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Bids For Kids 2012

  • 2012-0427

Reardon Auditorium, Anderson UniversityThis was an all day shoot. Crew call was for 8:30a at the station, then we all drove from there to Anderson University’s Reardon Auditorium for the annual Anderson Breakfast Exchange Club Bids For Kids Auction, in Anderson, IN.

A Teddy Bear for every child that die from Child Abuse in Indiana last year.They raise funds for child abuse prevention programs serving Madison County Indiana.

I’ve been during this auction for about 8 to 9 years, and it’s a live auction, running from 6pm to 12 midnight tonight and all day tomorrow. But I’m not working tomorrow because I will be shooting the Pacers first playoff game.

David checking over some equipment.The morning was filled with us setting up cameras, running a lot of cables and testing equipment. It really didn’t take that long but they did add a 5th camera to the mix this year.

The afternoon was lunch and basically, a lot of sitting around with nothing to do.

Replay StationThe evening was all Auction. I worked the Replay Station which basically means I ran all of the commercial breaks, the Auction’s Opening and Close and a Guideline tape that detailed the rules for calling in and placing a bid on items being auctioned.

It’s nothing but button pushing all night.

Audio StationI also ran audio which covered the house feed that we were getting from the auditorium, the music that was played under the auctioneers and the audio for the commercials.

There was no camera work because the auction had a lot of first time volunteers to do that, which, every year turns into a headache for the directors.

Pacers vs 76ers

  • 2012-0421

I was suppose to work replay this game but I think that somebody cancelled out and I was switched back to Game Cam.

The Pacers didn’t seem up to this game. Most of the time, they played like they didn’t care and only put an effort into it in spurts. They trailed throughout most of the game, but came close to tying at the end of the first half and tied at the end of the game forcing a over-time. But they still lost in the end.

The next game I shoot for them will probably be a playoff game.

Lilly’s Shareholders Meeting

  • 2012-0419

Lilly's Auditorium Had a quick shoot at Eli Lilly’s today. The company held it’s annual shareholders meeting this morning and I was one of 3 cameramen for the in-house screens.

The meeting only lasted an hour, then we went to lunch. It then took about 2 hours to breakdown the equipment and stage.

This was my first time in Lilly’s headquarters. I also got the job through Markey’s and I hope that I will be picking up more work from them.

Pacers vs Cavs

  • 2012-0413

This is my third Pacers game this month and I only have one more game next week. I was shooting High Cam again, but next week I think will be working Tape. The Pacers won, easily, and I think they also clinched a playoff berth.

Pacers vs Celtics

  • 2012-0407

Cameraman's RowWell, there was no win for the Pacers tonight. The Boston Celtics just rode right over a Pacers team that just didn’t seem to be, all there. So, lets go with something else here.

When I shoot High Cam, I sit up in section 116, or what I like to call, “Camera Row”. If you look at the picture to the right, you will notice that the seats that the cameramen sit on, is attached to a track. That track makes it easier for the cameraman to swivel his chair left or right along with swinging his camera left and right.

Game Camera with Identification LabelsMy camera (highlighted here with labels) is at the far left and I shoot far the in-house screens.

I’m the Game Camera which basically means I’m just a wide shot that shows everything that is happening on the floor. I’m panning from one basket to the other all evening long. Time outs, breaks and half time are a lot better for me because I’m shooting entertainment on the floor, events in the stands or the fans.

I would much rather be shooting a shoulder-mounted camera down on the floor, but that kind of camera work is a young man’s game, and I’m not getting any younger. Nevertheless, I do so love to shoot shoulder-mounted. It’s what I do the best.

Pacers vs Thunder

  • 2012-0406

Control RoomI have two games this week with the Pacers. Tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight it’s the Oklahoma City Thunder, and to tell you the truth, I didn’t even know that Oklahoma City had a basketball team. When did that happen?

Anyhow, the Pacers easily won the game.