Sessions

2022 BREAKOUT SESSIONS*

KEYNOTE: Accomplishing the Mission

Deadlines, details, and deliverables are at the top of all our lists when producing church media. As a result, we often end up focusing on the production and forget about its purpose. Drawing upon his experiences in sports, church and ministry media, I Am Second Executive Producer John Humphrey shares ways to balance the demands of the project with sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish the mission at hand.

Presented by John Humphrey

KEYNOTE: To Cancel or to Commit to the Call?

Now more than ever our culture struggles with commitment and even applauds and celebrates a lack of commitment. If we don’t guard our hearts and minds, we can easily buy into a mentality that says, I’m not good enough, I can’t do this, I should go somewhere else or I should do something else. As church creatives and techs, God has gifted you and called you to something greater! You were uniquely created with a purpose! Together we will unpack how God’s Word can show us how to block out the noise of the cancel culture and crash through obstacles to keep creating, ideating and innovating to build God's Church.

Presented by Dave Clark

KEYNOTE: Transforming Culture Through Arts and Media: Revealing the Heart of Jesus to a Generation

For too long, the world has set the narrative of who Jesus is and as a result, the church has been seen as sterile, hypocritical, boring, and judgmental. That couldn't be further from the truth! Jesus is the desire of the nations, the satisfier of the longing in every man's heart! If it is true that people become what they behold, then now more than ever is the time for God's creatives who carry the heart of Jesus to arise and articulate that heart to a chaotic world..

Presented by Michael Maudlin

WORKSHOP: Asynchronous Communities & an Introduction to the Digital & Metaverse Church

Church can happen without a building; COVID taught us this. And yet, what does church look like without buildings? The answer lies in Digital and Metaverse Churches, which tend to lean towards "asynchronous communities" for engagement, built with tools as simple as Facebook Groups or WhatsApp but oftentimes leaning toward more complex options like Slack, Discord or Mighty Networks. Want to learn more? Jump into this workshop as we talk about how Digital and Metaverse Churches are using asynchronous communities to make church more than just a weekend product.

Presented by Jeff Reed

WORKSHOP : Basic Interviewing Setup, Techniques and Tricks

Beginner to intermediate

An overview of video basics with the focus on interviews. We will talk about techniques and helps no matter the tools. We will cover composition, audio, lighting, and editing. We will also delve into some hacks and helps to make up for equipment shortages. No matter the budget, there is still hope for a cinematic video. It is more about techniques than tools.

Presented by Bill Dewhurst, Rashad Gopee

WORKSHOP: Building a Storytelling Ministry Team

If they're inspired by the talk and want to know "ok, but how do we practically start?" That's what this workshop is about. The audience is first introduced to the idea of a media missionary (aka film revivalist), to help them understand the mission field not just accessed by our feet, but by our content.

The audience will learn
• The benefit of documentary storytelling
• The types of stories to tell first, and how to lay your storytelling content foundation
• Creating an efficient production approach to get the most value out of the content
• Strategies for premiere events for local outreach or to bless the congregation
• How to create a process to find and identify stories
• The equipment needed to begin

WORKSHOP: Cinematography

This interactive workshop will focus on:

1. Cinematographer responsibilities
2. Preparation: Pre-Production
3. Preparation: Production
4. Preparation: Post - Production
5. Workshop: Shooting an interview
Camera setups
Camera motion
Lighting setup

WORKSHOP: Creating a Moment of Encounter | How to film an authentic story

This is an in-depth look at how to create an emotionally-engaging film that touches the audience at their core. Bryce will walk the audience through his documentary storytelling process. In this workshop attendees will learn:


• Basic 3 act story structure
• The plot archetype of faith-based stories
• How to "find" the story before you film it through pre-interview phone calls
• How to craft a documentary script
• Overview of a minimalist camera system
• Capturing natural sound on location

Presented by Bryce McNabb

WORKSHOP: Film, The Spiritual Weapon

The church has at its fingertips a powerful spiritual weapon, one that could help win back the culture and harvest souls, but it's overlooked because it's not fully understood. I was saved not by a church or local outreach, but by watching a video. This session is about the transformative power of stories and the spiritual calling of the filmmaker/content creator as a gatekeeper.

