It has been a lot of hard work for the kids and me but it is finally done. I hope you all enjoy it and don’t forget to share it with your friends, tweet about it and in general sing the praises of these wonderful singers! I am very, very pleased with the results!
Play Minecraft? Want to have your character be in our video? Children’s Choir of teh Internet needs 19 brave players to stand on the virtual stage and sing (lip sync-sort of).
You will need a teh Choir skin. There are 2 boy and 2 girl skins to pick from. These skins match the t-shirts the real world kids wear in the video. Watch this tutorial for how to change your skin:
Here are the Skin files. On a Mac hold down the control key when you click on them to find saving options:
Pick Axes will be provided.
You will receive a credit in the video as a member of the virtual choir.
We will meet on Saturday Feb 9 at 10 AM and Sunday Feb 10 at 2 PM. You can attend one or both filming sessions. Please download and put on your skin well before show time by logging into your legitimate Minecraft account.
You will need to email me to play. Include your screen name Kids under 13 need a parent’s permission to play. Put “Server Party” in the message field and email me the name of who is interested and which or both times you are available. If your child is in teh Choir please tell me. You will need the IP address to join. Once in the world, pick up a wooden, stone and iron pick axe from the nearby chests. Put them in consecutive inventory spots 1 2 and 3. Download or open the refrain of the song found here: http://www.choralnet.org/paint/408506/Six+Days+of+Minecraft+Refrain+Only.mp3 and be ready to hit play. I will message everyone to hit play have the wood one out, on the word “Stone” click #2 on the word “iron” click #3. Not sure this will work but let’s try.
Don’t chat until I say “all clear” Members must vow to do no damage. Kids should stay out of the back stage or light rigging in the virtual stage. DON’T MESS WITH THE REDSTONE! You can throw the switch behind the risers and watch what happens.
I am considering leaving the world available to members. The kids and families could build their own village near the stage and interact with the world. I think it would be fun for the kids to play together from home. Family time at my house is often three of us playing Minecraft on a LAN. Do not build anything until the video shoots are done. We’ll talk more later. This is my actual 1.3GB world so show respect but feel free to explore after the shoot. Rules are 1. Don’t take things that don’t belong to you (you can buy stuff in South Town) don’t wreck what others make and act with respect for each other and my world.
Help out by sharing the download link http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/childrenschoiroftehinter3
Please post an excerpt of the song on Facebook or elsewhere. This is a link to the refrain: http://www.choralnet.org/paint/408506/Six+Days+of+Minecraft+Refrain+Only.mp3
The kids singing will be found on CD Baby, iTunes and other digital download sites and streaming services. I don’t think it is up on iTunes yet. Parents of members and friends of the choir can help get our kids voices into the ears of people across the world by sharing the link with your friends and family. This is vital to our success. We are releasing the single before the video in hopes of generating some buzz for the video release. The more the kids are known the more opportunities for collaborations and epic performances will come their way. Share it Please!
A fire burned down part of the virtual stage. So much wool to die and trees to cut AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
I’m starting to hate lava!
I didn’t have the sprinkler system installed yet.
Only one more day to support the Video project:
The Minecraft video shoot was a huge success today. The kids and I had a great time working with the bluegrass band. Check out some pics of kids in “Steve” heads. This video is going to be a hilarious tribute to the game.
Now I will be creating the virtual stage to match the Park High School theater and populate the stage with people wearing uniforms just like the kids. Will the fun ever stop?!
We have just confirmed the bluegrass band will be playing with us for the Minecraft video. I met two of the four musicians after they posted a cover of Still Alive on YouTube. They were playing Mandolin and Fiddle in Minnesota in the snow. I loved the video and tried to help promote it. I knew then that I wanted to have them play with us. I have been talking to Matt the mandolin player on and off ever since. I am very happy they are going to make it. For those members who were not in the Gifford Children’s Choir, our cover of Still Alive is what really got all of this going and has received over 1,425,000 views. We will also be joined by Matt’s brother on guitar and mouth harp and a friend of mine named Sean Cranley from Burlington WI. Sean and I performed together at a couple of folk music events locally this past spring.
Here’s the MN crew’s Still Alive video:
Here’s GCC’s Still Alive video: