Christian Media Association – The Christian Media Association and Christian Filmmakers Network work to help Christians in media connect, build and grow their media ministries. The association provides training videos, news, networking and other resources on its web site.
Church Production Magazine – Church Production Magazine and Church.Design are devoted to the needs of houses of worship. Since 1999, Church Production Magazine has served as the leading resource for church technical leadership (tech directors and other technical artists), delivering information and education on audio, video, lighting and streaming technologies used in worship production environments.
ScreenVue – ScreenVue provides online access to thousands of 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 a design, construction, operation and maintenance magazine for houses 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 news and 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 as well as showing a full-length feature.
RightNow Media – RightNow Media offers thousands of video resources for adult Bible studies, women’s ministry, student ministry, video illustrations, leader development and more. RightNow is also a great source for still and motion backgrounds for video production, image magnification, worship service visuals and other uses.
SermonSpice – SermonSpice.com equips pastors, church leaders and worship leaders with videos to spice up sermons, teaching and worship experiences. Resources include 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. Find videos, scripts, DVDs and more at their web site. Purchase videos individually or by subscription. Scripts can also be purchased for live performance.
WorshipHouse Media – WorshipHouse Media is a worship planning resource, offering mini movies, worship song tracks, church countdowns, worship backgrounds and small group videos.
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.
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.
Sharefaith – Resources include sermon slides, worship backgrounds, motion backgrounds, multi-screen videos, video loops, newsletters, flyers and stock photos.
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.