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2013 Basketball Regional

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I don’t always look forward to the Regional basketball games because they’re usually very long days and almost always have a very early crew call.

Saturday 4am
5:45AM Crew Call - 'What the Hell am I doing here?'I hate waking up to that alarm clock sound, so when I have a very early crew call, I’ll usually fall asleep around 8pm the day before and wake up about 1 or 2am. I’ll spend the rest of my time watching programs that I’ve recorded on my DVR.

Saturday 5am
It’ll be dark driving to the TV40 station and it will be dark when I come home. Stopped off at the bank to pick up some cash and a gas station to get a sandwich and some milk. Breakfast of Champions!

Saturday 5:45am
Crew Call. The station is dark. Had to sit in my car for a few minutes waiting for someone to open the door.

Dave was suppose to Direct the 3 games that we’re shooting today, but Dave had a small stroke Thursday and is in the hospital resting. So with late notice, Shawn will be taking over.

Everybody that comes through the door, has that, “Why am I here” kind of look on their face.

Saturday 5am
Marion, IN high school gym.The drive up to Marion High School, Marion IN is about a 1 hour drive and it’s still dark all the way up. Early morning light starts to peek out just about the time we arrive.

Saturday 7am
Power To Production Truck is provided by the school, like this, or we bring our own GeneratorOnly takes about 45 minutes for us to set up. Everybody knows what to do. We’ve all done it hundreds of times, so there are no directions given by anyone. Everyone just picks a task that needs to be done, and does it.

I start with getting my camera to it’s position and then laying out my camera cable from the truck to that position. Because I usually shoot shoulder-mounted, connecting the cable and setting up my camera, takes but a few minutes.

Announcer's Headset for Play x Play, Color and Stats.I’ll then go and help somebody else who has a longer cable run or I will help audio set up the Announcers Audio Booth. The Announcer’s station has to be Faxed out, or in other words tested. Play By Play, Color and Stats need to be able to hear not only themselves and each other, but also the Production Truck.

They also need to be able to Talk Back to themselves and the Truck without going on air. Add an extra mic for interviews and a Monitor to watch the Program from the Truck.

Saturday 8am
This is were we patch in the Production Truck. Five cameras, Audio Snake and Program.We will shoot 2 games this morning and afternoon. First game is at 10am so we have sometime, to hurry up and wait. The Hospitality Room is a good place to get some donuts or fruits and drinks.

Saturday 10am
First games is FT. Wayne Northrop vs New Haven. Though I felt that Northrop was the better, stronger team, it was New Haven that came away with a last minute win.

Saturday 12noon
Second game was Kokomo vs Carmel. Kokomo has always fielded a strong team, but I don’t think anybody is going to beat Carmel. (Though I keep Hoping!) They were state winners last year and appear to be on their way to back to back Championships. And indeed, they easily beat Kokomo.

Saturday 1:30pm
Moe's Southwest Grill. A Mexican Restaurant.The next game isn’t until 8pm this evening, so we have a lot of time to kill. Thankfully, we get pay for just sitting around. But first, it’s off to lunch at Moe’s Southwest Grill. Mexican.

Saturday 3pm
A nice long lunch and we still have 5 hours to kill. What to do? Well some of us read a book or newspaper, other go off and find a cubbyhole to sleep in. Or some like me watch a group of crew members play a round of H-O-R-S-E.

H-O-R-S-E. You shoot baskets and if you make the basket, the next person has to make it the same way or type of shot as you did. If not he gets an H and so on.What is H-O-R-S-E? Well, if you don’t know, it’s a game where you shoot baskets and if you make the basket, the next person has to make it the same way or type of shot as you did. If not he gets an H and so on. The first person to spell H O R S E is out.

They must have played that game for 2 hours or more. I stopped watching and started reading my paperback book. I always have one with me, for times just like this!

Saturday 8pm
Tonight’s Final Regional game of Carmel vs New Haven will be televised Live.
I wish that I had gotten a picture of the Satellite Truck, but I forgot all about it. Damn!

Saturday 9:30pm
Production Truck Engineering & ReplayYeah, Carmel won again. There was hope there for a few minutes when New Haven took the lead in the 4 quarter. But Carmel is just to good.

I was shooting under the basket on the north end of the gym and the Carmel cheering section was seated right behind me. That cheering section is the 6th man on the field. They’re loud and animated with lots of slogans, chants, sound effects and name callings. Other schools have student fan sections, but nothing like what Carmel has. They are very organized and practice, and effective!

Saturday 10:15pm
On are way back to the station. Because of the short cable runs, striking went real quick. I drove the crew van back to the station.

Saturday 11pm
It’s been a very long 17 hour day. Sign out, say Good-bye, get into your car and go home. I got to the house around 11:45pm.

Hall of Fame 2012

  • 2012-1229

The annual Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Classic games
are once again upon us, though this years it’s being called City
Securities Hall of Fame Classic.

Two days of nothing but basketball with some of the best High School teams in the state. The game is hosted at the world’s largest high school fieldhouse, (New Castle, IN – capacity 9,325).

But wait a minute!
We just had a Huge Snowstorm that started Wednesday night and continued on Thursday morning, so Thursday’s games have been called off. The four games that we were suppose to shoot today, have now been added to Friday.

That’s shooting EIGHT games in one day.
Eight games in one day!
It’s tough shooting two games back to back, but shooting eight games, one right after another? Tomorrow is going to be a real back breaker.

Day 1:Thursday Dec 27th
Hall of Fame Setup with David and Jeff having some fun.Crew Call was for 3:30pm in New Castle, IN. We first ate lunch at Stacks (a local restaurant) and
then we Set Up our equipment at the New Castle HS around 5pm.