Through this talk, the audience will learn
• How a film is a window to a moment of encounter with Jesus
• The spiritual calling of the filmmaker
• The transformative power of stories via "narrative transportation"
• Media theory, and how media creates culture
• What a story is and how to structure one

WORKSHOP: Ideas on a Deadline: How to be Creative When the Clock is Ticking

Based on Phil Cooke's acclaimed new book, this workshop will be the definitive experience for creative people who have to deliver breakthrough ideas on demand. One of the most destructive myths about creativity is the idea that we need to wait for inspiration. But as artist Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.” If you’re a creative professional, this session will teach you how to “prime the pump” of your creativity, overcome the blocks, and deliver great ideas when you need them the most.

Presented by Phil Cooke

WORKSHOP: Maximizing Your Social Media

Most churches have two posts ready every week for their social media — the "can't wait for church on Sunday" and the "church Sunday was so good." The fact of the matter is, every Sunday your church experience is full of gold that you can flip and turn into valuable content. This session will teach attendees how to turn two pieces of content into 50 using the power of story on social media.

WORKSHOP: Music Mixing for Streaming and Broadcast

Through discussion and demonstration, mix engineer David Stagl will address common challenges faced in creating polished streaming music mixes. Topics will include monitoring, achieving competitive levels for streaming, strategies for building a solid mix, the use of crowd mics, and getting great drum and vocal sounds.

Presented by Dave Stagl

DEMO: Canon Cinema Camera | EOS R5 C

Go in-depth with Canon’s House of Worship National Sales Manager Darren Fordham to look at the newest Canon cinema camera, the EOS R5 C. Darren will discuss the camera’s newest features, address workflows and show examples of the latest projects.

Presented by Darren Fordham

DEMO: Music Matters LED Content Studio

Capture attendees are invited to visit Music Matters’ content creation stage, with an LED wall and floor. Attendees will be able to learn about the gear and view samples of Music Matters’ live events and content creation. Visitors will also be able to choose content selections for taking photo booth-style photos. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and help visitors navigate options for content creation/filmmaking, live events/festivals, venue consultations and more.

Presented by Lindsay Schwartz

DEMO: Shooting from a Sony Airpeak Drone

Join Sony and Pilot Travis Snyder for a live in-person demo of Airpeak. Combining our imaging and sensing technological expertise and AI Robotics, Sony opens the skies into an infinite creative playground - one with unprecedented freedom. Let us lift you to never-reached creative experience by unleashing all constraints and barriers.

DEMO: Bringing Order to the Chaos of Your Media – DigitalGlue

With more and more multimedia content being developed on a daily basis, one of the single most impactful operational changes an organization can make to reduce the costs associated with the content lifecycle is to “centralize” its media storage. Join cinematographer and the VP of Solutions Architecture at DigitalGlue, Philip Grossman, to learn how you can be the best steward for your church production team by using the creative.space on - premise managed storage solution to organize, manage and produce content , saving time and money. Grossman will also show how production te ams can now achieve cinema - quality video while live streaming by mounting their existing broadcast lenses to a RED V - RAPTOR 8K or KOMODO 6K camera , using DigitalGlue’s newly released B4 to RF mount

TOUR: Tapping into Your Live Production Potential: How Post-Pandemic Ministry has Opened the Door to a Whole New Era of Technology & Production Workflow

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Limited availability
This tour will focus on the technology and workflow that powers 12Stone Church’s Sunday services. Come take a deep dive into the video system at 12Stone. Learn how they are leveraging technology to create live in-room and broadcast experiences, how they produce their pre/post service hosting, message/sermon graphics, how they embed and de-embed audio, camera/lens selection, plus the control room setup and workflow.

Presented by 12Stone Production Director & Support - Taylor Davis

TOUR: FOH Audio Tour sponsored by Clark

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited space.
Explore live audio production from the Digico Quantum 338 console with 12Stone house audio engineers. Come with questions and curiosity to learn from those who are most familiar with the space and tools within.

