One of the most common mistakes made by many people starting a new TV ministry, is they spend some money on the equipment, put them in the hands of someone with no studio or tv directing experience (they might claim to have an egineering degree), get a couple of camera operators together and begin to pump out programmes for local TV stations, satellite or the internet! The recordings lack quality, and you begin to wonder why if they could spend money on equipment, they can't get the crew trained and wait till they got to a standard that could be used on TV.
There are a few attributes that you need in order to be able to effectively direct a camera crew, and these require training and time to develop and perfect.
These are just some tips on being a good video director if involved in a church's media department, but the key thing is that you need some training and time to get good at it. As you know anything in the video industry is not cheap, so a good starting point would be reading the book Basic Studio Directing by Rod Fairweather.
I got my TV video directing skills from a BBC trained studio director with over 20 years experience, who used this book as a manual, and I can say that you will learn a lot from Rod's knowledge and while it alone will not teach you everything you need to know in a day or two, it is better than not taking any training at all.
If you are in the UK and are interested in one on one or church group training for video directing or any other video production techniques (editing, single camera directing, etc), then feel feel to contact me via email, details are on the sidebar.
Directing William McDowell's London Worship Experience
Our mobile studio production unit the Datavideo HS-2000.