We asked Dan for his thoughts on film as a tool for supporting mission.
“Film as a resource is a very useful. I would never say it can completely replace conversations with people but sharing videos online can naturally open up a discussion. Sharing content on social media has become a part and parcel of our everyday lives so to tap into this and share content that can get people talking about Jesus is a great opportunity.”
Dan is now employed full time creating bitesize film for ministry for Christian online book company ‘10ofThose’ who’s mission is ‘to support Christian mission through the provision of quality Christian resources’. Dan is creating a hub of videos at Go Chatter
website that are free to download and share with the aim of getting people talking about Jesus.
Churches can download any of the videos for free and to use as part of their services or to share on line.
Explaining further, Dan said “Some of our videos are linked to current events or trending topics. Some have a seasonal emphasis. Others feature someone’s life-story. All of them however, are to share the good news of Jesus and how he makes sense of our world and brings hope to our lives. By making the videos bitesize and engaging we hope they can be shared and watched really easily.”
We asked Dan how did he get into film making?
“I lived for 3 years in Liverpool as a volunteer community worker at St Philemon’s Toxteth. When I first started I thought how do I get to know the people I want to reach out to? I wanted a way of interacting with the community and so I started making weekly videos to showcase cultural and community events that were going on in Liverpool. Events such as Light Night, Liverpool Music Festival and also the events that were going on in church in the hope that people would see what was going on and tell their friends. The Liverpool Echo started picking up a few of my videos and I started getting more views on my YouTube channel. I’ve not had any professional training, I’m just self-taught. I’d encourage anyone to give it a go.”
Last Christmas you may remember we shared one of Dan’s videos that he created as a rival to the John Lewis advert that went viral – to date having amassed an incredible 132,000 views YouTube's Most Popular feed.
This year ‘The Characters of Christmas’ video follows the story of the characters of Christmas filmed with children between the ages of 2 - 10.
You can watch the video here.