Christian Media Association – The Christian Media Association works to help Christians in media connect, build and grow their media ministries. The association provides training videos and other resources on its web site.
Church Production Magazine – Church Production Magazine is the leading educational magazine for houses of worship covering audio, video and lighting technologies. The magazine is now published 10 times per year and targets technical directors and other key technology decision makers at production-oriented houses of worship.
ScreenVue – ScreenVue provides online access to over 5,000 clip ideas from major movies that you purchase or rent, plus clip downloads from selected movies. Use the search feature to find themes, movies, actors and keywords.
Worship Facilities Magazine – Worship Facilities Magazine is the design, construction, operation and maintenance magazine for today’s house of worship. Designed as a reference for executive pastors, pastors, facilities managers, business administrators, operations managers, building committee members and other senior leadership, the magazine delivers vital information on a wide range of facilities-related topics.
Church Video License (CVLI) – Through an agreement with studios and producers, the CVLI Church Video License provides legal coverage for churches and for other ministry organizations to show motion pictures and other audiovisual programs. Coverage includes playing just a few minutes of a movie all the way up to showing the full-length feature. The Church Video License is one of the most cost effective and convenient ways for churches and other ministry organizations to protect themselves from the possibility of being fined for illegal use of videos. Included in the license is a free ScreenVue Standard membership.
Bluefish TV – Bluefish TV provides video illustrations for student ministry, adult Bible studies, women’s ministry, leader development and more. Bluefish is also a great source for still and motion backgrounds for video production, image magnification, worship service visuals and other promotional uses.
SermonSpice – SermonSpice.com equips pastors, church leaders and worship leaders with videos to spice up sermons, teaching and worship experiences. The catalog includes work from over 2,000 filmmakers, including The Skit Guys, Integrity Music and Igniter Media. Resources inclue sermon video clips, worship backgrounds, church countdowns and worship tracks.
The Skit Guys – The Skit Guys—Tommy Woodard and Eddie James—illustrate and teach using comedy, drama and creative storytelling. Download videos, scripts and worship backgrounds from their web site.
WorshipHouse Media – WorshipHouse Media is a worship planning resource, offering mini movies, worship song tracks, church countdowns, worship backgrounds and small group videos.
ChurchMediaDesign.tv – Find free audio, backgrounds, mini movies, series art and more from ChurchMediaDesign.tv.
CreationSwap – Resources include free church media shared or sold by thousands of Christian artists. Search the web collection of videos, photos, logos, church bulletins, sermon graphics and more.
NLC Creative – New Life Church in central Arkansas has placed original motion backgrounds, series art, logos and other resources online.
New Worship Media – New Worship Media provides unlimited downloads of high quality motion backgrounds for your church’s worship service for a just $5.00 per month.
Open – Available to pastors and church leaders, Open gives access to the library of LifeChurch.tv materials. Materials include outlines from a variety of message series, complete with corresponding promotional artworks, broadcast-quality videos, and much more. Browse the site, find any resource that’s helpful to you, and set-up a login to download the free resources.
OpenResources.org – OpenResources.org gives church leaders free access to and usage of an entire library of creative materials. Materials include sermon audio, countdowns, promotional design graphics and opening videos from a wide variety of message series and churches. Create a free account and then browse or search the site to download resources.
Rise Up Resources – Rise Up Resources provides free and inexpensive resources for innovative churches and church plants. Resources include countdowns, images, semon series packs and ambient music.
Stuff I Can Use – StuffICanUse.com is a collection of free resources, links and other materials produced mainly for the student and college/young adult ministries at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. They adopted an open source philosophy and posted their resources to help others communicate the love of Jesus.
Video Production (Books)
Friedmann, Anthony, Writing for Visual Media, 3rd. ed. (Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2010).
Hughes, Michael, Digital Filmmaking for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Video Production (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012).
Schenk, Sonja, and Ben Long, The Digital Filmmaking Handbook, 4th ed. (Boston, MA: Course Technology, 2011).
Viers, Ric, The Location Sound Bible: How to Record Professional Dialog for Film and TV (Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2012).
Zettl, Herbert, Video Basics 7, 7th ed. (Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012).
YouTube – YouTube is the most popular video sharing social network. Owned by Google, YouTube revolves entirely around video production, vlogging, movie-making and music sharing.
Vimeo – Vimeo is a video sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. It serves as a direct competitor to the much larger Youtube, but has a stronger focus on longer videos such as shorts or movies.
Vine – Vine is a mobile app by Twitter that enables users to create and post short video clips. With a maximum clip length of six seconds, Vine videos can be shared or embedded on Twitter and Facebook.