Filmmaking for Churches: How to Best Incorporate Video
Working on filmmaking for churches is important, because it connects the story that we have as followers of Christ with the emotion that drives people to action.
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Working for a church as a full-time filmmaker is extremely challenging.
Whether it be what at times feels like endless feedback on a video that you have poured your heart into, or fighting to bring life back into the stories that have seemingly lost meaning in our culture today, or even just struggling to conceptually understand what is being expected of you — it’s hard work.
It will stretch your comfort zone wide open and at many times leaving you feeling like you’ve got nothing left to offer.
I am constantly reassessing and introspectively looking at what subtle things I am expecting from the people around me, and in turn, what they are expecting from me. This process of looking back, realigning expectations, attempting to fully understand and clarify what the target is, stepping outside of the situation and trying to grasp the full picture, is what I have found to be a key difference between healthy filmmakers that have the ability to really influence the people around them, and the filmmakers that quickly burn out and end up leaving the church creatively in a broken mess.
So why do we do it?
This is a question we all have to answer for ourselves. For me, it always comes back to my passion for telling stories and inspiring the people around me.
I love a good story.
Everyone loves a good story.
We’ve all heard a great story.
We’ve all been emotionally inspired by a story that just sticks.
And that’s because we as human beings are intrinsically driven by emotion.
Now, before you go running off with that last sentence, yes, some people are much more driven by emotion than others, but deep down, we all have this element of motivation that arises if our emotions are hit in just the right way.
Yes, it might take a story carrying weight the size of Mount Everest to move certain people and others are whisked away by emotion the size of a grain of sand, but everyone has that trigger.
When I tell a story, specifically through a film, I am always dreaming about how someone might be inspired by that film.
The way I see it: films ignite inspiration, inspiration fuels emotion, and emotion is what drives action.
If I can inspire someone who sees a film that I made, it is the very first step in what will hopefully end in some sort emotional engagement, to the point of actually doing something about it.
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