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Just Have Fun With it!

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Excerpt from my new CVMag article: Many of us in Christian Video ministry in churches across the country don’t have formal training in all of the areas that we work in. Much of our learning comes “on the job” and through reading of publications (such as CVmag). I’m reminded of my kids when they start a new sport – soccer for instance. I know that they are not going to be like the great Pelé. They are just starting out. It’s ridiculous to make such an assumption! So what do we tell them? “Just go on out there and HAVE FUN WITH IT.” And they do…most of the time.

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February Article CVmag

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QUICK LINKS:

 Whole Issue:  http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2009_02/cv2009_02.pdf

My article alone: http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2009_02/cv2009_02gfish.pdf

A Worthy Investment
By Gregory Fish

For a long time now, I have wanted to upgrade some equipment. I wanted a video camera that had a better picture, and that had more options, etc. Why? For one reason, I wanted to be able to shoot some stock footage, and could not do it with a consumer camera. However, another reason is that I have a passion to give God the best I can possibly give Him. I am my own worst critic. And for a long time, I haven’t been pleased enough with the quality of my own productions. It’s something that I always strive to improve. Improvement comes mostly from a production standpoint, how well crafted the concepts are and whatnot. Improvement is also dependent on equipment, both hardware and software. So, I’ve been saving up for a while, and I finally spent some money. I believe it to be a very worthy investment. Let me tell you about what I bought.

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My Andy Griffith Remixes

February 25, 2009 1 comment

An easy effective way to make video illustrations for sermons.  Take clips that are in the public domain and edit them for time and content.  There is a lot more involved than slapping a title and a verse to it. Many times it has to be edited down to be a short clip that pastors can use without eating all of their time. It involves watching the episodes (which is fun) and seeing what might work and the finding a scripture that would be pertinent.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23510/andy-and-barney-on-relationships

This video did pretty well for Valentine’s Day.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It’s good for any message on relationships.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23465/temptation

This one is straight forward and could be very effective on a message on temptation.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/22624/sin—the-loaded-goat

An interesting take on the destructive nature of sin.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23969/discipline–full-version

A great scene about a spoiled kid and the importance of discipline.  Full version includes Opie trying out some of his tactics.

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23843/discipline–short-version

Fun little video on gossip!

http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/23838/barneys-gossip

Worship Media Christmas Gift

December 12, 2008 Leave a comment

My December article in Christian Video Mag is a Christmas gift with links to all sorts of free media for church use.  After I wrote and submitted it, as I previously blogged, www.worshiphousemedia.com decided to give away a free video every day until Christmas, so don’t miss out on that.

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My article: http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2008_12/cv2008_12gfish.pdf

Whole issue:

http://christianvideomag.com/cv2008_12/cv2008_12.pdf

Christian Video Mag (Newest Issue Yet)

October 23, 2008 Leave a comment
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New Issue- Christian Video Magazine

September 25, 2008 Leave a comment

http://christianvideomag.com/cv2008_09/cv2008_09.pdf

It’s a free subscription if you want it emailed to you every month!

Also check out passed issues: http://www.christianvideomag.com/christianvideo_backissues/backissues.php

Third Issue- Christian Video Magazine

The third issue is out, full of interesting articles, etc.  You can read mine here: http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2008_08/cv2008_08gregoryfish.pdf

Or better yet, read it all here: http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2008_08/cv2008_08

Sign up for it to come to your email for free every month here: http://www.christianvideomag.com

July Issue- Christian Video Magazine

The July issue has been posted.  This issue includes my second article for the magazine.  You can read my article here: http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2008_07/cv2008_07gregoryfish.pdf.  You can see the whole pdf here: http://www.christianvideomag.com/cv2008_07/cv2008_07.pdf.

First Article

June is here.  The first issue of Christian Video Magazine will be mailed out to 100,000 readers soon.  My first article is there.  You can read it here.  Also you can subscribe to the entire magazine here.

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So I wrote an article for christianvideomag.com. It’ll be in the next issue. The editor-in-chief, Steve Hewitt called yesterday and asked what we were going to call my column. I was kind of taken off guard, because we had spoken prior about some possibilities, but I thought we’d just get the first article published and see what happens. But apparently I’ll be writing every month. He recommended the name, “Greg’s Video Toolkit”. That’s nice. I suggested the whole “FishXpressions” thing in an email- it was sort of an afterthought. Well, that’s when I decided to take up the blogging thing again. I moved over here to wordpress, and here we are now. Hopefully I’ll be reviewing some equipment and learning some new things along the way. I have to admit: I AM NOT AN EXPERT! I’m a fellow student of filmmaking. That’s the angle I’m almost reluctantly pursuing this column. Because I’m sure there are others out there like me– ordinary guys trying to do extra-ordinary things with ordinary technology. I haven’t had the luxury and formal education when it comes to video. I’ve created some really bad stuff in the past. But I’d like to get better and different with each new creation. With limited resources and manpower, etc. it’s hard, but it still is fun and rewarding (in many regards). Let’s help each other out, then! I’ll share my basic tips, and you can leave some profound comment. Sound good? Sounds good.

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