So where was I??? Oh wow…it has been a while…the real last post was celebrating my 19th anniversary with my bride…and we just celebrated 20..where has all the time gone??
Oh well…water under the bridge…since last we talked things have changed a bit in my life. In December I left Christ Chapel Bible Church after 6 years of being on staff and started working for CRM Studios. Sounds like a quiet move but actually CRM is contracted by Glenn Beck and I am now the Technical Director for the Glenn Beck Show which is on GBTV.com . For those not in the TV world the TD is the guy who sits next to the director in the control room in front of a bunch of buttons and uses those buttons to put the video that you see on the air…
Sounds like a simple decision if you are in the TV world…but for those that are in the church world…maybe not so much. Well I can tell you that this job change was by far the hardest decision my bride and I have ever made (hint to married folks…I mentioned that we did it together…just a helpful marriage tip for free) in our married life about anything. I had some friends who were excited for me and some who thought I had sold out…I even had a liberal friend laughingly say wow so you quit working for Jesus and went to work for the devil….either way we made it and then plunged in with both feet…but not easily with both feet.
So now here we are 6 months later…and how do I feel? Well…so far so great. I am not going to get into the political side of working for a guy who is very political…in fact I don’t even want to write about Glenn at all. Nope this about trusting God…I know you are now saying what….wait uh….how can you turn this to trusting God?? Well duh…easy…if you think that I didn’t pray about this huge change then you need to put the crack pipe down and read the rest of these writings…God is central in my life and to do anything without Him is not something I would ever consider…
So getting to the trust part…yes I prayed…my wife prayed…I had some friends praying although I didn’t have many because we kept it pretty tight lipped…why?? Well because I didn’t think I would get the job…actually…I didn’t even want the job…yep…you read that right…I didn’t want the job with a very high profile individual that could be a great addition to the resume.
See I was approached by a friend who said he needed to hire a bunch of folks and would I help him with names…and then the conversation turned to the position of TD…he asked if I would be interested in the position….I said…nope…no interest what so ever….and that was true…I was happy at CCBC and was comfortable I mean why would I take a job that would not have me in charge of the department anymore…even after I decided to throw my name in the hat…I thought nothing about it…I didn’t think it would really happen…even after the 2nd interview…cause I figured I was doing what God wanted me to do…I was doing His work in His church…why would He put something else in front of me? Besides if I did take the job it would require me to leave my position immediately without a notice…
Now realize my boss at CCBC knew what was going on…so it wasn’t going to be a complete surprise…I am not that cold…OK…so quit thinking that..
So when the call came and the offer was on the table…I was on vacation I still thought…that this was not what God wanted…but something in my heart just said take it…and I did…and then…for the next week…I thought I had made a huge mistake…not because of the job…but because I had this pit in my stomach…like I had made a huge mistake…I even thought I would can the whole thing and get my old church job back… I now look back and see that pit in my stomach was my doubt to trust that what God had in store for me was not what I wanted to have in store for me…after a week or so I just decided I would trust Him and trust that He had what was best for me in mind…and you know what?? It has been awesome!! The company is great!!! The people are great!!! Also the challenge of being on the cutting edge of technology and get a chance to be a part of the great team that is GBTV….absolutely awesome!!
I say all this to show you that if you think you can’t trust God with a big thing like a job change or a career change STOP!! Trust Him even when it looks insane..and when it doesn’t make sense…I have no clue what He has in store for me…but if there is one thing I have learned is when you trust and really turn it over to Him…good things happen…maybe not even the way you think they should…in fact most the time it happens in a way you could never imagine…
Look folks…there is nothing too big for Him…He can handle it…just trust Him…and oh by the way…He is not surprised by your need or request…He knew it was coming…way before you knew it was coming…well…time to get groovin’…..
Howdy folks….been a bit I know…sorry…life has a way of getting busy…I am writing on the flight home from the biggest convention there is for broadcasters. It is simply called NAB which stands for the National Association of Broadcasters.
NAB is a HUGE convention held in Las Vegas every year. Honestly it is a time for us technical folks to get out of town and see the new toys. It is also a time to see old friends make new ones and see what everybody thinks about the direction of our industry.
Funny thing happened on the way to NAB though…it has been high jacked by content folks…not technical folks. Now let me say that I am not sure it is a good thing or a bad thing…trying to really digest it…but my big ol’ gut says bad.
The keynote speaker was James Cameron and there was a conversation with Kevin Smith day as well..good folks…but really what can they offer a bunch of technical guys…sure Cameron can talk about how great 3D is and how he did this and did that to save the movie industry and Smith can tell us the struggles to get a movie made…but this is a conference of broadcasters not movie people.
Content is important…but this convention has always been about how to get that content on the airways, cable, and online. Walking around the three huge convention buildings filled of gadgets and gizmos I noticed something..this is basically the same gadgets and gizmos that have been around the past couple of years. Was there cool stuff?? Oh yea! Was there anything that I thought would be a game changer in the video industry??? Uh…no..not really..and that is not good. This convention has always had someone there that everyone was rushing to see…a few years ago there was the RED camera..a couple of years ago 3D showed it’s ugly head..but this year…nothing…nada….zero…
If the NAB folks are going to turn this convention into content driven…well..not sure they will like the attendance numbers in a few years…cause the technical folks will quit coming…even if it is in Vegas.
