Monday, September 22, 2008
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I am really sad to be leaving the beautiful isle of St. Croix. It is a beautiful testament to God’s handiwork. We just finished the last shot this morning: I shot Pastor Prince in his office, and then again outside looking at the architectural designs in front of the church building. I can’t wait to see the church after it is built fully, and I also can’t wait to see the finished product for this final project.
Please pray for both the church and the video. This sunny isle in the midst of the beautiful Caribbean, submerged in a spiritual darkness. Several people have mentioned that the main place that young men are located in St. Croix is either in the cemetery or in prison. Our own observations seem to confirm this. A beautiful people, in a beautiful island that need your prayers and support.
Today, we are flying back, with massive sunburns upon most of our backs. Water resistant=evil…water proof=Good. I am the reddest, but Mel and Ben blistered today…I am incredibly stiff, and sore. I move gingerly., partially due to pain, partially, because I can’t move faster. The plane ride will be fun…I am sad that the trip is nearly over…
I have Latin tomorrow, and I forgot to bring my book in order to study and not fall behind…whoops! I am nearly 25% behind in summer school Latin…bad juju…It will
Be hard to catch up…se la vie or sic viam est.
Some highlights: Snorkeling….hanging out with Carl and seeing the sharks…
Shooting children and getting yelled at…
Genetically enhanced cows…
Erika with the behind the scenes cam…
Sea Urchins…Ben, need I say more…
Shooting the ruins…
Eating with a vegetarian…
Picking on Mel and causing her to clean the house to vent stress…hehehehe…
Learning about some great pranks from Nathan…dry wall….
That’s all for now… It has been good.
Yesterday, in the morning we logged our last footage as Ben and JimBob both fell asleep…. Both are burnt really badly. Ben has blisters on his shoulders and upper back and JimBob is a very pretty color pink… just not for a skin color. After lunch we packed up the van one last time with our camera gear and traveled the shot distance to the YWAM (Youth With A Mission) base here on St. Croix. Melissa and I were in heaven, we both have really close friends involved with YWAM and so it felt like we finally got to experience a little bit of the YWAM bliss ourselves. After we got some footage from the base we went to Christiansted and Fredricksted to get some last shots of the island and get souvenirs. Nathan (for Cydil) , Melissa and I got the only found in St. Croix Cruzian knot bracelet. On the way back we were going to try to get footage of the kids getting out of school… however we were too late and so in the way to drop Ned off at the house we picked up Carina and a friend. After that little adventure we traveled to the other side of the island to Fredricksted to get the rest of our souvenirs at Jeffery “Sonny” George’s shop. We (Kristen, JimBob and myself) then proceeded to go down to the beach and pick up some shells to bring home…so ask to see them! J
On the way back to the apartment we stopped at K-Mart to print some photos for the Princes and since it was a one-hour photo kiosk we went and had dinner at the McDonalds in the “mall” or lack there of. It was by far the saddest mall I have ever seen, and trust me I’ve been to a lot of malls. The only thing that was still opened in the bottom part was the McDonalds we ate at. After our yummy dinner with Ronald we went and got the photos and came back to the house and iced and aloed everyone up just in time for the Princes to come over of a visit. It was a beautiful time together, from the very first night to last night there was such a difference. We think we all felt like we belonged and were apart of the family. We were able to give them some hospitality gifts and in return they surprised us with gifts for each of us to remember St. Croix. We were able to joke, laugh and play with Carina………
So that was basically a quick summery of our last day in St. Croix….. OMG I almost forgot!! This was hilarious! Last night we were doing confession cam for the behind-the-scenes footage and Ben was the first to “confess”. Well Ben didn’t realize that it wasn’t actually confessing this and he proceeded to confess to us all that he lied to JimBob about why he needed to borrow his needle. Ben had asked to borrow JimBob’s needle to “sew his underwear” but what he was really doing was popping a zit! Poor Ben he thought we were actually confessing! It was great fun hearing all the memories and random things from the trip…..Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the St. Croix 2008 Media Mission Team come soon to a Asbury WGM Student Center near you and across the global at youtube.com!
Today Nathan, Kristen and Melissa are off doing the laundry and JomBob, Ben and I are at the church getting footage of the blue prints of the building, working on on-line Old Testament classes and writing the blog. In a few short hours we will be leaving our island home of St. Croix to return to Kentucky. We have so many stories and lessons learn from our adventures and I know each one would love to tell them to you… so ask and when you ask make sure you really want to know because we will let you know! Thank you for all you prayers and support as we were here in the Caribbean, it really is appreciated.
