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Lighting 101

Many years ago I was video engineering a corporate presentation at the Sheraton New York Grand Ballroom. Though-out my career I’ve probably done a hundred shows at this location. This job was a piece of cake, we could do it in our sleep. After I completed setting up the video…

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Jon Swearingen (Multi-viewer)

Ever wished you could be a fly on the wall, listen in and watch a large scale religious broadcast being shot? Jon Swearingen, the Director of Broadcast Media at Lakewood Church / Joel Osteen Ministries was kind enough to allow a GoPro camera to be put in the control room…

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LEAD . . . For God’s Sake!

This installment of Things I Like: LEAD . . . For God’s Sake! A parable for finding the heart of leadership (Unabridged) by Todd G. Gongwer To be honest with you, I am not typically a fan of “leadership books” and as a result have not spent much time reading…

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Portable-Temporary Camera Platform

Last week I posted step-by-step instructions on how to build a rock solid semi-permanent camera and/or operator platform out of wood. This week as promised, here are instructions on how to build a portable or temporary version of the same. In last week’s blog post I included a lot of…

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Robert Orlando Interview

I am pleased to welcome Robert Orlando to controlbooth.tv. Mr. Orlando is a filmmaker, producer and director. His projects range in scope from major biopic documentaries – with distribution under Sony Pictures – to shorts, commercials and other select projects for businesses and organizations including Princeton University, Harley Davidson and L’Oreal….

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Semi-Permanent Camera Platform

In this blog post, I (a person admittedly without carpentry skills) will offer step-by-step DIY instructions on how you can build a rock solid (semi-permanent) camera platform out of wood, even if you (like me) have only rudimentary skills and tools available to you.  In a future post I’ll cover…

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Shot Composition

An often discussed topic among church video tech people is the matter of shot composition.  How much headroom is appropriate? Do the Rule of Thirds apply for all shots in all situations? Is shot composition solely a matter of individually and aesthetically pleasing shots strung together sequentially … or should…

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Ron de Moraes Interview

Ron de Moraes’ credits include broadcast video Director for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,”  the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants, the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda.” “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul,” “The Celebrity Apprentice Live Finale,” “Disney Parks Christmas Parade Special” and…

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Defining Excellence

I would venture to say one of the most discussed yet misunderstood subjects in church production today is “excellence.” Week after week I see blog posts about excellence. Discussions with church technical artists often touch on the subject. Social media from peers address it.  Could it be that I am just…

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“Take 1” – Dealing with Poor Performance

I really hate confrontation. In fact, I don’t even like tension in a conversation. But sometimes in leadership we need to have some hard conversations with our people about their performance. These are not fun. In fact… If these conversations are fun, you should probably not be a leader. So…

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