Jesus Is___ Series Promo
"This video is very significant to me because the book 'Jesus Is___' literally redefined and fine tuned my personal view and understanding as well as deepened/broadened my relationship with Jesus. It encouraged me to see him through my own eyes for the first time ever. So naturally I got pretty excited to promote a series based on the philosophy of this book.
I found that the potency of the content was greatly maximized by Judah Smith as he articulated clearly by carefully planting seeds and guiding my thought process - helping me see the 'big-picture' message and allowing it to trickle down into the complexity and specificity surrounding my human life. Not once does he tell me what to believe, he presents the reader with scenarios that allow them to think differently around the subject, ultimately and naturally helping me make connections I hadn't before on my own. I was heavily intrigued by this surprisingly foreign approach.
I think it's safe to say that humans have not proven to be an incredibly clear-communicating species. In fact we are known for our incredible ability to misinterpret, draw quick conclusions, and make assumptions that are completely biased and limited to our perspective and how we choose to interpret that. We are too naturally wired to desire affirmation, and we receive that by 'convincing' someone to agree with our point, we are trying to get others to think what we think, essentially putting our thoughts in their head. I see this as being an overwhelmingly fragile understanding of what 'understanding' is. It seems like a very surface level way of transmitting ideas and sharing perspective.
It is the pure objectivity that I really admire in this book. The big-picture concept that is continually revisited throughout the journey frees the audience from context and puts them in a completely different mode of thinking. As apposed to spoon feeding my audience and giving them yet another insignificant opinion, I really wanted to support and capture the essence of 'simplicity becomes complexity' or 'big-picture reveals small-picture,' but through an artistic medium I like to call vague abstract symbolism. I am a strong proponent of this approach, since it is an incredible tool that encourages the viewer to not only evaluate their own personal connection to the maybe overly symbolic and abstract concept, but it also gives them a chance to break free from the over-arching and somehow overemphasized shackle in our society known as limitation.
Almost like and upside down funnel the visual (big idea) develops the concept (specific idea) and not the other way around. Therefore, the idea is now conceived entirely by the mind of the viewer because the vague visual representations triggered personal associations that in turn; internalized on a way deeper level. Elements that you do not even consciously perceive, play a surprisingly significant part in your perceiving process when faced with exaggerated symbolism. Things you would never even consider or preconceive when brainstorming ideas to communicate. Even with a psychological background with complete understanding of your target audience, your message could be void of 'buy-in,' a critical component that fuels inspiration, productivity, proactive decision making, etc. Your audience will naturally find a personal interpretation through a mentality, and not a message, illustrated and developed by the communicator. This immediately exposes the difference between two mistakenly associated methods of mental processing: Understanding, and memorization - Whereas understanding is something that is sought out yourself and memorization being something that you can do with a complete lack of understanding, nor reason to even peak into the realm of personal representation or association.
I think for people like me, and whatever that means.. I want to be able to interpret my perception in a way that is relevant to me, and relevance to the core is always the key component of any association in the brain. I find myself missing a huge chunk of information when I cannot visualize what is being communicated. It excites me to think I can broadcast an emotion and speak to those who are looking beyond the surface.
And if for nothing, if this symbolism says absolutely nothing to you, that's completely fine and actually perfectly reasonable. It may speak a million words all at once, or it may just look like a trippy shampoo commercial, you choose. To me it's literally all of the above, it's art.. but it definitely holds a very deep and significant meaning to me that can be malleable and free forming, always redefining itself, and consistently redefining me."
- Timothy van Niekerk
Featuring Allison Smith as Lead Actress