Love one last time from the beautiful island of St. Croix
Monday, May 19, 2008
Today we assumed the role of tourists and took a snorkeling trip out to Buck Island. The beaches and snorkeling were fantastic. Our journey began on a large sailboat with two wonderful hammocks that we all took the time to lounge in. After numerous days of hard work we all enjoyed the time to take in the sea breeze and sail on the ocean. While underwater our eyes were delighted by the sight of nurse sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, and blue and yellow tang, along with many other colorful species of fish. We also enjoyed some picture perfect beaches while on the island. If you question the fun in the sun, we all have the sunburns to prove it. For lunch we had delicious local favorites at the Deep End Bar and Grill. Not only was the food wonderful, but the view of the marina and ocean shoreline was to die for. This afternoon we went to complete our final interviews with Ned and Marie Prince, and to our pleasure shot indoors. Then we came back to the apartment and logged Sunday’s footage. Until tomorrow it seems we’ll be rubbing on aloe gel.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Marie Prince cooked us a great Sunday lunch which was the first home-cooked meal for at least one of our team since January! We fellowshiped and swapped stories until I noticed that the girls on the couch were starting to fall asleep (good food+warmth). We were able to squeeze in a 20 minute nap before heading to the outside Sunday school in one of the projects nearby. About 12 kids came to sing songs, learn scripture, hear a Bible story, color, and eat snacks. Erika shared about blind Bartimaeus. They really were into her story and followed along with motions including fake-spitting into their hands to make the mud for Bart's eyes.
We had less than an hour to get supper and be back for the evening service. Ben and Kristen both shared tonight and did a wonderful job! There are more interviews scheduled for tonight. We will be more than ready for bed when the time comes tonight.
We will be hitting the road early tomorrow morning, but it will be for our day as "tourists". Tomorrow we will be spending the morning and early afternoon on Buck Island, the first underwater national park! Snorkeling will be new to some, but I am confident that all will enjoy it. Not to mention, Ben will be glad to move past the "farmer tan" jokes as the rest of his torso catches up to his arms. :-)
Sorry there are no pictures with this post. We will have lots to post tomorrow.
The jib was an interesting experience. First, the most challenging thing about using the jib was piecing it together.
The guys insdead were able to dip in to cool off a few minutes before the girls. To our quick dismay, we met a lively ocean floor of sea urchins. Professor Waggoner and I managed to avoid the well hid critters, but Jimbob did not. After a quick, “AH! sea urchant!” we knew he had been pricked. Poor Jimbob, it got him right underneath the toe nail. Youch. Anywho, the stay was great and the water was rejuvenating in the steady heat of the sun.
Friday, May 16, 2008
After taking several group pictures and JimBob got a satisfactory amount lens flare shots, we piled once more into the van and headed towards Christiansted.
At the harbor, we got some more new shots there and re-took some stuff that was shaky from steady cam in about 15 mins. We meandered around the countryside for a bit looking for any promising shots, but after not finding much, we headed back to the apartment for crash time and lunch. Before we went to sleepyland, we planned to be up and ready to head out by 3:30. Well us girls were slumbering innocently, dreaming of perfect shots and how to get ride of the rooster, when suddenly, at 3:28 I might add, all hell breaks loose! They boys decided that it would be hilarious if they ran a stick over the metal shutters on our window and yelled at the top of their lugs “Wake up girls!”. It was so loud and scary and needless to say we were not to happy with the guys and immediately began plotting our revenge. A plot has not been formed yet.
Disgruntled and still in shock, we headed over to the Prince’s to meet Carina and her friend Akema from some good old Cruzan ‘liming’. We went to the local shopping area to get some ice cream, which Erika promptly dropped on the ground and involved some cookie dough ice cream which took Carina to ice cream land. We limed around for a bit until JimBob kinda got in trouble for shooting little children, so we headed over to a local playground to get film the interviews of the girls. While the guys where conducting the interviews, us girls were running around shooting kids (with permission : P) and managed to get some great stuff. At the end, before heading back, we all piled onto the merry-go-round with a bunch of kids and had a blast while Erika got some amazing shoots.
So now we are back at the apartment, and in a little bit we will be heading over to the church for the youth group treasure hunt, which should be a lot of fun. We will only be bringing one camera and a still camera, because firstly it will be darker out and harder to get stuff and secondly, we really just want to hang out and get to know some of the kids.
Hopefully we won’t have too late of a night tonight, but if we do, it shouldn’t matter as much because we are allowed to sleep in tomorrow and might possibly be able to go to the beach! So excited! Well, that’s all from me now! There will be more up tomorrow and possible some random post on ‘The Joy of Lens Flares’ by JimBob. Or an essay on how we are all at risk because of the cows with human immune systems. Or I might tell the epic tale of the suicidal lizard. Who can tell what might happen?? Especially when it comes to our team.
