Filmmaking, Small Church Workshops Offer Some Tech Insights

Preconference sessions at WFX in Louisville discuss value behind practice to get best use of technology.

Filmmaking, Small Church Workshops Offer Some Tech Insights
David McCauley, Principal Consultant for CSD Group, speaks during the The Innovative Small Church preconference session, Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Louisville during the WFX conference.
Filmmaking, Small Church Workshops Offer Some Tech Insights
David McCauley, Principal Consultant for CSD Group, speaks during the The Innovative Small Church preconference session, Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Louisville during the WFX conference.

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While the Tech Leaders Retreat was one of the five preconference workshops Tuesday at WFX in Louisville, two other workshops of note were being held concurrently at the Kentucky Exposition Center, with a primary or secondary focus toward technology.

Those two other workshops were Filmmaking, featuring a pair from Harvest Bible Chapel, based in the Chicago area, Taylor Shanton, Head Filmmaker, and Isaac MacDonald, Filmmaker/Video Editor, along with The Innovative Small Church session, that included David McCauley, Principal Consultant for CSD Group, Keri Rafter, Tech Director for Floris United Methodist, Mark MacDonald, Church Communications Strategist for Be Known for Something and Randall Bayne, Executive Director for the National Praise and Worship Institute.

‘If my intent is to lead people into worship, I will use every tool that I can.’

Each of the workshops had about 40 attendees take part in each of the five-hour sessions.

During the Filmmaking workshop, Shanton presented a few examples of different videos that had been completed by Harvest, including one that incorporated clips of people dancing. Shanton admitted that finding the right clip to work with the finished video was not a quick process. The pair then talked about how they would begin with an idea, to the end of with a completed video.

“For us, we’re jumping on board with that vision, rallying behind that vision, and executing that vision,” noted Shanton. Pertaining to the where the vision originates, he said that by “talking to the worship pastor…this is the vision we got from you.” In seeking out others who can help with that vision, MacDonald said, “People are drawn to great things, they are going to come on and help.”

Aside from talking just about the philosophy behind the completion of film projects, the pair also talked to the attendee group about worthwhile lighting options for filming when one’s filming budget doesn’t permit for expensive choices. Among the places to look online, Shanton talked about finding worthwhile lighting products on eBay. In addition, he talked about the cost benefit of seeking out lighting kits versus trying to buy individual lights, which can get rather expensive incredibly quickly. “The bulbs are like $150 a piece, being flexible is very important, to match colors and lighting,” he added.

During the tech segment for the Innovative Small Church session, McCauley talked about the audio, video and lighting options that can be sought out that serve as cost-conscious choices.

For him, he found a trip down to South America as a rather eye opening experience, seeing how some within a church in that part of the world were able to do so much with so little.

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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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