DCLA Recap – directors cut

Let’s see… so much in this show to cover!

– Brittany did a great job hosting the DCLA recap. She ran our registration area… but once she was done she got to join “the fun team” and run around with me capturing video and pictures.
– The opening thing we shot on the Mall. It got super hot and by the time we got back to the convention center, about a mile away, we were both exhausted.
– Right before we shot this opening scene Brittany and I witnessed one of the most bizarre moments of our lives. A woman was laying on the grass with the monument in the background above her… that’s all I can say as this is a PG rated blog.
– Each night before we let the students into Big Room there was a massive “walking in” moment where we tried to slow everyone down. Here’s a video I took on my flip camera the night before. That’s Tic Long leading the way. Awesome moment.
– The worship times with Starfield were insane. I had a hard time squeezing to the front. The kids jumping, dancing, and worshiping was a lot of fun. I’m glad we captured Scott Erickson painting and dancing as well. He makes his art fun!
– I love the clips from students sharing about their DCLA experiences. You’ll hear a few of them reference the storyline. During 4 big room sessions the speakers covered the entire Bible and weaved students into God’s story of redemption for the world.
– Shane Claiborne’s point about God loving Afghanistan and Iraq reverberated all weekend long. I heard people say AMEN but I wonder how many people are still wrestling with that point.
– I’ve seen Tommy and Eddie (The Skit Guys) do their thing a bunch. But I have to say… I loved how they came up with new skits, even a serious one, to fit into the storyline.
– There’s a couple of clips from the concert on Saturday night with KJ-52 and Hawk Nelson. Holy cow… the kids were into that. I was in the little pit between the stage and these barricades they put up. Lemme tell you, it was a little scary!
– I’m happy the clip with the kid answering his cell made the cut into the podcast. That was stupid funny.
– I’m also glad we included the part with the youth pastor, Verne. He and I exchanged a bunch of tweets during DCLA. I love how a couple students were like, “No, Verne doesn’t fart a lot.” But the one girl is like… “Yeah, he farts all the time!”
– Brittany scared me to death. I found this little walkway above the ballrooms. I am positive we weren’t supposed to be up there as it was like 100 feet above the floor. You can see on the video that she is standing in front of this chest high wall. She was freaking me out since she wanted to stand on top of the wall! I’m not afraid of heights. But I am afraid of people falling off of things.
– I caught the youth pastor from my in-laws church, Larry, talking about labs. He was great. I’ve never gotten to know him but I know he’s a big help to YS.
– I think every student I interviewed, except the kids in Verne’s church, were from Jersey.
– My favorite line in the show comes at the end… “DCLA is dipped in awesome sauce.” Amen to that.

Big ups to Ian. He took 90 minutes of raw footage and strung together a 7 minute show.





8 responses to “DCLA Recap – directors cut”

  1. Travis Deans Avatar

    I loved the Mark Helsel cameo there! Did he charge much to do that?

  2. Jennifer Ruggles Avatar
    Jennifer Ruggles

    It looks like DCLA was a lot of fun. I ahve a couple questions though. 1. Who is the gal in the podcast speaking with the brown paisley dress? 2. Can you get recordings of the speakers like you can at Youth Workers?

  3. adam mclane Avatar

    @jen- that’s Mandee Radford. She is half of the folk group Alathea. http://www.alathea.com/index.html She’s a fantastic storyteller. Sorry, I skipped her in the notes. 🙂

    We don’t have traditional downloads of the talks. We do have recordings of everything… I’d love to see if we could make them available somehow.

  4. Jennifer Ruggles Avatar
    Jennifer Ruggles

    Hey thanks! It would be great to have the talks available. After seeing the pod cast I would love to hear Shane’s talk and Francis Chan.

  5. adam mclane Avatar

    That’s the thing. It’s not like a traditional NYWC where a speaker talks for 30 mins. The 3 hour sessions were broken up into TONS of short vignettes across multiple platforms. So Shane would talk for 5 mins, then a video, then a skit, then a song, then Francis would talk, then Marquis would quote a chunk of Scripture, on and on. The whole layout was incredible. You’d have to watch the whole thing for one thing to really make sense in context.

    See why we’re having a problem releasing it? 🙂

  6. Jennifer Ruggles Avatar
    Jennifer Ruggles

    ah, i see.

  7. justayouthguy Avatar

    I vote for a complete DVD release of the whole Big Room experience… including all video/speakers/music. I know that’s a tall order, but I’d love to be able to watch/show/relive.

    I won’t draw attention to the “DC-heavy/LA-light” podcast…

  8. adam mclane Avatar

    I’m not sure where we are with it, but I know we’re working on something.

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