Category: Film

Immerse Film – Weekend Away Promo

This was a film created to promote the 2017 Young adults and student’s weekend away. It was not something I produced on my own, but with help from Mike and Tony for the actual poem. I was predominantly the editor, although lines do blur on a small team. Editing, Sound and Colour all done in Premiere Pro CC 2015.3. I am enjoying Premiere more and more at the moment.

The film is all about going deeper and immersing ourselves in God. Alongside this, the event is promoted, by using the poem that points continually to the theme and idea behind the weekend away. Promotional videos like this tend to work very well.

The film

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The whole project couldn’t have taken place without, or freesound for the sound effects, and soundstripe for the music as usual. It took a day or so to edit, plus all the time mike spent on finding stock footage and planning.

Immerse Timeline

The Premiere CC timeline

Date: October 2016
Gear: Lumix G7, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, Tascam DR-05, Premier Pro CC on iMac 21″
Thanks to, Mike Burke + King’s Church Media team.

Awakening Europe – Scandinavia

The Brief

Where do I start with this, Awakening Europe was incredible and a real privilege to be part of it. The event saw thousands of Christians gather from all over Scandinavia and Europe. Ben Fitzgerald and GODFest Ministries hosted the event. The event had the heart to disturb the normal and see Stockholm and Europe saved. It also equipping people to share the gospel. God TV streamed the event live and the event will soon be on their website to rewatch.

The brief was to capture the testimonies from the event, along with creating Roundup videos of each day.We played videos on the main event screens to open each of the conference sessions. The roundup videos were also put up onto the event’s facebook page, gathering collectively over 180,ooo views over the weekend. I needed to create the videos in very short time frames. They played the first video at 2pm on Saturday, with only footage from the previous evening’s session.


Testimony Videos

Testimony videos are incredibly important for many events, especially for ones where capturing what God is doing at the conference. We captured lots of salvation stories, along with healings. There aren’t any of these videos online yet, but keep an eye on the Awakening Europe’s Facebook page for some to be released in the coming weeks.

The testimony videos were, as a majority, and filmed in a studio we set up for the weekend. It consisted of three Arri Event Lights and my BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. We recorded the sound with my Rode VideoMicro, on a mic stand just out of shot and the mic was plugged straight into the Tascam DR-05. Matt Higham filmed these interview/testimony videos, see the team section of this post to find more about what he does.

Awakening Europe Studio

A frame grab from the studio recordings. Graded in Premiere CC

Roundup Videos

These were the bulk of the workload on the project. I was the editor for these videos. The heart behind these is to help engage people at the start of the meeting and build faith for the upcoming session. Building social buzz is a huge reason behind these videos – putting them online and helping people, not at the event see what is happening.

The editing process on these videos was a similar process to the way I edited at the JesusLoves conference, except on a larger scale. I picked up footage from God TV after each session, and along with this, I had the footage the media team filmed. Then, I combined all this footage to create the roundup videos throughout the videos and watching the footage was the most time-consuming part of the job.

I edited the footage in Premiere Pro CC, which is new for me on this kind of project. The closing graphic was made in After Effects and I am really enjoying premiere’s track based editing (vs FCX), and the Lumetri Colour panel. The colour correction on the videos was all the same, and the majority of the styling was done with curves.

TImeline for Awakening

Timeline from the Final Roundup video in Premiere CC

Watch the Roundup Videos.

You can see the final three roundup videos from Awakening Europe below.

The Team + Gear

Date: 28th – 31st of October 2016.
Gear: Canon 5DIII, 70D, 60D, BMPCC, Lumix G7. Rode Video Mirco. Adobe Creative Cloud. Tripod. Glidecam 2000. Macbook Pro 13″.
Team: Thanks to the amazing team, couldn’t have done this without you. Matt Higham – Video | Noah Benjamin – Video | Peter Murden – Producer
Music: All licences from
All produced with thanks to God.TV, Awakening Europe, and Godfest Ministries.
Cover Photo – Frame from Matt Highham.
Map Photo – Alex Mihis.

Live Streaming JesusLoves16

JesusLoves16 was amazing, and you can still watch the whole thing on Facebook Live. I love being part of the conference every year. This year was no exception. The demands of the conference always push what is possible in the time and budget. This year, a week before the event started I was called to say that they needed to live stream the event due to being sold out. I said yes, jumping to put it all together and make it happen. Although I must say now, I couldn’t have done it without the great team we had helping during the week.

Live streaming

There were so many complex parts to this project, but that’s what make me work best. We already had a good number of people on the production/media team for the week so we were sorted there. But we needed to get hold of the right equipment. I went with the Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K as I am familiar with how it works. The price to hire also helped. Along with the switcher and cables, I used a couple of HDMI to SDI convertors to get round the 20m limit on HDMI cables.

Camera wise, we used three cameras, two Lumix G7s, and one BMPCC. The pictures looked a bit out, with the BMPCC being noticeably flatter than the G7 image, but it held up with the G7s in cine d. Doing it again I would look to have all the cameras matched better, but also have a couple more angles. With the changing stage lights etc, you can get away with cameras that are not perfectly matched.

On the computer side of things, we ran the program output of the switcher into an Intensity shuttle, on a MBP Retina 13″. On there we ran OBS, streaming straight to Facebook Live. It worked a dream once we figured out how to get the audio working, along with delaying the audio get the audio in sync.

I have embedded the stream from the last night for you to see. You can find the other sessions on the JesusLoves Facebook Page.

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Other Media + Photos

We didn’t just provide the live stream but also daily round up/highlight videos and Quote images. I didn’t do any photography during the week, we had a number of photographers during the week including Andy Yates.

To sum up, it all went well. There are many things we all learnt, and in so many ways we will improve for next time. If you have an event, or are thinking of using Facebook Live or any other live streaming platform I would love to chat to you, and see if I can help you.


Fusion: Escape and Pray

Fusion is a UK charity that works to equip churches for mission into universities and to see every student connected with a church. We were asked to edit together a video to promote Escape and Pray 2016.

Escape and Pray is explained well in the video below. I was given footage from the 2015 event and asked to create a short promotional video. This way of working is ideal when budgets are tight, and when footage had already been filmed as in this case.

Type: Promotional Video
Length: 45 seconds
Date: December 2015
Software: Adobe Premier Pro CC + After Effects CC


Want to find out more about Escape and pray? Click here.

November 5th

Just for fun, I put this together on bonfire night.

Date: 5th of November 2015
Location: Platt Fields Park, Manchester
Type: Personal Video
Gear: BM Pocket Cinema Camera + 50mm f1.4 + Anamorphic Flare shape
Software: Adobe Premier Pro CC


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