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Your Friday Recommendation #36

Some of the teenagers in my youth group have been coming together for a year to perform in short videos that satirize The Office. Rather than an annoying boss who disrupts an office setting, our videos feature an annoying youth director who disrupts his youth group. Writing the script is always an exercise in excruciating self-examination, but I’m happy with the end results.

This week, our latest video, The Youth Room: The Good Samaritan, was created with the Minnesota United Methodist Church Annual Conference in mind, an event that sees hundreds of ordained clergy and church lay leaders gather to present and vote on church legislation and share ideas. This year, their theme is the parable of the Good Samaritan and they’re looking for new and unique ways to teach its lessons. I wrote this video and hope it finds its way into being presented at Annual Conference. The video is available at YouTube or you can watch the video below. I highly recommend watching it in “high quality” to catch detail.

This is the fourth episode of The Youth Room that the Youth Forum has made and our seventh short film overall in my time working with them. You can see episode three, episode two, and one, as well. I welcome and appreciate your honest ratings and comments, as well as your subscription to my YouTube channel.

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The Youth Room – "Christmas"

Our new satire of The Office is available. Catch The Youth Room: Christmas Special at YouTube or watch the below video. I highly recommend watching it in “high quality” to catch detail.

This is the third episode of The Youth Room that the Youth Forum has made and our fifth short film overall in my time working with them. You can see episode two and one, as well. I welcome and appreciate your honest ratings and comments, as well as your subscription to my YouTube channel.

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"Second comes right after first."

Hopefully, Buzz Aldrin’s words to Homer Simpson will help us feel a little better.

The latest episode of “The Youth Room,” our video parody series of “The Office,” didn’t win the grand prize at MoreThanDodgeball.com but we’re in the running for second place. Joshua’s readers are voting for who walks away with the next prize this week and who knows, it just might end up being us. Cross your fingers and toes. I’m not sure how I feel about asking you, dear reader, to vote for our video because the whole approach of “Hey, everyone I know, go to this website and vote for us more than other contest entrants who are attempting the same tactic!” ultimately bugs me. I mean I get why that approach works and why it’s popular, but it sure doesn’t seem to reward the true winners, in my humble opinion, and that is whether I think we deserve a prize or not.

As for “The Youth Room” series, I’m definitely in the mood to create more of these. Our youth group is fast figuring out what it takes to make a good video as well as an accurate parody. We have a few other originals to get webborne* but I doubt Episode 02: Sack Chairs is the last viewers will see of me as “Michael” and the youth group playing various rolling-eye roles. In fact, some of the actors in our videos don’t even watch The Office and still pull off their roles really well (the young woman who plays Pam is perfect for someone who doesn’t watch the show). Of course, coming up with a good script, then gathering people together, then getting the shoot done before parents pick up actors, then editing, editing, editing all adds up to quite a chunk of time. So far, however, it all seems worth it.

I’ll keep you posted on whether or not we take second prize.

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* “webborne” is a new word I though I just made up but apparently it is just as real as it is awkward. What does it mean? You know when there’s an airplane sitting on the ground and then when it takes off it becomes airborne? Well, if there’s a video sitting on a hard drive and then it gets uploaded to the web, it becomes webborne. Brilliant!

Your Friday Recommendation #19

Joshua Griffin, the Senior High Pastor at Saddleback Church in sunny California, is running a contest this month at his blog, MoreThanDodgeball. I read Josh’s blog from time to time for ideas and philosophy on working with youth in a faith-based environment and when I saw a contest in which a youth group could potentially win five free sack chairs for their youth room, we just had to enter.

Your Friday Recommendation? Watch our new video! This is our second parody of “The Office” and we’ll probably do more this year. You can find episode one in two parts on my YouTube Channel. The only bummer about making these parodies of “The Office”? When I edit the videos and watch myself play Michael Scott, I’m not sure it’s acting!

Thanks for watching and have an excellent Labor Day Weekend,

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