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.

x.ai: If you're bootstrapping your business, you need to multiply your time as soon as possible. This service provides a robot assistant to handle scheduling appts. I fired it up in November of 2016, and I love the time it saves. 

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.

Leadpages: If you need to create optins, landing pages, or any other kind of announcement / signup form, Leadpages is cake and it integrates with all of the major email services, like...

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). 

Vista Print: 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!

1and1: These guys have worked with me for 2 years now and offer great deals on domain names.

Amazon Cloud Drive: If you're shooting video, you need this unlimited cloud storage service.

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