Night to Shine 2018 | Modesto, CA
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
On February 9th, I had the honor of serving on the videography team to capture a beautiful event at Shelter Cove called Night to shine. The website explains the evening very well:
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, more than 540 churches from around the world will come together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers!
Four of us brought our cinematography talent to this evening. The church wanted a video by Sunday morning, but they said it was optional. The other filmmakers had plans the following Saturday. I wanted the challenge, and having few plans for Saturday, spent about 6 hours putting together this film. It is footage from three of us. Watch below:
It was shown on Sunday morning at a couple churches, but also Shelter Cove that Saturday night. It is also shown on the Modesto Night to Shine website.
Oh and also, Fox News covered the event! Watch Here
Because I wasn't the lead shooter, I was able to relax into filming at a slow pace. It's a lot different when it's up to you to get everything. Many hands made light work. We all brought our unique styles and equipment, which gave a beautiful variety in editing. We ran into a few challenges that evening. The Red Carpet moment was a lot more crowded then we expected and we didn't get the shots we were anticipating, such as a shot of the face of someone running across the red carpet high-fiving those on the edges. It was a long line down the red carpet. Later on there was some space, and we were able to get similar shots to what we were expecting.
The crowning happened so fast that we almost missed it.
But overall, the night went really well. The guests truly enjoyed the evening--there was joy on every face.
In editing, I was in speed mode. Usually I go through each clip from start to finish, but since I wanted to complete this film as quickly as possible, I often just scrubbed through clips. There was so much dancing footage, so I mainly went off of thumbnails. The music was easy: there is a song by Gary LeVox made just for Night to Shine!
Here's some instagram posts regarding the evening:
Thanks for reading!