New Video: Sparklers’ Grand Day Out – 19 December 2010


NIGHTEYE_The London Eye illuminated at nightHey blog-mates,

You may remember when – earlier this month – I wrote about my day out in London, and shared some impressive (if I do say so myself) long-exposure photographs of the Capital.

I’m currently using the night footage for another project, but I had to make a video of the Sparklers youth discussion group’s trip to the National Gallery for today’s church service – the Christmas production, presented by the children and young people of the church. The idea for the theme of the service was taken from our series of discussions and examinations into Jesus through art. Therefore, we decided to make the play about an artist, studying under direction of Eunice Goodman (a local artist and member of the church congregation), who is painting scenes depicting the advent of Christmas. While I played the rather camp painter, ‘my’ paintings were projected up on a screen (though they were really works by the likes of Botticelli and Fra Filippo Lippi). The element of child and audience interaction came because my character persuaded them to pose for the session.

The Sparklers’ Trip to the National Gallery. Filmed 4 December, edited 18 December.

Anyway, as an opener to this service, we played the video made of the trip, and now you too can enjoy it. It’s on my ABSstudios YouTube channel but I’ve embedded it here also.

I tried to include a range of music to try and make the film viewable by as wide a range of people as possible, but also – as you can tell by the thumbnail – in an effort to make it fun, I didn’t exclude any bits of the day. That’s why you’ll see men running round Trafalgar Square in only their underwear accompanied by ‘The Stripper’, immediately next to images of Christ Before The High King accompanied by the Prelude from Grieg’s ‘Holberg Suite Op. 40’.

I hope you enjoy the film. As usual, comments are welcome either on the video itself on YouTube, or here.

Thanks for reading,

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a twenty-something from Maidenhead in Berkshire, working for ITV News.