Reflecting on the Past Year // Bayou City Fellowship - Night of Prayer

I'll be honest, work is a little slow right now. Maybe it's because the summers in Houston are miserable and nobody wants to go outside... who knows. Anyways, about two weeks ago, our Pastor talked about doing what you are called to do, and that got me thinking... What am I called to do?

I have no idea, but what I do know is making videos is what I'm passionate about and it's really the only thing I know how to do professionally. But every day I have my doubts. Am I good enough? Why is nobody calling? Why did that person back out? Why isn't this project as good as I want it to be? 

Creating is hard. The hardest part is that what I like and what I want to make is so much higher than what my talent is right now. My taste is great, my talent is getting there. The only way to get better is to keep creating. So during this time of self-doubt, our church announced they were having a Night of Prayer. I don't know why, but I just felt like I had to make a video about it. Our church is small and new, they don't really have a video team and this was a cool opportunity to make something.

The next day while editing the footage, I just felt like God told me to watch a very similar video I made for my church in college... It's horrible haha. In the middle of my doubt and frustration, God comes along and reminds me how far I've come in just one year! I'll keep working, keep improving, and keep listening.

Here are the two videos I just mentioned. First off, the newest one.

And the one I made almost a year ago. You don't have to watch it... So shaky, so long, many rack focuses...

Yeah...big difference. The crazy thing is the equipment I'm using now isn't that much nicer than the equipment I was using then. Just a lot of hard work and time.


Ok, so now to talk about how I shot it...

I shot this on a Lumix GH4 with a 12-35mm 2.8 Lens using a shoulder rig and a small slider. Y'all... 4K is the Bee's Knees. Shooting, Editing, and Grading in 4K is just so nice and really the only big equipment difference compared to what I used in the past. I really like the GH4, the only thing is that it's not very good in low light, compared to the new Sony A7s which also does 4K but not internally.

Another big improvement that I've noticed in my work over the last year is in color grading. Color Grading gives the footage it's look, and comparing my old stuff to now is painful haha. I graded it in Premiere Pro using FilmConvert Plugins which are awesome and I would highly recommend.

I was mostly zoomed in all the way to 35mm, which is a 70mm equivalent. The more telephoto look creates more parallax in the background, giving the image more energy. Also going more telephoto on a shoulder rig is more of a professional/film look.

Any questions? Ask them in the comments section and I'll do my best to answer them.