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A conversation-starter for Christmas, this fun 3-minute animation explores miracles and leads into the virgin birth story.
A conversation-starter for Christmas, this fun 3-minute animation explores miracles and leads into the virgin birth story.
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Overview:

The miraculous (immaculate) conception of Jesus is the miracle at the heart of the nativity story. But it’s hard to believe – even Joseph decides (before seeing an angel) to abandon Mary. This fun new 3½-minute animation is designed to get people thinking broadly about miracles (that they are good things we might want to happen), before honing in on the virgin conception story and arguing that it’s included in the Bible because it’s important.

What’s it for?

  • 1. Use this as an introduction to any Christmas event or talk about the Christmas story.
  • 2. Use it to reach people online. As it’s just a question-opener, I’m planning to make some content to go with it online that provides an online audience a bit more to explore after watching it.

Script & Storyboard:

The storyboard is done and the script is pretty much finalised.  And here is a preview of the opening:

I’ve also put together a preview of the full video, based on the storyboards:

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS A DRAFT. It is a sketch to give you an idea of the shape of the project. You have to imagine: a painstakingly performed voiceover, awesome illustrations and music to carry it all through. (For a better idea of the finished quality, check out Someone is Coming below.)

My last project:

Back in 2013, I successfully Kickstarted a Christmas animation, looking at the nativity story as part of the bigger Bible story. Have a look here:

 Creative Team:

I am a member of Magdalen Road Church in Oxford, UK. Previously I have worked as Media Producer for UCCF (IFES movement in the UK) and produced my own video projects. Find out more about me at: https://plungepool.uk/about/jonathan-greenaway/ Here is a collection of some of my best video work:

 

Elisa is a freelance illustrator working in Bristol. She graduated from Falmouth University with a First Class Hons degree in Illustration in 2013. See more of Elisa’s work here: http://elisacunningham.com/

 

Timeline:

Online launch: Thursday 1st December 2016

Some work is already underway on this project to get it launched online at the start of advent. I am aiming to finish the edit on the 25th November, so it may be available to Kickstarter backers a little earlier (I’ll keep you updated as the project progresses.)

The Budget:

  • 1. The Basic Budget is £2500. This is how much is minimally required to make the video. It means the illustrator gets paid, there’ll be a decent soundtrack and a margin for admin, Kickstarter fees and rewards.
  • 2. The ‘Reach Further’ budget is £3000. Good content is more worthwhile when more people see it. Though there’s lots of free ways to get exposure, pushing some advertising on social media and selected websites will make this project reach further.
  • 3. The full cost budget is £5000. This also includes paying Jonathan for writing, producing, animating and publishing everything. A project like this is typically 2 months full-time work for me and includes a lot more than the animating itself.

Risks and challenges

1. Delays to production could be caused by illness or other unforeseen events. There is a little buffer time in place to allow for this. And I hope to have the video available to Kickstarter backers early. I will remember to wear my cycling helmet while pootling around.

2. Unexpected overheads. I’ve allowed more than usual for a soundtrack, but I haven’t yet found something that works and it will be challenging because of the style of the script. I will probably end up commissioning something for the project. I do have emergency reserves in case things get more expensive.

I am a pretty safe pair of hands and I’ll work as hard as I can to make sure the project is delivered on time.

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    Christmas Postcard

    I'll send you a limited-edition, handwritten Christmas postcard, with artwork from the video.

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    Video Download

    Download the video as soon as it's available to screen at your Christmas events.

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    Church Event Pack

    The video comes bundled with some digital assets to plop into your powerpoints.
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    Bumper pack

    Be generous - with the bumper pack you get a little more of everything. Pass the video on to two friends and more flying camels!!!

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    For your support, you get a bit of everything!

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    Get a sponsor credit on the website and other bits and pieces.

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