By Joseph G. Kickasola, originally posted at the Center for Faith and Work.

The first take really “stunk,” to be honest. The camera was on a jib— a long, pole-like support for film production —and the camera moved in to the target, swerving a bit like a drunken sailor.

“Back to one,” I shouted from the director’s chair, huddled over a high-definition monitor which was worth many times the value of my car (more believable if you’ve seen my car).

This was day one, take one of shot one, on what would be a nine-day, film-shooting odyssey. It was not my first time in the chair, but the first in awhile, and my rusty “directing joints” needed oiling. My crew was a mix of professionals and students participating in an HD (high definition) film production class I was teaching at Baylor University.

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