Frequently Asked Questions
When we dreamed of the How2charist, we envisioned something as visually stunning as the liturgy itself: a film that would bring people into the Eucharistic liturgy in an intimate way. How2charist will be the full length of the Eucharist, filmed in a cinematic way in order to capture close-ups of the altar and elements, show the perspective from the priest’s view, and more. Think of a professional short film that would help someone who had never attended an Episcopal Church feel comfortable wherever they sit, whether the back pew or the choir loft. To do that, we wanted to create a piece that’s not only informative but engaging, just as our liturgy has conveyed the love and beauty of God for centuries.
To make that happen, we’ve been reaching out to and enlisting the help of professionals in the fields of video and audio production. We think about it in terms of hospitality: in the church, we want to make sure that a visitor has the best experience possible when they walk through the doors for the very first time; we’re approaching this project in the same way. Relying on the gifts and talents of others - whether they be explaining a beautiful liturgy or capturing it on film - we believe this is the best way to achieve that goal.
When we first launched this project, it was you - our backers - who challenged us and helped us dream! You asked whether we could film other rites (like baptisms and weddings and funerals), whether we could collaborate on a project for yoked Lutheran-Episcopal ministries, whether we could film in Spanish, and more! We hope our monetary goal will help us to create a product elevated to the level of excitement we’ve heard from the Church for the past couple of years. We wanted to set the goals high enough to give us flexibility to reach those goals and dream big.
We’ve already reached out to the best in their field, as well as others who have done Kickstarters, to craft this budget. And we have worked extensively with the digital evangelism and media teams in the Episcopal Church Office of Communication. In collaboration with professionals who work each day to create visually-appealing, engaging films in the Episcopal tradition, we have set a goal that is ambitious yet attainable. It is one that will require wide buy-in from across the Episcopal Church, and when produced, can serve as a resource for the whole church.
Thanks for being part of creating this and helping to bring the story of God’s welcome and The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement to the world!
See “So, what exactly will the money be used for?” in our FAQ for more details!Last updated:
In order to create the beautiful, cinematic short film described in the “$17,000 is a lot of money; how’d you come up with that number?” FAQ, we had to budget for a number of factors, the bulk of which fall into Filming and Post-Production.
Filming: We first had to budget for equipment, travel, and two days of filming for a film crew of 5. This crew will cover camera operation, director of photography, audio engineering, and lighting/grip. To save on costs, we will be selecting a parish that will allow us to use their facility without charge, and the “actors” will be local church/diocesan volunteers. We will also work to select a church within driving distance for our crew, to keep those travel costs to a minimum. Finally, we’ll need to feed our cast and crew on filming days, because a hangry Episcopalian isn’t exactly the tone we’re trying to convey.
Post-production: A good portion of our cost and final production value comes after the filming days. Post-production including video edits, audio mixing, and especially animation for the on-screen pop-ups, will be the elements that bring this How2charist to life. We have identified post-production professionals who are able to create an incredible final project and work within the constraints of a minimal production budget.
Other notes: There are numerous people who are volunteering their time and giving us reduced rates because they, too, want to see this project come to life. The average cost of filming a short film or low-budget project is $500-1000 per minute of finished production. Thus, a 60-minute film (the length of an average Eucharist) would cost $30-60K. Let’s not even mention St. Swithin’s with their 90-minute liturgy …
We’re so grateful to each individual and parish and diocese and institution who helps us reach our budget goals to get this resource into the hands of all people!Last updated:
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