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Colt’s Kickoff Luncheon

  • 2012-0829

I’ve been looking forward to this event for awhile because it’s the big luncheon that the Indianapolis Colts give their players just before the regular season starts.

They play their last preseason game tomorrow night against the Cincinnati Bengals in Lucas Oil Stadium. Then Friday is the luncheon. I also hear, that right after that lunch, they cut their Final Players!

A last meal, and then you die.

Anyhow, it’s a 3 day shoot.

Day 1 – Wed. 08.29.12
Bring in all the containers and sorting them. The luncheon will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Hotel.
About an hour was taken up just getting the equipment up to the ballroom, then sorting out the containers for stage, audio, video etc.

The video switcher will be staged out in a back hallway. This will be a 3 camera The video switcher will be setup at the end of a back hallway.shoot. One long camera in the back. A side camera about midway and a stage camera.

Everyone helped in building the main truss that will cover the entire back wall. It will hold 2 screens, back lights and curtains.

Testing the lights before raising the truss.Four more truss were hang perpendicular to the main one. They will hold more lights, speakers and projectors. Then 2 more truss farther back that will hold more stage lights.

It took about 5 hours just to get that setup, along with lights tested and focused.

Everything has been lifted up.As I was leaving, the hotel was building the stage.

Day 2 – Thur. 08.30.12
Today was a long day.

The morning was kind of slow because we had to wait for more equipment to arrive.

But once that got there, we had more cable to run, cameras to set up, another projector to hang and both projectors needed to be framed and focused.

In the hallway by the Exit doors.The biggest problem though was the switcher. Markeys had been told, by the hotel, where we could set up our switcher. In the hallway, by the Exit doors. There were a number of Markeys people who were concerned about that location, but no, the hotel confirmed it, that’s where we can set it up.

Eric spent all day connecting up, what they like to refer to as “video world”, the switcher, and wouldn’t you know it, about 4pm, down comes another hotel manager to tell us,
“You can’t put that there! That’s an Emergency Exit!”


By the time that I left at 5pm, I still don’t think that the problem had been completely resolved. Though it does look like the switcher will stay, but with a few modifications.

Day 3 – Fri. 08.31.12
A lot of morning activities. Hotel employees running around getting tables ready. A lot of Colts employees running around doing whatever they do and being very nervous about it.

Final Solution for the Video World Exit Door problem.I did notice that the Video World Exit problem had a Final Solution.

For me, it was pretty much the usual, hurry up and wait. All we had to do was the Rehearsal… that never came. We ended up shooting the event blind, using only the script.

My camera view of the stage.It started off with opening words from the Colts owner, Jim Irsay. Then the players were introduced with a lot of pomp and fog. One Colts player per table. Then they ate lunch.

But they didn’t feed the crew even though Markey’s, I think, is a sponsor of this event.

One Colts player per table.After lunch, former Colts Headcoach Tony Dungy was the Key Note Speaker. He also interview the new coach Chuck Pagano and 6 of the Colt players one of which was the new Colts Quarterback, Andrew Luck.

The event went off without a hitch. All that was left was the breakdown, which I didn’t have to do.

I was doubled-booked for today, so after the event was over with, I was on my way to a TV40 football game.

Cathedral @ Warren Central

  • 2012-0825

I know, the pan doesn't line up, but what do you want, it was a quick shot off my iPhoneI guess this was another big game because a few productions were shooting it. That’s them all lined up behind the visitor’s stand.

The camera booth was packed with cameramen.

Warren Central Football StadiumMan this has been a long week. A good week, pay wise, but a hard one.
I was sooo tired and glad when this game was over with.

Add to that, the fact that I hate shooting at Warren Central because they only let cameras shoot from the wrong side of the field, and also because, I have some really bad shooting memories here.

Warren Central lost by the way.

Columbus East @ Columbus North

  • 2012-0824

Sports Illustrated rated the Columbus East vs North games as one of the top 10 rivalries in the country.

So this should be a big game.
And the place was Packed!
Standing room only.

But for me, the best part of this shoot was where we ate for dinner. Dennis Kasey, our Producer, generally has Pizza or Subway delivered to us. But every once in a while, he’ll take us out to a Restaurant. Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and MuseumAnd this time it was to a place called Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, a historic landmark in Columbus, Indiana.

I must say, that this place had a lot of 1900 turn of the century charm. And the food and ice cream was good too. (Though, the chairs and tables were a little tight for some big guys like our crew.)

StatiumAs for the game, it was hot, weather wise. The game itself, wasn’t to bad either.

