Getting Prepared for Your Missions Production

Missions Video Media Checklist

It isn’t usually an option to have a professional videographer come to you.  So, we want to help you to get photos and footage while you are on the field that will help MMC to make your project the best it can be.

Don't have a photo or video camera?

No problem. We want to help you get the right equipment. We can help you purchase the right equipment at a very low price. We can include that purchase in the total cost of your project. Or, you can use loaner equipment from MMC.

Your project will be better and better as you collect photos and videos.  Do your best to collect a good selection of the following.

We highly recommend finding someone locally with technical savvy who could take on this job as a ministry.


Photo Tip #1 All pictures should be taken in the landscape or horizontal view and not portrait or vertical.

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  • Local Buildings
  • Street Scenes
  • Government Buildings
  • Statues
  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Markets
  • Cars (Typical non-American looking cars)
  • Rivers, Mountains, Ocean


Photo Tip #2 Its best to photograph one person at a time… don’t try to get too many group shots – Unless there is a specific relevance to that particular shot.

Photo Tip #3 Faces, Faces, Faces.  Focus on the eyes, Tears, Smiles, Etc…

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Saved People

  •      Kids Praying
  •      Kids Playing
  •      Babies in the Church
  •      Adults Praying
  •      Adults Worshipping
  •      Church People Interacting Socially

Lost People

  •      Walking down the street
  •      In the Markets
  •      Beggars
  •      Children
  •      Families
  •      People at Work

Video Footage
Video Tip #1 We highly recommend that you watch some of our demos and pay close attention to how the best clips look.

Video Tip #2 Shoot from a tripod whenever possible.

Video Tip #3 Shoot slow and steady.  Do not try to get too much in an individual shot.

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Video Tip #4 Focus on one or two things or people at a time… without zooming in too close.

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Video Tip #5 I highly recommend setting up a tripod at 2 or 3 locations (college campus, busy street corner). Film people walking for 20-30 minutes.  Move the camera slowly and smoothly as people pass by.

Shots of Church People

  • Singing
  • Praying
  • You Preaching – Very important
  • You Praying with people
  • People interacting Socially
  • Several group shots of all the above

Shots of Non-Church People

  • People, People, People
  • Young, Middle, aged Old
  • Walking down the street
  • In the Markets
  • Beggars
  • Children
  • Families
  • People at Work

Missionary and family (on the field) monologues/Interviews on film (30 minutes to 2 hours)

Video Tip #6 Make sure there is plenty of light

Video Tip #7 Try to choose a location with as little background noise as possible.

Video Tip #8 Don’t sit close to a wall.

Video Tip #9 When doing a monologue/interview, make sure that camera is close to the subject – 5 to 8 feet.

Choose a nice, pretty, quiet, distinctly missions location and share your heart, burden, vision, and mission.  Don’t worry about getting it perfect, just share your heart.  Also, film in the car driving, walking on the street, etc.

Have someone film you on the move

  • Walking
  • Getting into the car
  • Entering the church
  • Going about your typical life and work

Upload video samples for MMC to evaluate 

Before you leave your field you can email sample photos and upload video samples to MMC for evaluation.  We will help you to get the footage you need to make your project incredible.

If you are technically savvy, you will be able to do this yourself.

If you are a beginner with computers, we will walk you through this process.

How to upload your footage:

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Use the upload feature to upload clips of your videos.