Saturday, June 26, 2010

30 hours left

Getting packed. Praying lots. Admitting last minute fears but giving them away to God. This isn't our trip, it's His.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Urban Plunge Video!

Here's the video that the CA Czech Media Team along with a few awesome friends from Christian Assembly. Our own Chad Hines wrote the music for this video!

Urban Plunge - After the Weekend from Sam Lundquist on Vimeo.

Melissa Mills
-June 22, 2010

Film Test

Okay this has very little to do with the film, but it does have to do with the equipment we'll be using. We are now going to have 1 Flip Cam, 1 JVC handheld digital camera, a Mini DV camera, and a Kodak waterproof version of a flip cam. After getting the flip cam on Saturday night, I played around with it and made this at a party I went to:

Small Moments At A Party from melissa mills on Vimeo.


Friday, June 18, 2010

We've been commissioned to make a film!

Got a message from Luke today from the Young Life Camp in the Czech!

"We are wanting your team to create a funny video explaining the rules of camp. Once I get the list of rules I will send them to you. But, I would like you to ask your film team to start thinking of ideas….characters, scenes, lines that rhyme. We will have 2 days before camp to film. Some rules off the top of my head are – no drinking alcohol, stay in camp boundaries, no boys in girl cabins (visa versa), respect everyone, throw away garbage…. "

WHOO HOO! Guess we're getting to work as soon as we get there!

Melissa Mills
-June 18, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chris's Update

Wow! So I am almost out of double-digit days to count down before the trip. I got nervous last week when I visited our high school group, Vertical Reality. It felt weird…I felt so removed from high school since I have started my “adult” life. Struggling to make conversation with American high schoolers, I questioned how I would be able to make conversation with Czech high schoolers. Let alone build trust and a friendship with them. Following that up with our bonding weekend, I realized almost all the other team members are in a much better place to interact with high school Czech kids: teachers, youth ministry leaders, similar heritage, or simply just being closer in age. So starting Monday, I decided to start praying for this specifically, and I ask you to join me in this prayer. Talking it out with close friends is also helpful as they are providing much needed encouragement. My hopes for the trip have not changed and I was exciting to hear the hopes of my other team members as I got to know them this weekend.

Chris Garcia
-June 16,2010

12 days...whoa!

Well it's officially less than two weeks before we leave! We went on our Czech team bonding trip and after hoping to go to Mexico, we realized there were some difficulties at the border and thus decided Palm Desert was a better option. I was so thankful for John's family because they opened up their three bedroom condo to us! I also got excited to start actually filming our team. I got a lot of great b-roll of our team being goofy and hilarious together. We truly did bond over World Cup Soccer, stuffed peppers (a Czech food), making breakfast, going out for ice cream in 100 degree heat, and the time we spent getting to know one another better. I'm sure we'll have plenty of that in the CZ as well, but this was a great start to it. There's nothing like taking 13 people and putting them into a house together for a weekend. It felt like Real World but without the drama. So fun. Pictures to come. I mostly took video. If you are praying for us, please pray that we can get all of the equipment we need before we go and that it can all be packed safely! Also, our commissioning from Christian Assembly and Fusion is Sunday night at 6PM if you want to come! Thanks for your support!!!

-Melissa Mills
June 16, 2010