The 3 Shots Hillsong Church Uses In Their Live Stream with Taylor Head (PCP141)

When you’re live streaming your service it can become difficult to keep it interesting and varied. Taylor discusses 3 shots used by Hillsong, as well as how to tell a story with your live stream.

November 29th, 2016

Taylor Head is about to graduate from Hillsong College, where he studies film and works with the Hillsong television and film team. He shares an insider’s perspective on being part of the prolific filming output at Hillsong.

What’s In This Session?

  • The pressures of the new 24/7 Hillsong channel (15:13)
  • Managing 60+ weekend services in just a single country (17:30)
  • Telling a story with your live stream and service recordings (20:48)
  • The most important framing composition for IMAG (27:51)
  • The 3 shots Hillsong uses most frequently while recording services (32:10)
  • 2 big mistakes being made in videography across church contexts (36:58)
  • What it’s like to be the most copied church of all time (42:05)

Show Notes & Resources Mentioned

3 Instant Takeaways

    1. Film footage flows nearly endlessly from the many services at Hillsong – but at the end of the day Taylor says he always tries to tell a story. Cut your shots so they make sense. What is happening in the room? Where is the energy focused? People will likely be watching your film both live and archived, so the story needs to make sense to all audiences.
    2. Have a reason for why you are producing content. Before he produces any content, Taylor sits down with a team and asks a lot of questions about the project, including how long will this be? Who is it for? What’s the ultimate purpose?
    3. Try to avoid copycat syndrome. Taylor says he sees a lot of videos that he has seen before, done by someone else or another church. Borrowing from and being inspired by others is part of the learning process toward your own vision, but don’t copy verbatim because you just compromise your own creativity.