Video created by Elizabeth's New Life Center for our 2013 Partnership Banquets.
Behind the making of this video:
The process of making a video is no small thing. When we started
brainstorming this one, there were some themes we knew we wanted to capture. The most notable of these was the contrast between the joy that a new baby
can bring with the raw, negative emotions that often come with an unexpected pregnancy. Also, capturing the true fragility of a baby in the womb was important.
We chose Kings and Queens by Audio Adrenaline as music for our video. The lyrics speak directly to the potential of young, vulnerable children – exactly what we wanted to convey. The song also embodies two strong emotions: somber reality during the body of the song and excitement and joy during the chorus.
We also noticed that the song is easily broken into three pieces—just like the trimesters of a pregnancy.
An important piece to our visual puzzle was finding an appropriate symbol for
an abortion-vulnerable pregnancy. Our solution was to use helium balloons.
We pulled the three colors for our balloons from our No Small Thing banquet theme—cyan, magenta and yellow—each of which represents a trimester of
pregnancy. The size of each balloon increases as the video progresses, as
does a pregnant belly throughout pregnancy.
As balloons are filled with helium, they become bigger, more eye-catching and more difficult to manage—but remain so very fragile. If you let a balloon touch the wrong object, it will pop in your hands. Let go of it for a second, and it floats away. There is an interesting co-dependency, which is similar to a woman and her unborn baby.
We are grateful to all who graciously consented to take part in our video, but filming Sam, our young “actor,” was a genuinely joyous experience. The innocent delight he displays while finger painting was contagious and contrasts starkly with dark emotions his “mother” is feeling. As he paints with colors that directly correlate to the balloon his “mother” is dealing with, we understand that his life is already very much a part of hers and, given the opportunity, his joy could be hers.
This is our prayer for each of the mothers we serve:
Breathe life—and may joy find you.