Tools and Resources
Here is a list of all the resources I use and have used to build Church Films. A lot of folks will blow up the affiliate links on this kind of page; I promise I'll keep them to a dull roar.
I want you, the storyteller, to finance and market your story to the masses who need to hear it, so feel free to ask any questions.
Cardone U: if you are struggling with prospecting, followups, sales, and closing deals, this is the program for you, with on-demand training for blowing up your video production business. I quadrupled my revenue in 2016 because of Grant Cardone. As Grant says, the best investment you can make is in your self. If you want to get in on his program, shoot an email over.
Artlist: I can't recommend these guys enough. One flat, yearly subscription gives you access to music you can use forever, in any medium, commercial or otherwise, even those mediums which haven't been invented yet, even if you don't re-up the next year. WHOA. Bonus: if you use my link, you get an extra free two months (as do I). It's a win for both of us.
VideoBlocks: Great for stock videos - NOT. Okay, I've used a few, but the real gems of VideoBlocks are their After Effects templates. A flat $99 is all it takes for a yearlong subscription through my affiliate link (normally $149). If you count the man-hours, the subscription pays for itself (and then some) with only ONE job that requires 2d-animation.
MailChimp: If you're brand new to collecting emails (if you're a filmmaker, you should be emailing your audience WEEKLY), then get started with MailChimp for free.
Squarespace: I know most of the world uses Wordpress, and you can too, but Squarespace is very easy to use, even for the non-coder (this guy).
Better Proposals: want a slick, intuitive proposal to send your client with headers, video clips, and a place to sign? Of course you'd want a proposal that looks great on mobile too. These guys take the pain out of work agreements!
Moo: You should be handing out your card to everyone - make a bold claim: I'm John, The Nebraska Film Guy. Be bold. Be courageous. Get some cards and treat every outing as an opportunity to serve someone!
Turbo Tax: I like and use them, and if you're self-employed, you'll love the time and headaches this gem saves. You might even get Quickbooks Self-Employed for free (but don't wait!) or a similar offer - don't wait. Get started for free with Turbo Tax.
Quickbooks Self-Employed: Get this - pronto mates. Mileage tracking, expense tracking, invoicing, laundry, maybe even taxes (if you get Turbo Tax with it), all for 50% off your first 6 months.
AirBnb: Traveling? If you're brand new to Airbnb, sign up and get $40 off your first stay. Yes, they'll give me a credit too; we both win.
1and1: These guys have worked with me for 2 years now and offer great deals on domain names.
OneDrive: Like Amazon Cloud Drive, but less clunky. Space is limited to 1 TB with their basic plan at $6.99 a month. Plus they give you Outlook and cloud and desktop versions of MS Office.
pCloud: I liken these guys to the underdog in every sports movie. They're the Rudy of the bunch when it comes to cloud storage. The cool thing about these guys, you can take the premium account for a spin for one month, absolutely FREE. Click that link there Sonny Jim and start today!
Ecamm Call Recorder: This plugin is great. If your'e going to be podcasting, get this plugin. It automatically runs in the background so you can Skype and have your conversation recorded.
Adobe CC: I know the rest of the world has jumped on the cloud bandwagon, but CS6 is still very useful. If you can't score it, go with the cloud for
- After Effects
- Premiere Pro
PluralEyes: Syncs footage; this is a huge time saver when working with multiple tracks and clips.
Skitch: You can't beat this little app from the Evernote team. You can markup and doodle on any image and then export your new image in a flash.
The Slight Edge: get it. Use its principles. Get everything you've set out to do accomplished. Best book I've read in the last 40 books since...
Who: before hiring any subcontractors (or employees), read this post from yours truly and nab this book (or get it from your library) - it will spare you countless hours of headaches and heartaches!
- Macbook Pro 2013 16GB RAM
- SanDisk 1 TB SSD
- Rode Condenser Mic (podcasting)
- Rode Smartlav
- Rode NTG-1 Mic
- Zoom H4n
- Zoom H6
- Blimp and deadwombat windshield
- Blackmagic Pocket Camera
- Canon Rebel T4i
- Heliopan Variable ND filter - 58mm threads; you get what you pay for with an ND filter, and I love this workhorse!
- Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8
- Canon 35mm f/2.0
- Canon 50mm f/1.8
- Canon 24mm f/2.8
- Manfrotto tripod
- Various Softbox lighting
- Speedlite flash unit
- Came TV Fresnel
- 1000w softlight