Whew…time is flying here at PEG! I can’t believe that summer is almost over and that we’re ready to move into fall. As a sports fan and since we do a lot of work in the sports world, the changing of seasons not only means different weather, but also a change in sports.
My wake-up call to this came recently when our team shot this year’s football intro video for the University of Akron. It’s always one of my favorite projects of the entire year and this year’s was no different. While we do work for teams and schools all across the country, it’s always special to get to work with the school that you graduated from. As a 2008 grad of UA, the Zips always will hold a special place in my heart. I remember growing up going to games with my friends at the Rubber Bowl. If you ever were lucky enough to attend a game there (I actually did love that place) you would realize how much of a culture shock it was when they moved into shiny, new InfoCision Stadium in 2009. Not only did it have working plumbing, but also a huge video board and all of the other modern amenities.
This year will be our fourth year producing the in-stadium video board show for the Zips and a big part of that is always the intro video. It’s pretty much the showcase element that any team has in sports.
This year we had an eight-person crew producing the shoot. Three cameras were involved and a whole lot of preparation, all leading up to a 14-hour day when we did the actual shoot. I produced, which in our world basically means that I kind of oversee everything that is going on, make sure it’s all coordinated with the right people, that our timing is right, etc.
My favorite part of the entire day though is just watching everything come together. Of the other seven people on the crew, there’s not one of them that isn’t an essential part of all that’s going on. Watching them hustle and work hard to get every shot is really something that makes me proud of our team.
This year we were lucky enough to have Dan McCormick filming the shoot, so that you could get a little behind the scenes look into what really goes on to make what ends up being about a 70 second intro video. Check out the feature below to see how a 14-hour day is condensed into seven minutes!