Football

Dungy

  • May 5, 2015

Northern New Era Church’s 25th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration & Gala 2015-0501
Tony Dungy former Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Me
I was asked to shoot a interview, for the Harvest Show, of Tony Dungy, the former Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, a NFL football team. He would be speaking at the Northern New Era Church’s 25th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration & Gala, taking place at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN.

I wasn’t going to pass up a chance to meet the first black Head Coach to win a Superbowl.

I drove to the TV40 station to pick up the gear and van. The evening was starting off badly because keys that were suppose to have been left for me to get into the building, weren’t there! I had to make a number of calls to get someone to come back, to let me in. We found the keys inside, in one of the mail slots. Apparently somebody saw the package with the keys in it, outside and move them, inside. Where I couldn’t get to them.

Ritz-Charles: Event Services to Central Indiana.
I was suppose to arrive at the Ritz Charles at 4 pm. I wanted to be there by three, in order to look the place over before my Producer/Talent and 2nd Cameraman arrived. I got there a little before 3:30 pm and found out, that the doors for the event were to open at 5 pm.

I’ve been in the Ritz Charles before and I knew that there wasn’t a lot of places within the building to do a quiet sit-down interview. Which is what, at the time, I thought that I had to do.

  Ritz-Charles Ballroom  
Ritz-Charles Ballroom

I brought in all of the equipment and setup the camera in the ballroom, to make sure that at least that was ready to go, when I was confronted by, The-Lady-In-Charge. I was told in no debatable terms that I will be provided with a room later on in the evening. I tried to tell her that I needed to know where the room was because I had to set up extra lights for the Interview. She said, What interview?

Coat Room used to store our camera equipment.
OK!
My first thought was, “This is going to be a fun evening.”!
My second thought was, “Leave it for the Producer. It’s her show.”.

A little while later, Robert my second cameraman and Kelly, the Producer/Talent had arrived. I told Kelly what happened up to this point and Kelly went and had a long conversation with, The-Lady-In-Charge. I really don’t think anything got confirmed during that conversation. Just kind of, shuffled around, to be determined later.

We found a Coat Room where we stored all of our camera gear and yet, still have easy access to it.

Tony Dungy Interview with Kelly Vaughn doing the interviewing and me on camera. It took place in the foyer of the Ritz-Charles.

Tony Dungy Interview with Kelly Vaughn doing the interviewing and me on camera. It took place in the foyer of the Ritz-Charles.
Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren showed up early and they were escorted to a candle-lit room for Meet and Greet with guest as they arrived for the dinner. That room was way to dark and I really had to open up the camera to get some shoulder mounted shots.

We made the determination that we were going to interview Tony Dungy in the foyer after the Meet and Greet and Photo session. So I quickly set up some lights and rearranged some chairs and was ready when Tony came out for the interview.

That part went off without a hitch. It was the most important part of the shoot and I was happy when it was over with!

Robert Lewis shooting the Dinner speeches.
We were also tasked with shooting the dinner speeches.
Robert shot that part of it. He got shots of Tony’s speech and all of the other podium celebrations.

By the way, Tony had sprung his foot during a pick-up basketball game. He wore a case on his right foot and moved around on a small Knee Scooter. He used the experience as part of his speech. It was hilarious! I know, as soon as they asked, that I shouldn’t do it.

To our surprise, we also got to eat dinner. They set aside a table for us, which is unusual! Chicken Parmesan, Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus. The dessert was to die for, a delicious Apple Crisp that I wish I could’ve taken home with me.

Afterward I got shoulder mount shots and interviews with the Pastor and his wife, people wishing the Pastor well for his 25th Pastoral Anniversary, and shots of people out on the dance floor.

  Ritz-Charles Ballroom:  
  They actually fed the camera crew, which they normally don’t do at events like this.  

Dinner was Chicken Parmesan, Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus, with a delicious Apple Crisp, to die for.

I was delighted when Kelly finally said, enough!

Took us about a half hour to pack up the gear and put it all back in the van.
Another half hour to get the gear back to the station and lug it all back inside.

I finally clocked out around 11:30 PM.

. . . and so it goes

😀

The Year So Far, 2014

  • October 28, 2014

As a freelance camera operator, it seems to me that every year is beginning to look like every other year. I always seem to be shooting the same events year after year after year.

In some ways, it kind of comforting, knowing that you have work each year, but in other ways it can start to feel very… humdrum.

Here are a “few” of the events that I have shot so far in 2014.

