Easter this year was awesome, we had 11,000+ people come through the doors of our campuses. Our band was fantastic and my team did a great job. So I am going to geek out a little and show you how Easter looked to me.
Let me set the stage for what you are about to see, this is 1/2 of my monitor wall, the half dedicated to cameras and our sides screens. The other 1/2 is dedicated to the center screen and other inputs. The eight monitors on the left are 5 cameras; 1,2,3,4,and 6. No there is no cam 5, it and an unfortunate run-in with a bucket lift and has not been replaced. Also you will notice the V-1 side and V-1 center, this is the 2 signals we are recording for the multi-sites, this is just to monitor the signals so I can keep an eye on them. The V-1 side is the same as program and the V-1 center is just camera 1, which is unmanned, and set up for our speaking pastor, so you will notice I never use it.
There are a few things I want you to notice about the way we do things:
1) I don’t direct much- it’s up to the camera guys to find the action and be in the right place. I may give them a little heads up if I know something is coming up but it’s really up to them. Oh yeah, they also ROCK! My camera guys are great, best in the business for sure. My switcher for this week was on his A game as well, they really fired on all cylinders all around.
2) I made mistakes- there are a couple of shots I wish I hadn’t taken. Also camera 4 got it’s white balance changed in the middle of the set, notice how quickly that gets fixed after I realize it’s an issue.
3) Notice the way the camera guys vary their shots for slow songs vs. fast songs.
4) Yes I use wide shots for IMAG, Yes I understand I am breaking the rules, No I don’t care.
5) We don’t have tally lights so the camera ops are completely reliant on my voice for whats going on.