I spent a good portion of 2016 into early 2017 working on a documentary about the rise in global Christian persecution – culminating in a global conference this May in Washington, DC. What struck me the most from everyone who was interviewed who had experienced true persecution first-hand was the call to truly love and forgive even when most would be calling for hatred and retaliation. I’ve been deeply and permanently impacted by these stories. My eyes have been opened to things that are too easy to ignore in the U.S. Editing these stories has also renewed my passion for the power of story telling through video. Yes, there are some pieces that I will work on that have no big impact on anybody. They may sell a product or scratch an artistic itch (and that’s not such a bad thing), but working on projects with subject matter that I’m most passionate about is where I long to be.
You can view the full Persecution and the Gospel program here:
My friend, Tyler Garnett, directed this passion project and enlisted me for the color grade. It was masterfully shot by Chris Calnin on a RED EPIC DRAGON at 5K.
Some of the kindest words I’ve ever received from a client came from Tyler on this one:
“John – Thank you for taking this project to the next level. I love the fact that you don’t settle for anything less than the best. Even though I said it was done, you still tweaked shots, fixed problems and cleaned up my project. You have a desire to make everything you work on your best work. I am so thankful for that drive. I can’t believe how much better you make everything look. Your ability to match color and make scenes feel so seamless is probably one of the most unknown necessities of any film. Not only are you good at what you do, you also have a soft heart for children. Thanks for letting my son come watch cartoons on your couch while we worked.”
I’m very excited about a series of programs that are about to launch nationwide this week – starting on Billy Graham’s 95th birthday, November 7, 2013. Over the past year and a half, I’ve been the lead editor and colorist on three 30 minute television programs featuring stories, music and a message from Billy Graham. These programs are being used across the country as an evangelistic tool in people’s homes – a starting block for one on one evangelism on a massive scale. It’s going to be a fun weekend to watch the stories pour in as the flagship program, called “The Cross” will air nationwide. Many churches have been preparing for discipling new believers.
A recent piece I helped edit for My Hope America with Billy Graham. I was responsible for the overall Color Grading of the whole piece as well as the graphic treatment in the opening Tease – all but the graphic TV overlays, which were created by Jim Zangmeister. Original music score by Matthew Morgan, sound design and mix by Tim Gale.