Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Marriage Proposal with Puppets

December 16, 2010

An old friend from high school brought this video to my attention via Facebook.  Apparently it’s a marriage proposal video that was made with puppets and then screened at a movie theater the couple was attending in order to actually pop the question.  Further proof that people love puppets!


Amazing Christmas Lights from an Aspiring Children’s Pastor

December 8, 2010

If you’ve been following this blog you may remember that a few months ago One Way Street’s own Todd Liebenow was featured on the very first episode of the Children’s Ministry Live podcast.  This podcast is produced by a college student who want to be a children’s pastor.  He is trying to learn as much as he can about children’s ministry, so he interviews “experts” and shares the interviews with all of us in podcast form.  It was a lot of fun to be a part of the podcast!

Well, it turns out that an interesting side note about this young man is that his family’s home is decorated each Christmas with a huge light display, complete with a soundtrack and computers running the show.  He’s shared a video of this year’s display online…so enjoy!  Whatever church ends up hiring this young man one day should make decorating the church for Christmas one of his job responsibilities.

Maddux Lights – Wizards in Winter from Joshua on Vimeo.

Teaching the Bible with Bandz

October 14, 2010

Are your kids going crazy for Silly Bandz?  If the kids in your children’s church are like the kids in mine, then they come to church each Sunday with a collection of these strange rubber bands on their arms.  They come in all sorts of shapes, from animals to symbols to cartoon characters.  Kids love to collect and trade them.  With all the great shapes that are available, there are hundreds of opportunities for sharing biblical object lessons based on the bands.

We’ve been working hard on this great new book which gives over 25 object lessons that can be used with “bandz.”  It’s available for order now, or you can even download the book directly to your computer.

You can order here: Teaching the Bible with Bandz

You can also view a sample object lesson here: David and Goliath

Zappos Puppet Commercials

August 11, 2010

Zappos is a favorite online store of mine since it is one of the few places I can get red Converse high tops in my size.  They’ve recently released a new series of commercials that use puppets.  I think these commercials are worth the puppet ministry community taking a look at.  There’s nothing flashy with them when it comes to the puppetry.  To be honest, the performances wouldn’t score real high in the “lip-synch” category at a puppet festival.  But the concept is so simple and the puppets really help draw the audience in.

Of course, I love this one since it has a little puppet humor in it.

Improv Invitational – The Alphabet Game

July 27, 2010

Here’s a brief taste of the Improv Invitational at I-Fest 2010.  A bunch of talented puppeteers from our teaching staff took part in this event.  This particular game features Dave Privett and Branden Treu improvising a scene in which they tell the story of Gideon.  However, they must start each of their lines with a certain letter, slowly working their way through the alphabet.  The video was shot from quite a distance, so it’s hard to see the little rod puppets they used, but you’ll still enjoy the humor as well as the fact that they actually managed to tell part of the story.

How to Stimulate the Creative Process

June 22, 2010

It’s only a minute and 46 seconds long…but this little video is quite insightful in providing a few simple techniques to help your creativity.

Your friend…the Eraser

June 21, 2010

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to draw.  That’s one of my drawings to the left.  I don’t know a lot about art, but I know enough to know that from a technical standpoint I’m really not very good.  I have trouble with things like foreshortening, and I never seem to be able to get hands to look right.  Still, I enjoy drawing, even when the end result doesn’t match what’s in my mind’s eye.

I used to always doodle with a pen.  I thought the ink looked better on the page, but it also meant that anything I drew was final.  I couldn’t go back and change what I didn’t like.  A few years ago I was reading a book on drawing when a simple statement set me straight…”Don’t be afraid to erase.”  Now I’m a pencil fan!  And the most important feature of a pencil for me is the quality of the eraser.

Part of being creative is allowing things to come out of your mind that you will most likely want to go back and erase later.  I know I’m not always good about that.  I put too much pressure on myself to come up with a great idea for a children’s church lesson or puppet performance that is brilliant right out of the shoot.  But that almost never happens.  I need to let all the ideas out… erase the bad ones… and improve on the good ones.  That’s what  a cartoonist does.  Have you ever looked at some of your DVD’s of Disney animated movies and seen the rough drawings of the animation?  Some of those sequences look like a big mess of scribbles in their rough form.  The artists keep all the lines that look like Mickey Mouse and erase all the ones that don’t.

So when you’re trying to be creative…don’t be afraid to erase!

Prop Idea

June 14, 2010

I ran across this video over the weekend and I started thinking…somebody could turn this idea into a cool blacklight puppet prop.  It would be complicated to make but it has potential.

Creativity and George McFly

June 7, 2010

Remember “Back to the Future?”  If you do, let’s face it, you’re old.  The 25th anniversary of the film’s release is coming up in just a few weeks.  I was watching the movie with my kids the other night and a certain scene grabbed my attention, even though I’ve seen the movie dozens of times before.

This is the scene where Marty McFly (played by Michael J Fox) is talking with his future father in 1955.  He asks what George is writing and he explains that they’re science-fiction stories.  Marty is shocked.  “I never knew you did anything creative,” he exclaims.  Now remember, this is his own father, yet he never knew he had a creative side.  When Marty asks to read them, George refuses.  He never lets anyone read his stories because he doesn’t think he could handle the rejection if the reader didn’t like them.

There are a lot of creative people in the world, but there are a lot more George McFlys…the people who are creative but never share it with anyone.  What’s that children’s ministry idea that you haven’t shared with anyone?  What’s that awesome puppet skit that’s still locked up in you brain because you don’t think you could handle the rejection?

Well this is me saying, “Hello, McFly…anybody home!  McFly!”  Let your creativity out and ask God to show you how to use it for His glory!

Lego Bible

May 19, 2010

Here’s a video I ran across a few months ago and thought we should share here.  It’s a great example of using toys to make a Bible story video.  Now this video was made by a big church with a lot of technical expertise…but kids can do this!  Here’s the best part, though…this video was not made for children’s church.  This was made to introduce a sermon series in big church!