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Inside Indy/Football

  • September 28, 2012

Other shoots that I did this week.

Some guest preparing for the Inside Indy show.Inside Indy
Shot four shows for Inside Indy during the week.

It’s always fun to do some studio work every now and then.


Jefferson High's Scheumann Stadium in Lafayette, INAvon @ Jefferson
I did some more Friday night football.

The 2-4 Lafayette Jefferson football team was suppose to fall easily to the 4-2 Avon team. But that’s not the way the game played out! Jefferson ran away with the ball and dominated throughout the entire game.

A far different game then the 46-7 shellacking that Avon gave Jefferson last year. Jefferson won 27-30.

Jefferson High's Scheumann Stadium roof. And this was before the coaches got up there.I was one of the game Cams on the roof of the stadium and the Avon coaches were standing right next to me the whole game.

They were not happy!

Nation Black MBA

  • September 27, 2012

Nation Black MBA AssociationThis was a really easy event. One day setup, shoot and breakdown.

Even video world had been setup and used the day before at another event at the Indiana Roof. So all we had to do was to fly up the two screens, reset the projectors to new positions, reset the stage and build up a new camera.

My Camera position at the Nation Black MBA Buffet DinnerBuilding that camera is what I spent a few hours doing.

It should have been quick, but I ran into a problem with connecting the 55x Lens to the frame that connects the lens to the camera. They weren’t lining up. It took awhile to figure out why and then part of the camera had to be disassembled in order to make the whole thing work.

After that was done, most of my time was spent waiting for the show to start at 7pm. I was on my way home by 10:30p.

Camel @ Lawrence North

  • September 14, 2012

Carmel 63 to Lawrence North 0

To say that this football game was a blow-out, would have been an understatement.

Part of the crew eating dinner at Lawrence North High SchoolEven during dinner, everyone was guessing just how bad the game was going to get, and why are we shooting this game anyway.

The score could have been a lot higher, but Camel started taking a knee to keep from running up the score on Lawrence North.

Even the Refs during the 2nd half, ran the clock continuously in order to end the game quicker.

Fever vs Mercury

  • September 9, 2012

Temporary control room set up in a corner of the studio.As I pointed out in the Fever vs Sky blog, Bankers Life Fieldhouse is under going a media upgrade, so everything is under-construction. The temporary control room has been setup in a corner of the studio and looks like a multitude of cables, wires, monitors and keyboards.

We’re using temporary cameras at the moment. They’re lighter, which is great for the shoulder-mounted cameraman, but the lens on the Game Cam isn’t all that great. I can no longer get any tight shots because the lens isn’t long enought.

A new control room being constructed.The old equipment in the A Control Room is gone and being replaced with all new equipment. From what I have seen so far, it’s going to look pretty good when it’s finished.

The game wasn’t anything special. Fever won. I think playoffs are just around the corner.

Ben Davis @ Warren Central

  • September 7, 2012

Rain, rain and then more rain!

High School Sport rules say that with lightning, you clear the field and stands and that you delay at least 30 minutes after the last visible lightning flash.

The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes. With a 7:30p start, we almost finished the 1st quarter before the school took another delay. A few minutes after that, they called the game and it’s a good thing that they did.

On my way home 20 minutes later, we got a downpour like I haven’t seen in years. Cars were stopping on the highway because it was hard to see where you were going and the sky was lit up with lightning bolts.

They will restart the game tomorrow evening, but I won’t be there. I have another shoot.

Cedia Expo 2012

  • September 5, 2012

The Cedia Expo (residential electronic systems industry) is in town for the rest of the week. I’m doing two jobs at the Expo for Markeys. The Keynote Speech that took place tonight and the Awards Dinner Saturday. Both will be very long days.

Cedia Keynote: 09.05.12
The set-up for the Keynote was fairly simple. It was just Eric and myself, and it took about 2 hours to set-up 2 screens, video world, a camera and outdoor signage.

Michio Kaku Keynote SpeechBest part of the day was meeting the keynote speaker, Michio Kaku. I recognize him as soon as he walked into the ballroom and came over to our video world station. But I couldn’t place were I knew him from. Eric recognized him from the Discovery channel, then it all clicked for me.

Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist. He’s also a best-selling author with a number of books on scientific exploration, the future, teleportation and time-travel theory.

His keynote speech was about the future in electronics and if he is just a third right, we will have a lot to look forward to.

Cedia Keynote Speech Video World.The only shooting that I did was for Cedia’s archives. Basically, set the camera up, focus it, lock it down then just, sit and watch.

It only took about an hour to break everything down and pack it away in the truck.

Cedia Awards: 09.08.12
This was a very long day!
Crew call was at 8am.

Video World for the Cedia Awards Dinner had already been built by the crew the day before.Apparently, most of the heavy work, cabling, video world, audio and lighting, had been done the day before, by another crew.

All we had to do today was finish off most of the details. Setup the stage for the band, cameras, accent lights and testing.

Cedia Awards Dinner and the Bar that I helped build.We also had to build, setup and light that Bar in the middle of the dance floor.

That’s what I spent the bulk of my day doing. Constructing that bar and helping in laying out and connecting the lights for it. When it was finished, it looked pretty engaging.

My camera position at the Cedia Awards Dinner.But like I said, it was a long day. We were pretty much finished by 1p but the doors for the dinner didn’t open until six. Trying to find “busy work” can be very tiring!

The Cedia Awards ceremony only took an hour to shoot.

Fortunately, another crew will breakdown the equipment on Monday, so I was on my way home by 9:30p.

Fever vs Sky

  • September 1, 2012

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is in the middle of overhauling their entire media system.

New Score Boards, new cables, new cameras, new systems, new… everything. The place looks a mess. They even have a temporary score board hanging out on the floor.

I should have taken a picture of it, but I forgot.

Nothing special about the game. The Fever won, easily.

Chatard @ Roncalli

  • September 1, 2012

A number of the crew members eating their meal in our usual location. Right behind the Production truck.I always look forward to shooting a game at Roncalli for TV40, because in most years we get feed Original, which is a deep dish Chicago style pizza.

The crew is convinced that this pizza is by far the best that we have ever had, and considering that pizza is the standard meal on most shoots, being the best is saying a lot.

It wasn’t to be this year. Last night, we had pizza, but not Original.

Roncalli StadiumThis game also had a new component added to it. TV40 will, starting next week, Live Stream all of their games to the web. Tonight was the last major test of the system.

In order to show a game live, you have to be able to stop/start the game for commercials. The person who does that is usually referred to as the Red Hat. TV Commercial Timeout Coordinator. And yeah, they actually wear, a Red Hat.

The Red Hat has a Headset in order to hear the director and producer. When the producer calls for a TV Timeout, it’s the Red Hat’s job to get the Refs to stop the game. And it’s the Red Hat’s job to get the Refs to “hold” that game until the commercials are over with.

Well… along with my duties as a sideline cameraman, I was also given the responsibility of the Red Hat.

I now have the utmost respect for anyone who has to do that job! If you think that it’s easy holding up a sporting event, when the whole stadium is shouting for the game to start, think again.

It isn’t!

Other then that, the game was it’s usual Barn Burner with a Double Overtime. The Chatard Trojans could have kicked another field goal sending the game into a third overtime, but instead opted for a incredible 4th Down, 2-yard push to the end zone, winning the game 28-25.