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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, this is the last WNBA game until after the London Olympics. Next game will be about a month from now.
Tamika Catchings was selected for her third Olympic team, having previously played on the gold medal USA winning teams at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
This games was also covered by ESPN.
Once again the Fever faded in the 2nd half and this time losing to the Sparks 77 to 74.
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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We had a new man directing today. It was Dean’s first game because I think that Chris and Brian were both out on vacation and I’m guessing they kind of dumped him into the deep end of the pool. But he did real good.
The Fever started out fast in the first half, but faded in the second, again. They finally pulled out a win in overtime, 88 to 86.
After the next two games, the WNBA will be off for a month while the London Olympics is being played.
It’s been awhile since I’ve shot a Fever game, though I have about 3 coming up over the next week or so.
I was the only “up” camera tonight, and it felt kind of lonely up there. But I had lots of room and my camera was set dead center to the court for a change, instead of being pushed off to the sides.
For a moment there, it was looking like I might not shoot at all, because I was having trouble with my Zoom Control. (The camera would not zoom in and out.) The engineer spent a good hour looking the camera over and finally replaced the old power box to the lens with a brand new one, which fixed the problem.
The Fever had a strong first half and were killing with a 20 point lead, but they still managed to lose the game in the second half, 88 to 72.
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.
The WNBA started today, so this is the first game for the Fever and I was back on High CAM.
The arena was about a 3rd empty, but a lot of kids were there for the game.