Let’s Get Interactive!

I love creating videos for you, but in the day-to-day hustle of a producing season there’s little time to look back and reflect on what was happening at the time. Sometimes these reflections hold valuable lessons.

This video may have a few that can help anyone who wants to be more inspirational. I’m not saying by any means that I have some sort of a corner on the market, but I have learned a thing or two that you may find helpful.

So I created an interactive version of a video released earlier this year.

Notice the chapter markers on the timeline.
Pass your mouse over the small blue markers on the timeline or just click on the Chapter List near the end of the video player and you’ll see the number and title of each.


I like to meditate before writing a new video. One day in January the script for this video came up almost completely written just a few minutes after, and when I looked at it done I was not a little worried. What if nobody gets it? What if they think I’m talking about things I’m not qualified to talk about? What if I get cancelled? What if? What if? What if?

I think if your own video scares you that’s probably a good thing. It means you’re operating at the edge of your own possibilities and that energy will find others who are also alive with possibility.

That said, this turned out to be one of the more popular videos I made this season.

Lesson 1:
Release your fear. It’s not your friend.

Now let’s look at the elements briefly:
Time: 264 seconds
Scenes: 49
11 scenes per minute
1 piece of music to maintain and build continuity and to cover for this fact:
Speaker appears in 10% of the video.

Script: Repetition used to drive home the idea “New world rising” 6 times, plus variations on the theme several most times.

Mostly this video used stock footage to tell a story. There are so many ways to edit a video with stock footage. We’ll look at just 4 of them today.

In the video above there are 5 chapter markers. You can click on each one to watch what I refer to below. Each section is about 10 seconds long.

Time Stamp 1: :36 – :44 Editing on Contrast: using sentence fragments to juxtapose ideas to make your case instantly.

Time Stamp 2: :56 – : 1:04 Reframing an Idea to reveal an opposite meaning in an otherwise ordinary scene

Time Stamp 3: 1:40 – 1:50 Defining your Terms to use images to define your own terms

Time Stamp 4: 2:44 – 2:51 Where the speaker makes his first appearance in order to speak in the first person.

Time Stamp 5: 3:24 – 3:31 Editing on motion to create an aesthetically appealing moment in order to drive home a meaning.

There are many other examples of editing for different effects; music, emphasis, maintaining interest among them. Finding 11 elements per 60 seconds meant a lot of research, so you probably won’t want to do this very often, but for me it was an unexpected labor of love.

If you like this sort of behind the scenes look at the season, please let me know in the comments. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!


    25 replies to "Behind the Scenes: New World Rising"

    • Chris H

      Facinating video. Especially if people don’t get triggered before reading the backstory and looking at the deconstruction. Whether or not you think you like the message IN the video read the HOW it was constructed. You can study how Goebbels did it in 1930s Germany without wanting to copy the content of his message, just the methods.
      Very useful when I decide to become Emeror of the World and want to get My Message out to the Masses of Ordinary Suckers (that’s you Btw 🙂 ) My triumph will be down to Steve Washer (I am sure he wil refect on the irony of it from his cell (number 101 of course)

      • Steven Washer

        How others use these practices is their business. I use them to help people to see things from a higher perspective. To attract rather than coerce, create free choice rather than false choice; to free the mind rather than capture it. Most of all, to bring independence rather than dependence.

        All I have done is render them in the video format.

        For some reason this quote (I may not have it exact) comes to mind.
        “Out beyond notions of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”

        As to what happens to me, that’s not important.
        Enjoy your summer.

    • jane gardner

      One degree is a great concept because yes, every person has a unique perspective and values. Sometimes, I feel when doing video that no one is watching but video lasts and if I can change only 1% of the world with my perspective then it is worth it! I am trying to teach people they should get on video and share their vision but there is this Wall stopping them from getting on camera. If you have found the secret to getting people to break through that wall and share their wisdom on camera…. this is one video that might make them realize to be bold and share it on video.

      • Steven Washer

        Feel free to share it, Jane, with my compliments.
        More coming on the idea of sharing without fear…

    • Jay Creighton

      Thank you, Steve, for taking this wonderful video apart for us to see how one can use music (for tempo), B-roll (carefully curated and strategically used to bolster your message), a great script, and use of the speaker’s presentation all to convey one’s inner visible authority. I am very appreciative of your tutelage, my friend. JBC

      • Steven Washer

        It is a privilege I don’t take lightly. Thank you, Jay!

    • John W Tedmon

      Excellent video Steven, you outdid yourself.
      Your message is timely and important for people to read, watch and appreciate.
      John Tedmon

      • Steven Washer

        Thank you, John!

    • Wayne Peterson

      Brilliant! Hold my beer.

      • Steven Washer

        It’s OK. You can try this at home with little risk. 🙂

    • Leslie Covington

      Another great video, Steven!

      But, I must admit that I have a hard time believing that the world needs me. I guess I need to do a lot of soul searching, which is a very difficult thing for me to do.

      I’d love to see more.

      • Steven Washer

        Maybe just look a little closer at where the fear comes from. We are here for a reason.
        And if you’re HERE, it’s a pretty good reason. 🙂

    • Marquette Mcfarland

      Hi! So are you offering info to help us make videos like yours? I am a Pastor and know that your ideas are correct. So now what?

      • Steven Washer

        There are so many ways to go forward! It depends on what you want to accomplish. For those in a DIY frame of mind I have so many free resources here that you could spend hours teaching yourself whatever you want to know.

        For those who are ready to seriously prepare themselves over the summer there is a more focused menu: https://visibleauthority.com/resources-2022/

        Feel free to ask more questions by replying to steve@visibleauthority.com

    • Zuly

      Thanks, Steven! This is not only inspirational but educational.

    • Steven Washer

      Thanks, Zuly. I think I will find another video from this past season to pull something helpful out of soon.

    • Luci Gabel

      You are so motivational, Steven! I just came back to see what you were doing and landed here first.

      • Steven Washer

        Hi Luci! Good to see you again. Hope your platform is doing it’s thing for you!

    • David Screen

      What an outstanding piece of work. Now, at last, you’re really talking to us. Now, your saying what most of us want to hear. Now… you have our attention. Now; you’ve just moved to the top of my list. Now… you have my full attention. OK: let’s go Brother…

      • Steven Washer

        I’m glad it resonated with you, David. Thank you for the kind words.

    • George Wylie

      Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed this video,

      • Steven Washer

        de nada!


      Thank you as usual you’re inspiring and I appreciate you. I guess I’ll get a new phone with a new camera and see if I can make some things and I should like doing it

      • Steven Washer

        Summer is a great time to get started, Janet. Less stress on the system and time to experiment before fall arrives.

    • Charles Fontenot

      I can’t wait till you do what you do to teach God’s words! Then teach us how to be as effective doing and preaching the same for a world that is more and more lost.

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