In early 2013 the first episode of the Harvest film series was shot and released. It was designed to be a first-of-its-kind discipleship resource aimed at the current generation of college students who are strongly influenced by visual media. In addition to being available on social networking websites the film has been shown at Navigator weekly meetings on several campuses, in small group Bible studies, and even at summer training programs with over 100 students. Now, thanks to several generous donors, I’m excited to announce that filming for new episodes of Harvest resumed yesterday!
On February 3 I became the Director of Collegiate Communications for The Navigators. The collegiate mission has had communication specialists in the past, but this particular position is brand new. One of the things I love about this role is that I’ve been tasked with coming up with the vision for the Campus Navs website and its accompanying social media presence. The Campus Navs website is the national-level online home for The Navigators collegiate mission. I was recently asked by a Nav field staff to detail some of my ideas and hopes for this online presence. Today I would like to share some of my response to him with you.
I think what I love most about this video is I really don’t know any of these students. That sounds weird, but hear me out. That simple fact helps show that discipleship works. I didn’t directly influence any of these students (short of maybe a Nav Night message once or twice) but they’ve been trained up by students who my peers and I did impact. That’s exciting to me.
Thanks to Nastasia Humphries for creating another stellar video for the ministry.
On April 29 the first episode of the new Harvest Film Series was unveiled on harvestseries.tv. The film features Dave Wirgau teaching out of Isaiah 55 on the power of discipleship. It was made by the talented filmmakers at Frame, a Tallahassee-based production company headed up by my friends Bryan Zhang and Patrick Gines, graduates of the prestigious FSU Film School.
I want to tell you the full story behind the project by answering some of the most common questions I’ve been asked.
I’m very proud of the way these two videos turned out. Ever since I first learned that one of the Japanese students who interacted with the 2012 Summer Impact: Japan team was coming to Tallahassee I knew I had an incredible opportunity to capture something really special.
I’ve been the producer of several videos for Florida Navs but I’ve never been as involved with any of them as I was with this one. My director Peter LeVake and I spent hours discussing the story we wanted to tell. The film was edited by Bryan Zhang and colored by Patrick Gines, both of whom did a wonderful job.
The full version was shown at Ignite 2013 this past weekend. I was extremely proud as I watched from the sound booth. It’s an extremely satisfying feeling seeing something you’ve made be received by a live audience.