Presented by 12Stone Audio Director and team - Ronny Cates
Tour Parnter: Clark

BOOK SIGNING: Phil Cooke - Ideas on a Deadline: How to be Creative When the Clock is Ticking

The first 200 attendees get a free copy of Phil Cooke's new book. Meet Phil and get your book signed on Tuesday evening during social time. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

Assembling an Amazing Volunteer Film Crew

Church film teams crank out a staggering volume of content in today’s world. And a church’s team can only be as strong as its members’ combined experiences and abilities. Yet, these teams are predominantly composed of volunteer crew with a varied range of skills. So, how do you build and shepherd this extraordinary blend of talent? Join us for a practical, experience-based conversation about how team leads can build their dream volunteer film crews—ones that collaborate well together and weather the pressures of production as creatively and professionally as possible. Church film teams crank out a staggering volume of content in today’s world. And a church’s team can only be as strong as its members’ combined experiences and abilities. Yet, these teams are predominantly composed of volunteer crew with a varied range of skills. So, how do you build and shepherd this extraordinary blend of talent? Join us for a practical, experience-based conversation about how team leads can build their dream volunteer film crews—ones that collaborate well together and weather the pressures of production as creatively and professionally as possible.

Presented by Laura Tapp

How to Use Instagram Reels & Tiktok Trends to Your Advantage

From the beginning of time, stories were told around a fire or in a book at bedtime. Story is captivating, and when combined with the infinite reach of social media, it’s one of the most potent tools a church can use to spread the Message. This session will teach you how to become a more powerful storyteller, one who masterfully targets and grows your social audience

Presented by Rohn Starling

The Importance of Color Correcting | Covering the Basics

Beginner to intermediate

This will be an introduction into the reasons for color correction and how to deal with the most common problems. We will look at ways to reduce the need for it, cover the reasons for color correcting and offer some basic setups to enhance the look of your videos.

Presented by Bill Dewhurst, Rashad Gopee

Unprecedented Times Call for Filmmakers to Keep Making Films

As technology evolves so does creativity. This breakout is focusing on how filmmaking has evolved over the years in church media from in-room live experience to the global virtual world.

Presented by 12Stone Creative Team – Timmy Allen (Creative, Film & Design Director), Daniel Loggins (Filmmaker), and James Legg (Film Director).

What is Green Screen and What Can I do With it?

Beginner to intermediate

This will be an overview of the different capabilities of a green screen and how to make it work on any budget. We will cover techniques, helps and different software and effects. We will cover what to do in the three phases of production.

Presented by Bill Dewhurst, Rashad Gopee

IMAG, Projection & LED Wall Best Practices

Creating killer video content is only half the job. The other half is presenting it well in live environments. But most videographers don’t have control over these environments. Or if they do, they aren’t sure how to maximize them. So we will unpack directing for image magnification best practices. We will also walk through key differences in rooms with projectors and LED walls. You will receive coaching for your production volunteers and stage talent, so that everything is working in sync to create a visually engaging experience.

Presented by Ben Stapley

How to Work With Different Personalities and Still Be Friends

Frustration and friction are no fun in the work environment, especially when you work at a church where grace and mercy should abound. Learning to work with different personalities can solve a lot of these daily frustrations. In this session, you will find out how to work with people who are different from you and still be friends at the end of the day

Presented by Dennis Choy

Audio is Half of Your Videos

According to George Lucas, "Sound is half the experience in seeing a film." Do your videos sound as great as they look? From capturing audio in the field to audio post-production, David Stagl will provide some practical tips and tricks for improving the audio in your videos.

Presented by Dave Stagl

Awesome Message Series Bumpers

Bumper videos are a large investment for your church. So you need to reduce their cost and increase their impact to make them worth it. You also need to put your best creative foot forward to capture the attention of your audience. This breakout will show examples of killer bumpers and outline best practices to ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck. The majority of best practices will be intermediate level, but there will be some for beginners and experts as well.

Presented by Ben Stapley

What’s your creative process? Dream, Focus, Reality, Refocus, Execute, Evaluate

Do you have a process to create things? Maybe you subconsciously do it without knowing it. Learn a process that you can do with your team to help finish creativity and make sure everyone is on the same page at the end of the day.

Presented by Dennis Choy

Structured Creativity: How Implementing the Right Organizational Systems Can Unlock Creative Freedom

The key to full creativity isn’t the absence of boundaries: it’s the presence of appropriate structure that allows for flexibility within those borders. In this lab, we’ll talk about practical tools that you can use in your organization to give healthy structure to the teams that develop and implement ideas. Whether it’s establishing a process for planning sermon series, or just having better resources to communicate and manage or track project status, the right systems can lead to a release of creative freedom and an increase in productivity.

Presented by Justin Firesheets

Church Filmcraft Festival

Join us for an evening premier viewing of selected Church Filmcraft Festival submissions. Our panel will take time to discuss the films after each viewing. Audience interaction is encouraged.