High School sports both football and basketball,
are always events that I shoot every year.

Noblesville High School

This was the first time that I have shot Tennis.
It was an ESPN shoot at the University of Illinois.

A full day of shooting tennis at the University of Illinois for ESPN

I shoot Conventions every year in the Hotels and Conventions in the area.
Big and Small. It’s kind of your Bread & Butter.

After awhile, all these conventions begin to blend together into one big blur.

At these conventions you sometimes get to meet Mayors, Governors, Police Chiefs,
Community Leaders, and the occasional celebrity or sport figure,
like Deion Sanders.

Deion Sanders and Me

Occasionally I get to shoot something out of the ordinary,
like the opening of the China Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibition
at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

We shot the stage events which included a number of Chinese performers. They were fascinating to watch!

Then, there are the bigger ticket shoots like Big Ten football
at Purdue University Ross-Ade Stadium

Iowa @ Purdue University

or ESPN shoots at North Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois.
ESPN at North Illinois University

or Miami of Ohio University in Oxford, OH.
ESPN at Miami of Ohio University

But then, you always have to come back to your stand-bys.
Like studio work on a nationally syndicated TV show.

Full Circle Music Setup

Yeah… the same thing year in and year out.
But who’s complaining.
It’s Work!

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Toledo vs Ball State

  • September 29, 2013

Shot the Toledo vs Ball State football game for ESPN on Saturday. I use to shoot Ball State football for the MAC Conference for several years. But the station that I shot for lost the contact a few years ago.

So it has been awhile since I have shot this University and I was looking forward to shooting it again.

What I wasn’t looking forward to shooting was the End Zone Camera. That position has no elevator access, so every piece of equipment has to be hand carried up a lot of Stadium steps. It is a Ball Breaker!

But this time there was 4 of us to do the work instead of just two. So the job was a tad easier, but man, those step still do get the heart a pumping!

The game was fast paced and so were the camera calls. I do love shooting Football. Ball State won 31 to 24.

Here are a few photo highlights.

It is called by many names, but it is the form that tells the crew about everything that they need to know about the shoot.

Scheumann Stadium. My Camera Position is at the top of the tower to the left. With a whole lot of stairs in between.

Production and Satellite Trucks

Lunch time for the crew. Box Lunches that is. Sitting is optional.

It's where the Producer, Director, TD, Graphics, Font Coordinator sit.

Audio Control

Engineering is not only where the EIC lives, but also Replay and Shading. Not a whole lot of room to move around in. And what ever you do, Do Not Touch That Switch!

My camera position, Camera 4, High End Zone. Responsible for Tight Shots of players, Game Action for Replay and Near Side Coach.

My Camera View. Nice View but hard to get to.

2012 Big 10 Football Championship

  • November 29, 2012

I haven’t been posting much because most of my shoots over the last month, have been the routine football and basketball games. But this week I’m working the Big Ten Championship game at the Lucas Oil Stadium. It will be three days of long hours specially Saturday night.

Day 1: Thursday Nov 29th
Lucas Oil StadiumHad a 9am Crew Call, but as usual, I got to the stadium early. Ended up waiting about a half hour for others to arrive. Got our Credentials and Parking Passes and then we were told that we will be building out stage for Saturday’s show.

We are not shooting the game, our group will be shooting the Pre and Post Shows and the stage for these shows is right at the edge of the football field. The stage is built on tracks so that it can be pulled back for the game and pushed into positions for the show so that the Big 10 Talent can look like they’re sitting at their desk on the field.

Stage PartsThe real challenge will be getting that stage into position for the Halftime Show. We will only have about 2 or 3 minutes the push both the stage and camera platform into position, and setup the cameras, lights and talent. And do the same thing in reverse after Halftime so that the game can continue.

Pano of Lucas Oil Stadium field.We spent hours putting together that humongous, heavy metal stage and laying out the tracks that it will move on, only to have the director and his people come out and tell us, that they would like to have the whole thing moved, 5 feet to the right!

It was a very lovely day.

Day 2: Friday Nov 30th
The jib that will be used for the show Saturday evening.Our Crew Call was for 8am. We put the finishing touches to the stage and then spent some time unpacking and loading the awkward and heavy announcers desk on to the stage.

But most of the morning was taken up with finding and setting up and faxing cameras, building the Jib and running a few cables.

