Jared Kirkwood, the junior high pastor at mariners church, blogs over at www.hailtheawkward.com. Check it out if your interested in how our junior high ministry communicates with parents and and youth workers. They have a different site geared toward students, which you can find here.
For mother’s day, I thought it would be a good idea to interview Jackie, the lady who was my mom growing up because my mom passed away when I was young. I have haven’t done many videos. I’ve been in a few, mostly the sports instructional videos, but I’m not sure I’ve ever really shot a video before.
I love conversations and questions, so shooting the video got me thinking how I might improve for the next time around:
Comfort is key. Jackie wasn’t excited to be on video. I did what I could to make her comfortable, but I’m thinking I could have done more. Then again, when I was being videoed while running around in a speedo, no one was concerned with my comfort! So this was never modeled to me. (HA!)
Learn the equipment … before you shoot. Yea, this is a no brainer…I did remember to check the battery levels…but I’m pretty sure the audio levels were too low. Hopefully that can be fixed in POST (not really sure what that is, just wanted to say it).
It was good to have fun. The 25 minute video shoot was fun, and I liked that. I typically have fun when I’m doing stuff, and while it’s a natural habit, it still needs to be a deliberate choice.
Questions are also key. I spent a little time thinking through some questions…that was helpful to have an idea of what I wanted to get out of the video. I let Jackie read the questions beforehand so she would have a sense of what was coming. I was a little worried that she’d try to keep all the questions in mind while giving her answers… maybe that was a lame fear… but I didn’t let potential lameness keep me from sharing my fear.
My role…what is it? I did very little talking… I would move on to another question, and a few times asked questions that weren’t planned. Since I didn’t want my voice on the video, I tried to say as little as possible. This hurt the whole, “this is a natural conversation” thing… so I’m wondering if I should have participated in the conversation more, and then make sure my words were edited out.
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I’m naturally impulsive…A.D.D. before they had a name for it…I took ritalin in THIRD grade…I remember my FOURTH grade teacher hated my dad because I was no longer on the medication…
When I was in junior high, the school counselors told my dad I wouldn’t graduate high school….in my sophomore year in high school they told my dad to look into trade schools (much to his disappointment).
I made it through (and even graduated from college), but I had to learn how to slow down. I mean I REALLY NEEDED to learn how to slow down. So: I developed a few habits, most of which build my spiritual life and keep me from driving other people crazy (only one of those two statements are true.)
Anyhow, this post isn’t about my personal life, but my ministry life.
I’m a big believer in moving fast in ministry. I believe in working hard and doing as much as possible to build a healthy ministry. (“as possible” means without sacrificing my personal spiritual life or my family life)
Moving quick helps build a solid ministry, but we need to take time to slow down and capture the learnings before we jump on to the NEXT BIG THING.
IF YOU CLICK HERE, you can download an event debrief I’ve used for years…I recently updated it…I’m sure it’s missing some things…how would you make it better? Sound off in the comments below.