I just published my first article as a featured writer in a great online publication, christianmediamagazine.com. There are a lot of talented folks writing for this magazine, and there are many articles that can benefit anyone with any involvement with church media.
In this post I want to pull back from equipment and production technique to reflect on program content. It goes without saying that someone must watch what you produce for all of the time, effort, and expense you’ve invested to be worth while. In addition, you want to have your video elicit some positive change, however large or small, in the person who watched. Continue reading What to do? Some Thoughts on Content
Camera operator is usually the entry level position for volunteers in church media ministry, but it is actually one of the most or perhaps the most important position. As mentioned in an earlier post, the function of a television production is to convey and perhaps enhance the program content delivered to the viewer without calling attention to the process. Out of focus images, jerky camera motion, poorly framed shots, general inattention can quickly distract from what is being conveyed. A few simple tips to new camera operators along with on-the-job experience can go a long way toward encouraging the novice to hone his craft. Continue reading Six Tips for Camera Operators
The foundational principle for video directors is to support and enhance the viewer’s experience without calling attention to what they are doing. Here are some sure fire ways disrupt the smooth flow of content from the source to the viewer:
1. Using “special effects” type transitions.
Video is becoming more and more a part of worship services and church ministry in general. Often the video which is acquired during the service must serve several purposes, and that fact will sometimes mandate some compromises, especially when multiple cameras are involved. Whether you are already into multiple camera origination or just considering, I thought it might be helpful to look at these situations and see how some churches are dealing with them. Continue reading Multiple Cameras in a Church Service