Finished Stage, Camera and announcers, Dave Revsine, Glen Mason, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith.After lunch, we spent a fair amount of time just sittings around waiting for the announcers to show up for the afternoon feed to Chicago. During that feed the announcers, Dave Revsine, Glen Mason, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith, talked about the game tomorrow between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers and interviewed both Head Coaches.

Wisconsin Players getting photo with our announcers.After the interviews, some of the Wisconsin players were on the field and they came over to the desk to get pictures taken with the announcers.

We were suppose to have a full rehearsal of moving the stage into and out of it’s positions, but our Tech Manager just had us move the stage into it’s game position and lock it off. No rehearsals this time, unlike last year. So we were out of there by 5:30p instead of the scheduled 7:00p. Which is a good thing because tomorrow will be a long one.


Day 3: Saturday Dec 1st
This is what the game is all about.Crew Call wasn’t until 12 noon, but I knew coming in, that it was going to be a very long day.

The announcers did a few on-air promos, but most of our afternoon was spent waiting. Which seems to always be a large part of our jobs.

At 2p we had a box lunch out in the production truck area and then most of our camera crew group spent the rest of that waiting time up in the Press Box area, high up in the stadium.

The view from the Press BoxI must admit that the Press Box had a impressive view of the field and it ran it’s entire length.

We were expected to be back on the field around 6p and the Pre-Game show started at 6:30p then ran for an hour. When the show was over with we moved then locked the stage back into it’s game position. After that, we were free to watch the game.
Such that it was!
The Wisconsin Badgers demolished the Nebraska Cornhuskers 70-31.
It wasn’t even close!

The view from the North End Zone. The blue circle marks where our stage area was located.I spent the first half of the game up in the Press Box, the 3nd quarter sitting in the North End Zone area and the 4th quarter sitting on the game field.

After the game we ran into a little problem with rolling the stage back out. One of the wheels ran off the track, but luckily the stage was already in it’s final position and since we didn’t have to move it again, we left it as is.

Where they park all of the production trucks.The Post Game show started around Midnight and didn’t finish until after 1a Sunday morning. Once the show was over with we had to breakdown the cameras, lights and audio, and everything had to be hauled back to the production trucks.

And then, the real work started…
…that humongous, heavy metal stage and tracks had to be taken apart.

There is nothing like working late in the evening (or early in the morning) in what seems like, a completely empty Lucas Oil Stadium.

With all hands on deck, we finished about 4:00am Sunday morning.

To Tech Manager, “Are we cleared?”
Tech Manager, “Yes, you’re all cleared!”
High-fives all around, now lets get the hell out of here!

I just have to show you what I think is one of the best runs that I have ever seen. Quarterback Taylor Martinez’s ran for an impressive TD in this game, and his team still lost.

Central Catholic @ West Lafayette

  • October 12, 2012

West Lafayette StudiumLast regular game of the season and it’s the first and only time that I have ever driven to the wrong location.

Because of a misprint in the email that I got, I thought that the game was in Brownsburg.

But, once I got there, things didn’t seem right, so with a couple of phone calls, I found out that the games was in West Lafayette. A hour drive away.

Of course, my mistake was the high point of good-natured teasing from the crew.

FT. Wayne Snider @ Dwenger

  • October 6, 2012

You know, this was the kind of game that all sports cameraman dread having to shoot. Rainy, cold, wet and very miserable!

First of all, the game was in Ft. Wayne, so it took 2 hours to drive up there and the same to get home and it rained almost all the way up.

It continue to rain throughout the whole game. If there had been lightning with that rain, the game would have been delayed or called. No such luck!
Just a slow Drizzle rain.
And the winter like cold!

I spend a lot of my time trying to keep my equipment dry.
Which was a losing cause!
I could hear on my headset calls from other crew members who’s equipment is starting to die because of the water.
I’ve just stepped into a pool of water and sunk all the way up to my ankle.
My socks are completely soaked. Both of them!
I can feel my toes squishing in my shoes.
My fingers are freezing making it hard to work the camera.
My viewfinder keeps fogging up.
My nose is running and the snot is beginning to freeze on my upper lip.
I got a mountain of rain gear on making it hard to move.
But there’s still water running down my back, and I can’t get to it!
And on top of everything else…
…I gotta pee.

And it’s only the beginning of the third quarter!

Who cares who’s winning!
Let’s just get this game from Hell over with!

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!

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.

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.

Cathedral @ Warren Central

  • August 25, 2012

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.
And-I-was-beat!
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

  • August 24, 2012

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.