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FT. Wayne Snider @ Dwenger

  • 2012-1006

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

  • 2012-0928

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

  • 2012-0907

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.

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.
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

  • 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.

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.

Bloomington South @ Franklin Central

  • 2012-0121

It’s the Franklin Central Flashes vs the Bloomington South Panthers.

Production VanI’m shooting these games for Comcast’s Xfinity On-Demand.

The production van that is used is very small. Only 3 people can fit inside. Some one to do Graphics, handle Replay and the Director.

The system is based on the Newtek Tricaster System. A all-in-one video control room in a box. NewTek TriCaster covers all of the main areas of video production, including live switching, video capture, audio mixing, nonlinear editing and project distribution via Internet streaming or standard definition video outputs.

Graphics: Dell Vostro 3750 laptop w/LiveText 2.0 & LT Scoreboard software

Replay: NewTek TimeWarp TW-42 TriCaster External Replay Controller

A small system, yes, but affordable. I wish I owned something like this.

Edgewood @ Bloomington South

  • 2012-0113

Talent - Play By Play and Color Hot SeatsI’m shooting basketball down in Bloomington, IN. It’s the Edgewood Mustangs vs the Bloomington South Panthers.

High Slash ViewHad our first real snow fall this morning, so getting down here from Indianapolis, wasn’t easy. Frankly, I was hoping that the game would be cancelled.

But it wasn’t! So I’ll be shooting camera 4, under the basket.

Lawrence Central @ Fishers

  • 2012-0112

TimeoutShooting Wrestling tonight for Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand. It’s the Lawrence Central Bears vs the Fishers Tigers.

This is a Cutdown shoot. Basically that means a 2 camera B-Roll shoot. We shoot just like a regular game, all of the matches, the coaches, the key players, the fans and interviews, but the differences is that instead of the game being packaged right here with a production truck, our cards will be FedEx to Atlanta tomorrow for editing.

Game Ending Shaking of the HandsThe images will be edited down to the highlights of what happen here tonight and a narrator will be add.

Then the finished program will be sent across Comcast’s sport network.