We finished setup around 8pm and then went and checked into our hotel. I will be rooming with Robert Lewis, who I also drove up to New Castle. Around 9pm, most of the crew went bowling, a tradition that this crew does every year at the Hall of Fame.

I stayed in the hotel room to get some rest.

By the way, it’s called the Hall of Fame Classic because the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame building is right next door to the gym. Their one of the sponsors of the games.

Day 2: Friday Dec 28th
Hall of Fame Game #6 with Cameraman Ian (in chair) relaxing during pre-game practices. The 6th game was my game off.Woke up at 5:45am.
Another tradition is that the crew always has breakfast at Stacks and this time I
think that I ordered more then I could chew.
I was stuffed!

Crew Call was for 7:30am.
We faxed cameras and everybody bitched about how much they were not looking forward to doing this. But do it we did, starting with the first game at 9am.

There were 3 down cameraman Ian Webb, Rick Klemczewski and myself. The 3 of us rotated the 2 down camera positions, so that it was basically 2 games on, 1 game off. Rick got the short end of the stick, he had to shoot 6 games while Ian and I only shot 5.
We pulled rank over him!

But even with your time off, you were still pulling cable for the Opening Standup or filling in another position to give that operator some, Me time. So, no matter how you look at it, it was a long day for everybody.

The last game finished about 10:30pm and we were out of there by 11:30pm.

Indy Legacy 2012

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This basketball shoot came about very suddenly, I only had a couple of days notice that I was shooting it and I probably wouldn’t have mentioned the games on this blog if not for one unusual reason.

Arsenal Tech GymThe Legacy High School Basketball Showcase is a full day of basketball showcasing some of Indiana’s best players to college scouts. Ten teams and 5 games.

I got in early Saturday morning to set up the production truck. It only took about and hour and a half. TV40 will show all 5 games. The first 4 games will be webcast only and the last game will be televised.

I didn’t have to stay for the webcast games, so after setting up cameras, I left around 11:30am. They left a single cameraman and engineer to cover the 4 games. That’s a lot of games for one cameraman to shoot but they found somebody to do it.

Just as long as it isn’t me.

I got back to Arsenal Tech Gym about 6pm to shoot the last, 5th game. That’s when I found out who the Announcing Talent had been all day for the webcast games.

Legacy High School Basketball Showcase Announcer Talent. L to R: Dennis Kasey (Color), Keith Passon (Play-By-Play) and Tim Bourff (Stats)Dennis Kasey and Keith Passon!

Dennis is a Account Executive with WHMB-TV, who also produces all of TV40’s sports events. He is an wealth of sport knowledge.

But Keith Passon! Keith is WHMB’s General Manager. I never expected to see him behind the mic calling the Play-by-Play for games.
But there he was.
I had to get a picture!

The final game was between Chicago Curie vs Arsenal Tech. Tech won easily with Trey Lyles putting on a showcase for the college scouts.

I think that we will be seeing more of Trey on the college level.

Carmel vs North Central

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Shot a basketball game for TV40 at my old high school Alma mater, North Central. I’ve shot many games there before, both basketball and football, but this is the first time that I have shot a game there on my birthday.

North Central lost to Camel 50-49I’ve gotten a number of birthday calls and greets over the phone, email and Facebook. I think that as I get older I would just sooner not be reminded about the date, but I guess that in the end, it’s always nice that a few people remember.

And North Central lost to their hated rival Camel 50-49. All North Central had to do was hang on to the ball for 19 seconds to win and they couldn’t do!

Inside Indy December

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Had a 11:30am Crew Call to shoot 4 shows of “Inside Indy”.

The set was pretty much already setup by the time that I got there. All that had to be done was to While Balance the cameras.

Inside Indy SetThe Guest arrived at Noon and we shoot the first show at 12:15pm. Each show runs a Half an Hour, one show per week, and we always shoot 3 or 4 for the whole month.

There was a big Guest gap between 1p and 3:15p. Most of the crew took the time to get some lunch. I had eaten before I got to the station so I just hang around the station and had a dupe made of the Archbishop of Indianapolis Installment DVD that we shot Monday.

Show topics for this month were Girl Scouts/Public Library, Ex-Offenders, Downtown Living, and Health & Fitness. We shot the last two shows late afternoon and finished about 5:15p.

Archbishop of Indianapolis Installment

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Archbishop Joseph Tobin was installed as the sixth archbishop of the Indianapolis diocese. TV40 shot the event, live, today at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral. TV40 also web-streamed the event.

Camera 1 PositionCrew Call was 8 am at the church. It didn’t take us long to setup everything. Two cameras on the balcony and 1 camera on each side of the sanctuary. Audio tapped into their PA system and they also put mics on the choir.

Jeff directed.

We ate lunch around noon and the event started at 2 pm and lasted about 2 hours.

SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral from the balcony.The only problem that we had was that the Satellite Truck’s generator shut down just minutes before the ceremony began, and of course, without any power to the Satellite Truck, there would be no broadcasting of this event. But Engineering jumped all over it, and I believe tapped power from the Production Truck to get the Satellite Truck back up and running.

We had everything broken down and out of there by 5pm.

Central Catholic @ West Lafayette

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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.

Full Circle

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textGot a message early this morning asking if I was available to shoot this afternoon.

I said that I was and so I unexpectedly spent the afternoon shooting Full Circle at the TV40 studios.

We only shot two shows.

The first one was with some audiologist and the second one was with Carey Lykins, President & Chief Executive Officer of Indianapolis’s Citizens Energy Group.

Inside Indy/Football

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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

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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.

Chatard @ Roncalli

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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.