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I made this music video for MERGE to help present the house rules in a way that would be entertaining and most importantly memorable for the two thousand teenagers and early 20-somethings that come through there every 1st and 3rd Friday. The talent are volunteers and leaders from the ministry, and the song was written and produced by Eazzy Green, also a regular attendee. Production notes are below the video. Let me know what you think!

I shot this on a Panasonic HVX at 24fps and edited with Final Cut Pro 7 and Apple Motion 4. I missed a major detail on the camera settings the first time around, causing the first day of shooting to be recorded in slow motion. I was able to salvage most of the footage by speeding it up or converting it from 24 frames per second to 29.97 in post. I also realized that not using the Advanced Pulldown to remove duplicate frames on FCP’s log and transfer window allowed me to sync the scratch audio with the music track much easier. The lighting on the green screen and talent required more clean-up in post than desired, but it’s certainly better than 90% of the low-budget green screening I’ve seen online. Lighting was done with gear from CTV, and consisted of some Lowel Riva soft boxes and Lowel Tota broad lights with umbrellas.