My Best Friend Shoot


We began working on our next sermon series and thought I share with you the making of, My Best Friend The Holy Spirit.

We wanted a lot of symbolism in everything for the artwork and videos. We played around with a lot of ideas from an to an Periodic Table of the Elements look.


We finally had an AH-HA moment and went with an envelope and seal approach. The envelope is to relate to correspondence or exchange from one party to another; in this case from the Holy Spirit to Us or vice versa. The seal has so many layers but most importantly the love and blood shed for human kind.

We purchased a Steel Seal and Wax for roughly 36-Dollars and went to town creating the elements. I have never had so much fun with a lighter, wax, and cameras. Wait a second. Nevermind. We suspended the wax sticks by a Matthews C-Stand, Jib Arm and Grip Head over white paper. And additionally lit the wax sticks with 2 Lowell 40w Rifas, 1 Lowell 50w Rifa with Egg Create, and 2 Arri 350w Frensels for background lighting.


The footage was shot with a Sony HV1-V1Up at 1080i 24pA with a reverse Telecine process applied in Final Cut Studio 2. Footage was then migrated to Motion for finalizing a rough comp.


Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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