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.