The Rosary Videos

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About These Rosary Videos

The Rosary

These Rosary Videos are perhaps my best videos to date and also perhaps the most creatively challenging project as well ..??..

It started simple enough with the Pastor saying, “Chuck, I’d like to film my church at prayer.”

Knowing that the audio for this project would be the lead (vs the visuals), I hired an expert at on-location audio recording so we had three mics set up – two stereo mics to capture the congregation and one mic for the Pastor (i.e., my Audio Technica 4041) and brought all three audio tracks direct into a laptop computer running Sonar.

The audio had it’s own issues which I’ll get back to, but the video was the really big issue. None of us had either filmed a Rosary, which is long (i.e., four sections each of which is 20 minutes long and repetitive) and almost like a meditative chant.

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Initially we thought we would film the people, their hands, and the Rosary beads. Thus produce more of a year-book-like video, but once the Pastor saw ten minutes of the first draft of the edited DVD footage, he was not 100% happy with the outcome.

“I know I said let’s film my congregation, but after seeing this video of these people, we’ve kind of been there done that visually speaking. So, is there any way we could apply the screen-saver approach and show my people at prayer mixed in with the spirit of the Rosary? You, know. Some of those really nice sunset pictures and other gentle ambient pics along with the congregation?”

And there-in started my extended creative journey and back to the edit bay.

The Creative Challenge

The Rosary has four sections – The Joyful, The Sorrowful, The Glorious and The Luminous – each of which has five sub-sections, and many sections that repeat (e.g., the Hail Mary 10x).

Some of these sections were seemingly easier to visually score than others – e.g., how to show The Sorrowful Mysteries without defaulting to Gothic or traditional heavy imagery? Jesus dying on the Cross is not a pleasant sight or thought yet in this video, my job was to make it at least compelling enough to pull someone through the entire piece yet also be prayer-like, so using fast edit cuts like an MTV show (or other current TV shows like CSI) was out of the question.

Ultimately, the visual answers came from my extensive image library.

So in the case of the Sorrowful Mysteries, I used images from Native American burial sites, real slave cabins from a South Carolina plantation, Hawaiian burial grounds, various New England cemeteries, plus sprinkled in audio effects like rain, thunder, lightening, running water, etc. All of which are combined and interspersed with shots of the congregation, so the video pulls one through the Prayer without being in your face, yet also subtly reinforces the themes each of the Mysteries portrays.

I mentioned that the audio was an issue – this was unforeseen in that the beads hitting the pews created huge audio spikes that had to be edited out and tamed otherwise the crystal clear audio captured would have been unpleasant to listen to.

Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries Sections:
Start Time Mystery Fruit
03:05 The First Joyful Mystery:
The Annunciation
The Fruit of This Mystery is Humility
06:17 The Second Joyful Mystery:
The Visitation
The Fruit of This Mystery is Love of Neighbor
09:30 The Third Joyful Mystery:
The Birth of Our Savior
The Fruit of This Mystery is Poverty
12:45 The Fourth Joyful Mystery:
The Presentation of The Baby Jesus In The Temple
The Fruit of This Mystery is Obedience
16:07 The Fifth Joyful Mystery:
The Finding of The Child Jesus In The Temple
The Fruit of This Mystery is Joy In Finding Jesus
The Joyful Mysteries Elements in Scenes:
Scenes Credits and Links
Opening Audio: Birds chirping recorded during a sunrise in Ridgefield Connecticut by Chuck Scott; Immaculate Mary vocals and guitar by Katie Scott; Crickets recorded by Chuck Scott in Ridgefield Connecticut

Graphics: The roses used in the opening Rosary titles were photographed July 2004 at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport Connecticut; The purple flowers used as the Joyful Mystery title were photographed in Ridgefield (photos by Chuck Scott)

