Director Spotlight: Sandy Grossman

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. In an attempt to be polite I chatted with him and did my best to talk “sports-talk.” At one point I asked, “What stadium do…

Becoming A Partner

Most church techs I’ve met (including myself) hate to be on-stage. We’re perfectly happy behind the scenes in our chosen supporting roles. While we withdraw from the spotlight of attention some occasionally feel our work goes unnoticed, dare I say unappreciated. Unless resolved we may go through periods being conflicted. We don’t want attention, but we also don’t want to be unappreciated. Being conflicted unchecked over time can consume us. I used to work at a successful A/V Staging company…

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 some of my photos from Day one at FILO: One thing that impacts me greatly is the sight of hundreds of church tech people – many wearing blacks, all standing…

1080i or 1080p? Which one is best?

A church tech emailed me the following question. I asked his permission to create a controlbooth.tv post from my answer. He wrote: Hey buddy, had a question for you. We are running our system at 1080i 59.94. We are using a Ross Black Carbonite switcher, bmd router, Nova Star processors for our Imag screens and LED wall onstage. We use Living as One to stream to our web site, also to FB and YT. Our creative department is asking us…

Nothing new under the sun

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 2019 culture. They aren’t. I would venture to say it’s all been done before in one way or another, even as far back as fifty or more years ago. This is why the desire to do something totally…

Ron de Moraes Interview

Ron de Moraes’ credits include broadcast video Director for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,”  the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants, the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda.” “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul,” “The Celebrity Apprentice Live Finale,” “Disney Parks Christmas Parade Special” and others. A phone interview with Ron de Moraes during his lunch break on the set of “The Celebrity Apprentice Live Finale.”   The original version of this post was published August…

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…

Pea Soup Phantom Hazer

Let’s face it lighting without haze is the equivalent of looking at your Christmas tree lights from across the living room… they can be pretty, but nothing to write home about. However, when we add haze to a room and shoot some lighting beams through it, we can make an entirely different, immersive, amazing, mind-blowing, awesome, 3-dimensional experience. Our auditorium seats around 700. We use some decent lighting gear along with IMAG. However, our old, water-based hazer produced something more…