HEARTS ON THE MOVE: THE COST OF FILMING
The Costs of Video Shoots
It costs a lot to film a season of programs. Considering the millions of people our programs reach via satellite broadcasting, it’s money well invested. One day we sat down with a calculator to put a price tag on an individual contact for one of our children’s programs. We discovered two children could hear the Gospel for a quarter. That’s a pretty big return on the investment of twenty-five cents.
It is only because we are a media organization that we can reach inside some of our target countries at all. Most nations in The Middle East and Central Asia do not allow any missionaries in their countries at all, so we couldn’t send anyone there if we wanted to. While this is challenging in many ways, it opens the door for economy. The price of the shoot wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of having a missionary and his family in these countries and the missionary would never be able to reach the millions of people our programs do.
Other Money-Saving Measures
Two other factors add to the economical nature of our video ministry: The Hope Center and volunteers. Ministries who are tenants of The Hope Center get a lot of perks, which is why there is such a long waiting list and also why we feel so blessed to office there. Chief among those perks are the opportunity to use the conference rooms during the work day free of additional fees. We take over two of the large venues on the first floor of the building. Imagine what it would cost to pay for studio time. We are so grateful to be at The Hope Center.
Our other important financial weapon is volunteers. Many people on a GHM set are volunteering their time, beginning with our talent and their guests. Professional make-up experts, cameramen, production assistants, and others show up and put in long days for the pure joy of serving the Lord and the people in our target countries. But that’s only the beginning. All of our guests are hosted in private homes. Volunteers run errands and make trips to the airport for us. During our last shoot we saved over $1000 because volunteers provided all our meals.
Sweet Conversations Shoot Later This Month
We’ve already made a call for volunteers for the Sweet Conversations video shoot coming June 25-July 1, but while you might not have time to join us at the shoot, perhaps you’d like to underwrite one (or more) of these expenses:
- $4 – the cost of two dozen hard-boiled eggs – one of our crew’s favorite snacks, a days’ supply.
- $5 – two 24 packs of 8 oz water bottles, will last a couple of days
- $15 – for a 24 pack of AA batteries, a critical, frequently needed item
- $25 – the cost of doughnuts for the morning break (many on the set arrive very early and by 8 AM need a pick-me-up)
- $55 – to pay for gas for a round-trip visit to DFW Airport
- $100 – Selection of sodas for crew lasting all week
- $150 – the cost of providing a mid-day meal for the crew at The Hope Center’s Cafe 6:19
- $200 – to pay an on-set technician for a day’s work (and this is a rate much lower than these professionals usually make)
Or perhaps you’d be interested in underwriting the cost of an episode. Please contact us for more information.
Join Your Heart to Ours
By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.
We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.