Hello from the beautiful, sunny St. Croix! The island is absolutely beautiful. Today we drove thru the rainforest and explored some epic ruins of an ancient plantation. There was an old sugar refining furnace. (see below)
The vista was stunning. The colors come alive when the sun shines on the entire hillside. I got some beautiful lens flares. Yesterday, I ran a steadicam rig on a parade, and the day before that, I hung out of a van shooting a breathtaking vista. I would love to be a National Geographic Videographer…traveling around the world to exotic locations filming the people, flora, fauna, architecture, and landscape scenery. That would be a combination of many of my loves: beautiful cinematography, Nature, and travel. A favorite memory today: we took an afternoon nap (actually, I read apologetics and a biography of Alexander the Great) The girls were late getting up, so Nathan jokingly suggested that we tap on their metal window shutters to wake them up. Ergo, Ben and I grab cooking utensils and run them along the grates, making quite a clatter. The girls all arose quite distressed. Mel thought that it was a gun fight, much to our amusement! = D It was cause for much celebration and laughter (amongst the guys!) Good Times. I got yelled at for shooting little kids on a play ground at the mall…that was fun…(*sarcasm) One really cool thing that happened: An elderly gentleman was strolling along by the wall where we were eating icecream. He had an unlit cigarette, and gestured, as if to ask: Do you have a light? I nodded, and dug out my lighter and tossed it to him. He smiled and lit up. Then he popped my lighter back in a really cool way, sending it about 15 feet into the air. He nodded his thanks, and wandered on. Oh, yes, we went to the playground to shoot some interviews. After they were done, we all played on the swing set, and merry go round. It has been a good day. I am looking forward to hanging out with the youth tonight.l8t!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We set up in a green area, capturing shots of him painting a scene along the harbor. We hope to use this footage to continue to tell the story of the church in St. Croix. After this shoot, we proceeded to interview Geoffry about the past of the church, as he has been apart of its growth since 1985.
Things learned on the island of St. Croix today:
1) You not only drive on the left side of the road, but also walk on the left side of the aisle in stores.
2) Give JimBob a camera and don’t expect to see him for at least an hour.
3) Erika likes to take pictures of many children. She’ll be a great mom, someday.
4) Johnny cakes=doughnuts without holes+ fish in the middle
Melissa and Kristen
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Today the rooster decided to start screeching around 3 am. Apparently I was the only one who woke up and heard it, but thankfully I was able to get back to sleep. We all dragged ourselves out of bed and got some local pastries from the bakery up the street for breakfast. Apparently it is the ‘it’ place on the island to get breakfast sandwiches and foods, and Nathan and Ben found themselves waiting in a long line of school children and people on their way to work. They ended up getting 3 different kinds of breads. There were this little ‘turnover pasty’ things that where filled with different fruits like pineapple, guava and coconut. Another was more like a small loaf of bread with strawberry and coconut baked inside of it. And interestingly enough, they also had raisin sconces. Sometime soon we hope to try a traditional Cruzan ‘johnny bread’ from there, which Marie Prince strongly recommends. They sound like a loaf of bread with your choice of fish baked into it. Yummy.
We had an interview set originally for around 9ish this morning, but it ended up getting pushed back to 1. This gave us the morning to explore a bit and get some B roll and behind the scenes footage. We started by poking around the church. Construction of the building has stopped now due to a huge theft that left them without much of their building equipment. The church in the meantime is meeting in the completed basement, and the main building has the outside walls and roof up. Hopefully they will find someway of starting up the work again, because the building will be beautiful and so useful to them when it is done. Anyway, we spent about a few hours on the church site. JimBob was running around with his hulking steady cam equipment on. Erika was taking some stock and artsy shots with her new snazzy camera. Mel did some camera work and got to experience the crazy reactions of drivers going by. Ben did a mix of still and film camera work, and managed to get this really awesome shot of a lizard. And I did some behind the scenes camera work and when nobody was doing anything worth filming, I ran around chasing the anola lizards that were everywhere. Didn’t manage to get one. Yet…
Ned Prince then joined us to be our guide as we traveled to the East side of the island (the place with the best beaches). Again like typical media com nerds, we spent the whole ride looking out the windows and yelling out in excitement whenever we saw something that would make a great shot. We stopped in downtown Christiansted by this awesome yellow fort over looking the harbor. Christiansted is more of the ritzy area of the island, so the water was filled with gorgeous yachts and 5 star hotels lined the shore. We all managed to get some amazing footage and stills and Erika and I waded into the water. The water was so clear and warm! So warm, that you wouldn’t even know that you where in water if it weren’t for the slight waves. Can’t wait to go swimming or snorkeling on Buck Island now!
We wrapped up on that location and then traveled out to the most Eastern point of the island and of the United States. It was a breath taking drive up the coast. We were driving for miles on a small mountain ridge that sloped down to the water. When we finally got to the point, we didn’t have too long to spend there, so as soon as the van stopped, we all ran out, grabbed cameras and started working like crazies. From where we were we could look down the whole coast, see Buck Island and look out to the ocean for miles on 3 sides.
