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Summer Movie Guide 2014

Chris —  June 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

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I love summer movies, and they can be a great opportunity to hang out with students from your youth ministry. The team over at The Source for Youth Ministry has put together a great summer movie guide.  Some of the have already come out, but there are plenty of blockbusters still to come.  Check it out and know what movies may make great youth group activities.

You might also want to check out their FREE reviews and discussion starters.  They already have a few of the summer movies posted for you to use.

If you are looking for more info about what movies contain and what age groups they would be appropriate for, check out Common Sense Media.  It’s a great resource for reviews movies, tv shows, books, apps, and more.

 

Image Credit: Halmeoni 

Free Mac App Software Bundle

Chris —  May 30, 2014 — 4 Comments

Mac Bundle v3

For all my Mac using friends out there, I wanted to let you know about a great bundle of FREE software that will only be available for a few more days.  There’s a ton of bundles out there, but this one included one in particular that I thought could be fun for Youth Ministry.  It’s called X-Mirage and it lets you mirror your iOS screen (iPhone or iPad) to your Mac.

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This is great if you want to make demo videos of an app to share, but I think it has great potential for a youth group stage game.  Since it will let you mirror multiple iOS devices at one time you could have two students playing the same game up on the big screen and the crowd could cheer them.  So many fun possibilities, post your ideas in the comments below.

In addition to X-Mirage, you also get:

  • Elmedia Player Pro – a utility to help download streaming video from the internet.  A great way to save those youtube videos to use in a talk or in your presentation software.
  • ClipBuddy – a utility to organize your cut / paste selections
  • cf/x Mosaic – turns your photos into mosaic art
  • Plus a few more

The bundle is free, so what do you have to loose.  Have fun!

Get the Bundle Now

 

Are you excited for the new Superman movie?  I know I am, and I came across a pastor’s resource website for the movie. It has free talk outlines, downloadable clips and images.  Everything you need to plan a fun summer lesson based on what will likely be one of the biggest movies of the summer.  It would also make a great father’s day lesson.

Click HERE to check out the resources.

newavengersposterI loved the movie Avengers, I think it might be my favorite super hero movie of all time.  So I was pretty excited to find this great discussion guide over on The Source for Youth Ministry.  The main point of the lesson is about team work to be a force for God’s kingdom.

Here’s the background about the movie and the summary of the clip used to kick off the discussion:

The Movie Clip:  The Avengers, one of 2012’s biggest films, assembles Marvel’s most beloved gang of superheroes against a threat from another world. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must band together in order to protect Earth from Loki, Thor’s adopted brother from Asgard, who has intentions of conquering our planet using the infinite power of the Tesseract. Unless The Avengers can put aside their pride and learn to work together, the mighty Loki will conquer Earth and subject it to his tyrannical rule.

Directed by Joss Whedon, the movie was clean, free of sexual innuendo, imitatible behavior, and gratuitous language. It was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-if violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.

Introducing the Clip:  There were so many great scenes in The Avengers, and some of them, like this one, actually provide us with a powerful lesson about our own lives. In this clip, you’re going to see what happened when all of the Avengers come together for the first time on board the flying boat. They’re discussing the best way to defeat the powerful Loki and prevent him from taking over Earth, but each of them have a different idea about what would work best. Take a look at what happens to the mighty team – and how they treat each other – as the conversation wears on.

Scene Script:

BEGIN CLIP AT 1 HOUR 07 MINUTES AND 14 SECONDS

This clip is over 5 minutes long, and there’s a lot of dialogue, so a “script” won’t be provided. Instead, what follows is a synopsis. Also, this clip uses the word “damn” one time.

This scene begins as Nick Fury walks in and asks, “What are you doing Mr. Stark?” A conversation ensues about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s production of weapons. Nobody seems to like that, and trust is clearly broken. But on top of the disagreement, the Avengers begin to insult and accuse one another.

Meanwhile, Loki’s henchmen approach the floating boat on a stolen aircraft. Hawkeye – under the spell of Loki – shoots an explosive arrow at the ship. They are preparing to board the ship, rescue Loki, and re-steal the spectrometer they originally stole from scientists in Germany.

The clip returns to the discussion being had by the Avengers and Nick Fury. They’ve gone from talking about a game plan to purely insulting one another. The dialogue clearly shows that the Avengers are not functioning as a team, and in fact, want to fight each other.

