Skillful Productions Produces SoundCrawl

Hi There! We're Skillful Productions, a creative services company in Nashville.

You may have seen OUR POSTERS, come to OUR EVENTS, bought our MUSIC, or seen one of our VIDEOS.

Our specialties are Experience Design and Event Production, especially arts experiences. But along the way, we've picked up chops in a host of other fields as well. We're a comprehensive creative agency; we walk projects from inception to completion, and create in whichever mediums fit the project best.

To contact us, leave us a comment.

Thanks. We look forward to working with you.

This has been a skillful production.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

More fun stuff

Romans12, in all it's 5.1 video glory will be a part of a unique Art Music worship service on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University during the upcoming CFAMC Conference October 11th, 2008. So now we have a deadline to release by!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Church Marketing Sucks!

Hey, we got mentioned on Church Marketing Sucks' blog. Sweet!
It was really cool to be able to tap that large pool of talent so quickly and for free. And it was kinda cool they wanted to use our experience as a promo. Fun stuff all around.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Evangelical Art?

So I'm reading Resounding Truth: christian wisdom in the world of music by Jeremy S. Begbie. It's really rocking my world right now. Each paragraph takes time to digest, and opens up so many new ideas that I stop reading after about 20 mins so I won't lose them.

Begbie is a guy after my own heart, he's got a undergrad in music- like legit music, and a Ph.D. in Theology. These British guys are fun, this is the second book I've read where the author is a composer, conductor, worship leader, organist, choir director, and college professor.

He stands in the middle and critiques both the church's view of music and the music world's view of church/God.

I have a fair amount of experience with the new "Church as a corporation" church- which has built some organizationally, financially, & socially sound churches around the world- to everyone's benefit. But their view of music/arts is that of a corporation- if it advances the corporation it's good, if it doesn't it's useless. Some churches see music with the same point of view as American Express, or Fed-Ex.

American Express lends money, Fed-Ex moves boxes, Churches produce Christians. "Evangelism" is the process of introducing Jesus to someone. Evangelism is the reason Christianity still exists. People tell people, who tell people.

Must all art be Evangelical?
I got into a robust conversation with a friend of mine at Willow. He was in choir with me at CCU. Churches who use marketing sometimes don't understand the difference between marketing and art. (or the basic commercial art vs. art-art discussion) A pastor who wants to commend a christian artist is likely to compliment their web designer, graphic designer, video guy, maybe their worship guy if he writes his own songs (and has a cd in the lobby). All of these people are artists, yes, but what about poets, playwrights, choreographers, sculptors, and painters? Does their work have to be "useful" to the church to deserve mention?

I would much rather churches come to an understanding that "these are the arts we use" than say "these are the arts that are useful."

This is one of the many thoughts that came while I was reading that book.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Our Own Domain!

Since it's almost 2 am, and I am still awake (yay sweet tea!) I have moved the blog to www.skillfulproductions.com. I'm kind of excited about that.

I came up with the title for this company when I was at 8th grade church camp: It was the first time I had found Psalm 33: 3 - "Sing to the Lord a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy." And now I have the domain. There's a certain sense of satisfaction with that.

In doing this (moving the blog) , I realized that anonymous comments had been switched off, and email buttons were off as well. I have amended these errors. (hadn't really worked through all the set-up buttons)

I posted a call for a video collaborator on ChurchMarketingSucks.com's freelance lab. Some really talented video guys (and they have all been men) have contacted me. The process is ongoing.