The Team #2: Director of Photography

In today’s post, I want to feature the DP (Director of Photography) of our current video project. His name is Elijah Leschenko (and you can find his YouTube channel here). Elijah and I have been acquaintances for a while, but we really became better friends when He and I worked together on “Ніч на Івана Купала”, our first video project. Here’s a picture from that shoot:

Elijah (left) and David (center) working together on “Ніч на Івана Купала”

I asked Elijah to answer four questions in preparation for this blog post: 1. How would you describe your craft, your art? 2. How did you come to the Lord? 3. Why are you excited to be a part of this project? and 4. How can we pray for you?

The rest of this blog post was written by Elijah (and translated into English by me). Enjoy!

How would you describe your craft, your art?

To date, there is no more convenient way to perceive information than video. Not everyone likes to read, but most would agree that it’s more pleasant to read something with pictures. It’s even better, if there are high-quality and beautiful pictures; then, you cannot tear your eyes off of the page.

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Elijah Leschenko’s YouTube Channel

These days, everyone is trying to save time, and, especially in the world’s metropolises, one of the most popular things to do during free time is social media or watching videos on YouTube. This is exactly where we can reach a lot of people. In addition to that, video is quite an interesting industry. Just by changing the music, light, or a single camera angle, you can completely change the emotions that are experienced by the viewer.

This creates a magnet that draws in the viewer and gives us an opportunity to convey important information to him… And this is what we want to do!

How did you come to the Lord?

My parents repented a couple of months after I was born. Because I grew up in a believing family. I repented at the age of 13 at the Calvary Chapel Ukraine Conference. Before that, I also believed in God and served him, but, in that moment at the conference, I prayed to Him and decided to follow him all my life!

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The Calvary Chapel Ukraine Conference in Kyiv, 2016

From that day on, He has guided me through difficulties and joys and continues His work in my life.

Why are you excited to be a part of this project?

I have always wanted to participate in something big and at least spend some time on something that inspires me. I like to communicate with creative people, and I love learning new things. I also always especially wanted to participate in a project that is just beginning, developing everything from scratch, and, Lord willing, to create something meaningful that will serve for many, many people.

How can we pray for you?

  1. That we would be lead by the Holy Spirit, so that all that we do will remain in the minds of people, spreading widely into the masses and changing hearts.
  2. That God would provide the necessary equipment (cameras, microphones, lighting, etc.). Personally, I’m a perfectionist, and I’m not afraid of this word. As a creative, I’m very demanding on the quality of content that I watch. I can not take anything seriously that looks like it was shot by an amateur. In that same way, I also would like to provide content of excellent quality, so that it will serve very demanding people. 🙂
  3. For God’s special work in the hearts of the whole team through this project.

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