You want to serve there …

This meme has been making the rounds on social media.  As you can imagine, it has generated many comments. One person responded, “No thanks, rather be at the bottom one.”  Another commented,  “We started years ago, I think we may have had no more than two dozen parishioners at that…

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Foam the Runway

Have you ever had a church service or a production “crash and burn?”  I don’t mean a small technical hiccup, I mean a major failure! The type where EVERYONE in the audience knows something’s definitely wrong. The type that gets you called into someone’s office for a meeting afterward? If…

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Medium and Message

A while back Phil Cooke wrote an article which appeared on his website entitled, “The Medium is Really the Message.” I have to admit even now many months later I am uncomfortable with the brashness of his title. Upon first reading it I wanted to scream out, “Jesus’ work on…

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Camera Locations

“Location, location, location!” the old real estate adage goes. The three most essential factors in determining the desirability of a property is indeed its location. This tricolon does not solely apply to real estate though.  It equally applies to camera positions in a live church-service production environment. One of the…

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Building Arks

“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett Recently I drove from New Jersey to Charlottesville Virginia to attend my son’s graduation from UVA.  My drive took me directly past some of the towns in Maryland which were recently tragically flooded . It is my hope that those…

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Director Spotlight: Don Hewitt

Don Hewitt  began his career during the dawn of television, starting in 1948 and working at CBS for an incredible sixty-one years. Shortly after World War II while the new medium of television was just in its infancy, Don and his contemporaries literally invented how this new communications technology could be…

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How Do I Get On The Crew?

From time to time I am asked, “how do I get on the crew of so-and-so show?” If we boil these and other similar questions down I think what is really being asked is “how can I advance my career?” And that’s a really good question. I am blessed to…

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Active Cameras

Stay static, push, pull, pan, dolly, truck, pedestal, crab, track and dolly-zoom. It seems like the options are endless. Add to this list flying the camera on a jib, crane or wire, canted (dutch) angles, shaky cam, soft focus, rack-focus, whip pans and more, we could go on and on….

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FILO 2018 Notes – Live video for worship

At the 2018 FILO (First In, Last Out) church tech-arts conference Rusty Anderson taught a break-out session on “Live video for worship.”  Rusty has served in church video production for 15 years.  He toured with Chris Tomlin, served as the video director for the Passion Conferences and has led the video…

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FILO 2018 Day #1 Photo Recap

May 22, 2018, FILO 2018 is going on at Willow Creek Community Church’s South Barrington campus in Chicago.  FILO (First In, Last Out) is a meeting of church-tech’s from around the world who are interested in becoming better at what they do so they can better serve their local church….

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