Because of Jesus Films

This resource page is intended to help other Christian filmmakers in their own ministries and businesses. Here we will list the links and descriptions of all the services and products we use for filmmaking, from pre-production to filming to post-production to film festivals to distributing the final product.

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Software (Mac)

iMovie - The editing software we used before upgrading to FCPX. A wonderful piece of free software that is perfect for the beginning filmmaker who doesn’t have $300 for FCPX, but still needs a professional editing program.
Final Cut Pro X - Our main editing program for all of our films.
Motion 5 - Special effects software for creating fire, explosions, sci-fi effects, smoke, fog, etc.
Paintbrush - Program we use for creating all our mouth shapes and movements, great for basic masking too.
iStopMotion3 - The software we use to capture our pictures as we animate, allowing us to see a live preview. It then creates the pictures into a movie we then export into FCPX. A bunch of other features are loaded into this program that we have never used or tried.
Rapid Weaver 6 - Our website creator software. A very powerful tool, no need to know html.
Pages - The software we simply use to type up our scripts, cast lists, props, etc.
Notes - Functions simply as the name suggests, we use it to take quick notes of software we want to look into, or stuff that needs done on a shot or film.
IMAGEmine Lite and Compress - The software we use to compress our pictures for our website so that they don’t slow down the load time.
DVDstyler - Software we use to burn and create master dvds before we send them to replication. A lot of advanced features are in this software, be sure to right click and double click on anything when creating the dvd menu.

Software (Windows)

Though we now run nothing but Macs, we did our first film on Windows and therefore can recommend one or two software resources. However, our knowledge of the Windows software world is rather limited. Some of the above applications also have a Windows version, such as Paintbrush, and Microsoft Word could easily be substituted for Pages.
MonkeyJam - Great stop-motion app, we used this to create our very first pictures into videos.
Windows Movie Maker - A very basic video editor, we used this a little bit for Kingdom’s Edge.
NCH Video Pad - Free editing software we used for all the editing of the original version of Kingdom’s Edge.

Plug-Ins for FCPX

Color-Finale - Color-correcting plug-in.
Flicker Free - One problem that is persistent in stop-motion and even in live-action is light flickers. They are super hard to get rid of if you don’t catch them while filming, yet this plug-in makes it pretty simple to remove most, if not all, light flickers from your film.
Advanced Masking Tools 2 - This plug-in allows you to do powerful masking right from within Final Cut Pro. The advanced settings are practically endless. A very useful tool that we use rather regularly.
Neat Video - A de-noising plug-in that removes all noise in your film shot. It also includes a sharpening tool. This plug-in has the same kind of quality that they use to clean up old movies. A little pricey, but definitely worth the money. It has become an invaluable tool to us in our editing.

Studio Room Resources

Van Aken Clay - brown, green, and blue - We use this stuff all the time, from landscaping to holding up a sword or shield to securing sets, there is not a shot in our stop-motion films that does not involve Van Aken clay. Also, this stuff never dries out, which is a huge plus.
33 by 50 Green Grass Roll by Woodland Scenics - What we use for our grass in all our films. Woodland Scenics has lots of other useful products on their website. They are a company that provides all the products that help people create life-like dioramas, so the possibilities of what you can do with their products is rather endless.
Blue Sand, Sand - We have used our blue sand for water several times and the plain colored sand is great for desert or western scenes. While we haven’t done a western film yet, we definitely want to. Lord-willing maybe sometime in the future that will become a reality.
Cobblestone Road by Department 53 - We used this extensively in “The Battle of Bel Lione” for our paved castle yard. It also appeared in “Two Friends, Two Different Destinies” in the scene where the Ezekiel verses are read.
Poster Board for green-screening, green, blue, yellow, white, black, and red - We use these all the time. Great for green screens. Green-screens don’t have to be green, so we use the other colors when we have sets that involve a lot of green or blue, etcetera.
Glue-gun for securing sets - Use in moderation! There are a few pieces of our Playmobil that still are glued together or have glue on them. When you can, use Van Aken clay instead to hold down your sets. Sometimes glue is the only option though, just remember as we said, use in moderation.

Websites - Great website for royalty free images. We currently use their images for most of our green screens. 100% free, which is a huge plus and they quite a selection. - Great place for 100% royalty free soundtracks for your films. - Another great place for free sound tracks, you only have to give credit in your video to use them. - The 100% royalty free website for sound effects. - The ultimate place to get loops, soundtracks, and sound effects. If you are a regular filmmaker we highly recommend getting a subscription to this site. For only a $100 a year you can download all the soundtracks and sound effects you want and you can keep them forever, even if you chose to end your subscription. We use their soundtracks and sound effects quite regularly. - The stock video side of Audio Blocks, once again, if you are a regular filmmaker, it is totally worth getting a subscription.

Promotional Resources

Vistaprint - This is where we order almost all of our promotional resources, such as business cards and flyers. They have dozens of other products to promote your business and we highly recommend using them. One thing though, there is always a coupon, never buy without a coupon. You should always be able to get 25% to 50% off your order with a coupon. We get an average of about 40% off on our orders.
Banners on the Cheap - This is where we order all our banners. Vistaprint does banners, but they aren’t near as cheap and they don’t have as many size options. Also, same as Vistaprint, there is always a coupon, the best coupon we have ever found is 15% and free shipping.

Replication Services

Mixonic - This is a dvd replication website for those of you who would like to create dvds for your film or films. They go the whole nine yards, with dvd label printing, dvd case insert, upc barcode, and shrink-wrap.

Christian Filmmakers

Kendrick Brothers - Probably the most well-known and successful Christian filmmakers, yet extremely humble, giving all the credit where it is due, to God. They are the creators of hit films such as “Fireproof,” “Courageous,” and their most recent film, “War Room.”
Monitigo Studios - A Christian film company dedicated to making stop-motion films. Their debut film, “Bound” is absolutely incredible! Be sure to check it out if you haven’t seen it already!
Shatterpoint Entertainment - The Christian film company that originally inspired us to create stop-motion films. They have created several stop-motion films and their latest’ “Jericho, the Promise Fulfilled” is a great production. It is also a very fun version of the battle of Jericho, without deviating from the biblical account.
Burns Family Studios - The Christian film company that originally peaked our interest in filmmaking with their debut film ‘Pendragon, Sword of His Father.” Their most recent film, “Beyond the Mask” is right on par with big-budget Hollywood films, yet presents the gospel unashamed and is very family-friendly.
Five and Two Pictures - A Christian film company that has produced some phenomenal films. Their film “Time Changer” is an absolute must-see for every single Christian!

Film Festivals

Christian Worldview Film Festival - Without a doubt, the top-notch Christian Film Festival out there. With a training guild followed by a film festival, this is a great opportunity for Christian filmmakers, ranging anywhere from beginners to seasoned filmmakers. This is the film festival our film “Two Friends, Two Different Destinies” won two awards in. To God alone be the glory!