Learning Solutions Laid Out in Solid Sessions at WFX
For attendees at WFX, offerings were across five areas of focus: Tech Arts, Next-Gen Church Buildings, Church Communications, Church Safety & Security, and WeAreWorship, with each providing detailed training opportunities in Dallas.
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Over two days of conference sessions, attendees at the WFX Conference & Expo in Dallas had a wide array of session topics to select from, with five areas of focus: Tech Arts, Next-Gen Church Buildings, Church Communications, Church Safety & Security, and the WeAreWorship sessions.
At the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, plenty of time was spent visiting nearly a third of the 28 Tech Arts sessions over the two-and-a-half days in the schedule (preconference sessions were held Tuesday afternoon). In all, there were 79 sessions offered across the five concurrent conferences.
For those attending the conference, whether they were in Dallas to learn about the latest in church audio, video and lighting products, wanted to learn about such things as how to create virtual tours of their church for their website, or sought to discover various tips associated with filmmaking, the variety of choices proved beneficial to each attendee.
Of the nine workshops (and the two preconference sessions I sat in on Tuesday), the three that stood out most were:
• [Workshop] Intermediate Level – Filmmaking Is Hard, led by Nathan VonMinden.
• [Preconference Session] Recruiting, Training, and Empowering an All-Volunteer Staff, coordinated by Karl Vaters.
• [Workshop] Lighting: Programming With a Purpose, with Kevin Penrod as the speaker.
For VonMinden, he held three different workshops over two days in Dallas, with two on filmmaking and another on video production. During his intermediate-level filmmaking session, about 60 attendees sat in during the 105-minute session.
Among the topics he covered was what to do in setting up a green screen. That included showing his own workspace setup at Grace Point Church in San Antonio, highlighting how inexpensively one could set up a green screen.
“One can use linoleum flooring, and paint it green,” explained VonMinden, a writer for Worship Tech Director. “As long as you don’t get shiny paint, and you won’t kill yourself with the lighting,” pointing to a viable low-cost choice for fashioning a green screen. Another option, he noted, would be to buy a green curtain and tack it up in the space being used for filming, especially if “you don’t have the ability to have a static place for the green screen filming location.”
In trying to decide what sorts of projects a filmmaker at a church should focus on, he noted that “I am limiting the announcement videos that I do, since there’s a lot of work, but not a lot of return.” His focus, he explained, was instead toward filming such things as testimony videos, as “I want to affect hearts and minds. I want to work on a story, on something that will flow well in service.”
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