Globalizing Your Media Means Localizing Your Media

Whenever I travel internationally, I’m always surprised to find that when watching American produced religious programming, the vast majority of programs do nothing related to local audiences.  In other words, the program open and close, structure, and even commercial spots were the exact same as the program that had been broadcast in Cleveland, Atlanta, or Tulsa.  It goes without saying that creating a commercial spot with an American phone number and a price in dollars is going to fail when its broadcast in Russia, South Africa, or Bolivia.  And yet,

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3 Rookie Mistakes Media Production Companies Make

People have peculiar ideas about launching start ups. Before the Internet, I knew an inexperienced producer who was convinced that to be taken seriously, he had to deliver everything important (scripts, contracts, etc) via Federal Express. It didn’t take long to run up a $250,000 Fed-Ex bill and he eventually declared bankruptcy. Others have equally unproductive ideas about launching projects. So if you’re an investor in a media production company, or a major donor in a nonprofit media effort, here’s 3 of the biggest red flags you should be looking for:

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Why You Should Tell Your Story With Short Videos

There’s a great deal of buzz about short videos these days, and there are good reasons. More video content is uploaded in 30 days than all three major U.S. T.V. networks combined have created in 30 years. So today, if your church, ministry, or nonprofit isn’t producing short videos regularly, then you’re missing an enormous opportunity to share you story with a growing audience. Here’s some key reasons why you should consider picking up a camera:

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How To Successfully Direct Child Actors

Working with kids is one of the great challenges for beginning film and TV directors. After all, W.C. Fields said, “Never work with children or animals.” They’re both unpredictable and take real focus and skill. So I asked my friend Rafael Barreiro, a director and producer who’s worked internationally, and now teaches at the university level to give us some basic advice for novice directors. Here’s his thoughts:

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How to be a Break-Out Success on Religious TV

OK – I’m actually going to be serious here. No jokes about bad hair, polyester suits, gold furniture, or prayer cloths. In an ocean of competition on a typical religious channel, how do you cut through the clutter and get the audience’s attention? Better yet, how do you get them to respond? I don’t have all the answers, and I’d love for you to respond, but here’s my two cents. And by the way,

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Christian Media: Who’s Doing it Right

From time to time, I like to highlight examples of people who are creating compelling media from a Christian perspective.  Recently, I met with Karl and Jane Faase from Olive Tree Media in Australia about a new television series they recently produced.  As a big fan of the style of Anthony Bourdain’s program on CNN, I was immediately fascinated with the style of their series “Jesus The Game Changer.”   I asked them about the show and here’s what I found out:

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Creatives: Perception Happens Faster Than Ever

As a speaker and writer, I’m becoming more and more fascinated with the concept of “perception.” After all, in today’s distracted and disrupted world, our perception of everything happens faster and faster. In fact, one study indicates that when we meet someone for the first time, we actually decide within the first 4-8 seconds what we think of that person. Now, scientists are looking at how quickly we make decisions, and a particular project focused on

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Have You Considered Producing Documentaries?

At the Sundance Film Festival year after year, some of the hottest tickets are for documentaries, and there’s no question that the most memorable films for me are often docs. Mike Snider, writing in USA Today reported that documentaries have finally arrived as a potent movie force.  At the festival a few years ago, 45 major documentaries were released to theaters, up from 29 just a year before.  Certainly, we’ve seen recent feature documentaries do so well at the box office that they’re making the public aware of the format – some bringing in more than $100 million at the box office – but

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