Columbus North should have won that game. For all the yards that they made, they had penalties that kept pushing them back. But still, with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Columbus North had a 16-20 lead.

All North had to do was kick the ball deep to East and let their defense win the game, but nooo. North shanks the kick return to the East’s 35 yard line and East marches down the field in under a minute and a half.

Columbus East wins 23-20.

Indiana Conpanies To Watch Dinner

  • 2012-0822

Indiana Roof Ballroom, built in 1927.Day 1 Wed. 08.22.12
Working on a 3 day project with Markeys. Another corporate dinner. How many of those do I remember doing at United?

This one is at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Markeys holds the Media Contract for all of their events. My first time in this Switcherballroom and I will be here again next week for the Colts Luncheon.

Interesting ballroom! It’s modeled on a Spanish village. All it needs is the people.

Setup wasn’t to bad. Two screens, 2 cameras, mobile switcher and audio. My My camera 1 positioncamera is on the baloney and I’m not sure who will be running the down cam.

Will have to bag my own food tomorrow because I don’t think that they will be feeding us.

Day 2 Thur. 08.23.12
On the day of the luncheon, we had a Audio Board2pm crew call, which I think was way to early. The luncheon wasn’t until 6:30pm. But, I’m like everybody else, if they want to pay me to sit around for 4 hours, hey, I’ll do that in a heartbeat.

The shoot was really easy.
A couple of speakers welcoming everybody.
Dinner TablesEverybody eats dinner… except us!
A couple more speakers.
Hand out some awards.
Have someone say goodbye and I’ll driving home by 9pm.

Day 3 Fri. 08.24.12
Quick breakdown. Only took about an hour and a half to breakdown all of the All of our Equipment waiting at curb for, pack it up and get it out to the curb for pick up. But I still get payed 3 hours minimum.

2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Race

  • 2012-0819

Winner's Stage being built.This is my third year shooting the American Motorcyclist Association Pro Flat Track Race at the fair grounds.

It would have been my 4th year, but last year’s race was cancelled because of the stage that collapsed during a outdoor concert by Sugarland.

Our Engineer Micah, in front of his production truck.A lot of cable had to be laid down in order to cover the 1 mile ‘Track of Champions’ with 5 cameras. But most of that was done by another crew Friday night/early Saturday morning.

By the time that we got there Saturday noon, we still had a lot of cabling and equipment to setup and Fax out in order to be ready for the 3 o-clock practice runs.

Professional flat track motorcycle racer Nichole Cheza signing autographs.After the practice runs, we had some time to walk over and see a little of the Indiana State Fair.

As always, I was on camera 5, at the stage. It was my job to get the start of the race. To cover the race in front of the grandstand and to shoot the winners on the stage. We also had cameras at each of the 4 turns.

Now, here's a big motorcycle race fan!The last 2 years I did this by myself, so I was always pretty much shooting for 3 hours straight. But this year, I had Casey working with me, so I was able to take some breaks.

Though I’m not a big motorcycle race fan, the race is fun to watch and also very LOUD on the ears.

Start of one of the racesThere is a certain technique in trying to shoot a motorcycle, and keep it in view as it blows by you on the straight-a-way at over a 100 mph. Fun-To-Do!

The real hard work though is when the race is all over with, and we had to roll up all of the cable that had been laid around the track. This year, it went pretty quickly. We were out of there by 1 am Sunday morning.

Some video of one of the practice runs earlier in the day.

A little bit of video from the 2009 race.

Bishop Luers @ Snider

  • 2012-0818

Spuller Stadium, Ft. Wayne IndianaWell we’re back into another football season and my first game was up in Ft. Wayne. A two hour drive for me, but I will be getting gas mileage.

The Bishop Luers, a top rated team, was suppose to win, but the Snider Panthers came out breathing fire. They controlled the first 3 quarters with a 0 to 10 lead. But in the 4th quarter the Knights, with their freshman quarterback scored a lucky touchdown and there after, their defense begin to tighten up and the Panthers began to lose their confidents.

The last 5 minutes of the game were pretty good, but the Snider Panthers held on for a 7 to 10 win.

I didn’t get home until about 1:30 Saturday morning.

Inside Indy: August

  • 2012-0803

Inside Indy StudioWe usually shoot a month worth of shows for Inside Indy, on one day of the month. Today was that day.

Because of the heat wave this summer, there has been a rash of people leaving their children in their cars, with tragic results. So a lot of the guest this month, had something to do with Child Safety.