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Shoal Creek Loops

Purchase individual loops for your worship services:

http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/motions/22919/Shoal-Falls-Collection

A half-hearted worship CD????


http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/19234/Worship-12

Is your worship of God half-hearted at best? This fake infomercial really makes you think. What we sing in church needs to match our level of devotion outside of church.

ALSO CHECK OUT OUR SEQUEL- “Lukewarm Hymns”- http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/19233/Lukewarm-Hymns

For Mother’s Day

Got Mother’s Day covered, but Easter’s first. Yesterday Emily and I had an idea for a cinematic Easter illustration. Here’s the companion to “Crazy Things Dads Say.” I like the last 30 seconds the best.

To download: http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/countdowns/23520/Crazy-Things-Moms-Say

School’s in Session!

December 21, 2010 1 comment

The following review is copied and pasted from my Greg’s Toolkit December 2010 article in www.christianvideomag.com:

I’ve written a column in this magazine since its inception. In many instances (including the little blurb bio at the end) I made mention to the fact that I had no formal training. All that I’ve learned has been through trial and error and/or tutorials, books, and blogs, etc. This month I’ve had to amend the blurb, because school is in session. That’s right. I’m going to school. And I’d love to tell you where I landed.

For some time, and funny as it may be, I prided myself in having no formal training. At the same time, I earnestly yearned to enroll somewhere to study filmmaking. This is because I believe that we should always strive to make better and more quality films that have a lasting impact. Formal education can make a real difference; but, where to enroll? There are many good places to learn, but they were simply out of the question for me, and I suppose for some of you, too. I can’t simply uproot and move my family to some campus and go through college again. It’s not feasible for me. I thought about taking some classes at a local college, but again, the cost factor was intimidating. To pay such prices per class, and possibly not learn much until having to ante up for a later class? No thanks. If there was only something online that I could work on from home (at my own pace), that would certainly be an answer.  That’s what I needed. I looked into a few options – only to find the same thing – too expensive for a narrow scope approach. Then I came across my answer – Lights Film School (http://lightsfilmschool.com).

Lights offered all of the features that I was looking for. Number one, on my mind and yours too probably, is the pricing. Lights is extremely affordable, and I say affordable because the product is anything but cheap. As I write, their website states the course is “now being offered for 50% off our regular enrollment fee of $600 and is now being offered for only $299 (USD) (a full $300 discount).” The value in what you get for their unbelievable low price goes way beyond anything I thought was possible as I shopped around for a place of learning.  It’s a bargain! A real steal! 

The scope was a big selling point for me as well. I wanted something broad that would give me an understanding of the many different skills needed. Lights has designed a comprehensive 8 module film course that allows students to systematically work through the different areas of the filmmaking process. The 8 modules of their course are: 1. INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING & ONLINE LEARNING, 2. SCREENWRITING, 3. DIRECTING, 4. CINEMATOGRAPHY, 5. SOUND DESIGN, 6. EDITING, 7. DOCUMENTARY, 8. FILM DISTRIBUTION & MARKETING. This all-encompassing syllabus is tailor-made for people like me, and if you’re reading this magazine, probably you as well.

I also love that Lights is not simply a theory based school. They provide a hands-on, practical learning environment. When you enroll, you’ll learn about their philosophy of “outcomes based” learning, which differs from the traditional approach of objective based institutions. Simply put, “objective based learning focuses on providing opportunity for learning while outcomes based learning focuses on how learning is used.” With a limited time scale and an online structure, their model is much better than traditional models.

I am still a student and have much of the course ahead of me yet to be completed. However, I can already say that I genuinely appreciate the hard work and resources that have gone into making Lights possible. So far, I’ve learned a wealth of information and ideas on storytelling, which is invaluable to me. I have been challenged through the assignments, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

The personal attention given each student is also such a positive aspect of their educational system.  The Student Grading Center “acts as a collective learning experience for all of the students in our school. It’s a great way to learn from other beginners´ mistakes.”  It’s a true community of like-minded folks, with an international flair.  At a live online Lab chat conducted recently, there were students from Italy, Kenya, Canada, and the USA. We, as students, are able to see what others have done and learn from them and the instructor’s reviews of each assignment. Constructive feedback is a necessity in any work of quality substance. This is provided when you enroll in the course.