We then headed over to the notary office where we would be shooting our interview with a church member. It was short and sweet and just what we needed. So 1 of our 8 planned interviews are completed! We then crashed back at the apartment for a few hours and then while the cooks of the house, Erika and Mel, made fajitas for dinner, I sat down to do a blog post and the guys logged some of the footage to help with the editing later.
And shortly we will be heading back over to the church around 7 for the Wednesday night prayer service where we will get to meet some of the congregation and get some more footage if the situation allows. So we’ll be back with more tomorrow!
Ta-ta for now!
PS- Thankfully no one is sunburnt yet. Or at least badly.
PPS- And Nathan shattered all our hopes and dreams today by revealing to us that there is more than one Shamu at SeaWorld! We were all very distraught upon hearing this news. Hope I haven’t ruined your day by saying this disturbing news on our blog.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Today, we met with the Princes and brainstormed up a cyclone. We decided to meet with a couple of our interview-ee potentials and set up times. My glasses broke at the arm joint, so I spent the whole day keeping the glasses together, until we bought crazy glue at a shopping center. I krazy glued my fingers….ow! The island is amazingly beautiful, and the sun lends itself to lens flares…It is hard to get a bad shot, unless you are shooting out the window of the van! We effectively drove across the entire island. It only has 52, 000 people. It is about a half an hour drive from one side to the other. I am glad Nathan Waggoner is driving, and not me, because everyone drives on the wrong side of the road in American cars! Like Kentucky, people don’t use turn indicators, and if they think they can fit into a space, they just go. There are few stop lights, and no protocol for the four-way stops. You must rely on the courtesy of the other drivers. I got to play around with the Sony Z7U (for my Asbury friends, it is the Sony version of the Panasonic 200.) The socio economic status loks a lot like Buena Vista, Colorado: there is a lot of scrub brush and greenery. There are poorer homes and wealthier homes. We bought groceries last night. We will be eating well. But, who knew you are supposed to tip the guy who brings your groceries out to the car? Mr. Ned Prince is a great guy: a loving and quite accommodating host! His wife and daughter Mrs. Marie and Carina are sweet people who helped us out immensely by explaining lots about the culture and the people, full of personal anecdotes. We are about to eat dinner, and I hear that there is a make shift dessert on the way! MMMM….Lens Flares! Think what you will, they are beautiful!
The flight from San Juan to the island was a short one, only about 37 minutes. Erika and I had the joy of sitting right next to the propeller and were practically deaf by the end of the flight, but we still managed to admire the gorgeous blue ocean and get some great shots of the island from out the window.
Like I said before, we got in around 3:30 and were greeted by the Ned Prince, our missionary and also the St Croix welcome stand of complimentary rum and fruit punch (very amusing). We loaded up into the van and had an interesting drive (on the left side of the road) back to our apartment. Roads here are very pot-holey, so drivers tend to drive where ever on the road for the smoothest path. Thank goodness the speed limits are all under 30.
The apartment is perfect for our stay. The windows are always open (with metal shutters and screens) and a wonderful breeze blows through the house all the time. We have our own little kitchen area, sitting space and indoor bathroom with gloriously hot water.
Last night after we had settled in, the Prince family brought pizza over for dinner and then took us out grocery shopping. It was so much fun! Corina (the Prince’s 15 year old daughter) was our guide and found our excitement of grocery shopping in St Croix amusing. They have most of the same brands here, but at crazy expensive prices. The cost of living here is very high and will take some getting used to. JimBob managed to discover the octopus tentacles and all the other lovely fresh seafood, and I managed to look like a tourist by running around and taking pictures of all the odd fish parts that were for sale.
After our shopping extrusion, we returned exhausted to our beds (for the boys, their flowered print beds :P). Discovered that the lights in the bathroom and bed rooms didn’t work, so us girls had fun trying to take showers in the dark. We all crawled into bed and fell asleep with the wonderful light breeze blowing through our windows and slept like rocks. That is until about 5 in the morning when the rooster next-door decided to make himself known. Loudly.
We were all up and dresses by 8 and started plotting on how to silence the rooster and scrounged up some breakfast. Around 9, the Prince’s came over to go through some planning and pre production prep with us. Hopefully by the end of the day we will have our plan for the film all mapped out and some B roll footage shot, so by tomorrow, we can get down to business and start the meat of our work! We’ll be back with some more updates later!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Last Thursday Josh and Jennifer Reynolds shared their call and burden for Mexico. They hosted an evening that started with yummy Mexican food, a documentary, a latin dance lesson, and their reasons for following Jesus there. Click here to see a slide show of more images from the evening.