Last weekend I got to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while: I helped man the camera’s at the Creation Museum during a couple of the programs. Last year they had asked if I could help but I sadly had other plans so they had to find someone else.
I’ve been hanging out with the AiG film crew as they work with my adopted parents since back in 2010 when they were working on I Dig Dinosaurs, which is the first DVD in the Amazing Adventures with Buddy Davis series.
Although I’m generally only around for a few days during the filming of each DVD (and I’m not really needed, I mostly just watch and do a few odd-jobs), it’s still so cool to at least be a tad bit involved. So far I’ve been a “part” of the process for six DVDs: I Dig Dinosaurs, Swamp Man, Extreme Caving, Alaska!, Ice Age (which isn’t released or titled yet), and Homemade Music.
This weekend when I got to help with the camera I had tons of fun being a “part” of the process again. Having never worked a camera before, I was slightly freaked out that I was going to do something horribly wrong and mess everything up, but thankfully it didn’t take me long to settle in.
One of the guys showed me how to pan, tilt, zoom, focus, etc… and then I wore the headsets and throughout the entire program the guys up in the control booth told me and the other camera guy what to do.
“Lydia, zoom in on Buddy and then follow him while he’s singing.”
“Joel, stay on Ken.”
“Switching to Camera one.”
“Switching to Camera two.”
“Alright, Lydia, zoom out now so you can get everyone. Go a little further… A little more… There!”
“Switching to Camera three.”
There were actually times when it was really amusing because a few of the people on the stage walked around a lot and so it was a bit of a challenge to keep them in the center of the camera. The film crew is so much fun and are amazingly easy to work with. I appreciate them (and the work they do) a lot. They are really talented and good teachers; I’m thankful they allowed me to help them.
Overall, manning the camera was the highlight of my week and I’m incredibly grateful I got to experience yet another new thing. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to do something like that again in the future, but I hope I do.
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What about you? Have you ever manned a big camera? Is that something you would like to do? If you have, isn’t it so much fun to get to listen to all the comments the control guys make?