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.

Services

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.

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!

MileIQ: You should be leaving your card everywhere you go because if you want to be a filmmaker that tells stories of hope to the masses, you better believe your brand goes with you every time you step out the door. Every waiter, every bagger, every service rep you talk to are a chance for you to practice your pitches. Log your miles with this app in a painless, quick way and create monthly reports for your records to save bucks on gas every year!

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.

Software

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 CS6: I know the rest of the world has jumped on the cloud bandwagon, but CS6 is still very useful.

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Audition
  • 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.

Hardware

Computer

  • Macbook Pro 2013 16GB RAM
  • SanDisk 1 TB SSD

Audio

Cameras

  • Blackmagic Pocket Camera
  • Canon Rebel T4i

Lenses

Gear

  • Slider
  • Shoulder-rig
  • Follow-focus
  • Manfrotto tripod

Lighting

  • Various Softbox lighting
  • Speedlite flash unit
  • Came TV Fresnel
  • 1000w softlight