EPISODE 035: Producing Short Films for Your Church with Dan Bracken


Show Notes:

This week I welcome back my friend Dan Bracken. Dan is the Senior Media Producer at one of the most prominent Methodist churches in the nation, Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Dan is a graduate of Asbury College and has been on staff at Ginghamsburg since 2006. He leads a team of more than 80 volunteers. Dan has had the opportunity to travel the country and the world capturing and producing short films, testimonies and documentaries. In this episode, Dan shares some incredible insight into how he produces short films for his denomination and his church and offers 4 ways you can produce short films for your church more effectively.

Dan and I discussed these 4 Ways to Transform How We Produce Short Films for our Churches in this Episode:


1. Start with Humility and Prayer. The story is not yours.

  • All communication is about delivering a message.
  • Prayer is about discovering your message.
  • Its the difference in saying something and having something to say.
  • Pause before every message to determine what God wants you to say.

2. Have a plan.

  • Once you enter into production and post-production, you’ve thought most everything through.
  • Making a plan gives you a clear pathway to tell the story you want.
  • It maintains integrity to your main message.

3. Be willing to take risks.

  • Be willing to try stuff.
  • Take risks with your productions and what the reaction.

4. Speak the language of your culture.

  • Know your audience and speak to them.
  • Keep a level of authenticity in your storytelling.
  • Your stories should inspire action.

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