Behind the Scenes: Welcome to Gracepoint Video

You all probably saw the “Welcome to Gracepoint” video at Sunday service starring our own Jesse. Well, what you probably didnt know was that the video was filmed by Gracepoint Berkeley, then the raw footage sent down to Abe in Gracepoint Riverside for editing and the music was composed by Dominic in Gracepoint Austin. Pretty amazing huh? Truly and example of the church in action. Anyways, I thought the music was really cool considering Dom composed and put it all together. Here’s what Dom had to say about it:

To welcome all the new students in the fall, our church decided to put together an intro video describing what Gracepoint is all about.  So I was given the opportunity to come up with a background track for the video.  It was a fun project as it involved collaboration between our Gracepoint Berkeley, Gracepoint Riverside, and Gracepoint Austin churches to get the final product fine tuned.  The hardest part was coming up with the right mood for the video.  There’s a lot of short videos out there, including ones our church has done before, but this intro video required something lighter and bouncy.  So we started out with some acoustic guitar riffs, but it didn’t quite capture the mood we wanted.  That’s when we remembered Logic Pro has thousands of audio loops preloaded to experiment with, so I spent some time mining through the percussion loop library to find a nice drum loop to get the creative juices flowing.  Having a nice beat totally makes composing easier – it’s kind of like how runners get inspired to keep running when they listen to energetic music.  Then I just fiddled around with some motifs and chord progressions and stringed them together.  If you break it down, the track is actually very simple – it’s basically just D Bm A G repeated over and over again, with some minor variations here and there.  The key is to vary the motifs by using different rhythms and note combinations.  There were also some other considerations – timing, transitions, sound effects, etc. – that made it more challenging, but overall it was a great learning experience.  Hope you all enjoyed it! – Dominic: Gracepoint Austin

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    • Jenn Chen
    • September 27th, 2010

    Wow, I had no idea that the music was composed by Dominic! Thanks to everyone who worked on the video!

    • ander
    • September 27th, 2010

    that is so cool!

    • susan
    • September 27th, 2010

    wow, that was an original track? dominic has turned into quite a composer after moving out to austin. i’m thankful that all of the gracepoint ministries can be blessed from your hard work and talent. thanks dom!

    • akim
    • September 27th, 2010

    I thought the music was quite catchy, but had no idea! I really like the video.

    • tina
    • September 28th, 2010

    Wow, it’s amazing how this song really helps set the mood! It’s so cool that we can so tangibly work together as a church and still function as a body.

    • Jonathan
    • September 28th, 2010

    This is great stuff!

    • David
    • September 28th, 2010

    Wow, Dominic, you’re awesome! I originally thought that Paul was the one who composed this track, and then he told me that he had nothing to do with it. But, I couldn’t believe that we just found this track somewhere online because it matched the video a little too perfectly. One of the things about this track that I love the most is the use of high strings at the end when Jesse starts to talk about our vision of church planting an an Acts 2 church in every college town – the music really helps to stir the heart and emphasizes that this vision really is something worth giving our lives to.

    • Allen
    • September 28th, 2010

    Dominic is awesome!

    • Janice
    • September 29th, 2010

    wow, dom! this is awesome! had no idea! it’s so nice to see our churches in action and people’s talents being used! 🙂 keep it up!!!

    • wenjie
    • September 29th, 2010

    wow, domonic that’s awesome.
    i really liked the music and thought it was just taken from somewhere online. original stuff!
    thankful for God using all the different talents at our church

    • alison
    • September 29th, 2010

    thanks for sharing the behind the scenes story. it’s neat to hear!

    • daryl
    • September 30th, 2010

    wow! i had no idea! what a cool story of the Body of Christ in action!

    • chris
    • September 30th, 2010

    thanks dominic!

    • Richard
    • September 30th, 2010

    wow!!! that is so neat! thanks for working on that Dom!

    • del
    • September 30th, 2010

    @susan
    haha, where was that when you were in berkeley? haha, j/k.

    • Hannah
    • September 30th, 2010

    this is awesome! thank dominic for your hard work!

    • Irene
    • October 2nd, 2010

    Wow, this is really great!

    • john ko
    • October 11th, 2010

    awesome! i downloaded it and listened to it like a hundred times while doing my DT. the music really hits me.

    • grace
    • October 20th, 2010

    whoa.. that’s so intense!

    • Paul
    • January 23rd, 2011

    Hey Dom, I keep forgotting to mention this although I saw you tons of times… I knew it was you 🙂 Keep it up man … I am so proud of you!

    -Paul

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