Presented by select panelists and your church creative peers

Let Your Light Shine: How to Collaborate With Pastors on Developing God-Given Creative Ideas

Join other creatives to collaborate and discuss Women in Tech, Creative Pastors Roundtable, and Filming in Foreign Lands. Rotate through the different topics/tables to join in on one or more of these intimate conversations.

Presented by Austin Allen

Post-COVID: Where Do We Go From Here?

During the pandemic and church lockdowns, Phil Cooke monitored hundreds of church livestreams and traveled throughout that time working with local churches. He will share what he’s learned (good and bad) and lay out priorities for the future. Attendees will also find out what the most effective churches are doing.

Presented by Phil Cooke

Directing

Award-winning director/DP Josh Etheridge has made films for celebrities and influencers like Francis Chan, Nick Jonas, and Ashley Graham, while traveling the world creating video content for nonprofits. Josh now leads a film team at Blue Ridge Community Church, while running his own commercial production company. During this session, Josh will cover directing productions in depth, including interviews, scenes, and pre- and post-production specifics. He will also address the how-to’s of team leadership.

Presented by Josh Etheridge

Preventing Burnout Before it Happens

Burnout is deadly and it can happen to anyone. Usually it’s in a work environment that’s not the healthiest, but believe it or not, it can happen even in a healthy environment. Come learn how to prevent burnout before it happens.

Presented by Dennis Choy

Rethinking Church Experience

Interactive topics on live production, multi-platform production, programming outlines, and vision execution for production teams.

Presented by the 12Stone Programming Directors Team - Josh Taylor, Jeremy Epps, Travis Billman

Table Top Discussions - Filming in Foreign Lands

Join other creatives to collaborate and discuss Women in Tech, Creative Pastors Roundtable, and Filming in Foreign Lands. Rotate through the different topics/tables to join in on one or more of these intimate conversations.

Facilitated by Laura Tapp, Jon Snyder, Bill Dewhurst, Dave Clark, Eric Bramlett

"Rethinking Church Experience: Service Programming | Multifaceted Innovation | Flexible Spaces For Flexible Ministry"

Interactive topics on live production, multi-platform production, programming outlines, and vision execution for production teams.

The Power of Story on Social

From the beginning of time, stories were told around a fire or in a book at bedtime. Story is captivating, and when combined with the infinite reach of social media, it’s one of the most potent tools a church can use to spread the Message. This session will teach you how to become a more powerful storyteller, one who masterfully targets and grows your social audience.

Presented by Rohn Starling

Budget Friendly and Ready to Rock: A call to vintage Super 16mm Film technology for the Modern Church Filmmaker

This class is open to attendees of any and all skill levels who want to learn more about achieving the look of this vintage format for digital cinematography. We’ll look at some popular examples from recent films and discuss how that affects storytelling within the church. Topics to be covered include how to achieve this look with digital cameras and which projects would be best for this look.

Square Lenses, Big Picture: Why shoot anamorphic?

Anamorphic lenses are almost as old as video itself, using a curved, square lens to “squeeze” your image for a more shallow depth of field and unmistakable “look.” This workshop will discuss the practical use of anamorphic lenses and how to use them to achieve a truly cinematic look for storytelling. We’ll look at the origins of this technology that is over 100 years old and discuss why some of the top filmmakers today love this look. Some topics we’ll cover are the artistic characteristics and challenges of anamorphic filmmaking and some of the pros and cons for church filmmakers.

PRE-RECORDED: How Elevation is Bringing Church to People

Over the past six years Elevation Church has opened its “doors" to people from around the globe who have had a desire to be a part of the family. From the weekend experience to opportunities to serve and build community from anywhere in the world, Elevation has seen a local church become a global family. Hear from Chad Zollo, the church’s online pastor, as he breaks down some of the decisions that led Elevation to where it is today. Learn how they make it a priority to create environments for those who are a part of the church who may never enter a physical building

Presented by Chad Zollo

PRE-RECORDED: Worship in AR and the Metaverse

The Metaverse isn't a new thing. It's already here! With 154 million active users to date, the "Metaverse" will skyrocket in the months and years to come. But what is the Metaverse, actually? And how will this technology impact the church and society overall? Let's talk about how the church needs to influence the metaverse and how the metaverse will impact the church.

Presented by Jeff Reed

 * Session topics, speakers, and schedule are subject to change.