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Anything But A Silent Night

A music video for our Christmas Eve services. Filmed on location in a small horse barn utilizing nanlite forzas and color panels and tubes. Cameras used were Sony fs5s.

Resurrecting – Every Nation NYC

Our church in Every Nation NYC is compromised of numerous different sites in Brooklyn, Bronx, Hamptons, New Jersey, and Manhattan which is the main one, and the one I’m with. One of our leaders in Manhattan collaborated with our former worship leader who is now in Taipei, Taiwan. Together, they came up with the idea for a special worship video for Easter where all the worship leaders from the different sites sing together for a mix.

Producing the video is where I came in. I used a Zhiyun Weebill-S gimbal, with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 and a Sigma 18-35mm w/ f/1.8 lens + Viltrox Speedbooster attached. This combination of heavy body and lens was basically most of the challenge of recording. In terms of special recordings, most people know that the GH5 has terrible autofocus, and on top of that, the Sigma and lens adapter basically meant that I had to use manual focus for the entire project, focus pulling as I was side-walking around the singers. What was challenging also was the unpredictable lighting and wind outdoors, especially on a sunny day. We compromised with having half of the singers face lit up, while the other half in shadows for days where the sun was full blown. It was also challenging to get similar quality video from our remote sites in Hamptons and Taipei which didn’t have access to someone like me, so I had to give very specific and detailed instructions for recording and lip-syncing.

Silent Night

This music video was part of a nationally televised broadcast we produced for Christmas 2020. We set up some black plastic in our studio and burnt several holes in it to allow for the light to pass through. The light coming through the holes is from two Arri M18s and a few Aputure 120Ds. Then two Titan tubes are overhead, being pushed through some diffusion for a soft key light.

Director/DP: Justin Arwood
Steadicam: Luke Whitmire

Equipment:
Canon C200s
Zeiss CP.2 28mm Lens
Astera Titan Tubes
Arri M18s
Aputure 120D

This Christmas

This music video was part of a nationally televised broadcast we produced for Christmas 2020. The location we filmed in had a lot of the Christmas lights in the background already. We added in the practical chandelier for our keylight, a few leko fixtures for backlight, and the floor lamps around the room for more visual interest. We also hazed the space to create some more atmosphere.

Director/DP: Justin Arwood
Steadicam: Luke Whitmire
Camera Ops: TJ Nix, Jonah Gibson, DJ Mahannah, Justin Arwood
Production Assistants: Tiffany Nix, Cristina Arias

Equipment:
Canon C200s
Xeen Cine Lenses
ETC Leko Source 4s

“Heal The Land” | NewSpring Kansas Worship

This music video was part of a nationally televised broadcast we produced in 2020. The Kansas African American Museum graciously allowed us to film on their grounds. The natural light coming from the stained windows was an incredible foundation for our lighting. We added a couple extra fixtures to push the window light a little further into the room and then shaped the rest of the light by either drawing or lifting the blinds. Then we staged our vocalists and instrumentalists in a direction that worked best for the room.

Director/DP: Justin Arwood
Steadicam: Luke Whitmire
Camera Ops: TJ Nix & Justin Arwood

Equipment:
Canon C200s
Xeen Cine Lenses
Steadicam Aero 30
Astera Titan Tubes

Be Thou My Vision

After a few failed attempts at rehearsal over Zoom, our choir began meeting in small groups during the pandemic. To keep them integrated as a part of the worship, we began to film them in groups of 4. We used two cameras that each had two mic inputs so 4 was our max. We would pre-record the backing track in house with our pianist. The biggest issue we overcame was the matter of synchronizing ~30 filming sessions in a consistent manner; for our summer jubilee we had 58 singers and multiple instruments being record separately. The use of a simple 4 clap before beginning made all the difference in the world. We began to do these videos weekly with the choir with about a one week turn around between filming and using them.

Music Director- Peter Infanger
Edited by Parker Lee

O Come O Come Emmanuel – The Liturgists cover

Our cover of O Come O Come Emmanuel was one of the 10 music video songs we included in our online Christmas Eve service during the pandemic. Citylight church is three separate buildings with pastors that meet throughout the larger Philadephia area. Our challenge in this project was using musicians from the three separate congregations who may or may not have played music together. This hauntingly beautiful cover was the result of that partnership.

We shot this on two Blackmagic Pocket Cinema cameras.

Covid Bye Bye Bye

Used a Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4k with Rokinon cinema lenses. We used an actual Zoom session to record some of it and that proved very challenging because of audio delay. We could not get everyone “in-sync” pun intended.