Quantity over Quality, or the other way around?

I came across an interesting article entitled “Everything You Need To Know About Video Production Costs.” While the focus of this controlbooth.tv post today is not about production costs per se, I do want to highlight some of the statistics quoted in the Storyhunter article, which I think we involved with House of Worship video production would be wise to consider. The author makes the point that when considering the vast quantity of video content available on-line and that which…

Engadget: HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG: How does high dynamic range video work?

The folks at the tech website Engadget have produced a video entitled, “HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG: How does high dynamic range video work?” While explained from the consumer (not the content creator, production) perspective, Engadget does an admirable job attempting to explain REC709, REC2020, some of the various HDR (High Dynamic Range) standards and what improvements and challenges each offer. For churches that are wary about a potential eventual migration to 4K/UHD; HDR in 1080 resolution may offer dramatic…

Thunder Soul

This week’s “things I like” is a 2011 movie I happen to stumble upon on Amazon Prime entitled, “Thunder Soul.” Executive Produced by Jamie Foxx, the film offers the true story of a 1970’s Texas High School stage-band music teacher who inspired not only his students but the entire student body and community at large transforming a student jazz band into a legendary funk powerhouse. For those of us involved in church tech-arts that are inclined to quickly dismiss all…

Does the Bible have anything to say about technology?

And if yes, what? No, I am not suggesting there are obscure or hidden Bible verses mentioning digital audio consoles, DMX, or large sensor camera imagers. But I’ve heard (usually from church tech-arts brethren) that the Bible has little to say about technology. Maybe that assumption should be challenged? In 1st Samuel the Bible reveals to us a story which has technology at its core, throughout, from beginning to end. It’s a story about the longing for better technology ……

Camera Operating Tips & Thoughts

Last week was a perennial event called “Bridgefest” hosted by a regional radio station the church I attend operates. They typically have Christian artists and presenters in a historic 125 year old auditorium seating 6,250, located in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. This year Pastor Pancho Juarez spoke, Matt Schuler and Big Daddy Weave shared the stage with … well … me. You see, I volunteered to run camera and that turned into me operating handheld, so at times I was…

Leadership and Labels

No, this post is not about identifying cables. We who are involved in technical arts are taught to label everything. Run a cable, label it. Pack a roadcase, drawer or storage shelf, label it. Have a broken piece of gear, put a huge warning label on it. You get the idea. But there is a downside to our propensity to label everything. Volunteers who are always late or do not respond to Planning Center requests may get labeled. Band members…

Mastering Composition + Cinematography with Will Smith

Alan Lockwood, live Video Director & production junkie at Kensington Community Church shared the following video recently on Facebook, “Mastering Composition + Cinematography with Will Smith.” I thought it was interesting and helpful. So here you go! Or, for more in depth information on church multi-camera shot composition check out this controlbooth.tv post. Tom D'AngeloTom D’Angelo has worked in television production and AVL corporate theater for nearly four decades. He is Emmy Award nominated (Best Director category, Mid-Atlantic) and has…

Artemis Pro

Have you ever seen a behind-the-scenes video from a feature film and the movie Director is walking around with what appears to be a film camera’s viewfinder attached to a film lens with a pistol grip? That’s called a “Director’s Viewfinder.” It allows the Director to see for himself/herself what a particular lens’ focal length will produce in field-of view. They use this to visualize a scene, insure that the lens will capture the view needed, as well as to…

FILO 2019 Day #2 Photo Recap

Day #1 was so good at FILO we returned for Day #2 expecting great things and were not disappointed. Tom D'AngeloTom D’Angelo has worked in television production and AVL corporate theater for nearly four decades. He is Emmy Award nominated (Best Director category, Mid-Atlantic) and has been part of various teams nominated or winning national Emmys.  As the Media Director at a megachurch in the 1980’s he developed a love for the Church and church performing and technical artists.

FILO 2019 Day #1 Photo Recap

It’s wonderful to be back at the FILO (First in Last Out) conference at Willow Creek Community Church’s South Barrington IL main campus. FILO is an opportunity for church techs to gather, be encouraged, learn, and share. If you’ve never been to a FILO conference, I’d recommend it. Here are some photos from Day #1 of FILO. Enjoy! Tom D'AngeloTom D’Angelo has worked in television production and AVL corporate theater for nearly four decades. He is Emmy Award nominated (Best…