After Easter

If you're anything like most church planners, you're coming off of one of the busiest weeks of your year. You spent weeks preparing for Easter, and now it's over. What's next?

Well, we hope you started off your week with a little rest. But it's probably about time to start planning for next Sunday. Last Sunday we celebrated the crux of our do you follow that? Here are a few ideas...

1. Encourage them to continue sharing their faith.

2. Let them know that it's OK to ask questions. After all, if something is really true, no amount of scrutiny can affect it.

3. Welcome those who have renewed their commitment to be a part of the body.

4. Invite them to respond to the reality of Easter.

5. Challenge them to examine their hearts.

6. Remind them that the resurrection is just as significant this Sunday (and every other day of the year) as it was on Easter Sunday.

Broken Together

Like most video production people, we loooove good music. So when we get the chance to work on a project that lets us use a song that moves us, we're inclined to jump on it.

One of Rob's college buddies, Jason McArthur, happens to be a VP over at Provident Music in Nashville, and he and Rob have been talking about collaborating on a project for years. As they were prepping for the release of Casting Crowns' latest record "Thrive," Jason felt like he had the perfect track for Igniter to work on, so he sent a pre-release over to us.

"Broken Together" is one of those songs that is equal parts heart-rending and encouraging; familiar and insightful. And it touches on a topic that is Rob is passionate about: marriage. On first listen, it was a project that felt like a perfect fit.

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete. Could we just be broken together?

We did a lot of pre-production for this project. Rob finished the script/treatment a year ago, and while it didn't take that whole time, there was just SO MUCH to figure out. Steve had to become a mosaic glass expert. We had to find the right couples with the right stories. We had to find four dining rooms with enough room for the dolly push at the beginning AND the over-the-shoulder shots...and the list goes on. Now that it's finished, we're really proud of it. Check it out here:

Super Bowl Commercials Mirror Igniter Mini Movies

This year's Super Bowl commercials saw a much different tone than we have become familiar with when watching the big game in years past.  There were still some companies that chose to be more crude here and there, but we saw a surprising turn towards messages of hope that were sure to pull at the heart strings of America.  Two in particular reminded us of a couple of our Igniter originals that are near and dear to our own hearts.  

The first was from Microsoft.  The story of young Braylon O'Neill is incredibly inspiring.

This commercial reminded us of "Cody's Story," a story we were honored to tell back in 2011 that continues to inspire and encourage others to overcome.

Another ad that caught our attention was the #RealStrength Ad from Dove Men's Care.

Just this past year, we made a Father's Day mini movie that told the story of a father/daughter relationship that not only looked similar to the Dove ad, but it even sounded familiar!

The New Digs

If you follow our parent company RT Creative Group at all, you know we spent a great deal of energy in 2014 on the new space we'd eventually move into. Well, 2015 is here, and while we still have a ways to go, we're finally getting settled in!

We know that we (Igniter + Graceway) function as the "tech team" for a lot of our customers who work at smaller churches, so we thought we'd give you guys a peek into your tech team's workspace. And for those of you who do have tech teams, maybe this will give you some inspiration. We'd love to hear your comments!

One of our collaboration rooms. There will eventually be a display on the wall to the left, which happens to be a giant whiteboard.

This is Clint's favorite area--the coffee bar. That's him showing our friend Martin what's up.

If you've ever talked to us on the phone, chances are you've dealt with this lovely team. Our customer care team is the best!

If you've ever talked to us on the phone, chances are you've dealt with this lovely team. Our customer care team is the best!

Some of our designers hard at work. Except Ashton. She's just plotting world domination. Or something.

As you can see, the development team likes dividers. Lots and lots of dividers. Oh, and then there's #alan on the right (our digital marketing guru). 

As you can see, the development team likes dividers. Lots and lots of dividers. Oh, and then there's #alan on the right (our digital marketing guru). 

Definitely our coziest collab areas. We [heart] dramatic textures.

One of the rooms we're most excited about. The studio. Eventually we'll have a light grid on the ceiling and a green screen cyc wall to the left. It'll also double as a sound stage. That window on the right wall leads to...

...the control room. Which is pretty bare at the moment. That window to the left is where we'll do a lot of voice over work.

One of our editing suites. Recognize the Mini Movie on the display?

This is another one of our faves. The gear closet/prop closet/workshop. Everything has a place and everything is in it's place. Eventually.

Probably the coolest room of the new space--the theater. We like to do all-staff Mini Movie screenings when we release new ones. That will happen a lot in here.

We're super excited about the new place. We're even more excited about the ways it will help us to serve the Church and tell God's story of grace and redemption through media.