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Motion University - Pre-launch

Build a career, not a hobby.

This is a new film training project that I'm very excited to be part of!

Motion University will give you access to an entire new ecosystem of online training. Learn from industry professionals through lectures, interactive Q&A, and weekly assignments. By the end of the program you will also create your own promo video and get an in-depth critique by seasoned filmmakers.

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CWVFF 2016 - Ticket Sale

2016 Christian Worldview Film Festival tickets are now available for $80 off the regular price for the first 100 tickets! This offer ENDS on Sunday, AUGUST 9TH or when 100 tickets are sold.

We will be lengthening the Filmmakers Guild and making the entire event 6 days long instead of 5!  
Now you will have more time to network with fellow filmmakers and glean from some of your favorite CWVFF speakers including:
Rich Christiano, Nathan Ashton, Stacie Graber, George Escobar, Brett Varvel, John-Clay Burnett, Rebekah Cook, Jurgen Beck, Ken Carpenter, John Fornof, Timothy Jones, Rich Swingle, Mimi Sagadin and more!

Here is how you can help:

In order to lock in these dates we need to put down a deposit on the Conference Center by August 10th.  The only way we can do that is if we can pre-sell enough Filmmakers Guild tickets at a reduced rate by this Sunday!
The Filmmakers Guild passes are $199 for all six days, but if you purchase them now you get all 6 days for just $119! That's $80 off!  That's better than any offer we were able to do last year, but this is only going to be available to the first 100 registrations.
In addition to the reduced ticket price you will also get a free copy of George Escobar's 500 page eBook "Filmmaking for Christians" and you will be entered into a drawing for a number of great prizes!
Here is what is included for $119.00

  • 2016 Film Festival & Filmmakers Guild Ticket ($80 off regular price!)
  • George Escobar's 500 page eBook "Filmmaking for Christians"
  • PLUS each registration will go into a drawing for a number of  giveaways including:
  • Grand Prize: George Escobar's 7 Course Screen Writing Webinar (A $200 Value!) - 1 available
  • A copy of the our documentary "Captivated" - 10 copies available
  • A copy of my new book "Media Choices: Convictions or Compromise?" - 10 copies available
  • A copy of the DVD "HERO" - 10 copies available
  • A copy of the DVD "Come What May" - 10 copies available
  • and more...

Buy your 2016 tickets here.

If you are not able to attend in 2016 or if you can't purchase a ticket at this time, but would like to help, you can make a donation toward this endeavor.  Donations of any size are a big help and are greatly appreciated!


MWCFA - Online Academy

This year, the Online Academy is focused on two things: business and storytelling. Business, because you have to know how to run a successful business in order to be able to make a living at filmmaking on your own. And storytelling because in everything you do – whether it’s screenwriting, cinematography, or lighting – you’re working to tell a story, and that story needs to told well.


Christian Worldview Film Festival 2015

The full list of 2015 Official Selections is now online!
Guild & Festival // March 10-14

Here are the films I helped with that will be showing this year.

- Polycarp (Camera, Editor, Colorist)
- Bound (Consultant)
- Roses (On-set Editor)
- Wanted (Editor, Colorist)
- Firefly (Consultant)
- Awakened to Truth (Post Production Director)
- Overcoming Opposition (Post Production Director)
- The Egg Project (Post Production Director)
- Who We Are (Director of Photography)
- Set Free (Consultant)

View the full list here!

Also, if you haven't purchased your tickets to the Guild & Festival, be sure to use discount code JOHNCLAYBURNETT to get $25 OFF!

Purchase tickets here!


Midwest Film Workshop & Free Webinars

Few opportunities exist for Christians to network and learn the practical skills of filmmaking in a context grounded in the word of God. The MWCFA was created to provide this opportunity. Taught by experienced filmmaker John-Clay Burnett and Art Director Carol Kiemle, 12-15 attendees will gain hands-on experience making a high quality promotional film.

They will participate in art design, cinematography, editing, and much more. They will network with other Christian filmmakers and, most importantly, gain a vision for excellence in film as a means of bringing honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. The MWCFA desires to be a bright light shining in a dark place, used by the Lord toward the transformation of film to the glory of God.


 2012 Fall Small FileJohn-Clay Burnett has been involved in video productions since 2001 and started ReelCast Productions in 2005. ReelCast is an independent multimedia company committed to communicating messages of truth with high quality visual media! Over the years he has been significantly involved with a number of Christian films including Pendragon, The Penny, Captivated, Beyond the Mask, Polycarp, Awakened, and Wait Till It’s Free. John-Clay has also been a key teacher at several Christian film workshops including the 2012 Lamplighter Guild and 2014 Christian Worldview Film Festival.