The course is a tremendous resource. A buddy of mine, who has a college degree in the same field, mentioned to me that he had the same assignment in his college course that I just completed at Lights. Lights will point you in the right direction and expose you to great films and interviews that compliment the subjects being taught, as well as software and other online tools that will aid in the process. Upon completion you will receive a certificate, but even more importantly you will literally embark on a journey of a life-long learning and refining the craft and powerful art form that is filmmaking.

I’m so glad that I enrolled. I look forward to working hard through this course and gaining so much at the same time.  For me, it’s just what the doctor ordered.  How about for you? Give yourself a Christmas present you’ve been wanting (or needing). Or make your New Year’s resolution be the completion of this course. It will be such a benefit to you in your filmmaking aspirations.


http://lightsfilmschool.com

How well do you know the Christmas story?

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Test your knowledge of the Biblical account of Christmas:

Download in SD or HD at worshiphousemedia.com- search “fishxpressions”.

http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/countdowns/21941/Christmas-Bible-Quiz

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The Christmas Story (Like you’ve never heard it before)

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree…  We know the words from Luke 2 by heart.  We hear them every year around Christmas time, as we are reminded that our Savior came down from heaven to earth.  I love those words and I love Christmastime.  Christmas and Advent videos abound in Christian circles.  There are new videos being made every year.  This year, my new video features that same text, but like you have never heard it before.  The next installment from my partners, The Bible in Rhyme, is “Luke 2”.  We are very excited about it! 

Download a full-res, no watermark version (HD or SD) here:

http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/20146/Luke-2

Read about the process of making this clip here:

http://www.christianvideomag.com/articles/articles.php?recordID=273

HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

REMEMBER TO TELL THE STORY!!!

2nd Video in TBIR Series

July 31, 2010 2 comments

I’m so glad to finally have this video done.  The Beatitudes from Kyle Holt’s “The Bible in Rhyme”.  I very much like the way it came out.  I just took too long on it!  Little pieces here and there.  Then a big push yesterday and it’s done.  I’m especially proud of the salt bit.  Hope you enjoy!

Download this video in HD at –http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/19611/Matthew-5

Read my article about the process of making this one- http://www.christianvideomag.com/articles/articles.php?recordID=252

Published! Sort of.

I want to tell you about a new book by author Steve Hewitt.  It’s http://www.christianbook.com/nelsons-tech-guides-windows-the-ministry/steve-hewitt/9781418541736/pd/541736.  “Nelson’s Tech Guides: Windows PCs in the Ministry”.  Steve is the editor at Christian Video Magazine (www.christianvideomag.com).  Since I’ve been writing a column ever since the free online magazine came out, he asked me to contribute towards the creation of Chapter 7 (pgs. 216-240).  I vividly remember a road trip where I got to work on this for him in car.  Having already traveled from Brownsville, TX to Joplin, MO we then slept one night and embarked on a second leg from Joplin to Indianapolis.  Well, the book’s out now.  Buy it, it’s a good one!  Chapter 7 is my contribution (of sorts).  The two illustrations are mine as well.  Below are some of the places that my name is in actually in print (in the sea of books).  And, yes, I’m a PC.

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Crazy Things Dads say

I know Father’s Day already passed, but it’s been forever since I updated this blog, so I’m catching up.  Anyway, this crazy countdown got up on sermonspice just in time for Father’s Day and in the countdowns category, it was the #2 Father’s Day countdown.  I tried to make it available on other sites that I’m branching out into, but it didn’t happen soon enough!

For download and HD option- http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/countdowns/19235/Crazy-Things-Dads-Say-Countdown

The Bible in Rhyme

I’m enjoying partnering with The Bible in Rhyme using its poetry for videos.  Kyle Holt spent three years writing this book.  I hope to make videos of some of the most famous passages in the next year.  Here’s the first.

I mentioned this in my latest article for the CVMagazine- http://www.christianvideomag.com/articles/articles.php?recordID=238.
Download, even in HD at – http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/19310/Genesis-1

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