About Lad Allen

Lad Allen is co-founder of Illustra Media, a motion picture production ministry based in Southern California. He has produced, written, and directed more than 100 films and received several international awards. Illustra documentaries Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet and Darwin’s Dilemma have helped popularize the scientific case for intelligent design. These films have been translated into more than 20 languages and distributed throughout the world. Lad has also headed production on a series of documentaries based upon Lee Strobel's best selling books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith and The Case for a Creator. His other productions have included ORIGIN: Design, Chance and the First Life on Earth and The Design Life Collection—a documentary trilogy that explores evidence for design and purpose in the animal kingdom. METAMORPHOSIS: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, FLIGHT: The Genius of Birds and LIVING WATERS: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth are currently in worldwide distribution. Lad was previously director of film production at Campus Crusade for Christ and Moody Institute of Science. He lives in southern California and has enjoyed an extraordinary 40-year marriage to his wife, Joni (the most patient, understanding woman in the universe). They have been blessed with four adult sons.


Birds of the Sun Ten years ago, Jerry and I packed up our camera gear and headed north to Alaska. Our goal was to find and film one of the world’s most remarkable animal species—the Arctic terns. Every year these small (they weigh less than five ounces) birds make


A Whale of a Story Of all the many fascinating things Jerry Harned and I have photographed during the past 38 years, our experiences with humpback whales rank near the top of the list. We’ve been blessed by numerous opportunities to work in close proximity (sometimes less than 20


Come Let Us Adore Him One of the many production resources that Jerry and I have often accessed over the past 30 years is the extraordinary collection of visual material contained in the archives of NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). It’s a wealth of photographs, film and

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