The clip ends as Hawkeye detonates his explosive arrow, throwing the superheroes into action.

END CLIP AT 1 HOUR 12 MINUTES AND 47 SECONDS

Click HERE to read the entire lesson.

Movie clip discussions like this are right for every group, but I’ve had great success using them in my teaching.

If you want an easy was to use this clip, consider downloading the movie on iTunes.

The Avengers

Or pick up the Blu-Ray with the digital copy from Amazon:

Everyone loves fonts, right?  There’s nothing like a new font that can make your next flyer or calendar really feel fresh and fun.  Here are a couple of links of over 80 FREE fonts for you to use.

The first group has a bunch of great looking new fonts that can help direct the look and feel of your piece:

45+ Latest Free Fonts To Enhance Your Designs

And if that wasn’t enough, here are some great movie style fonts for you.  Fonts like Harry Potter, Disney, Lord of the Rings, Twilight and more.  Great for spoofing popular movies with your own version.

35 Movie Fonts That Are Free To Download 

Free Digital Film School

Chris —  November 27, 2011 — 1 Comment

Have you ever wanted to learn more about movie making even if it’s just to make your Youth Group videos better?  I just saw this class over on iTunes U that might help.  It’s an 18 part class to help jump start your digital movie making. It covers both iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, so no matter what platform you use, you should be covered. It doesn’t appear to be the complete class but a crash course to get you started.

The iTunes description:

Have you ever wanted to pick up a video camera and make a short video or film, but felt intimidated by your lack of knowledge? The explosion of film-making for websites and mobiles gives people and organisations the opportunity to tell their stories and show what they have to offer, at low cost. This collection of exciting videos features the Open University’s experienced team of filmmakers, who will show you some of the craft secrets that underpin good filmmaking, and how professionals stay up to date. You will learn the basics of editing, how to conduct an interview, the role of the producer and other crew members and how to archive your finished project. This material forms par

Best part is, like all iTunes U courses, it’s free. It may be a great way to introduce some students to film making so they can help you out by making some awesome youth group videos for you.

Chick here to check out the course.

 

I love “The Cloud.”  Apps like Evernote, GoogleDocs, iCloud, and Flickr are great for share and freeing up space on your hard drive through free online storage.  One of my favorite cloud apps is dropbox.  Dropbox is a free app and online site that lets you store pics, docs, and videos and access them from any device. In addition to accessibility and its freeness I can easily share folders and files with other dropbox users or with a link from my dropbox “public” folder.  If you want to check out dropbox click this link and install the app.

If you don’t think dropbox has enough storage space for you check out BOX.net.  Right now iTunes has the BOX.net app (iPhone & iPad) for Free downloaded. You have today until December 2, 2011 to register or sign in to your account from the app to receive 50GB of lifetime storage on Box.net (usually $19.99).Check out both and see which you like more!  Share in the comments some of your favorite cloud apps.

Sesame Street G: Glee Parody

Chris —  September 22, 2011 — 1 Comment

I thought this Glee parody was great. They nailed the characters.

If you are super into Glee and would like to teach a series on it, CYMT.org is publishing a teaching series on it.  You can download the first one, “Not Just a Loser,” HERE.

Want to Learn to Code?

Chris —  August 29, 2011 — 1 Comment

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to really learn to code.  I feel like I know just enough to know about programming that I don’t know what I’m doing.  This weekend I stumbled upon Codecademy which is a free site that will teach you some basic coding / programming skills.  The lessons start out really easy (can you type your name?), and then get a little more difficult as they teach you some of the fundamentals.   You can also code along with your friends, and earn badges for the lessons you finish (Who doesn’t like badges?).

It might be a great thing for students that might be interested in coding but don’t know quite where to start.

Enjoy, who knows, maybe someday you’ll find yourself turning into a CodeMonkey.

 

Free Fonts to Kick Off the Fall

Chris —  August 21, 2011 — 1 Comment

With back to school in full swing or coming very soon, you may be working on flyers or calendars for your fall season.  I saw these two collections of free fonts come across my twitter feed this week, and thought i would pass them along.  Enjoy!

Fresh Collection Of High Quality Free Fonts for Professional Designs

Read more: www.smashingapps.com

50 Fresh and Beautiful Fonts From 2011

Read more: www.1stwebdesigner.com