Working at The Church Online for over a year, Natalie Vazquez edits and works with video as if it were her second language. The resident Video Editor and Motion Graphic Specialist on staff, Vazquez is in charge of many different tasks. In the course of a day, she could be working on several different projects. Some of her tasks include: creating sermons bumpers, logo reveals, promotional videos, and edited worship services; audio adjustments, voiceovers, script-writing, and soundtracks; kinetic typography, overlays, 3D text, and dynamic lower thirds; and working with and providing 2D and 3D motion graphics that enhance video footage. She works hand-in-hand with the design team to create masterpieces that truly impress. Attending Chatham University, she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the local Pittsburgh university. She has her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology.
Loving a challenge, she thrives in the fast-paced environment at The Church Online. “My favorite aspect of my position is being able to make static imagery become energetic and compelling to the viewer,” she says. “It’s exciting to be able to use the professional graphics created by our very own designers and enhance the flat image to make the illusion that it’s popping off the screen,” she adds. Viewing the final project is another of her favorite parts of the job.
Vazquez is always pushing her limits, utilizing her entire skillset. Working with Mount Ararat on the “Disciples on the Grow” sermon series was one of her favorite projects. “I enjoyed working on this project because it embodies not only a promotional video for the series but also utilizes sermon bumpers that cohesively showcase the messages for the ministry,” she says. She also enjoyed working on the sermon series “The Blood Still Works” for New Psalmist Baptist Church. “It was one of the most 3D-driven, action-packed videos I have had the opportunity to work on,” Vazquez says.
Vazquez brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. She’s completed numerous internships, ranging from universities to film festivals. Her area of expertise is expansive, as she is constantly absorbing information and generating new ideas. Vazquez has worked as a Camera Operator at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Video Production Specialist at Chatham University. When skimming through footage, she focuses on finding clips with proper lighting and clear audio. She advises clients to “Have camera operators that are engaged in the service and are knowledgeable of good camera composition.”
When she isn’t busy creating another masterpiece for The Church Online, she enjoys keeping active, including playing sports and going to the gym. She also likes exploring her cultural side. “I enjoy embracing different cultures and learning about their food, dance, and music,” she says. “You can find me imagining I’m in another country as I listen to some authentic flamenco music! Vale!”