I haven’t shot a Fever game since last year’s Final when the Fever won the WNBA Championship. I have a few Fever games to shoot this month and tonight was the first in that series.
I was one of the down camera this time and I teamed up with Kyle Donnelly. We were at the south end of the court, at what is now referred to as camera 4.
Shooting down cameras is a lot more physical then shooting a up camera.
With down cameras, you’re a lot closer to the action, with the real possibilities of being run over by a player. During the breaks and half time you spend all of your time running around the court following the entertainment.
But, the nice part about shooting a down camera is that you’re working with a partner, so you shoot only half the game.
During the other half you work as your partner’s utility. Which just means that you manage your camera’s cable, which also means you pretty much get to sit back and enjoy the game.
I like to shoot the first half, just to get my shooting over with. Luckily Kyle wanted to shoot the second half anyhow, so that worked out just fine. We didn’t have to flip a coin.
The Fever haven’t been doing very well.
They have a lot of players on injury reserves.
But their star player Tamika Catchings had 22 points and six steals.
It also helped that Connecticut’s star player, reigning league MVP Tina Charles, was ejected from the game because of two technical fouls.
The Fever went on to win 78 to 66.
They’re now streaming the game over the internet. Which adds a little extra to my camera work because I live by the Tally Light, which indicates when my camera is “live” to program. When that light goes off, I’m quickly readjusting my camera and moving to my next shot.
But with them streaming to the internet, there is no tally light to signify that I’m “live” to the web, unless the director tells me so. Which he may not do. Even though my tally light has gone out, indicating that my camera is no longer “live” to program, I maybe still “live” on the web.
Basically, I now have to think of my camera as being “live” at all times. A minor hassle, but you make the adjustment.
Tamika Catchings scored 23 points, including the winning free throws with 8.4 seconds left, to give the Indiana Fever an 84-82 victory over the New York Liberty.
I shot the video below (and not a very good one) with my iPhone. It’s the walk that I make from the Control Room to my Camera 1. If you’ve never been in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, this is for you.
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Worked FAN CAM again for a Fever game.
I think the Circus will be in Bankers Life over the next week. Then in early July, I’ll have 4 more Fever games.
Shot the IN/KY All Star Basketball games this evening which was another two game girls and boys event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Because all the players were graduated high school seniors playing, they played by college rules, so it was 20 minute half’s with shot clock.
The girls game was very slow and seem to go on for ever, with the Indiana girls getting routed.
The boys game was a lot better. The Indiana squad had seven Big Ten signees and two going to the Big East, so they were so much better then Kentucky and won easily 83-73.
I shot Fan Cam for the Pacers 4th game with the Miami Heat. I shot the first half and Frank shot the second. There was a lot of hope in the arena that the Pacers could win this one and take a 3 to 1 series lead. But it didn’t happen. The Pacers lead during most of the game, then kind of faded during the 4th.
I was also here yesterday shooting the Game Cam for the Fever game, which turned out a lot better. The Fever easily won their game.
By the way, you can find a better image of the Bankers Life Arena that I took a few years ago, in my Location Gallery.
Fifth game of the series with the Pacers leading 3 games to 1. But this is where the Pacers needed to end this, and they did with a 105 to 87 victory.
Instead of High CAM, I was shooting Fan CAM tonight. My job is to walk around the arena, with a camera attached to a wireless pack, and during the breaks and time-outs shoot live commercials with a host, along with a lot of fans that the other cameras can’t get to.
It’s a lot of running around and up and down stairs and escalators, and it requires, two people working the camera. I shot the first half and my partner Jacob Lindauer shot the 2nd half.
The shot sheet on the right, shows when, where and what is to appear on the arena screens during the game. The orange highlights are the Fam Cam shots and where and what we should be shooting at any given time.
I was suppose to work replay this game but I think that somebody cancelled out and I was switched back to Game Cam.
The Pacers didn’t seem up to this game. Most of the time, they played like they didn’t care and only put an effort into it in spurts. They trailed throughout most of the game, but came close to tying at the end of the first half and tied at the end of the game forcing a over-time. But they still lost in the end.
The next game I shoot for them will probably be a playoff game.
This is my third Pacers game this month and I only have one more game next week. I was shooting High Cam again, but next week I think will be working Tape. The Pacers won, easily, and I think they also clinched a playoff berth.
Well, there was no win for the Pacers tonight. The Boston Celtics just rode right over a Pacers team that just didn’t seem to be, all there. So, lets go with something else here.
When I shoot High Cam, I sit up in section 116, or what I like to call, “Camera Row”. If you look at the picture to the right, you will notice that the seats that the cameramen sit on, is attached to a track. That track makes it easier for the cameraman to swivel his chair left or right along with swinging his camera left and right.
My camera (highlighted here with labels) is at the far left and I shoot far the in-house screens.
I’m the Game Camera which basically means I’m just a wide shot that shows everything that is happening on the floor. I’m panning from one basket to the other all evening long. Time outs, breaks and half time are a lot better for me because I’m shooting entertainment on the floor, events in the stands or the fans.
I would much rather be shooting a shoulder-mounted camera down on the floor, but that kind of camera work is a young man’s game, and I’m not getting any younger. Nevertheless, I do so love to shoot shoulder-mounted. It’s what I do the best.
I have two games this week with the Pacers. Tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight it’s the Oklahoma City Thunder, and to tell you the truth, I didn’t even know that Oklahoma City had a basketball team. When did that happen?
Anyhow, the Pacers easily won the game.
Had another Pacers game tonight, and I took the pictures that I should have taken last week when I shot the Game Cam.
This week I was shooting Fan Cam, which is a regular camera that is attached to a wireless transmitter that I carry on my back. I shoot for the in-house screens, which means I spent all of my time up in the stands, shooting from the fans point of view. Specially during Time Outs and Half Time.
They had an announcer, I think her name was Eva, that I followed around. During the breaks in the game, she would interact with the fans, hand out promotions or talk about the events that the Pacers wanted to highlight. I was either shooting her or segments like the “Kiss Cam”.
Anyhow, the eventing went fairly quickly.