We regularly celebrate baptisms in our Sunday services to help people take their next step in their Christian walk and publicly share a commitment to Jesus. We asked the Video Team to share some insights on their setup, the video techniques they use, and how they capture baptisms on film. Here’s what was shared…
At Milton Keynes Christian Centre, we’re intentional about baptism. We’ve recently made the decision to feature baptisms in all three of our weekend services, creating an atmosphere of celebration and providing an opportunity for people to invite friends and family to participate in the event.
When shooting a baptism video, we set our cameras to a high shutter speed to capture the motion of the water. Depending on the model of your camera(s), you will need to adjust the shutter speed accordingly. Watch the video above for camera specifics.
As you will see in the filming brief below, we don’t choose to shoot the entire video in slow motion (this can impinge on the reality of the event when portrayed on film). However, it’s definitely worth shooting some of it with a higher frame rate. Filming in slow motion will allow for increased impact and covey a stronger emotion.
Next time you film a baptism video, check out the filming brief below, use it as is, or edit to fit your environment.
The following brief was created by our video team to help our volunteer team(s) throughout the filming process.
The event will be filmed on 2 cameras. The option to either have one camera in a single spot or have both cameras handheld for the option to roam around can be made on the day when we’ve established lighting, health and safety and space restrictions.
This camera will have a “pool view” aimed straight at or at a slightly higher angle, to record the baptism process, the emotion of people’s faces stepping up, during and after being baptised.
Shots such as: close ups of faces of people being baptised, the pastor baptising and the people supporting them.
The Panasonic GH4 can record in Slow-Mo, so should be set to record at 96 frames per second in 1080p format.
This camera will be used to record several aspects within the event around the baptism.
Filming the people spectating and reacting the baptisms, filming the interaction between people (especially between volunteers, wearing “Welcome” T-shirts, and others) and catching the overall atmosphere throughout the event.
This will be filmed on a Panasonic GH4 in 4K quality set at the normal speed of 25 frames per second.