As Kurt mentioned in his Sermon on Easter Sunday, we are looking to have you record a short (60-90 seconds) video of how God is working in your life. The point isn’t to create great video or have a perfect shot, but to simply show ourselves in a time of extreme separation. Introduce yourself, give us a little update on life and let us know how we can be praying for you. This is a true gift to the whole church.
Click HERE to upload your video when you are ready.
Here are 10 tips to help get great results shooting your video:
1. Turn your phone to its side and shoot in landscape mode as this orientation is most compatible with our website.
2. If you have the option, use a tripod. If you don’t have a tripod, prop the camera/phone at eye level or have someone help by holding the camera for you. They can use the handle of a broom or mop to help steady their hand while they record.
3. Don’t use the digital zoom. Doing this will decrease the video quality. Instead, just step closer to the camera.
4. If your phone has the option, take video in at least 720p and at 30fps.
5. The best lighting is outside in full shade so you won’t have to squint and it will give you a nice even lighting across your face. If outside doesn’t work because of weather or otherwise, you can achieve the same by sitting next to a window. Sit/stand so that the light from the window lights up your face (not with the window behind you).
6. Be mindful of background noises – especially if you are taking video outside (ex. wind noise, dogs barking, traffic).
7. Fill the frame with your face (chest up is fine).
8. You don’t need to worry about adding transitions and special effects in the video. If you’d like to do so, feel free. If you are using an iPhone, iMovie or on android, Quik from GoPro are good video editors if you would like to trim your video down or cut multiple takes together. But remember, you don’t need to make a perfect video. Just tell your story and we can help with getting the video cleaned up and ready to share.
9. Write down a few bullet points of what you want to say ahead of time so you can refer to them if you need to while you’re shooting your video.
10. Pray. Before you begin, pray that God would use your words to help someone else – He knows just who needs to hear your testimony or words of encouragement. If prayer precedes, your mind and focus will be on His kingdom work, rather than on earthly insecurities or motives that may creep in and discourage you. We are all our own worst critic, but when God is the one doing the work, you can rest at ease knowing the work of his hands is always perfect.