Jon Swearingen (Multi-viewer)

Jon Swearingen (Multi-viewer)

  • Sep 10, 2020

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 as well as a recordings […]

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Shot Composition

Shot Composition

  • Sep 02, 2020

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 the production team be cognizant […]

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Director Spotlight: Sandy Grossman

Director Spotlight: Sandy Grossman

  • Aug 21, 2020

The Big Game … At a recent National Association of Broadcaster’s convention a man walked up to the booth I was working in, introduced himself and said that he wanted to talk to me about a TV production package for the upcoming Baltimore Raven’s season. I’ll admit it, I am not a sports guy, at all. […]

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Nothing new under the sun

Nothing new under the sun

  • Aug 18, 2020

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV Sometimes we get caught in the trap of thinking (for example) moving cameras or distressed sets are concessions to contemporary culture. But they aren’t. I would venture to say it’s all been […]

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Mastering Composition + Cinematography with Will Smith

Alan Lockwood, live Video Director & production junkie shared the following video 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.

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Camera Calling Alternative

Camera Calling Alternative

  • Jul 29, 2020

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 […]

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Video Competence

Video Competence

  • Jul 27, 2020

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 […]

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Camera Locations

Camera Locations

  • Jul 13, 2020

“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 most basic questions a video […]

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Director Spotlight: Don Hewitt

Director Spotlight: Don Hewitt

  • Jul 08, 2020

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 used.  While at the CBS’s […]

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Active Cameras

Active Cameras

  • Jul 02, 2020

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. Some of these camera techniques […]

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