Football

2012 Big 10 Football Championship

  • 2012-1129

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

  • 2012-1012

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

  • 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!

Camel @ Lawrence North

  • 2012-0914

Carmel 63 to Lawrence North 0

To say that this football game was a blow-out, would have been an understatement.

Part of the crew eating dinner at Lawrence North High SchoolEven during dinner, everyone was guessing just how bad the game was going to get, and why are we shooting this game anyway.

The score could have been a lot higher, but Camel started taking a knee to keep from running up the score on Lawrence North.

Even the Refs during the 2nd half, ran the clock continuously in order to end the game quicker.

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.

Chatard @ Roncalli

  • 2012-0901

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

  • 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.