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WNBA Finals 2012

  • October 21, 2012

My Game CAMI shot 3 games this weekend.

On Friday I shot a High School Sectional 1st Round game, Zionsville vs Brownsburg.

The underdog Zionsville won.

Yesterday, Saturday night, I shot the Pacers last preseason game, Pacers vs. Grizzlies.

The Pacers won that too.

But tonight, after so many years of shooting, I finally shot my first Pro Championship game. Fever vs. Lynx, WNBA Game 4 of best out of 5 series with the Fever leading 2 games to 1.

A 30 second time-out.Though you could feel the tension in the air, I tried to shoot this game just like any other. But with more cameras, more people, more Indian Chiefs watching everything that we do, maintaining a calm mind set could be hard to do.

Try and forget all of that and just shoot the game. Make sure that you follow your shot list, and try not to blow it by making a mistake!

Well, I didn’t make any mistakes!
I rather enjoyed the game.
It was, Fun To Do!

The Fever have Won. The awards ceremony is over with, and it's now time for me to break this camera down and go home.Things did start to get a little tight toward the end when it became apparent that the Fever were going to win the WNBA Championship. The shot calls from the director were coming a lot faster and the tension went up 10 fold.

The feeling was…

“We only got one shot at this, so get it right!”

With all the shouting, crying, hugging, jubilation, interviews, awards ceremony and crowd shots, there was plenty to shoot. Just get a good shot, wait for the director’s call, then quickly find your next moment.

After the game was over with, I had to break my camera down to get it back to the studio, before I could leave.

The email that I got from the Director read:

Gang!
Great game last night!

I didn’t get the chance to say thanks to everyone last night, with all the craziness happening,  but SUPER THANKS again for the hard work.  Everyone in the arena, fans and staff, all noticed.  We ALL got lots of praise for the show.

WE KICKED A@#! ~ Chris


It’s always good to know that you did good!

Fever vs Mercury

  • September 9, 2012

Temporary control room set up in a corner of the studio.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.

A new control room being constructed.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.

Fever vs Sky

  • September 1, 2012

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.

Fever vs Sparks

  • July 12, 2012

ESPN Shot Sheet of playersWell, 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.

ESPN Camera InstructionsOnce again the Fever faded in the 2nd half and this time losing to the Sparks 77 to 74.

Fever vs Liberty

  • July 10, 2012

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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Fever vs Sky

  • July 7, 2012
The Control Room just after the cameraman's meeting

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.

Fever vs Silver Stars

  • July 5, 2012
Game Cam with swivel chair

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.

The new Power Box to the lens.

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.

Fever vs Sun

  • June 21, 2012

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.

Fever vs San Antonio

  • May 9, 2012

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.

Fever won!