Our family is filming a Music Video to submit for a Virtual Concert for Christmas. My vision for the video was to include a children's Nativity Pageant to be interspersed between the parts of the song where the instruments play and the choir sings. I also had the idea to use my grandchildren and grand nieces and nephews with some parents looking on like they would for a Christmas Eve family gathering. "On a Sacred, Still and Silent Night" narrates the story of Christ's birth that first Christmas Night. So, of course, we needed to film at night. Finding a place to film during this time of COVID-19 has been a challenge. So, we ended up using my cozy little family room.
I am sure my backyard neighbors must think I am crazy! They must have noticed the Christmas tree lit up and wondered why there were big lights shining in our windows from the back patio!
The Baby Jesus was played by a little newborn who sometimes obeyed instructions and stayed asleep. But mostly, she cried. Mary and Joseph were a little nervous, but followed instructions better, including smiling on cue. The Donkey brayed and showed how he could kick his hind legs.
The Shepherds had trouble wearing their robes. We had to take away their crooks because they were turning them into light sabres. Those three 6-8 year-old boys were also double cast as the Wisemen. They were incorrigible carrying their gifts of pretend gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Baby Jesus. So glad nothing broke!
The Angels were little beauties, but had trouble keeping on their gold tinsel halos. So, sparkly tinsel got strewn all over everything. I will be vacuuming up tinsel for weeks probably.
Then there were the five 9 month to 4-year-olds who played the Sheep. They scattered themselves everywhere BUT where the cameraman wanted them. I am sure they tried his patience. They tried mine.
Maybe even more entertaining were all of the adults behind the scenes trying to get kids changed into costumes. They were constantly trying to straighten the costumes pieces on the children or encourage them to act appropriately for the scene. It was a bit chaotic and noisy!
I sure hope the camera guy got some good footage and that the video turns out!