Church Media resources that don’t suck – PART 1

I’ve decided that when I run across some really good stuff for churches, I’m gonna post my findings.


For easter, Five Stones Church purchased a package created by Dan Stevers called The Fifth Cup,
and it’s AWESOME. Here’s a link to Dan’s vimeo page.

Go and check out his stuff.

If you’re interested in PURCHASING one of his works, please consider purchasing from his website’s store because he makes a little bit more than he would if you purchased through Worship House, and his store is cheaper!

In his words:
“Why buy from DanStevers.com?In addition to getting the lowest prices on our videos you will also be getting a higher quality compression than other sites, no upcharge for HD files, and free graphics with select products. It’s practically a no-brainer.”

I don’t know Dan personally.
I have emailed him and he responded quickly and was a super nice guy
(I had asked him if he had stills that were print worthy – higher dpi).

 

This past Sunday, Five Stones Church played a video created by James Grocho titled “The Forgiven”
as a sermon intro.

As an editor first, a wanna-be graphics guy second, I really liked his video.
Classy. Easy to read. Emotional. Just enough flash/coolness without overload.
Here’s a link to his website’s store.

Same deal with James and if you can, purchase from him directly so he get’s the profit.
If you can’t, the PURCHASE from Worship House Media.

He’s got countdowns, some social media animation loops, and other mini-movies.
I’m thinking about PURCHASING a few of the social media videos to refresh our “previews” that we play before and after each service.

I don’t know James either. Just really appreciate his work.

Notice anything?
Like the word PURCHASE in all caps and obnoxiously bolded?
That’s on purpose.

I know it takes place, we in the church world sometimes forget that free isn’t always free.
Please don’t borrow, repurpose, crack, basically steal work from these guys and others like them.
From experience, what you’re paying for their work is peanuts compared to what it would cost you if folks like them created these type videos for you and your church individually.

These guys are far better, creative, and faster than I am, but I’m estimating there’s at least 20-40hrs in each. At a minimum, if they charged minimum wage ($7.25/hr) and at a minimum of 20hrs, that’s $145. They’re selling their incredible work for $17-18. C’mon, if your church has a video projector and a computer that can play quicktimes, .mp4, or even .wmv, you guys can afford to shell out $18 for a video.

(These guys are not working for $7.25/hr and turning out this kind of work. Try $25-50/hr+, calculate that for $20-40hrs on your own for some sticker shock. So show some gratitude and PURCHASE their work, don’t just “use”, ahem (cough)… “steal” for the Lord’s work… that’s crap.)

 

** DISCLAIMER**

Yes, I am endorsing both Dan and James. That doesn’t really mean anything to anyone, just wanted to be able to say it! I don’t know either one of them and am not a compensated spokes person.
I won’t be getting any free stuff for plugging them here in my totally unread blog posting.