I came across this video earlier this week: I liked it because it had a strong message, but was very simple. Just today, I happened to come across it again, but this time accompanied by an article, “Changing Hearts One Video at a Time”, written by the guy who created it, Matthew Warner. In it, he gives both the backstory and some general video making tips. I really like the approach he takes:
[Y]ou donâ€™t have to make a huge, expensive, cool video that will change the world. You can make a small quick one that might change your neighbor, your family, your parish or your community. … I sat down recently and decided to make one. I had an idea for a small point to make. So I spent a few bucks on a clip of â€œstockâ€ video and a short piece of audio (easily found on the web). And I threw them in some relatively inexpensive video editing software (most computers even come with some basic, user-friendly video editing software). … Itâ€™s made to speak to a particular person in a particular place in life. And it doesnâ€™t try to explain every little aspect from every perspective. Itâ€™s just part of the conversation. It might not change anyoneâ€™s mind, but hopefully it at least makes some people think. Other people it will have no effect on. Thatâ€™s okay. Itâ€™s not for them. There are a thousand ways to explain the same truth (or part of a truth) to a person. Some people are more emotional. Some are more intellectual. Some like words, others pictures. Some like one kind of music. Some like others. Some need to be shaken, others need to be gently tapped on the shoulder. Some need a harsh wake up call, others a kind word. Some want the facts, still others just want a good story.
This advice is especially good:
It is up to each of us to discern what our voice needs to be for a particular situation and to be that voice. A few will be big voices that appeal to popular crowds. Most of us will be small voices and will appeal to our own communities in ways that those big voices never will.
It’s for this reason that we believe starting your own pro-life club and concentrating on sharing the pro-life message in your own school or community is one of the best ways you can contribute to the pro-life movement. You can read the whole article here.