Sunday, May 09, 2010

I will be your witness

Today’s church service was all about Mothers' Day.

There were special presentations and personal testimonies, all centred around the superwoman in our lives.

Here is a video presentation written and acted out by our church’s youth group especially for the occasion…

So first off, a big thumbs up to all these brilliant actors and creative story writers!!! Well done guys!!!

I’m aware that nowadays most of us already know how to give credit to the ‘background people’. But nevertheless, somehow it is still always the actual people you see in front of you who you are conscious of bringing you the enjoyment you experience.

So I just want to use up a few lines just to give special credit to my dear hubby who made this video possible…

…for being the video man, including crouching around the ground and balancing and manoeuvring the camera to get those ‘creative’ angles in the scenes

…for spending a whole afternoon, sitting next to some of the youths to guide them through the process of planning the video editing, choosing scenes, arranging them in the right order, selecting the background music (kudos also to the four youths who did this planning process for the editing)

…for staying up till 3.00am putting the video together, stitching scenes, adding the fade-in/fade-out effects, colour effects, painstakingly sequencing the scenes at the precise timing for the background music and scene transitions

…for taking in the feedback from various parties to ensure everyone is happy, and then doing more research to learn how to incorporate the additional requested items for the video

…then staying up late again till wee hours to work in all those other items such as adding subtitles and meticulously re-editing various sections to bring it together into its final form

…then driving out on Saturday afternoon to pass the video clip file to the projection team so they could have the video in time to show it at the first Saturday afternoon church service

…and on top of that, driving frantically back all the way home on Sunday morning (after we were already nearby church) to get a copy of the video clip file, because the projection team ‘accidentally’ deleted the file from yesterday

…and then after everything, still have that look of pride and joy in his eyes when he sees the proud smiles on the youths’ faces as they receive the thunderous applause from the congregation

It sometimes feels like a thankless job, because as much as everyone appreciates a final piece of work you do, most of the time nobody else sees the hours of work, the painstaking care, and commitment to excellence that went into it.

But I see. I am your witness.

We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness'

Susan Sarandon, from the movie ‘Shall We Dance

5 comments:

  1. I was ossilating between laughter and tears. Laughing when I watch the 'obvious' amateurs and the trite storyline, yet moved to tears at the message. thanks and kudos to MH. He reminds so much of dad - really!!

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  2. omg... the video was so lame! no offense sis.

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  3. opps... i watched the video before i read the entry. kudos! awesome effort on the vid!!

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  4. now sam... you know we have been guilty of even lamer things in the past ^_^

    and thanks for the 'kudos' both!

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  5. what a great way of declaring your love for your hubby, Serene.
    witnesses. what a great concept!

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