Sunday to Sunday Episodes
Our video series rests on the excellence of great preachers, the all-important editorial element driving each episode. Our task is to create a conversation that peers into the personality and the humanity of each preacher. The belief that he or she has insight into that day's scripture as it applies to the community, familiar everyday surroundings, and the larger world.
We examine a preacher's ministry over time with the idea that he or she may provide a few recommendations or tips for those new to preaching. We set the conversation at their church and listen to their reflections on ministry, sometimes revealed in authors central to their thinking or spirituality.
Mostly we want to get to know the individuals and hear a sample of their preaching and observe how they conduct themselves before the congregation at a vibrant Sunday Mass with lectors, cantors, Eucharistic ministers, and the choir in full voice.
Preachers Among Us
One idea is that the preacher must be compelling enough that the viewer wants to stick around to the very end of the 28-minute episode and listen to the sermon. When media consumption is marked by seconds, minutes, and tweets, we may ask plenty of an audience.
To accommodate this reality, we produce eight-minute profile versions for the online edition of America Magazine. For educational use in seminary, university, and adult education, our website posts transcripts and study guides.
Overall, we want to create a film intimacy that draws on the community of faith with the cinematic techniques seen in films like "Of Gods and Men" (Director, Xavier Beauvior, 2010) "The Way" (Director, Emilio Estevez, 2010) and "Into Great Silence," (Director, Philip Groning, 2006).
Preachers & TV Production
With a minimum of planning, May 22, 2017 was Sunday to Sunday’s first day of production.
Carlos Torres, Jake Slonecker, and Father Mike walked into Saint Perpetua Church in Lafayette, placed chairs in front of the main altar, and began the first episode with Father John Kasper. We had two cameras, microphones, and just enough post-production editing.
These early pilot programs with John Kasper, Robert Sheeran, and Donal Godfrey greatly assisted our evolution. Over several months Carlos, Jake, and Father Mike learned how to capture the conversation and the homily within the confines of a church.
From what may have been a studio production like C-SPAN, we gradually moved to more sophisticated production with cinematic quality -- on location, almost 60 Minutes style. Cut Focus added their Red Digital Camera, better audio, adequate lighting, plenty of B-roll, and the outdoor drone shot. The pilot programs helped us gain valuable advice from professional colleagues in the news, sports, and film industry in New York and Los Angeles.