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What's that Buzzing Above My Head?


I remember when I got my first camera. I was in Chicago with my Dad in the late 1980’s. He handed me a Minolta Weathermatic 35mm. That day, we took the train into the city and I think I blew through all the film before we even made it to the Sears Tower. From then on, I have had an interest in photography and videography. I started out with a few film cameras, and became an early adapter to digital photography in the late 1990’s.


My first digital camera took 4 AA batteries, and could hold about 5 photos on a floppy disk and the quality was horrible!


In the early 2000’s I stared using a digital video camera with my friends and we started producing some silly and dumb videos, but that blossomed into filming a few weddings and making promotional/ministry highlight videos for a couple of my past employers. Now in the 2020’s I find myself interested once again in film, and recently picked up a new camera that shoots on Instax film. It’s very much like a polaroid. The photo pops out the top of the camera after you take the shot. The only issue is the 70 cents per photo it costs!


In the complete opposite direction, I have also taken a big interest in drone videography over the last two years. I started by getting an actual Drone Pilot License from the FAA. Did you even know that existed? After getting the license, I picked up a drone and started flying it around and practicing with the controls. It was very nerve-racking at first! My heart rate would be super high and I felt like I had been exercising after a 20 min flight. Now, after many hours of flight, I feel much more confident in flying the drone around our beautiful Churches! One of my favorite shots is of the bell tower at St. John the Evangelist in Frederick.

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Do you have a project you want highlighted in a video?


I would love to come out to your parish with the drone and get some shots of your project. Over the last year, I have been able to produce a number of videos for capital campaigns and special projects. Just last week I was out at Saint Gabriel Parish filming a roof replacement. The parish is going to use the two quick 30 sec videos I created on their Facebook page to update their parishioners on the status of the project and show that their money is being well spent.


If you have a video idea and would like some help, I am available! Just send me an email and we can start filming!


Videos are just one of many services the Regional Directors offer. Click here to view a full list of the services we provide.


mark.talcott@archbalt.org


If you are looking for some ideas, check out this page of some of the videos I made this past year.

https://www.advancingourmission.org/parish-videos





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