Filmmaking for Worship: From Development to Distribution

As a filmmaker, be sure to ask questions as to what is meant to be taken away from each scene.

Filmmaking for Worship: From Development to Distribution
You need more light to film, yet the stage may need to be dim in order to highlight the corner of the stage. This is a delicate balancing act that you will need to monitor from the house and the video room. This is where your relationships will come into play.
Filmmaking for Worship: From Development to Distribution
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If you do a Christmas program or Easter program, then this can help you shape your message into a film.

There are several things, though, that you first need to ask yourself, beginning with do you have any say in this production? Shooting a production has different needs than just performing on stage, and you will need to have input on lighting and staging. If the answer is no, and you still want to make this into a film, then you will need to form a relationship with the person who can help you with this.

In many articles that I write, I talk about relationships. They are the key to everything that you want to accomplish. Take it from me, you cannot do it alone.

Now what?

As a filmmaker, you need to be involved in all aspects of planning, to know who and what is involved.

Let’s look at a typical filmmaker’s list, and what they mean to you: development, preproduction, production, post-production, and distribution.

Development is the idea for the production and the script. preproduction involves the music and tech. Someone needs to write the script, someone else will write or buy the music, and someone needs to get the actors, musicians, and tech needed for the performance. It is also the practice along with putting together all the pieces, and then making changes, when you run into a problem. Then you have the production and the filming of it. And then post-production or editing.

As a filmmaker, you need to be involved in all aspects of this planning. Not to do the planning, but to know who and what is involved, so that you can start putting together your team and figure out where to put your cameras and how much light you need. You will also need to work out the sound.

Usually as a filmmaker in a church, you are behind the scenes and you will not be writing the script. As it comes together, be sure to ask questions as to what is meant to be taken away from each scene. Otherwise, you could concentrate on the wrong part of the scene and miss the point. All of the scenes should pull together to tell a story. You need to know what story is being told, so that this comes across on film.


More About Ralph Hicks
Ralph Hicks is the Tech Director for the West Asheville Baptist Church, based in Asheville, N.C. He started serving in church when he was seven and has been a part of the volunteer staff ever since. After singing in church and running sound for 20 years, he moved behind the camera where he spent several years. He was the church's Front of House Engineer, before becoming the Technical Director six years ago.
Get in Touch: rhicks@westashevillebaptist.org    More by Ralph Hicks

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