Monday, January 26, 2009
Resource Review - Wingclips
Wingclips - Free Inspirational Movie Clips for Sermon Illustrations and Teachings
OVERALL - This website provides clips and trailers from movies for use in sermons or teaching. They include movies that are still in theaters. There is a free service (medium res video) and paid (high res video). They've referenced the clips based on possible themes and then sorted them so you can look for that theme and find clips that work.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? I've had some really good success doing lessons and programs that use movie or TV show clips. The problem is trying to find them or more specifically find ones that relate to what I'm trying to teach. Well this service is very cool. You'll find clips from even new releases. I clicked on "Belief" and got 28 clips from movies ranging from Pan's Labyrinth, to Robots to X-men 2 and Nativity Story. If you're looking for something visual to add to a lesson you'll find this a great resource.
RESERVATIONS This can be a great tool for your ministry but I see too many places that think this is the be all and end all. You do have to accept that they exert some editorial control on the clips (to make sure that they don't "contradict Judeo-Christian values")but if you take it just as a tool it's great. The free membership restricts to to medium res Quicktime files. The premium would only be worthwhile ($11.95 a month) if you used a fair number of these.
RECOMMENDATION Definitely a web site that I have bookmarked on my computer. On those (very rare, I'm sure) occasions when you've got a youth group meeting or Sunday school class and you just didn't quite get the lesson done this could be a lifesaver.