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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Macbook Pro 2013 16GB RAM
- SanDisk 1 TB SSD
- Rode Condenser Mic (podcasting)
- Rode Smartlav
- Rode NTG-1 Mic
- Zoom H4n
- Zoom H6
- Blimp and deadwombat windshield
- Blackmagic Pocket Camera
- Canon Rebel T4i
- Heliopan Variable ND filter - 58mm threads; you get what you pay for with an ND filter, and I love this workhorse!
- Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8
- Canon 35mm f/2.0
- Canon 50mm f/1.8
- Canon 24mm f/2.8
- Manfrotto tripod
- Various Softbox lighting
- Speedlite flash unit
- Came TV Fresnel
- 1000w softlight