F O R T H C O M I N G :
"What is Eastern Orthodoxy
…and what about those beards?"
INTRO: Search the Internet for an informative, engaging introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy and you will find few, if any, offerings. This realization inspired me to create a YouTube video to fill the void. My passion is to educate, motivate, engage, and entertain. This video brings these elements together in order to communicate the Eastern Orthodox Faith.
In the space of about 30 minutes, viewers will gain a basic understanding of Orthodoxy (in
), including its history, beliefs and worship. The target age is 20-40 years old. To that end, I
have tried to avoid a strictly documentary format (‘talking heads’) in favor of
a more energetic approach that includes skits, humor, and special effects. There are no interviews or lectures per se,
though the entire production is content rich.
This HD video can be linked to church websites as a teaching tool or as an entry point for potential converts.
PLAN: The script is divided into four major parts, each part opens with a humorous skit. I will provide the narration which will be shot on location at area churches:
PART 1: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?
A brief history and demography of the Church
PART 2: OF MYSTERY AND MEN
Revelation, tradition, and spirituality
PART 3: WHO WE AREN’T
Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism confused and compared
PART 4: THE EARTHLY HEAVEN
Worship and liturgy
N.B. If the production needs to be shortened, cuts will likely be made in Part 3.
SEQUELS: If the first installment is well received, the program may be supplemented with a series of shorts (~ 5 min) covering various aspects of Orthodox life and worship in more detail. These might include: icons, the liturgy, monasticism, prayer and fasting, holy days, sacraments, Scripture, etc.
"Wealth, Power, and The American Experiment"
Socialism and Laissez Faire Capitalism have one thing in common: They both end badly. In this video I explain how the concentration of wealth and power historically ends in tyranny. But, there is a better way: Free Enterprise and Limited Government.
"The Greenhouse Effect"
"The Greenhouse Effect"
Let's face it, high school science videos can be boring and ineffective. I like my science with a twist of comic exaggeration. So I decided to produce a video with enough humor to keep the students awake, and enough depth to challenge them intellectually.
This 30 minute video on the Greenhouse Effect is the prototype for a possible new series: "Bill Scientific" (I gave it a personal imprint to infuse some warmth and presence). Unlike introductory videos which attempt to cover a broad field of knowledge in a short time, the goal of this prospective series is to drill down into specific, but pivotal, topics in the physical and earth sciences.
Rather than just spooning out information, each program would be designed around experiments (the simpler the better) that can be used to illuminate and verify crucial scientific principles. Students will see science in action and gain a better grasp of the empirical basis for scientific theories.
Of course, future programs will depend on the response from students, educators, and scientists, as well as securing funding. The "Greenhouse Effect" was shot and produced on amateur equipment and software. Despite these limitations, I believe the final product faithfully conveys the intent of series.
I hope to do a program on Radioactivity, provided I don't blow myself up in the making!