With football season in full swing, I’ve been getting some great opportunities to shoot some cool interviews with NFL players from all over. This time I had to make the trek to Cleveland, Ohio for Fox Sports to interview Brian Hoyer the quarterback for the Browns. I arrived at the Browns training facility near the Cleveland airport and met up with the DP Matt who also works out of Chicago. Together we set to work lighting a two-camera sit-down inside the field house.
Since it was such a large space we chose to light using silks and several HMIs. We keyed with a 400 Joker hitting an 8×8 frame silk. We used a reflector on a smaller frame to bounce the key back as our fill light. In the background I hit the field and the far wall with my two 400 HMIs, while Matt used a huge 1600 Joker to spot the midfield logo. Since we used HMIs to light both the subjects and the background we were able to match the shots pretty well and get a very natural feel. The big lights also helped light up a very large, dark space. I shot on the F3 and Matt on the F55 and we both used nice cinema prime lenses.
We got about 30 minutes with Brian Hoyer and then we wrapped up and headed to a nearby TV station to feed the footage back to Fox. Talk about a quick turn around, the interview we shot was slated to air that same night! In the end all went well and you can see the results of our efforts here: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/video/brian-hoyer-cleveland-br
It’s always fun getting to work with some of the other Go To Team crews and getting to share ideas and expertise. I had the chance to work with with our crews all the way from Miami and Charleston on a feature in Madison, Wisconsin as well as our D.C. crew and Nashville crew in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Our Madison shoot featured a 3 camera sit down interview with the University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bo Ryan. We shot entirely on the Sony F55 with Canon lenses and used our MYT slider for the wide shot. We set up in the weight room and took advantage of the UW logos on a lot of the exercise equipment as nice background elements. Charleston DP Dave Baker was A Cam and he set to work lighting our background and framing up the tight shots. Miami DP Juan Lopez, meanwhile, set to work on his slider shot while I focused on lighting our subjects. We interviewed Bo for 20 minutes and then Dave and I captured B-Roll of the interior of the arena while Juan got some nice exteriors. We packed up, grabbed some deep-fried cheese curds, and I headed back home to Chicago!
My next assignment for Fox was to head to Cincinnati, Ohio to work with Nashville DP Craig Goodale and D.C. DP Ryan Ricker on an interview with Andy Dalton and Donovan McKnabb. This time we also shot on the Sony F55 but also recorded to a Pix 240 to provide the client with Apple Pro Res. The interview and B-Roll we shot on that Thursday was going to air the following Friday night following playoff baseball on Fox Sports One!
Our setup in one of the Bengals locker rooms was pretty elaborate and included bringing in some aluminum siding to create a nice reflective background that could be positioned and lit however we chose. Once again we were using the MYT slider for the third camera on the wide shot and chose to hang some lights from the ceiling in order to keep them clear of the wide shot. Donovan McKnabb sat down with Andy Dalton for about 15-20 minutes and then we shot some hero shots with Andy before he headed to practice. Craig and I stayed behind to shoot B-Roll of Andy and A.J. Green warming up at practice. We then shipped the footage off to Los Angeles where it was edited and ready for TV the next night!
In today’s media environment it’s important that news organizations actively seek out audience, and with its 40 million registered users, Vine is a social media platform worth considering.
But who is using it well and what can journalists learn from their experience? The Reynolds Journalism Institute produced a video case study on Mashable’s use of Vine. Some of the takeaways include:
Use Vine promotionally. At Mashable, the bulk of the Vines produced are intended to promote content. These “teases” work particularly well for highly visual stories.
Vine can work for breaking news as Mashable’s Ashley Codiani found during coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. She captured snapshots of the demonstrators and edited them together for a :06 view of the intensity of the situation.
Mashable has also used Vine to promote engagement by creating “community challenges.” The create a unique hashtag and then ask for the Vine community to contribute riffs on a theme, such as one asking people to document the world in slow motion. Mashable has also had success in generating revenue by attaching sponsors to the challenges.
The second half of the video explores the Washington Post’s politics team and their use of SnapChat for engaging audience.
Fox Sports brought GTT crews from Nashville, D.C. & Chicago to Cincinnati for an interview with Bengals QB Andy Dalton! The two-person interview required set assembly, three cameras, audio and grip.
The team shot on Sony PMW–F55 cameras, each equipped with its own Sound Devices Pix 240 external recording device (so as to capture the footage in the Apple Pro Res 422 codec), with one camera on a slider. Stadium scenics and practice footage were captured as well.
The piece was turned around in 24 hours, and aired immediately following post–season baseball!
Since launching the Miami/Florida Market for Go To Team I have been all over the state and Midwest covering some exciting shoots but I hadn’t shot anything in Miami until this day! It was Media Day at the American Airlines Arena. You put Media Day with the Miami Heat coupled with Disney on Ice at the same venue, well that just calls for a recipe of traffic fun. I anticipated that getting into the stadium would be a nightmare and much to my surprise it was fairly smooth. The call time was 10:00am and as usual I got there early. I loaded up my cart with gear ready to get to my location when security stops me. Then has me go around in a circle pushing my heavy cart because the Media Entrance was being blocked by Disney on Ice! I bumped into my sound guy and we met up with the producer who was able to steer us in the right direction. When then begin to set up for an interview with the Head Coach of the Miami Heat, Erik Spoelstra!
The interview was short and sweet. What stuck out about Coach Spoelstra’s interview was when he spoke about the love that the Filipino people have for the game of basketball. It’s there number one pass time!
He would go on to talk about how everyone plays basketball there on every level young and old alike. The interview was shot on a Sony F55 which has quickly become one of my favorite cameras to shoot on for it’s user friendly operation. The look I wanted to achieve was a natural one so I chose to go with daylight bulbs in my Kino Diva’s. I also wanted to the background to go out of focus so I needed a shallow depth of field with I achieved with my canon 70-200mm lens and seated the subject as far from the background and the camera as I could with out having the producer shouting the questions to him nor having the producer’s head in my shot. I wanted to keep Coach’s eye line toward the camera so it was important to have the producer close to me.