Smart TV Yardstick

A few months ago I “cut the cord” at home. The day I cancelled my cable TV service I ordered Hulu to be able to get live TV programming streamed to me. While content to watch TV on a computer or mobile device, I was recently walking through a big-box…

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It’s All About Transitions

Three proverbs for Tech Artists considering career changes Tech people often talk about the importance of transitions. Usually this is within the context of cues, as in one song to the next, one lighting look to the next, a pattern of camera shots, etc. But what about career transitions? One…

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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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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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Director Spotlight: Don Mischer

A young boy sat on the floor of his living room playing with a cardboard box. But this was not any ordinary cardboard box. On the back of the box facing the boy at eye level was a scene drawn onto an imaginary viewfinder. His mom’s only broom handle (now…

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Production in War Zones

Years ago I was employed with a company that provided audio, lighting, projection, set design, carpentry and video production services on all sorts of events. During this period I mostly worked as a Video Director although at times I would also go out with video production packages as a systems…

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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

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. May 22, 2018, FILO 2018 occurred at Willow Creek Community Church’s South Barrington campus in Chicago.  Here are…

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