Lessons from a First-Time Director


At twelve:thirty media, our goal is to not only provide quality media content and training to help you create amazing experiences, but to make you aware of some incredible faith-based resources available to you and your church. We also get insights into other professionals in the church and faith-based media space to learn from each other how to use media to reach people with the Gospel.

I recently spoke with First-Time Director Paul Munger, who recently directed the new movie Princess Cut, a film about Grace, a Carolina farm girl looking for love. It’s a romance movie Paul wrote with his wife Sheilah. He also produced and directed the film. I asked Paul about his experiences directing his first feature and he gave some incredible insight into leading a large crew, working within a film budget, and raising funds to produce the film. We also talked about the rise in faith-based projects and where he feels the future of media is going.

Paul’s knowledge and insight can help us as Church Media Directors in producing and directing our short-form stories, testimonies, and other pieces for our churches. My prayer is that we can learn from guys like Paul how to tell stories and produce content that will inspire people.

If you haven’t seen Princess Cut, you can purchase the movie on DVD here.

Listen to my full interview with Paul below.

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Check out these Behind-the-Scenes interviews and videos you can share with your team:

Check out my interview with Princess Cut actress Ashley Bratcher:

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Creative Director / Owner
[twelve:thirty]media | Columbia, SC

Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, where he produced media content for four campuses, as well as led volunteer teams.

He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. Newspring has 10 campuses across the state with a weekly attendance of over 35,000. At one campus alone, the number of consistent volunteers serving in media production tripled, under his leadership.

He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.

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