We LOVE to teach media!
Emerge staff, Ria Bagatsing, talks about her journey as a graphic designer to becoming a media missionary & volunteer staff at MediaLight Institute. Which is a training center in Chiang Rai, Thailand that equips emerging leaders to share the Gospel through media production.
The heart of the Gospel is the promise of change.
This video was shown during MediaLight’s evangelistic exhibit at Shong Cafe in Chiang Rai, Thailand last December 2012. We wanted to present the viewer with the hope that change & transformation is possible through Christ. Have you been transformed through Him?
*No dialogue was used for this video, only a voice over. This works for future viewers who want to translate it to their own language and share the promise of change with their nation.
Step into the adventurous world of the Akha kids. Watch as their imagination comes to life as they play up in the mountains of Doi Mae Salong. This video won best documentary during our third MediaLight media missions program! We are proud of how our students were able to creatively capture such a wonderful story.
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 18-135
Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
“You Videos” are short films that ML 4.0 students had to create for the evangelistic exhibition. Expressing a specific issue that humans struggle with shows that we all fall short in God’s standard of righteousness and are in need of a Savior.
This was the first project that students had to work in pairs instead of having the regular 4-member team. Part of the challenge was to express the issue purely through actions so that a wider audience could understand the message.
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 18-135
Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
The Power of Story: A Gospel Video
This video is our first in a series designed to create a bridge between God and a person who is on a spiritual search, but who has no background in understanding the ways of Jesus. We want to find common ground and build an open conversation about matters of faith.
Hide and Seek has been translated in Thai & Akha. Recently our ML 4 alumni, Genaye from Ethiopia has re-recorded it in her nation’s Amharic language.
Modern missions requires modern methods. MediaLight is an innovative and intensive media training program designed to give students the skills they need to be competent media missionaries. Our program is holistic. While learning professional media production, students are also grounded in the essential teachings of Jesus Christ and coached on building up their own spiritual core and managing their personal lives. You will be amazed at how much you can grow in only eight weeks!
Holistic Approach. Every morning we open with worship and the “God session” a time in God’s word focused on the teachings of Jesus. Then it’s the “You session” where we gain insights on relationships, sex, leadership & money management (to name a few) and explore the meaning behind our own life’s story.
After morning tea we shift the curriculum to media studies and learn under the oversight of seasoned professionals from around the world. MediaLight believes that we learn by doing so students stay busy working on a variety media projects in tribal villages, universities and city streets.
Hand on Training: Modern Missions, Modern Methods. From the first week, students are immersed in media production training at the hands of skilled professional radio and video producers. Scriptwriting, camera, directing, sound crafting, and editing with Adobe Premiere–we cover it all. We also include training in topics such as graphic design, radio programming, blogging and the use of social networks, and photography.
Students return to their home mission field with a renewed zeal, vastly-improved competence in media work and a widely diverse network of co-producers. Now they are more able to effectively deliver the gospel to their generation.
Similar programs cost $5000-$10,000 but we have done our best to limit our costs because we know how tight finances can be. Our cost for tuition, room and all food is US$2500 plus a refundable $300 equipment damage fee. (Don’t break or lose anything and you will get all of this back). English is our language of instruction. All students must demonstrate proficiency in English to enroll.
50% Discount Scholarships! See below!
Students from developing nations (all Asian nations except Korea, Japan and Singapore—other regions can contact us) are offered a $1250 (50% discount) scholarship in tuition. Upon your acceptance, MediaLight’s parent charity, Emerge Missions, Inc. will raise donations to cover the missing $1250 of your tuition, room and board leaving scholarshipped students with a personal bill of $1250 plus your refundable breakage fee of $300. We have kept cost low for you because we believe in your place in God’s plans for the nations to be reached.
Medialight uses working professionals from all over the world as our trainers. If an instructor trains in photography, for example, you can rest assured that they have real world experience as a professional photographer. Two of our staff just returned from their advanced studies in UCLA’s extension film program. We’re all trained, experience and we keep growing because things are changing all the time.
If you are a committed Christian with years of experience in some aspect of professional media production and a gift for teaching let’s get to know each other and see if there’s a fit. Just email your resume to email@example.com with a note introducing yourself and we’ll get back to you.
Click here to register. You will receive an email confirmation with the application form. Remember, slots are limited so be sure to sign up soon.
We train on pro-sumer level Canon DSLR’s. We have enough equipment at the school for students to learn to shoot and edit professional-grade video. However, if you would like to bring the camera you will be working on and also bring your own laptop that would be great. You can learn on the same gear you will be using. If you haven’t bought anything yet please contact us for suggestions. We will give you a list of the same gear we use here. It’s high quality without being ultra-expensive.
The program takes 10 weeks to complete.
Of course, we want all our graduates to be able put our proudly on your wall and it may help you with that job interview when you get back home.
All training is done in English. We will conduct a Skype interview with all students to insure their ability to converse and comprehend English conversation. If you can read and understand everything on this site your English is good enough for us.
All students sleep in our two cozy dorms at Medialight. You will sleep in bunks in air-conditioned rooms with at least three others in your room. The by-product of this arrangement is a deep level of community that is one of the hallmarks of life at Medialight.
We will do a pretty impressive amount of touring in connection with your program. Students ride elephants, have a chance to hold a python weighing 80 kilos, sleep with a mountain tribe family and spend a few days in the tourist capital of the North, Chiang Mai. All thrown in at no extra charge.
Not much. We work 12 hour days, six days a week for the duration of the program. We log as many contact hours as a university student taking an overload of 18 semester units for a year. We do believe in keeping a sabbath though so Sundays are free days. We worship together in the evenings. Besides that you have two free personal hours in the middle of the day, but these are often taken up with informal planning meetings between yourself and your team so plan to work hard for ten weeks and reward yourself afterward.
The campus is closed and locked the day after school ends to allow the staff to go away on a retreat. All students must vacate the campus but are free (within the bounds of the remaining time of their visas) to vacation on their own afterward. Please understand that the school staff cannot assist with transportation or any other arrangements for your personal travel. Enjoy your time alone or go with some of your friends and enjoy the beaches and waterfalls of beautiful Thailand.
This happens all the time. We have had many students who had never done any media work before who turn out to be excellent media producers by the time we get through with you. Just ask Josiah who got hired as an editor in Bollywood on the flight back home to India after his training. He had no prior experience but after Medialight training was able to impress his examiner enough to land his first media job.
Thai food is famous all over the world. Our cook makes excellent, mouth-watering dishes. We cook in two levels of spice: mild and zippy. We cannot accommodate special dietary requests beyond that.
We will place info regarding visas soon.
Most of our students are in their 20’s and 30’s but we have had them as high as 50 before and he was awesome. It’s more about whether you truly feel that God is leading you to develop media communication skills for the sake of the Gospel.
Nope, we’re all pretty good looking too. We’ll make a space for you on the runway.
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