First Mystery The various purple and white flowers were photographed in the John Soluri Open Space Nature Preserve in Ridgefield Connecticut as were the owl, path in the woods, ferns and other flowers shown in this mystery (photos by Chuck Scott)
Second Mystery The herons were photographed in Westport Connecticut (near Long Shore) and the butterflies were photographed at the Bronx Zoo in New York (photos by Chuck Scott)
Third Mystery The holiday wreaths on fences, manger (Saint Elizabeth Seton), Christmas ornaments, etc. were photographed around Ridgefield Connecticut by Chuck Scott in 2006
Fourth Mystery The city skyline, buildings and sunset are from Charleston South Carolina; Stone statue of Mother Mary is from the front entrance to Saint Patrick’s church (photos by Chuck Scott)
Fifth Mystery The stain glass circle in the stone building is from downtown Charleston South Carolina, while the green glass windows are from inside St Patrick’s looking out; The pink flamingos are from the Bronx Zoo and the red-orange flamingos are from Bermuda (Bermuda photos courtesy Roger Scott; All other photos by Chuck Scott)
Ending The white peacock is from Kona Hawaii; The flowers are a mix from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, neighborhood gardens in Ridgefield and the hibiscus from Chuck Scott’s living room; The photograph with the ending quote is from Yoganada’s retreat in Los Angeles California (photos by Chuck Scott)

Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries Sections:
Start Time Mystery Fruit
03:05 The First Sorrowful Mystery:
The Agony in the Garden
The Fruit of This Mystery is Sorrow for Sin
06:34 The Second Sorrowful Mystery:
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Fruit of This Mystery is Purity of Heart
09:46 The Third Sorrowful Mystery:
The Crowning with Thorns
The Fruit of This Mystery is Courage
13:06 The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:
The Carrying of the Cross
The Fruit of This Mystery is Patience
16:22 The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:
The Crucifixion
The Fruit of This Mystery is Reverence
The Sorrowful Mysteries Elements in Scenes:
Scenes Credits and Links
Opening Audio: Birds chirping recorded during a sunrise in Ridgefield Connecticut by Chuck Scott; Immaculate Mary vocals and guitar by Katie Scott; Lightening stikes and rain recorded by Chuck Scott during a summer thunderstorm in Ridgefield Connecticut

Graphics: The moon and tree-limbs in the moon were photographed by Chuck Scott during a winter full-moon in Ridgefield Connecticut

First Mystery The cemeteries are from: Saint Mary’s in Ridgefield Connecticut; an old cemetery in Wilton Connecticut behind a picket fence; a winter cemetery outside Killington Vermont; one in Redding Connecticut; and, the cemetery behind the St. Benedict’s Painted Church on the Big Island of Hawaii (Captain Cook, HI) which includes a picture of "The Our Father" translated into Hawaiian (photos by Chuck Scott)
Second Mystery The prehistoric Native American burial grounds, plantation graveyard, 1100 year-old oak tree and slave cabins are all from the Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina just outside Charleston (photos by Chuck Scott)
Third Mystery The reeds in the marshes are from Old Saybrook Connecticut (photos by Chuck Scott)
Fourth Mystery The Stations of the Cross are bronze plaques inside Saint Patrick’s church with some photoshop techniques to convert bronze colors to steel-grey to indicate coldness of Jesus’s cross (photos by Chuck Scott)
Fifth Mystery The same Saint Patrick's Stations of the Cross but photoshopped with moody-blue to emphasize blue-sadness; The rusted nails are from train tracks in Brookfield Connecticut; The moonlight on dark water is from the Fox Hill pond in Ridgefield Connecticut (photos by Chuck Scott)
Ending The white peacock is from Kona Hawaii; The flowers are a mix from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, neighborhood gardens in Ridgefield and the hibiscus from Chuck Scott’s living room; The photograph with the ending quote is from Yoganada’s retreat in Los Angeles California (photos by Chuck Scott)

Glorious Mysteries

The Glorious Mysteries

The Glorious Mysteries Sections:
Start Time Mystery Fruit
03:05 The First Glorious Mystery:
The Resurrection
The Fruit of This Mystery is Faith
06:25 The Second Glorious Mystery:
The Ascension
The Fruit of This Mystery is Hope
09:39 The Third Glorious Mystery:
The Decent of the Holy Spirit
The Fruit of This Mystery is Love of God
12:55 The Fourth Glorious Mystery:
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
The Fruit of This Mystery is The Grace for a Happy Death
16:13 The Fifth Glorious Mystery:
The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth
The Fruit of This Mystery is Trust in Mary’s Intercession
The Glorious Mysteries Elements in Scenes:
Scenes Credits and Links
Opening Audio: Birds chirping recorded during a sunrise in Ridgefield Connecticut by Chuck Scott; Immaculate Mary vocals and guitar by Katie Scott; The synth track is Chuck Scott playing a Korg Triton synthesizer and the base pattern is called God’s Bathtub

