“You will be my witnesses”

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Photo by Nathan Jones

This past week I was in Santiago, Chile helping with Jeff Raymond, James Dockery and Bill Bangham lead the Storytellers Abroad Multimedia Missions Workshop. We were working each day from getting up at 7:00 am until well after midnight each day.

Bill Bangham, Jeff Raymond, James Dockery, & Stanley Leary. Photo by Allison Bayse
Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

I believe we were training the storytellers to be the best witnesses to what they had seen and heard of each person they were assigned to capture.

Jennifer Nelson interviews Julian Pizarra at his church Iglesia Baptist Comunidad Cristiana in Los Ciruelos. RuthAnn Rogers is ABWE missionary that is helping us with transportation to the church. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 4500, 1/200, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 24)]

The week started with each of the workshop participants [Storytellers] doing pre-interviews with their subjects to get the story that they would later capture on camera/video.

I was teaching the class that you shouldn’t record the video interview until you had a pretty good idea of the storyline. The reason is then you would have much longer interview from which you had to transcribe all that content to dig for a story.

Dave Rogers sits in front of the camera to do translation while Michael captures the interview on camera. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 14400, 1/200, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 105)]
Michael, Jaime Palma, & ABWE Missionary Dave Rogers [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 10000, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 42)]

Friendships with the subjects that we were telling their stories and the translators and missionaries were being created throughout the week.

Bill Bangham is coaching Jennifer Nelson on her storyline. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 8000, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 62)]

The best part of the week in my opinion was the one-on-one or even two-on-one coaching that was happening.

All the workshop storytellers are working hard to make the final touches before our showing to the missionaries who helped us in producing these stories. Here is Bill Bangham, James Dockery and Jennifer Nelson as they put the finishing touches on the video. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 3200, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 28)]

We went on location with each of the workshop participants to give direction there as well.

Courtney Gille with the children that are part of the story she is working on at Santiago Christian Academy. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2000, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 35)]

The weather in Santiago, Chile was winter while we were there.

The group coming back after eating dinner one night. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 51200, 1/10, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 32)]
Cole Buchanan gets B-Roll of pastor Rodrigo Cisternas. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/160, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 24)]

We spent a lot of time in the field and even more sitting in front of the computers organizing and editing of the projects.

Michael listens to James Dockery as he teaching some of the settings we are using in Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the projects. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 14400, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 24)]

When we were trying to output some of the projects to make the final movie we ran into problems with the software. I had not seen those particular errors before. This is when having one of the senior editors for ESPN James Dockery as part of the teaching team made a huge difference.

Cole Buchanan, translator they had working with them and James Dockery. This is at the showing of the rough cut videos to the missionaries and subjects that participated this week in the capturing of the stories. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 7200, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 24)]

Please stay tuned for the final videos. I will share them here when we have finished putting the final edits on them.

We believe that packing all we could into one week on the field is worth the effort. We believe that “we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.