Christmas Candlelight Celebration 2018 - Multiview

As you’ll see here as a theme, reviewing what we do is essential for improving. A while back, we took the time to figure out how to record our multi views as well as our clear com audio. This has helped us tremendously. Not only as operators, but as a training device as well. Instead of saying, “hey remember that one shot, or that one time in service”, we are able to pull it up, and see not only the shot that may have been funky, but we can see the shots leading up to it, to see what we could have done differently to set it up.

It’s well worth the time and energy to figure out a good way to record what happens behind the scenes. You’ll notice things right off the bat that you can improve on. Jacob is video directing here on this video, and he did an incredible job. He’s only been video directing for less than a year, and he excelling at what he does, partly because he’s able to review his work behind the scenes.

Summer Splash 2018 - Multiview - Live Video Production

One of the best things I've found that makes us better is recording what we do behind the scenes. Often we look at just the final product and review that, but a true indicator of where we are and how we got there is recording the behind the scenes. For us, one of the ways we do that is by recording our multiview and our clearcom communication. This way, we can see the final product, but we can also see what lead to the final product.

For Video Directors, recording your multiview and clearcom is arguably essential to getting better. There's no better tool out there that I'm aware of that makes you better.  For this specific example, this was Jacob's first major event video directing. Overall he did fantastic as the end result was great, but what better way to learn and get better than by hearing yourself and watching yourself direct.  

As I've watched myself direct in years past, there is one key element to it. You have to watch back after the event high. Meaning, wait a week before you watch it back, get out of the moment, and put yourself in the shoes of someone watching for the first time. Then, put yourself in the shoes of one of your camera operators.  How did your direction come across? Did you give enough direction? Did you give too much direction? Did you help or hurt your camera ops? Did you speak with respect but at the same time with authority as a director?

Someone asked the question once, do you let your camera ops decide what shots are going to be taken? For those of you seeing one of our videos for the first time, it's important to note that this was a one night event, but before that we had probably 4 run throughs by the time it was all said and done. So, there's not a whole lot of direction in the event video, because by this time through all the cam ops and video directors are on the same page. 

Anyway, without further ado, here's our multiview from Summer Splash '18. There's definitely things we would have done differently, such as camera placement during the opener, but that's what these things are for!

Drummer Boy - Multiview - Christmas 2017

Here’s just a quick look behind the scenes with our Drummer Boy video capture. Since we had 8 Christmas services over the course of the week, we made little adjustments each and every time we did it. The video below is our 6th service, so we even made tweaks after this video for our last two services. We had a little over 126 lighting cues automated to the song so it hit perfect timing. Anyway, thought you may enjoy taking a look behind the curtain.

Joy 2017 - Multiview - Live Video Production

One of the easiest things for church teams to do is to finish a weekend or an event and move on quickly to the next weekend or event without reviewing or examining what just happened. I’ll be the first to admit that there are certain busy seasons, *insert Christmas season here*, that the pace of events outpaces our ability to slow down and review how everything looked and felt. 

I found myself the other night looking back at some of the videos we had captured from our Christmas services. A month or so later, fully out of the Christmas mode, and out of the moment of the night, gives you a great honest perspective of how things looked and felt. Not only that, but how did we communicate as a team? To be honest, there’s a lot of notes I took. There’s a lot of things we need to still work on. But one of the big things I took away was compliments for some of our team members. How far one of our video directors has come. How awesome our camera guys did that night. How, even with all the last minute changes behind the scenes, our team knocked it out of the park. In your reviews, take note of what you need to work on for sure! That’s how we get better. But take the time to brag on your team and what they did well.