Filmmaking: Seek Inspiration and Improvement

When you're working on producing content in a church setting, you'll often end up doing most of the work; this is a great opportunity to teach yourself new skills.

Filmmaking: Seek Inspiration and Improvement
Try to mix it up, don't just watch films, check out some popular YouTubers and see what they're doing that makes millions want to watch their work. Find some short film playlists on Vimeo and dive in. Go to your local indie theater and watch something that you wouldn't normally.
Filmmaking: Seek Inspiration and Improvement
Try to mix it up, don't just watch films, check out some popular YouTubers and see what they're doing that makes millions want to watch their work. Find some short film playlists on Vimeo and dive in. Go to your local indie theater and watch something that you wouldn't normally.

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In filmmaking, it’s extremely easy to lose your creativity in the hustle of trying to turn out good work on time - especially for those of us who work in church media.

I every so often catch myself going on auto pilot, and shooting the same talking head over and over, because I know it works. We can make the excuse that this is because we don’t have the budget or the time to make something that’s a level above.

Try to mix it up, don’t just watch films, check out some popular YouTubers.

But I think, for me at least, this ends up being more of a crutch that holds me back from producing better content.

Some of the work I am proudest of turned out great, because I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to tackle a problem. So for the New Year, I just wanted to share a few ideas on confronting certain challenges that work for me to combat being uninspired.

1. Always be watching

We live in a world of crazy visual media saturation. There are so many amazing filmmakers out there to follow. I find it challenging and inspiring to have at least a few people whose work I respect and that I check on a regular basis.

Try to mix it up, don’t just watch films, check out some popular YouTubers and see what they’re doing that makes millions want to watch their work. Find some short film playlists on Vimeo and dive in. Go to your local indie theater and watch something that you wouldn’t normally.

2. Make something weekly

This one is a personal challenge I’ve made for myself in the New Year. I find that if I’m not making passion projects in my free time, that’s when I feel the most uninspired. So for the New Year, I’ve challenged myself to make at least one video for myself weekly. It could be a comedy short, a vlog, or even an extremely overproduced Instagram story.

For some of you, it might even be something different than films. Photography, writing, forcing yourself to create can let you see things from a different angle. I guarantee you’ll have better ideas out of making something than sitting at home.


More About Seth Piper
Seth Piper is a filmmaker and editor based out of Tulsa, Okla. He currently works as the Video Director of Asbury United Methodist Church, and oversees both live broadcast and short form video production. Having attended film school at Biola University in Los Angeles and worked in commercial production, he was a wide range of experience in many different film environments. Follow him on Twitter @cameraSeth to keep up with his work.
Get in Touch: spiper@asburytulsa.org    More by Seth Piper

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