Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My Philosophy of Sketch Art

My Philosophy of Sketch Art

In many people's minds, the word "skit" brings to mind something that is not worth much; a short, quickly thrown-together bit of comedy fluff. (Most of this perception comes from the off-handed attitude of those that they have seen do them.) One proof of this that I see often, is the fact that so many wait till the last minute to look for a skit script online for an upcoming event or holiday. Many people put it off til the last minute, thinking that they can throw something together real fast, so there's no need to search early to give time to rehearse. This is not the way to do it, folks.

For me, a long-time sketch writer and performer, a skit is much more than a last-minute afterthought. It is something that begins with a good idea, which is then thoughtfully developed and written with the mind of being an enduring piece of art that may be enjoyed for many years. After being written, the soundtracks are carefully produced (if it needs one), mixing just the right effects and musical backgrounds from my large collection of paid-use effects and production music libraries.

And once posted on my site, "Let's Skit Crazy!" that skit script, when selected to be performed, is brought to life through the years by countless others who invest of their own time, talent, imagination and hard work to bring it's message to their audience. The success of the performance is directly related to the amount of each of those ingredients invested.

Although there are some skits posted here that are intentionally easy to do within a short preparatory time frame, that is not the overall consideration. Rather, I resist the "last-minute, quick-and-dirty" mindset of skit performance as a philosophy. The Lord Jesus gave equal consideration to the smallest details in the design of His universe as He did the infinitely large aspects. A truth known by many is that the hand of God is seen most in the details of His design. The submolecular physicist, exploring the tiniest bits of matter that his instruments will allow, is just as awed by the density and design, as the scientist peering through the most powerful space telescopes at the countless myriads of galaxies presently visible in the universe.

So, we should be as careful doing the small things in His kingdom, as the big things. For skits, though short, can be very powerful in their impact and effectiveness of bringing God and His plan into focus for the people in the audience. Therefore, we should make their presentation as professional and impressive as possible, to let the message shine through clearly, and not be obscured by sloppiness or carelessness.

The skits posted at "Let's Skit Crazy!" are intended to supply you, the director or performer, with some fun, inventive and message-meaty material to work with. (Did I succeed? That's left for you to decide.) With the script in hand, and the soundtrack to enhance your performance, you have the tools to make your skit efforts shine in a way that few have seen them done. You may find that they are so well received, that you will want to keep doing them for others, in other churches. This is a side-effect experienced by many that have used them!

So, although you may be initially forced to do some quickly, now that you have found the site I encourage you to come back often. Print out the scripts you wish to use, order the soundtrack if it has one available, and expose your team to your excitement at doing them in the best manner you can. It will catch on, and your team will become in demand in areas beyond your own church. In fact, I used to travel extensively as part of Prime Example, but due to the demand for quality scripts, decided to scale back that aspect and devote the time I had to making them available to others, such as yourself, to use. Their impact is now being felt far beyond the limited areas I could travel to.

I hope that my Sketch Art philosophy has inspired you to reconsider your approach to it, if you had -however unconsciously- viewed them as disposable elements of the church service. You are working toward an eternal goal and reward... don't you think your efforts should be the best they can be?

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