Jonathan and Daniel, the guys behind the 4pm magic are making important art with every new piece they release. They're the team behind the Wild Goose, the Vigil Project, and now The Mass, an Introduction. They nailed it on the head with this piece for three reasons.
It's Visually Stunning, it's Short, and it's Free
The shots are all beautifully lit, smooth, stable, and visually gripping, as always. I particularly liked the hero image of the priest consecrating the host. So epic. While there are other educational videos that unpack the mass beautifully, there has not been something done that's beautiful, short, and free. Until now, there hasn't been an introductory and accessible video on the mass. Clocking in at 15 minutes a segment, The Mass, an Introduction is an awesome educational film that any ACTS group can use as a conversation starter or pass on to a friend or family member without demanding a ton of commitment. Not only is it low commitment to watch, but it's also low commitment to share. All four parts are available on 4pm's Vimeo for free. No one has to purchase this to see it or share it with friends. It's a great entry point.
Good work guys. Create on.
At that first Summit, I felt in my heart a spring of water push up out of the dry desert clay and begin making a garden of the wilderness inside me just as those mission trips did so long ago. The thirst in my soul is for the Church to look like family again, and when I look around at the men and women who’ve heard the call in Catholic Creatives and answered it, I don’t just see temporary friends, I see brothers and sisters.
I want to share this story because I believe in my depths that if we keep the community safe behind our computer screens, then we will never live to see a New Renaissance.
We’re not sure how or when it happens, exactly. Is it when two creatives sit next to each other and laugh at the same joke from a Summit speaker? Does it start as mutual admiration on a Show-Off Tuesday post? Is it even smaller, like a podcast downloaded, a product purchased, a video watched? Whenever it happens and however it develops, we know one thing for sure: Catholic Creatives is a hub for connection.
I worked in ministry, but couldn’t coax myself to join any Catholic young adult communities. I didn’t want to have to hide the fact that I did yoga in the mornings or listened to NPR. Deep down, I honestly had lost my dream for the utopic Catholic community I saw at that Steubenville conference. I kept my distance, instead making friends in the Dallas start-up circles. That is, until I found Edmund Mitchell’s Facebook profile.
Recognizing the decrease of traditional media among college students, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has boosted its social media, becoming a presence of Truth, Beauty and Goodness in our culture to further develop its mission and promote SEEK2019.
The call came when I was sitting in the Newark Airport, waiting to board a plane for Reykjavik.