Look I know a lot of the issues in our industry and most of them are because of our economy..it stinks…and when the economy stinks the broadcast industry stinks worse cause the first thing to go in a company’s budget is advertising…and advertising drives the bus…so…the circle gets only halfway around..but just seems there are so many content conferences out there I think my over all feeling is this path that NAB may be heading down is not good…
There needs to be a place for innovation…and there needs to be a showplace to see that innovation…and if NAB would rather become a place of content folks because having movie guys come in looks sexier…well maybe there will be another place that pops up that us technical folks can go….only time will tell…well time to get groovin’!!!
Location:Somewhere between Vegas & Texas
Today I was thinking about direction. As some of you may know I have been invovled in the TV industry professionally since I was 13. I started running camera on the weekends at a TV station in Midland, TX called KMID. My dad had been the weekend weatherman for a few years and before that was the 6 pm sports anchor. So that is how I ended up running camera at such a young age.
I know it sounds strange that they would turn a high dollar piece of equipment over to a 13 year old but really the uh camera was barely that. They started me out running the slide camera which was an old, and I mean old, camera that would shoot the slides which were put over the anchor’s shoulders. This camera was held together with cables, seriously, two cables wrapped around from top to bottom. If the slide was crooked you could just pull one cable and the camera would lean one way or the other.
Anyway all that to say I learned right away that I was going to have to pay close attention to the director or I bring down the show. I mean it sounds small but if you had a slide of a fire over the shoulder but the story was about a carnival in town it could send the wrong message. Directing in TV is hard, I understand that now more than ever because that just what I do now. I direct the video portion of our servivces at Christ Chapel. Telling people where to go and where to be can be a bit nuts but I have a great bunch of volunteers who understand when I say “get me the women choir leftside” they follow.
Direction in TV is important but direction in life is way more important. Christ Chapel is spending the next two years reading through the Old Testament. It has been awesome at times and sawdust at times, but I am enjoying reading parts of the Word that I have never dove into and seeing what God wants me to learn. Today in my bibletime I was reading in Numbers chapter 2. This can be a bit dry since it is basically God directing the Israelites on where they will put up their tents and what order those tents shall be, and finally who is in charge of each tribe.
I came to verse 34 which states, “Thus the sons of Israel did; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so they camped by their standards, and so they set out, every one by his family according to his father’s household.” (NASV) Now I really like what the Message version says, “The People of Israel did everything the way God commanded Moses: They camped under their respective flags; they marched by tribe with their ancestral families.” This struck me cause they actually did it. The Israelites took God’s direction and did it. “Everything the way God commanded…” God gave the direction and they followed. I really wish I could be that obedient. God wants to direct my life but I get in the way thinking I have a better shot or a better way to get what I want and not what He wants. Then I screw up and there is the replay right there in front of me. The replay of God directing me, but my choosing to go another path.
If I understand how important submitting to a director is when I am working a TV show….then why can’t I understand how much more important it is to submit to the ultimate director. The good news that God give me Grace. Grace to screw up…swish pan…pop zoom in..put the wrong subject in my lens…Grace…He can gives us Grace to cover those replays that we wish we did not have in our lives. All we have to do after the replay is submit and listen for His direction….time to get groovin’
OK so I was just out in Las Vegas for the annual NAB convention. For those of you wondering NAB stands for National Association of Broadcasters. Now our church is not on TV and I know it sounds strange that as a church staff member I would go out to Vegas, but this is the convention of conventions for those of us doing video, film, and radio so you have to go where the stuff is. Wow was there stuff this year. The convention center in Vegas has 2 Million square feet of exhibit space….2 MILLION…and it was all full of new gadgets and gizmos of all kinds of video, lighting, radio transmitters, and electronic thing-a-ma-bobs. Why there was even a 4×4 vehicle with and HD mounted camera on the front that you control from the passenger seat. I am still trying to figure out how to work that one into next years budget…..
So anyway this year the big deal at the big deal convention…..3D. In my best Ben Stein voice…wow. Very underwhelming. I mean seriously…really?? I am trying to wrap my head around an industry that has decided that THIS TIME…no really…THIS TIME 3D is going to work!!! UGH!!! I mean I don’t want you to think I don’t think 3D is cool…it is…I mean Avatar was absolutely AWESOME from a technology and WOW factor..by the way Dances With Wolves called and they want their storyline back…and all the worship the tree stuff….whatever that could be a whole other blog.
Sorry back on track…the techno stuff that the movie brought in was unbelievable and definitely raised the bar for any 3D stuff behind it. So now because of that companies want you to jettison that HD TV you just bought (I say you cause I still don’t have one…yea I am that guy…the one involved in the video world but has not had time to be a consumer of the video world…) and they want you to buy a 3D TV for around $3000 and they will throw in 2 pairs of glasses for free. Gee thanks…my family of four will ove the two glasses…so now buy 2 more pair. Of course I know this doesn’t happen at your house… but at mine…I can’t even find the remote control on a regular basis…that is while I am tripping over the XBox and Wii controllers…so having to keep up with four pairs of glasses would be a NIGHTMARE!!!!!
I really think this new 3D fascination in your home will die down..as it has each time it comes around. I know there are enough people out there who have to be the Jones’ on their block and run out and get it…well..good for them. I mean seriously think about it this industry wants you to change your TV watching when they can’t even agree on what kind of HD they want to use 720 or 1080….time to get groovin’