Propaganda A Sermon Bumper Breakdown

How do you make a rad sermon bumper for your church that perfectly sets up the topic that your pastor is going to preach about?  I’m not sure that I know the answer to that, BUT I’ll tell you what we did for this one….

A few years back when I worked full time for Rock Church we would make sermon bumpers for every sermon series.  Sometimes they were super ambiguous montages of imagery (WE GOT THAT B-ROLL!), other times motion graphic pieces, occasionally short narratives, and this time – a music video featuring hip hop artist Propaganda.  In true church filmmaking fashion, we kind of just figured things out as we went and although the process of creating it was last minute and a little dicey it ended up turning out pretty good (or at least I think so).

Before we dive into how we did it, give the finished sermon bumper a watch:


Ok, now that you’ve seen the finished product, here’s a breakdown of how we made it:


And if that wasn’t enough, let me take you even further behind the scenes to watch some raw, fly-on-the-wall BTS footage from our shoot day:

If you have any questions that weren’t addressed in the videos, post them below in the comments section and I’d be happy to answer them.


  • Joshua Jamison

    Wow! This was great! Thank you for sharing this.
    How many takes did you guys do and/or how long was the shoot for a production of this scale?
    I see that TJ was recording audio of Props, did you use the audio captured there on set, or did Props do an overdub later?
    And last question, what app were you using for your slate?

    • Thanks Joshua, I bet we probably did around 12-15 takes or so. It probably took about 3-4 to work out the kinks with the performance, the background dancers, and where exactly we wanted to place our camera and then another 10 takes or so to get all of the angles covered in both a close up and a wide/medium. We got the location at a very generous discount for a “half day”, but we were probably there from like 8am-2pm and then probably another 1.5 hours to load out all of the gear (so full day for crew, ha).

      If I remember right the microphone that Prop was rapping into was so good at isolating only his voice that TJ was able to use one of his takes from the shoot to serve as dialogue track and then remixed it with the previously recorded background track. I have no clue how this was possible because the wedge speakers playing back his track was super loud, but TJ is a genius so….. Also, we used one of Props early takes and then once we had a really good take recorded I encouraged Prop to move around a lot more and work around the microphone during the following takes since we didn’t need his mouth right at the mic the whole time and were more considered with the energy and visuals at that point.

      The iPad app we used was Movie Slate –