Graphics: Opening graphics are sunsets over a golf course in Ridgefield Connecticut while the other sunsets and beach scenes are from Maine – just past Ogunquit (photos by Chuck Scott)

First Mystery The sunsets are from Compo Beach in Westport Connecticut taken from several sets (photos by Chuck Scott)
Second Mystery Bermuda sunrise and island pics from airplane of Bermuda courtesy Roger Scott; Mountain sunsets are from Grove Park Inn North Carolina and the other sunsets over looking the Pacific ocean are from Kona Hawaii (photos by Chuck Scott)
Third Mystery The seaguls on the Pacific Highway were taken just outside Malibu California – ditto for the pink-orange sunset over the hills (photos by Chuck Scott)
Fourth Mystery Sunsets are from Kona Hawaii plus Hawaiian coast line of the Big Island (photos by Chuck Scott)
Fifth Mystery The steeple of the church was taken from a dive boat in Kona Hawaii; All sunsets are from the Big Island – some from Kona and the ones with waves over lava are from Koloko-Honokohau – a sacred place for Native Hawaiians now a national park
Ending The white peacock is from Kona Hawaii; The flowers are a mix from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, neighborhood gardens in Ridgefield and the hibiscus from Chuck Scott’s living room; The photograph with the ending quote is from Yoganada’s retreat in Los Angeles California (photos by Chuck Scott)

Luminous Mysteries

The Luminous Mysteries

The Luminous Mysteries Sections:
Start Time Mystery Fruit
03:05 The First Luminous Mystery:
The Baptism of Jesus
The Fruit of This Mystery is Openness to the Holy Spirit
06:30 The Second Luminous Mystery:
The Wedding at Cana
The Fruit of This Mystery is to Jesus Through Mary
09:45 The Third Luminous Mystery:
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Fruit of This Mystery is Repentance and Trust in God
13:08 The Fourth Luminous Mystery:
The Transfiguration
The Fruit of This Mystery is The Grace for a Desire for Holiness
16:29 The Fifth Luminous Mystery:
The Institution of the Eucharist
The Fruit of This Mystery is Adoration
The Luminous Mysteries Elements in Scenes:
Scenes Credits and Links
Opening Audio: The opening birds chirping were recorded during a sunrise in Ridgefield Connecticut by Chuck Scott; Immaculate Mary vocals and guitar by Katie Scott; The water was recorded from a small babling brook in Ridgefield’s nature preserve that was gently flowing after recent rains, while the birds accompanying the Hail Mary segments are from a sunrise in Summerville North Carolina (recordings by Chuck Scott)

Graphics: The roses used in the opening Rosary titles were photographed July 2004 at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport Connecticut; Opening Luminous graphics are fireworks from 4th of July 2004 and 2005 celebrations in Ridgefield Connecticut (photos by Chuck Scott)

First Mystery The river and swamp pictures are from Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina (and yes, there is an aligator on the sunning swamp ramp in one of the pics); The baptismal font is from Saint Patrick’s church (photos by Chuck Scott)
Second Mystery The couple in the wedding photos are of Chuck and Katie Scott getting married at Saint Thomas Aquinas in Fairfield Connecticut by Father Chip; The swans were photographed in the Fox Hill pond in Ridgefield Connecticut by Chuck Scott
Third Mystery The firework photos were taken by Chuck Scott during 4th of July celebrations in Ridgefield Connecticut (2004 and 2005)
Fourth Mystery The butterflies from the Bronx Zoo make a come back – they first appeared in the Second Joyful Mystery; Most of the flowers are from neighborhood gardens in Ridgefield Connecticut (photos by Chuck Scott)
Fifth Mystery The pictures of the last supper are from the marble relief in the altar at Saint Patrick’s church, as well as those photos of the altar, statues, and other interior scenes also from St Patrick’s church (photos by Chuck Scott)
Ending The white peacock is from Kona Hawaii; The flowers are a mix from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, neighborhood gardens in Ridgefield and the hibiscus from Chuck Scott’s living room; The photograph with the ending quote is from Yoganada’s retreat in Los Angeles California (photos by Chuck Scott)

 

Note these videos can also be found on the Internet Archives – including the high resolution mpeg2 clips – enjoy!

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