Coming Fall, 2016: The (Anti) Pope Video
Okay, just a working title. The Bear is sure we can come up with something less Bearish.
The Bear does have a little experience in amateur video production. And we have a title for our production company. There are just a few things we need to add, like a message, quality video and still photos of all kinds (especially demonstrating the woodland's commitment to diversity) that are not owned by anyone, plus royalty free music. (The Bear is sure we could do as well as the Enya synth used in the Pope Videos, even with Garage Band.)
Other than that, we're pretty much good to go.
A priority is visuals of people of all ethnicities, both men and women, gazing into the camera while looking a bit depressed, then a bit happier. Must have both. We could also use videos or stills of Catholic churches, people reverently praying, and the like. These clips do not need to be long at all. A few seconds.
Unfortunately, iPhone videos are probably not going to do well, but the Bear will work on this problem. There's nothing wrong with a guerrilla filmmaking vibe. However, we are going to need woodland creatures with camcorders to get them out of the closet and remember how to use them. Realistically, unlike the Pope, we are not going to have thousands of dollars of 4k video from a stock footage company. So, we'll make do.
The basic message: The Catholic Church used to be awesome. Now where is the Church? Why are there so many strange new ideas? (Pope Francis.) What's wrong? Solution: it's all still here, but you're just not hearing about it. Anyway, those are my thoughts. Just priming the creative pump here.
Anything is better than nothing. It's all in the editing.
The more people who contribute, the better chance we have of pulling this off. Use your imagination. Let's shoot for at least thirty minutes total, to edit down to three. But don't do anything before checking with the Bear, who, as executive producer, needs to make sure you have your release forms, etc.
VERY IMPORTANT: Do NOT video anyone without having them sign a release form obtained from the Bear. All submissions must be accompanied by a scanned copy of the release form or they can't be used. The only exceptions are videos in which the person is unidentifiable (e.g. from the back, or tight shot of hands holding a rosary), or people in a crowd. Sorry if this seems complicated, but the Bear would prefer not getting sued somewhere down the road. Let's keep it professional where we can.
Besides video, anyone with a Mac and iMovie would be a welcome collaborator. We need basic storyboard work from creative people. Eventually (if we actually get a finished product we're happy with) we will need someone to handle publicity.
The Bear is envisioning a three-part video. In the first, people are happy. Maybe some old family pictures of people in churches in the 40's or 50's. In lieu of videos we can always Ken Burns the photos, but we really need videos. Shoot yourself sadly making a sandwich, or with your donkey, whatever. Then, the music changes to something menacing under a montage of Pope Francis, and people look sad. After that, the music changes and people look happy doing real Catholic stuff.
Just watch the Pope Videos to get the feel of the types of video we need, only imagine they were Catholic.
Email the Bear at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in participating in this historic event. Please be specific about what you are able and willing to contribute.
P.S. Since the Bear is not the Jesuits, he cannot afford to pay $300 for 15 seconds of an old lady saying a rosary from Shutterstock. But if someone can get grandma to submit to a tight shot of her hands with a rosary for 10 seconds, bingo! That's the kind of thing the Bear is talking about.