Best Overall 2022 | Crisis Response Lake Charles, Louisiana | Constance Free Church

This project was shot over the course of a few days in Lake Charles, Louisiana with the mission of getting people to go on a Crisis Response mission trip. It was made to be played in our mission focus month of February. Jon Peake conceptualized the project, shot it, and edited it. Notice the drone shot going through the ladder rack of the truck, how you see it was how it was shot.

Gear Used:

Sony a7iii caged with diety shotgun
Zoom h5n
sennheiser lav.
rode go
Dji Mini2

Best Cinematography 2022 | Crown and Cross | Life Church

This was our video for Easter 2022 service. We made this to support the sermon for our senior pastor’s vision for Easter Sunday. With a crew of only 2 and one actress, we set across the country to bring the film to life. We faced snow, desert, and mountains to get the shots we needed. We knew we wanted a beautiful, unique look and lens character to further the emotional impact of the story.

This was shot with an Arri Alexa Mini and Kowa Prominar Anamorphic lenses to fully capture the beauty and space of where we were located.

Our biggest challenge was physically getting into some of the spots to film due to the snow and huge sand dunes, but as a team we worked towards the vision and overcame those challenges.

Color grading and sound design in Resolve 17

Best Direction 2022 | Night Watch | GateCity Church

I was contacted by GateCity because they wanted to put a spotlight on the Night Watch again. In past years, emphasis on the importance of the ministry had dwindled, and they wanted to stoke the fire in people’s hearts to give their nights to the Lord.

To call the audience to the ministry would require us to bring them into the Night Watch, give them a taste for what it’s like, and answer the burning question: Why would anyone ever do this? The answer to that question pointed to the reality of Jesus and our need to abide in Him.

I captured this film on the GH5s with the majority of footage shot on the Canon 24-105 and a Tamron 70-210 with the Metabones XL Speedbooster. I decided to use 1/8 Black Pro-Mist filters to create a glow and add to a spiritual aesthetic.

To remain authentic to the church, all the music used in this short was captured in the prayer room. To enhance the audio experience and immerse the audience in the sound of the prayer room, I used a Mid-Side recording/mixing technique.

Testimonial by Erik Johnson | St Mark Ministries

This is a very difficult video to produce based on the subject matter. I wanted the subject to be comfortable, but I also wanted to make sure the video looked perfect. I spent an extended period of time setting up the shot, we played around with various positions and angles and backdrops before finding the perfect solution. I had to fight the sun coming in through the windows and we were constantly losing light.

Miraculum | New Hope Community Church

This was shot and recorded live as part of a special Christmas time service. The camera on stage is the Sony a7iii on a gimbal. The individual running the camera is attempting to move his shot in a way that feels as though it’s a part of the song, almost like a dance, emphasizing certain moments, crescendos, or sounds, and highlighting worship through the instruments, being able to get in close, all while the director also told the story through cuts revealing what’s happening on stage, the other cameramen, on their Panasonic PTZs and maned camera stepped into the dance with zooms and pans.

Easter Show 2022 | Doha Fellowship

Filmed live on April 17th.
We’ve used 4 SONY PDW-X70 cameras, AVMATRIX video switcher. All camera and audio techs are volunteers in the church and not professionals.

SEVEN – Letter to Smyrna | Crosspoint City

This video was created for our worship opening for Easter 2020. We were in lockdown and no one was coming to worship. It was shot with a Cannon T6 and edited in Premier. Nothing special.

We made this film for a 2022 sermon series called Seven. It portrays John the Apostle exiled on the island of Patmos as he writes the seven letters to the churches from Revelation 2-3. We made seven different films (same visuals, different voice over) for the seven different letters.

For the visuals, we used the Red Komodo with a 18-35 Sigma photo zoom. It was shot handheld at 48fps. (The opening shot was licensed from Artgrid).

Apart from the cell bar gobo in the fourth shot, the entire project was shot with natural light only. For that one shot, we used an Aputure 300d with a spotlight attachment.

For the voice over and foley work, we used a rode ntg-2 and a sound devices mix-pre audio recorder.

For some of the sound effects we couldn’t replicate, we used freesoundarchive.

The music was licensed from Artlist.

The project was edited and color graded on DaVinci Resolve.

The two largest challenges were finding / creating period accurate props and costumes and finding a cave that worked for our shoot. We ended up driving out to Sand Rock Alabama to shoot in a cave out there.