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Listen to all the songs for the event. This will help you know where the instrumental breaks and vocal solos are. This allows you to plan your shots and transition.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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Here are two good rules for cutting. First cut on the down beat. The second rule is to cut on periods.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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If you want your directing to get better, encourage your crew and compliment them when they do things right.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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Static shots are boring, so keep the movement going as much as possible. Try to have your cameras constantly pushing, pulling, panning, tilting, or doing some other type of movement.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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They say 10% of leadership is making the decision the other 90% is communicating the decision. This leadership principle holds true to the directing role.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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Most of the time you want a knees up or waist up shot because the closer you get to your subject the more intimate it will be. The widest you should be is a head-to-toe shot.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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The director always needs to be thinking and experiencing the production one step ahead of everybody else. This will help them anticipate the action, cue camera operators accordingly, and cut when necessary.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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Its better not to do IMAG than to do it poorly. And it cost money to do it well. So wait till you have the budget.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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Your leadership needs to buy into this concept before you move it forward. They need to agree philosophically and be willing to budget accordingly.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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IMAG helps ensure there isn't a bad seat in the house. It helps make sure everyone has a clear view of the action.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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IMAG connects everyone in an auditorium to what is happening on the stage. This keeps people engaged and enhances their overall experience.⠀ #DirectingForIMAG #BenStapleyVideos

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Another tip for chat host - Never say I don't know. If you can’t answer a question, let the guest know you’ll forward it to the church online pastor and they’ll get back to them.⠀ #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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Here is a tip for chat hosts - picture chat participants as your unsaved friend or family member. When you picture your target audience this way you will naturally communicate in a loving and respectful way which will draw them in.⠀ #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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Here are two rules for on camera hosts 1) connection over content and 2) secular over sacred.⠀ #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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The second negative aspect of church online is it requires a degree of tech. So, if your church doesn’t have the equipment and the know-how, it’s gonna be an uphill climb.⠀ #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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Church online has plenty of pros but it also has a couple of cons. The first con is lack of social decorum.⠀ #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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Because church online requires such little overhead and generates a high degree of revenue it will always be in the black.⠀ #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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There are a bunch of pros to the church online ministry model. Here is one, high reach. You can reach a lot more people digitally than you can physically.⠀ #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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Church Online is very different from a streamed service. Neither model of ministry is inherently better. Both work well in different contexts. So your church needs to identify which model works best in your setting. #UtilizingChurchOnline #ChurchOnline #OnlineChurch #BenStapleyVideos

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Since photography can be done in isolation it can be an isolating experience. But it doesn’t have to be. If you pastor and mentor your team you will not only sharpen their skills and care for their souls.⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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Tip 9 - Do’s and Don’ts. Here are some quick do’s...⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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Tip 8 - Release Forms. No one wants to talk about release forms but we have to, to protect our butts legally.⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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The dust has settled. The event is over. Photos have been take, edited and archived. Now its time to store these photos.⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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A good photo storage service has four things 1) space 2) quality 3) ease of use 4) ease of access⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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You want your photographers, not yourself, to curate and edit their photos. You don’t want people that click and dump - photographers that hand you a full memory card with all their good and bad photos.⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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Frame your photos using a simple background that helps focus the viewer’s eyes on the subject matter. Use this technique to create a crisp and sharp photo.⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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Photography allows people to visit your church before they visit your church.⠀ #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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People respond to stories because they can connect to the characters and the narrative - they see themselves in the story. These principles hold true with photography #Photography #PhotoTeam #ChurchPhotography #BenStapleyVideos #ChurchPhotoTeams