1460309_10202502585194852_415678584_nCarol Green Kiemle has a BFA in Theater and a Minor in Dance from Eastern Mexico University. While she was in college, she worked in the tech theater department building and designing sets and costumes. She has experience on many productions doing stage managing, light design and sound, as well as make-up and props. After working in regional theater from 1983-1986, she graduated and went on to her greatest profession – being a wife, mother and educator. More recently she re-surfaced in Christian filmmaking because of her son who felt God’s calling to become a Christian filmmaker. She has since worked as the Art Director on Blessings Missed and In His Steps.

When: November 6th-8th, 2014

Where: Wingate by Wyndam Hotel in Fargo, ND

Cost: Early-Bird Fees – $350 per student (includes instruction, hands-on training, all meals, and ground transportation). *Cost goes up by $50 per student after October 15th and then again after November 1st* (Register Now)

Who: Serious aspiring Christian filmmakers ages 14+

Other info: We will be glad to work with each student to arrange the best rooming option available.

WEBSITE: Registration is NOW OPEN, visit our website at for more info. 

Online Academy

The MWCFA webinars will provide essential foundational and practical knowledge for Christian filmmakers.  While the webinars are designed to accompany the MWCFA Academy in Fargo, ND, anyone is welcome to participate. The first two webinars are free and open to the public, and the rest are offered to the Online Academy subscribers.

Webinar speakers include George Escobar (Advent Film Group), Nathaniel Darnell (San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival), Trey Boles (Commotion Agency), and others.  Confirmed webinar topics include:

  • Getting Started As a Filmmaker – (Free)
  • Why You Should Know the Ancient Roots of Modern Film - (Free)
  • Lessons Learned from the Jimmy Valiant Project
  • Weaknesses in the Worldview of Christian Films and What Needs to Be Done About It
  • Learning to Sketch Storyboard Characters
  • A Realistic Picture of the Business Side of Christian Filmmaking
  • More webinars topics coming soon!

Beginning Friday, September 26, 2014, at 7 PM CST, the webinars will generally be held twice each week through the end of October. Each webinar will include a Q & A session. All webinars will be recorded and made available for registered participants.

Click here to signup for the free webinars.


Christian Worldview Film Festival

COMING 2014!!!

Media Talk 101 has decided to add a new component to the ministry of teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. 

Listen as Phillip Telfer explains why this is an important step and how you can stay informed as the plans progress.

Length: 28 minutes


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Who's Who on a Movie Crew

Here is a fun short film that describes the key positions on a movie production.

"Making a video can be a one person production but the more elaborate your ideas get, the more likely you'll need a crew to execute your vision. In this video, we give you a rundown of the basics of how all the work is divided up on a basic crew."

...see the full lesson HERE!


"The Eleventh Coin" - FA 2012

I was blessed with the opportunity to be one of the leading teachers at the 2012 Filmmakers Academy in Austin, TX. FA is a week long film camp that gives students a hands-on opportunity to walk through the full process of creating a short film. You can view the short film at the end of this post.

This year they opted to produce a silent film due to time constraints and location logistics.

We had two units, Unit A filming the Bible-time side of the storyline, and Unit B (my group) produced the modern-day side of the film.

 Just remember, this is a project made primarily by students in one week.


Lamplighter Guild 2012

Exciting news!! I will be co-teaching a "Documentary Filmmaking Class" with Phillip Telfer at the upcoming Lamplighter Guild this year!

About the Guild

The Lamplighter Guild is an unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by master teachers in an apprenticeship-style format. These teachers are dedicated to imparting the secrets of their trade and inspiring their students to reach a high level of excellence in their God-given abilities.

A spectacular week is planned for forward-thinking adults and young adults (minimum age 16) who seek to engage in highly creative and strategic training in the dramatic arts, visual arts, and entrepreneurial strategies. Students will be inspired by visionary leaders who believe it is crucial to develop godly life principles while cultivating excellence in their craft.


Our goal is to provide students with a life-transforming week, which will inspire them to attain the skills needed to become diligent craftsmen, reaching the highest level of excellence in their work and life. We desire to provide a platform where students and masters will share ideas and explore new and strategic ways to be God’s image-bearer in today’s culture.