Manning the Camera

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 DinosaursSwamp ManExtreme CavingAlaska!, 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? 

Creation Museum Weekend

This past weekend I got to take an unexpected trip to the Creation Museum and spend Friday and Saturday there with my adopted parents. It was so much fun! I thought I’d let y’all see some pictures of what I got to do. 🙂

Meeting a little girl with the same name as me: Lydia Joy. Such a cutie! 

My second time eating Vegemite. It’s really not as bad as I thought it would be. 
This is up on the stage after the special Christmas program my adopted dad and Ken Ham did together. The Vegemite is part of the show. 🙂 
One of my friends (who, I affectionally call my identical twin) and I trading shoes.

There were hundreds and hundreds of people at the Christmas Program and thousands at the Christmas Town. This is up in the sound-booth and you can’t see everyone. 

Me and my “identical twin” holding a snake. This if the first time Marta ^ ever held one!
My adopted mom and I holding some more snakes. 🙂 
And that, my friends, is a glimpse of my weekend. What about you? Have you ever been to the Creation Museum before? I absolutely love it there and go every chance I get. There are so many amazing and fun things to look at, do and experience. If you ever have a chance to go, I totally recommend it! And, of course if my adopted dad is there, you need to make sure to go to his concerts, they’er the best! 😉 

Ken Ham/Bill Nye Debate

Hey y’all! I’m on my phone here, I forgot to post about something very special this morning (cold coming on = fuzzy brain). Today is the debate between Mr. Ken Ham and Mr. Bill Nye. If there is any way you can watch the live steaming, you won’t want to miss it! Also, please be praying for everyone who will be hearing the truth tonight! It’s going to be amazing!

Find out more here:
 http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2014/02/03/last-minute-updates-on-the-debate-tomorrow-with-bill-nye/

And here:
http://debatelive.org/

Answers Mega Conference

Guess where I get to go next month? Answers Mega Conference! Yikes! Can you imagine how much fun that’s going to be? Me getting to sell my books? Fun, fun, fun! It will be a really amazing experience, because I’ll be able to learn so much. I love learning about Creation and other christian apologetic type thingys…
Goodness, I must have worn off some on my puppy, Novel, because she even likes that kind of stuff. I kid you not. Look at her. That’s a DVD of Ken Ham giving a talk. Novel’s got her head resting on the computer so she can see better. Crazy, right? 

Maybe Novel likes all the references Mr. Ham gives to the different dog kinds. Or maybe she likes it because she got to visit the Creation Museum when she was a little bitty puppy (not that she was ever actually that small). Or maybe she figures that since her name is Novel and she belongs to a writer, she should try and be interested in the things that I’m interested in. Anyway. Maybe the real answer is that she doesn’t understand of think of any of those things and she was just trying to figure out what was going on. That explanation sounds boring though, so I think I’ll go with one of my other ones.

So, are any of you going to be at the Mega Conference? It would be great to get to meet some of y’all there!