What do I mean by a Tribe for Christian Video?
A tribe is a group of people with a shared interest and a way to communicate. In this case I am referring to the group of people that work full-time or as volunteers at a church. A group of people that provide a service or help in the area of video; camera work, directing, editing, vfx, motion graphics, etc. Is there a leader for this tribe, I don’t think so. There are definitely lots of leaders of smaller localized groups. There is definitely a way and a means to communicate but it is not very effective – or it is just not happening.
Why is a Tribe needed?
Most churches cannot afford the expertise and equipment; a lot cannot afford the volunteers. Yet the videos and motion graphics produced, maybe even films, needs to reflect the worship we have for Christ our Lord as well as be excellent enough that someone can say, “Wow, I want to come back” – as apposed to: “oh man that was terrible, not I want to expose myself to this again”.
So the little guys – at the little churches – who somehow find time in between time to do this on top of maintaining a family and work life – need to be apart of a bigger tribe that has members that are maybe professionals in the video world or maybe work full time with video at a church.
This so that we can learn from each other, help each other, encourage each other.
I am a little guy, I would love to be a part of a tribe like this.
Too many times do I feel that I am on the sidelines shouting to the big guys, “please let me, open the door”
There are many like me.
I don’t really mean for you to open the door to let me in to your group, I really mean lets form our own, lets band together an help each other out – a group of people; a TRIBE, made up of people, some that film after school with a Hi-8 cam and some that use a 35mm film camera on a multimillion dollar budget, some that sit after hours editing on their G4 iMac and some that are editing with a Mac Pro setup that fills the room.
To what outcome?
To empower the little guys – yes. But even the little guy has a lesson to give and a service to provide that can be useful to all.
The dissemination of expertise and information.
Encouragement by means of stories etc
To the benefit of all in the Tribe
Communication is key. There are so many tool out there; Facebook, Twitter to name but a few. I don’t think that forming a Facebook group is the be all and end all of it. Success of communication will be in the activity of members talking to each other though what ever means; by engaging in each others blogs is an example or even taking part in discussions at what ever social media mechanism.