Each summer at New Life Church, we dig into the Word of God using movies as visual representations of biblical principles during. This summer sermon series — Big Screen — is one of our favorites. The full process of brainstorming → filming → post production → weekend services at some point will include every member of our Creative team.
About two to three months out from our first video shoot, the project starts with the brainstorming phase. An email is sent out to our Creative team asking for movie nominations. Suggestions will need to include the movie trailer, film synopsis, and thoughts on possible teaching themes.
After the nominations are gathered, our Creative directors pitch the ideas to Pastor Rick and ask if he has any movie recommendations. When the movie list is narrowed down, we begin building a film proposal. Included in the proposal are these central questions, and Creative’s suggestions to them:
- What messages will be pre-recorded and which will be live in service
- What clips from the movies will we include in the message?
- Where will we film?
After movies for the series are approved, our team begins the process of location scouting. We film one of the pre-recorded messages at a long-distance location, and the other at a local location in Arkansas.
This year, we could not wait to discover and create scenes that matched the look and feel of Creed and The Martian. If you’re interested in learning more about finding and booking locations, check out our blog post from last year: Scouting for Big Screen.
Once locations are booked and permits are approved, a document is put together by the project manager that includes details on our film crew, equipment, shoot schedule, and any props that are needed on set.
Lights, cameras, and…. action!
Creed was filmed at two locations in Conway, Arkansas. We turned The Brick Room into Adrian’s restaurant, and styled Gillespie Boxing gym to match the in-the-ring environment. #PropsToThePropsTeam
To recreate the scenery of life on Mars, The Martian was filmed outside of Las Vegas, at Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Pastor Rick loved conquering his fear of heights for the Big Screen series! #CrtvGoesToMars
We had a ton of fun locating places that looked similar to these movies! The scenery we found was absolutely breathtaking, but our time together as a team was even more valuable. And we have loved sharing this series with our church this year.