be interested in joining the project. Within a few days I was already hearing back that more animators were interested in joining the team. One new addition would refer me to his friend who would refer me to his friend--I was in disbelief as a daisy chain of artists joined the team. Within a few weeks all twelve spots had been filled with veterans in the field of animation/compositing with an unbelievable list of credits.

I gave the animators very loose guidelines for how to handle the visuals, I wanted each section to be an expression of that artist: their style and tastes as well as a reflection of their walk with God. The only real guideline I gave was to avoid any overt religious imagery. The poem had a beautiful way of communicating the gospel in a gentle and non-preachy way and I wanted the visuals to do the same. I wanted to make a piece of art that would carry its message far beyond the church walls.

After two months of working independently on the animation we put our clips together and found that the results were absolutely captivating. Each clip had a unique voice but they wove together so seamlessly that it felt as if it was all planned out (which it no doubt was, just not by us).

 “YHWH” is a film that I pray moves heart towards Jesus. I hope that it starts conversations between friends and families this holiday season about the One who we have all been seeking.

Watch it, share it, and join me in praying that God uses it in a powerful way this holiday season.

For more info on the project visit YHWHproject.org


-Dan

 
There is a King above all kings, a King behind all kings, and the greatest earthly kings are but dim reflections of the True King. This Christmas let's celebrate the coming of the King!
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Jesus's presence is constant and available but it must be sought out. This was true for the shepherds and wisemen and it's true for us today. Through his Holy Spirit he draws near to those who draw near to him and he promises that those who seek will find him.

Includes 12 stills (JPEG and Layered PSDs), 4 motion backgrounds, and a five-minute countdown at no extra charge!
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Over the past few months God has been stoking a fire in me to do a project based on Revelation 5. It's an incredible moment at the end of history in which every person, angel, and creature in God's creation worships Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain. This is heaven's anthem that will be sung for all of eternity.

This mini-movie can be used as a part of a worship service as a way to point people towards this ultimate reality that is coming when every person is going to proclaim the name of Jesus. We have the opportunity to live into that reality here and now.
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Release Schedule
You may have noticed it's been rather quiet on the site for a few months now. Part of the reason is due to my family relocating across the country so my wife can pursue her PhD in Linguistics, and the other factor has been that the production timelines for some of my projects have gotten pushed back in order to give them some extra polish, because after all, if it's worth saying then it's worth taking the extra time to say it right (I think a wise tree told me that).

So the site is going to have a slew of new videos posted in the next three months and I thought I'd share the release schedule and a little info about each project. 

Heaven's Anthem - Nov 3

A paraphrase of one of my favorite passages in scripture, Revelation 5, in which all of creation worships Jesus. This will be a perfect element to use at the start of worship to point people towards the moment when every creature "in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea and all that is in them" worships the lamb. We can live into that reality right here, right now!

Seek - Late Nov

We celebrate God's presence on earth at Christmas time but when Jesus was born the people that experienced his presence were those who were willing to seek it out. This video is an exhortation to seek after God during the Christmas season because He has promised that those who seek after Him will find Him.

The King Is Come - Late Nov

A Christmas video that celebrates the birth of Jesus as the return of the king. He is the true king who came to bring an end to the reign of sin and death and establish a new kingdom on earth. "There is no shelter from the king, but there is shelter in the king."

YHWH - Dec 1

This project started out with a simple vision: to turn a beautiful poem into an animated video. God had much bigger plans for this project and has turned it into something I could never have dreamed. 11 uniquely gifted animators and myself have come together to bring this poem to life. These animators have credits that include work on Game of Thrones, Tron, Pacific Rim, World War Z and more. But I saved the best part for last, this video will be a free resource to help you and your church share the gospel with your community during the Christmas season!

Firstfruits - Early January

I was reading a book called "The Blessed Life" and God opened my eyes to how I could truly honor God through my giving (turns out I was doing it wrong!). The concept of firstfruits is referenced throughout the Bible but I had never heard it explained in a practial way before. This video is my way of explaining the concept of firstfruits in a beautiful, applicable, and compelling way. The concept of putting God first goes far beyond our finances, it's about putting God first in every aspect of our lives.
Me & My Zombie
Earlier this year I wrote an article, that ended up being more of a confessional, about a conflict that all artists in ministry experience. I wanted to share it here in the hopes that God might speak through my story.

There's a temptation for those of us in ministry to give the appearance that we've got our act together and that we are completely selfless servants for Christ. But often appearances are deceiving. Here's my story.
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