John Jackman

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John Jackman
John Jackman speaks to the audience at the premiere of "Wesley."
Born (1957-02-08) February 8, 1957 (age 58), in Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Education B.A. Moravian College, M.Div. Moravian Theological Seminary
Occupation Filmmaker, Christian pastor, author
Years active 1981-present
Congregations served
Senior Pastor of Trinity Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC

John Jackman (born February 8, 1957) is an American filmmaker, author, and Christian pastor. His filmmaking work has primarily emphasized historical faith related topics. He has written widely on digital filmmaking technology, film lighting, and digital special effects. He is one of the founders and Executive Director of Comenius Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that supports faith related and educational media projects. He has also long served on the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, promoting filmmaking education and business in central North Carolina.


Jackman has worked on numerous video and television productions, including The Moravian Video Magazine, a periodical video news journal that was distributed to all Moravian Churches from 1989-1994. His films have mostly been on historical faith themes.


Year Title Role
2001 Zinzendorf Director, Writer
2003 Hymns of Praise Director, Writer
2004 An Uncommon Union Producer, Director
2009 Wesley Director, Writer
2014 Newton's Grace Director, Writer


Jackman has written articles for many video and film production magazines, including Videomaker, Church Production, and 3D World. He was a regular columnist and contributing editor to DV Magazine from 1999 to 2008. In 2002, CMP Books published his Lighting for Digital Video and Television, now in its third edition under the imprint of Focal Press (Elsevier Books). The book is used as a text in many college production programs, and has been translated into Chinese. In 2007 Focal Press published his Bluescreen Compositing, a book on digital compositing especial effects. This book has been translated into Spanish.


Jackman's production work has been recognized by numerous peer-judged industry awards.

  • 2010 Platinum FEXY Award (motion graphics/CGI special FX)[1]
  • 2010 Silver Crown - Best Drama Over $250k (ICVM Crown Awards)
  • 2010 Bronze Crown - Best Picture (ICVM Crown Awards)
  • 2010 First Place Feature Film Competition, Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival[2]
  • 2010 Platinum EMPixx Award, CGI/Special Effects [3]

Jackman was recognized as the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year in the area of Technology by the ScottCares Foundation in Winston-Salem for his work educating young people in the technology of lighting and filmmaking.[4]

Education and Ordination[edit]

Jackman majored in Philosophy, receiving his B.A. from Moravian College in 1979. He attended Moravian Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1982.[5] He was ordained as a deacon in the Moravian Church on September 5, 1982.[6] He was consecrated a presbyter on October 12, 1986.

Denominational and Ecumenical Work[edit]

Jackman has been active in leadership in both the Southern and Northern provinces of the Moravian Church. In 1988, he was appointed as chairman of the Division of Communications for the Northern Province, a position which involved him in the entire publications ministry of the worldwide Moravian Church.[7] In this role he began work on the experimental "Moravian Video Magazine," a quarterly video program that was sent to all Moravian churches in America. He has been active in ecumenical work in each of his parishes. He served on the Board of directors of the Greater Reading Council of Churches in Reading, Pennsylvania (now the Reading-Berks Council of Churches).[8] For a number of years, he served as host of the GRCC's local Public-access television cable TV call-in program on BCTV, one of the first experimental local Public-access television programs in the country.[9] During this period, the GRCC developed an emergency assistance program for the county, S.H.A.R.E. (Survival Help/Assistance & Referral in Emergency) a partnership with the Salvation Army to minister to those in poverty.[10] Following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Jackman served as coordinator for Moravian work crews to rebuild churches and schools on St Croix.[11] In 1991, he traveled through Eastern Nicaragua documenting recovery from the aftermath of the Sandinista war.[12]

While serving in Union, New Jersey, he helped reorganize the local Council of Churches and served as its president. He is best remembered in the area for his stunt of camping out on the roof of Battle Hill Moravian Church to raise funds for a reroofing, which was covered by local media including the New York area television stations.[13] He currently serves as senior pastor of Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC and from 2011-2013 was Chair of the Board of Elders of Salem Congregation,[14] the historic group of Moravian churches that originated in Salem (now Winston-Salem) North Carolina.



  • Jackman, John (2002). Lighting for Digital Video & Television. Lawrence, KS: CMP Books. p. 222. ISBN 1-57820-115-2. 
  • Jackman, John (2004). Lighting for Digital Video & Television, Second Edition. Lawrence, KS: CMP Books. p. 256. ISBN 1-57820-251-5. 
  • Jackman, John (2010). Lighting for Digital Video & Television, Third Edition. Burlington, MA: Focal Press. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-240-81227-4. 
  • Jackman, John (2007). Bluescreen Compositing. Burlington, MA: Focal Press. p. 222. ISBN 1-57820-283-3. 

Selected Articles[edit]

  • John Jackman (1997). "Let Bones Be the Backbone: Animation in Imagine". 3D World (Miller-Freeman) 3 (10): 59. ISSN 1083-5288. 
  • John Jackman (1997). "Seeing the Light: Everything You Need to Light a 3D Scene". 3D World (Miller-Freeman) 3 (1): 80. ISSN 1083-5288. 
  • John Jackman (2001). "DV Goes to the Opera". DV Magazine (CMP) 9 (7): 54. ISSN 1541-0943. 
  • John Jackman (2002). "Cameras: What You Pay For, What You Get". DV Magazine (CMP) 10 (4): 38. ISSN 1541-0943. 
  • John Jackman (2002). "Lighting the Darkness". DV Magazine (CMP) 10 (10): 20. ISSN 1541-0943. 
  • John Jackman (2003). "Keying 4:1:1 Footage". DV Magazine (CMP) 11 (6): 28. ISSN 1541-0943. 
  • John Jackman (2004). "Production Issues: Lighting Dark Skin". DV Magazine (CMP) 12 (5): 68. ISSN 1541-0943. 
  • John Jackman (2004). "HDV and the Future". DV Magazine (CMP) 12 (12): 44. ISSN 1541-0943. 
  • John Jackman (2004). "The Craft of Lighting: Light for the Eyes". DV Magazine (CMP) 13 (6): 64. ISSN 1541-0943. 
  • John Jackman (2004). "HDV to Film: A Real-World Test on the Big Screen". DV Magazine (CMP) 14 (1): 30. ISSN 1541-0943. 

Selected Editorials[edit]

  • John Jackman (March 31, 1996). "Ethics In the Boardroom". New Jersey Star-Ledger. 
  • John Jackman (April 28, 1999). "Images of Violence Warp Young Minds". Winston-Salem Journal. 
  • John Jackman (March 9, 2002). "Who Will Speak in the Public Interest?". Winston-Salem Journal. 


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  5. ^ Bethlehem Globe-Times, May 12, 1982
  6. ^ Raleigh News & Observer, 09/04/1982
  7. ^ Reading Times, January 30, 1988
  8. ^ Reading Eagle - Google News Archive - Jan 24, 1985
  9. ^ Reading Eagle, January 19, 1991
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  11. ^ Bethlehem Globe-Times, November 10, 1989
  12. ^ Reading Times, April 6, 1991
  13. ^ Newark Star-Ledger, May 22, 1997
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