Sometimes, it’s good to start off with a bang… which is exactly what we did a couple of days ago. We started our Christmas Eve specials (four in total) with drums and a spectacular dance. For those interested, compare this video with the first four minutes of this video. Look for the differences (there are two ‘major’ ones).
I know which version I like most. How about you?
It’s the second year I have the opportunity of being director of the Christmas Eve specials at VBG Bethel Drachten. Last time, everything was new for me (watch it here). This time, I kinda know what’s coming. And it helps we have a rehearsal… uhm, three rehearsals I should say. Today, we had the so called technical rehearsal (see the picture above). Tomorrow, it’s time for the dress rehearsal and Sunday morning we have the general rehearsal.
For us, Christmas Eve comes early this year. It starts this Sunday, December 23rd, at 4PM with the first show. Later that day, we will have one more. And on the real Christmas Eve (the 24th), there are two more shows. Busy days, but I’m really excited about it.
And, before I forget… Merry Christmas to y’all!
Today I was probably closest to ever being a TV director in my life. I got the opportunity to direct Bolder75 with Andries Knevel (host) and four interesting guests (including Boris van der Ham and Henny Huisman). Bolder75 takes place in a talkshow-like setting and has a live audience of about 1500 people. And I have to admit; I was a bit nervous, since directing a talkshow-like program is new for me. Especially when someone like Andries Knevel, a true professional, is host. Nonetheless, I have a good feeling about tonight and can’t wait to see the recordings to see how it really went…
My summer holiday of 2012 was a 3000 mile road trip in the United States. It was one of my best holidays ever. So, how come I never wrote about it here? The answer is simple. Since I arrived back in the Netherlands, I’ve been quite busy creating something (more on that in the future). Surprisingly, I finally found some time to write about the USA trip… Today part three; “Look left! … No, look right!”.
Earlier, I wrote about two amazing places, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Today, I write about… wait for it… a road. Highway 1 to be more precise. “Why?”, you might think. “What’s so special about this road?” Well, Highway 1 is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA. The scenery is simply breathtaking.
The following is a random scene, while driving on Highway 1. I am driver, my brother called shotgun. For quite some time already, we enjoy the beautiful views over the ocean. Suddenly my brother yells “look left!”. We simultaneously turn our heads to the left and see some really beautiful hills. The view is amazing. Nonetheless, my brothers interest is short lived. His eyes glance to the right… “Look right!”. That view turns out to be even more impressive. During the next few hours, this moment repeats itself waaaaay too many times, which definitely makes this highway a true highlight of the USA road trip.
Part 1: Exceeded expectations
Part 2: Google vs. Apple
During the past days, I directed the Global Leadership Summit in Drachten. It’s an annual training event for church, ministry and other leaders to sharpen their leadership skills. In Drachten, many of the talks are delivered via videocast and some are live. In addition, this local Summit includes lots of music and singing, which happens live on our stage.
As director, I absolutely love this conference, because the Global Leadership Summit is one of the few events I direct, where I’m able to listen to some of the talks (and even make notes) as well.
During the course of two days, I listened to incredible speakers like Bill Hybels, Patrick Lencioni, John Ortberg, Craig Groesschel and Jim Collins. Most stories were incredible interesting and very instructive. We learned about Amundsen’s and Scott’s ‘race to the South Pole’, why visions are most vulnerable ‘in the middle’, what core values (should) mean for organizations, why it is very important to have a blend of creativity + discipline + a certain amount of paranoia, why Southwest is such a successful airline and what the greatest danger to an organization is.
If I have to mention one particular talk, it would be the one of Patrick Lencioni (who spoke via videocast). I was so taken away by his talk, that I completely lost track of time. For any regular conference goer, this isn’t a problem… But for me it most surely is! As director, I’m supposed to keep an eye on the clock and know what’ll happen next. This allows me to instruct the crew and make sure the transition between videocast and the live-stage part goes smooth. Most often, this is exactly what I do… but not this time. Being almost too late, I realized we had to switch from telecast to the live-stage part in 48 seconds from now… Luckily, no-one in the audience will ever know that this director almost forgot to do his duty… 48 seconds… pfeeeuw…