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…

Camera Calling Alternative

One of the best skills you can develop as a live video director is the ability to clearly and concisely communicate your wishes to the rest of the crew. The pressure of a live performance or a church service – in the moment – or “calling the show,” makes things that much more stressful for directors as well as potentially unclear for the show technical staff listening for instruction. If you come out of a legitimate theater or AV background…

Reflections on NAB 2019

This past Monday through Thursday was NAB 2019, held yearly in Lost Wages Nevada, the trade-show of trade-shows for all things video and broadcast production topics related. For three days prior to NAB I attended a meeting in Reno with senior level network executives from Disney/ABC/ESPN, AT&T/Warner/Turner, NBC/Universal, CBS/Viacom, etc., discussing the future of video production, OTT (over-the-top web based content delivery), streaming, cable and broadcasting. Prophetically, one technology executive was heard to say, “in the next sixty months we…

Video Competence

Advice received from tech conferences, magazines, websites, discussion boards and even from fellow technical-artist friends can be wonderful; but have you ever wished you could get your hands on scientific research regarding competencies using video communication technology? I have. Recently a DeGroote School of Business research study regarding the effectiveness of conducting job interviews via video-conferencing was published. While admittedly not identical to producing a multi-camera broadcast or I-mag presentation at your church, I am impressed by how similar the advice the…

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 service, but today I run a Yamaha CL5 console for a mobile campus that has two morning services and approximately 300 people per service.  God is good!” A third, “This…

Black and Blue’s video – Lens Cleaning

Do you know how to clean your camera’s or projector’s lens the correct way? We have a really good post on the subject here on controlbooth.tv which includes a detailed kit list in case you want to put together your own lens-cleaning go-to bag. To augment this post I recently found the following video from The Black and Blue below. How to Clean a Camera Lens Without Damaging the Glass Tom D'AngeloTom D’Angelo has worked in television production and AVL…

Musical Mediocrity

A few months ago I visited a church with a musician-friend I know.  I’ve been to this church before.  They are well established in the community near where he lives, have great Bible-oriented preaching and a warm friendly environment.  So, when my musician-friend began looking for a church to call home I recommended that he visit this church with me and check it out. He visited twice and then stopped.  I asked why. I could tell he was uncomfortable communicating…

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 the cross is the message, Phil!” Or, “God’s love for us is the message, not the medium!” You get the picture. My church-upbringing causes a kneejerk reaction to defend what…

Building Arks

“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett When stormy seasons come I am reminded of Warren Buffett’s statement, “Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” I wonder, if God through Noah had only warned of the coming flood, what good would that have been? Love is shown only through the fabrication, provision and the opportunity to be rescued by the Ark. As a technical artist (in church or elsewhere) I am called to be a problem solver,…