We’ve all seen it, listened to it on the radio, or even performed it once or twice before. One of the most iconic speeches in all of animation; when Linus tells Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas.
The other week, I was talking with someone from the communications department of my church, when they threw out the idea of recreating the iconic scene from Peanuts. I jumped at the opportunity, and dove head first into production.
I was so excited to see a script and a full cast of grade schoolers from the youth department the week before the shoot. This was actually happening!
The day of the shoot, we set up in the church and mapped out every cut. What lighting setups would be used, how everyone would be mic’d up, and what the camera would be doing during each kid’s line.
After some brief coaching and direction for the kids, we were rolling. The first shot was recorded just after 4:00 p.m. and less than two hours (and a ton of giggling) later, we were wrapped. I can’t thank the parents and the communications coordinator enough for helping the production by swapping mics, and making sure the incredibly talented actors were ready to go. They really made the whole process so smooth.
I have never been so excited to finish a project in my life. Caffeine was my best friend that night, and after some help with editing, we had a final product that was ready for the world by 9:30 a.m. the next morning.
After sending it to the communications department at Chapel Hill, I received an email from the senior pastor, who said they would love to play it during four of their Christmas Eve services.
It’s hard to find words to explain how grateful I am to have had this opportunity. I am grateful to have been asked to do this, and I am grateful that it is valued enough to be shown at such a big event.
Unfortunately, I won’t be there to see it air live, but I am grateful to share it with anyone who listens, or watches.
Enjoy Chapel Hill’s rendition of Linus’s Speech, and I hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas.