Swimming State Finals 2011

  • 2012-0225

IUPUI Natatorium during early practicesSwimming is not a sport I normally shoot. Until this season, I have never shot one. But I’m here shooting the IHSAA State Swimming Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium. A few of the crew came in Thursday to cable the Natatorium for 5 cameras + 1 internal camera that is fixed on the diving boards.

My camera position at start of raceSwimming Final Video

I’m working camera 4, down on the floor. My job is to pick up the start of the race, tight shots during the race, award ceremonies and interviews with the winner(s), and of course, picking up color shots.

Ian at camera position 3It was a long shoot, almost 4 hours. Our crew call was 7am, but the meet didn’t start until 1pm. Once we got our cameras up, we had over 4 hours with nothing to do. But we still get payed for doing nothing.

Diving is boring! But some of the swimming matches were worth Announcer's Position high up in the rafterswatching. The team race went down to the final event of the afternoon, the 400 freestyle relay with Carmel owning a 11.5 point lead over Bloomington South. Carmel won their third consecutive team title by a 246.5 to 245 margin.

Breakdown was quick, even though there were a lot of long cable runs. Our cars had parking tickets on them, but the production manager will take care of those. A 10 hour work day, buy all in all, it will be a good pay day.

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