“Ok, Camera 2…let’s push in and focus.”
My wife told me that we needed men to volunteer for the GFC Fearless Conference so the ladies could attend and enjoy the conference. I loved the idea. Led by Bryan Singleton and Chris Ogboke, this group of men was amazing – smiling, helping and serving.
I signed up and was put on the tech team. I figured they would put me on some item that was “remote” – stay here, don’t touch and don’t break anything. To my wonder they put me on Camera 2. In football, QB 1 means you are the starting quarterback. At GFC, Camera 2 is the one who is dead center and actively follows the person on stage. I was taken back at first but then said, “You can do this.”
I was impressed when I read as a young man that former governor of Florida, Bob Graham, would go out and work a job found in Florida. It became known as “work days.” He was short order cook, bellhop, social worker, and plumber. I have tried doing that at GFC. I have been on the traffic team, been a camera man on stage, the worship team (they were desperate), moderated our live stream service and taught in Clubhouse. I am tremendously grateful for all who serve at GFC and doing some of those tasks help me understand the importance of those who serve.
I went to my “training” the Tuesday before the Fearless conference. Glenda, the veteran camera person who mans Camera 2 each weekend, had two pieces of advice. One was don’t hold the handles tightly and….don’t screw it up. With that in mind, I took the two-hour run though as my crash course. I learned to flow with the movement of the stage. I developed a little confidence in zooming in/out and focusing at the same time. I also learned that my headset had a one way microphone. The producers could talk to me, but I couldn’t talk back to them…I think that one was intentional.
Here are a couple of nuggets from manning Camera 2 at the conference:
- I love our tech team. They are fun, amazing, awesome and they go out of their way to make you feel part of the team. I laughed so much and thoroughly enjoyed it.
- It takes a lot of communication to pull of a video service. Even with all the laughs, when it is “Go” time, the job of producing an excellent service requires a lot of people, willing to serve at a high level and not be seen.
- You can learn a lot when you listen to “The Voice” in your ears and just do what he says without talking back. (Great principle in our relationship with God)
- Every motion is big…the smallest twitch shows up on camera. God sees all we do and he loves us through it.
- Focus means different things to different people. Creative people like the in/out effect of focus while “nuts and bolts” people like myself tend to like always in focus.
- Most important one – Have Fun! I would do it again in a second…if you aren’t enjoying something you will never bring your best. Joy flows inside out.
Ironically, I watched our weekend services a lot differently after the conference. I could imagine the voices of the producers coaching and leading our video team. When something looked out of focus, I was a little more tolerant of what it takes to remedy that. And I smiled…what a team…what a team.