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People are already picking apart your work. Your whole congregation does it as they drive home from church. If you allow a select few to shred your message in front of your face, it will minimize the amount of people shredding it behind your back.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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There is a misnomer out there, that the Spirit can only work at the last minute. That pastors can only received revelation for Sunday morning on Saturday night. The Spirit wants to equip you during the week. Trust Him. Start your message prep earlier in your week.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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The review process is not a democracy. It’s a benevolent dictatorship. And the preacher is the dictator. The panel isn’t voting where to take the message. Instead they are simply presenting their feedback.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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Review with a panel of trusted advisers. You aren't looking for a panel of yes men and women. You are looking for people to speak lovingly and truthfully into your message. ⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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A review gives you a weekend. And a weekend gives you professional and personal margins. This forced rhythm is a huge benefit that cannot be overstated.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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The review process can become a leadership pipeline for new and aspiring communicators as they watch and learn.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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Feedback after a message makes the preacher FEEL better. Input before the message makes the preacher PREACH better. So go the extra mile. Do a review.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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The sermon review not only makes an individual message better, it also makes future messages better. You can apply review from your current message to your next message.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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Growing churches allocate half of their service to the message. So since the sermon is such a priority in our churches, it should receive a degree of review. ⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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You want to hear feedback from a panel on every aspect of the message. The feedback needs to be EXHAUSTIVE as possible. This will ensure your sermon is as GREAT as possible.⠀ #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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Try to practice with as much as possible. This allows you to identify any gaps in content. #BestMinistryAdvice #SermonReview #BenStapleyVideos

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5 Essential Message Elements - Jesus was the best preacher ever. He included all five elements of scripture, skin, symbol, story and step so His audience could hear, see and feel His teaching. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - A lifetime of small steps can result in dramatic life change. An effective message should inspire the audience to take their next step after the service. Or better yet, during the service. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - The digital symbol is easier but the physical symbol is memorable. You will remember what you see in 3D over 2D. So if you have the option, choose physical over digital. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - Often, scripture suggests a symbol to illustrate the truth you're trying to convey. We believe in the power of symbols so strongly at Liquid that we incorporate one into every message. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements -3D symbols have a high impact. That's because they are tangible and concrete. The more concrete something is, the more we connect with it. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - There are 2D and 3D symbols. 2D symbols are any image you put on screen to illustrate a point. 2D symbols are easy to find and use. Google image search, download, and drop into powerpoint. They also have a moderate impact. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - When it comes to how long a series or skin should be, I suggest 4-6 weeks. Regardless of how long your series are, make sure you choose a length that benefits for your guests, not your teaching staff. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements 9 - Keep it ambiguous. The skin should include just enough to convey the big idea but no more. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - Keep your skin intriguing. Spark their imagination but leave they them wanting more. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - Here are three guideline to creating a good skin. Keep it positive, keep in intriguing and keep it ambiguous. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - The skin helps people ordinate themselves in the series by recalling a past message in the series. This allows them to spend more time focusing on the message that day instead of where they are in relationship to the whole series. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - Having a skin for a series gives people context by providing a birds eye perspective on what they will experience. The colors, fonts and filters on your graphics and videos quickly gives people that context. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - Listing and describing all the details for your skin in your brief will help the creative teams be on the same page. Listing the elements will also help the creatives complement each others work. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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5 Essential Message Elements - The essential elements of scripture, skin, symbol, story and step connects to the head, heart and hands. It makes you think, feel and do. #BenStapleyVideos #EssentialMessageElements

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360 Review - Do It Yearly. There are always new people in your organization and these new people will have a fresh perspective on you, and for you. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - Focus More On Strengths. Our propensity to focusing on the negative can make this principle difficult to apply. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - Focus On Strengths Then Weaknesses. I say strengths then weaknesses because it can be tempting to forgo strengths and jump directly to weaknesses. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - Ask Feedback From 9 People - Three people above you, three people beside you, and three below you. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - Lead It Yourself. This cuts out the middle man and allows you to hear direct feedback instead of only through your manager. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - A Supplement Not Substitute. A 360 review adds supplementary information to the normal review process and regular feedback of a manager. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - It Avoids Halos & Horns - When just a manager reviews you, their feedback can move to an extreme, either all good or all bad. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - It Provides More. It provides more information because it’s soliciting info from a group of people instead of an individual. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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360 Review - It Affirms Or Reveals. Either way, affirming or revealing, it is a developmental win-win. #BenStapleyVideos #ThreeSixtyReview

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