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The Best Songs For Human Videos

Updated on August 23, 2017

The Art Of The Human Video

I was in a discipleship program in Phoenix, Az, called Masters Commission, in 1989, when the phrase "Human Video" was coined. The phrase Human Video comes from creating and performing dramas to songs, particularly Christian songs. The purpose of the songs and the subsequent drama to the song, is to communicate the gospel of Christ or a biblical value.

The year I was in Masters, the artist Carmen was the juggernaut of Christian music.. His songs were a tad cheesy and corny but they were easily pantomimed. I learned to have an ear for songs that could become Human Videos. After graduation and becoming a youth pastor, I would teach our youth human videos and they would perform them for the church, the youth group, and for outreaches. Although my time has passed for being in human video (it looks awkward) I continue teaching human videos 25 years later. Thats' a lot of songs. That's a lot of stories that were told. I hope the songs I have included will inspire you to use them with your drama group or maybe start a group if you do not have one.

Our Youth Ministry, Fusion, Doing A Human Video 10/12 - Our God Reigns Here-John Waller

This Is A Dance Our Kids Came Up With - Not A Human Video, But Still Very Cool

Dance Dance Revolution - All The Kids Ares Doing It

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Human Video Is A Competitive Sport

Assembly of God Fine Arts

Fine Arts is the national youth arts program for my denomination, The Assemblies of God. Each year, thousands of kids participate in fine arts. They sing, they dance, they play an instrument, and they do human videos. There are three categories of human video, solo, small group, and large group.

Each category has it's challenges, but in the end many church youth groups field multiple teams in all of these categories. Teams must make it through a regional and state process in order to be invited to Nationals. There are sweat and tears in each teams journey to delivering a hopeful message through human video. The path to nationals all starts with the first step of picking the right song.

To HV or Not HV? That Is The Question

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Solo Human Video - The Power of One

Small Human Videos

7 Things To Consider When Choosing The Right Song - Each Song Is Unique

  • Does the song tell a story? As you listen, is the song painting a visual in your mind? Are there potential characters and parts for kids to play?
  • Who are you trying to reach? Is this for outreach or for the unchurched? If it is for the latter, it should have a clear gospel presentation. Is the song for church? Does it challenge the status quo or build up the Body of believers?
  • Is it fast or slow? If you are doing multiple performances, you'll want to have a certain pace to your performances. The fast songs make good openers and the slower ones could make good closers.
  • What is the central theme of the song? Is the song about faith, Jesus, or social issues? Determining the theme of the song may or may not determine the audience their suitable for.
  • Is there a biblical story the song parallels? The song may actually tell one or reference several biblical stories. Many times I'll hear a song and it will not openly reference a biblical story, but it will remind me of a biblical story. I will usually try to include the story into the song.
  • Who can be in it? Would this song be best for a solo human video, a small group video (4-7 people), or large human video ( 8 -12, or more)
  • What age group would this be appropriate for? We should consider who the video is suitable for adults, students, or everybody.

Large Human Video Groups

Human Video Are

Are Human Videos An Outdated Form Of Ministry?

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review

The Human Video Handbook: Christian Outreach in Dramatic Movement and Music
The Human Video Handbook: Christian Outreach in Dramatic Movement and Music

This is an older book, but it is certainly a great best primer for creating human videos and or a drama team. It is not the first and last in the creation of a human video team but it's a beginning.

 

50 Human Video Songs You Could Start Right Now With Your Drama Team - Done'em or Seen'em? Vote On'em or Add Your Own

These are a list of songs that I have done with our drama teams over the years or have the potential of being human videos. The human video is in the ear of the beholder. If they work for you, let me know. Am I missing a song your group has done? Add yours here.

Carmen Albums On Amazon - If You Want To Kick It Old Skool

I listed a few of the Carmen songs in my list of 50, but much of Carmen's catalog is not available on Amazon as single mp3's; so, I feature the whole albums here. Carmen is still good material for kids camps and children's programs, but you will have to be the judge wether they would be useful for youth services (remember the cheese factor I spoke about?)

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9 "Secular" Songs You Could Use For Youth Drama - Feel Free To Add Your Own

The criteria I use for choosing a song by a band who are not a Christian band, is that it speaks of pain and hope. This is where most people live and who do not know Christ. They live with the pain and a hope that's always looking toward the light.The song cannot have anything suggestive in it or any swearing. The song must also evoke a spiritual or Biblical story or principle.

Have You Ever Participated in A Human Video? - What Was the Song You Performed?

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      Sharon Kilgore 7 months ago

      any idea where I might could get some human video building examples, like how to make fire, a boat, waves out of humans for human video.

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      @steadytracker lm: You are welcome!

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Wow, great videos. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      @kimberlyschimmel: Ah, yes, he had a team of sign language kids compete nationally. It was powerful.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      No, but I have tried my hands at ASL interpreting of music.

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      @anonymous: I have seen it. It's a bit long for my taste but it's well executed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have you guys ever heard of the human video Whos the Master? what do you guys think of it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @youthministry: thank you very much .

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      @anonymous: I think that would be fine. Maybe should freshen it up a bit. I pray God's hand of healing upon her.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter has been doing a solo human video each year for several years but this year she has been fighting a medical problem and is now running out of time to choose a song can u help ? She is 17 and loves. The fine art program she is also doing a lg group with our youth group. She did a beautiful video on the song I am a few yrs ago was wondering now that shes older and more experienced would it be wrong to regal that one and do it again?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My son is part of the youth group from Trinity Church AG in Cedar Hill Texas. He has been involved in groups before, but this year he is doing a solo and a large group. He is having a problem finding a song for his solo. Any ideas?

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      Mine wasn't like yours, I was in mass media class in high school and we were doing newscasts and we could use a celebritys name and give our little speech in front of the camera. Well I knew nothing of sports or celebrity athletes but I had heard the name Joe Green many times and thought, "That sounds like a nice Irish name." Well the rest caused a big laugh for the media group, "Hello, this is Mean Joe Green here with the...." How was I supposed to know he wasn't Irish....?

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      Great lens.

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      No I haven't

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What do I know of holy by addison road:)

      we killed it with just three people for the human video:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did Instead by Staci Orico for Fine Arts last year (Large Human Video) and another group of kids from my church did Youth of the Nation by P.O.D (also Large Human Video) for Fine Arts last year (;

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      ToTheBrimm LM 6 years ago

      I avoid drama at every possible opportunity, but my Youth enjoy putting on their productions