On Wednesday April 25th at 5:00pm Andrew worked the baseball game. Jeffrey assigned him to the audio room to control the ambient sound,announcers’ headphones, and the black storm. He had to listen in on what Jeffrey wanted him to either turn up or down. He could only speak through the headsets if anyone in the trailer needed something.He had to mute everything when commercial was about to start and to unmut everything when the game was about to come back on by listening to the count down. Also, he had to watch the levels to make sure that they did not turn red, which indicated that it was too loud. They had to remain in the yellow indicator that showed everything sounded normal. All the sounds had to be mix together in order for the meter to take in the sound properly. After the game ended he had to stop the taps from recording. Some of the things that Andrew wished that he could have learned was being able to learn the different color switches that helped control each sound effects.Also, he wished that he could have taken a break from the audio for at least an hour and been behind one of the cameras during the game.
On Sunday April 23rd at 9:00am Andrew was assigned to work the Beach volleyball game. For the Women’s Volleyball game Jeffrey assigned him to operate the hitachi camera. The hitachi camera that he is use to using for the basketball games had a different view finder that involves looking with one eye where the red, yellow, and green lights were shown. He had to hold the camera on his shoulder during the whole games with a pare of headsets on his head for any information on what to do.Inorder to communicate with the crew in the trailer, Andrew had to set down the camera an turn on the switch on the back. While recording, he had to focus on getting the athletes performing by zooming in and out and turning his body from left to right. He made sure to keep each stetson athlete playing in a frame from head to knees and got quick shots of them hitting the ball near the net. He had to make sure that his focus was adjusted properly inorded to not have any blurness on the screen. After each game, Andrew had to move the camera over to the commentators before the next round of Beach Volleyball. What’s more, he was assigned as flag coordinator which involved holding the red flag up to indicate that the game has not started and to put it down to let the coach know that the game can begin.
On Monday March 6th at 4:00pm me and Jacob was assigned to film the Stetson Women’s Lacrosse game using two different cameras. Before the game started David showed me how to use the camera for the lacrosse in his office. I learned that the gain switch is like the ISO for making sure that too much sunlight is not hitting the image sensor, so it needed to stay on low. The IRIS is like the aperture to decide if you want the camera to have more or less blur. Also there is a filter that is like sunglasses for the lens, but I had to keep it off. Before the game started I made sure to film the athletes walking to the field and them warming up.I moved on to the other side of the field while they were still warming up and not them stretching. When the game got started I made sure to get the hatters being introduced one at a time near the announcers. After the game started, I turned the camera on whoever had the ball while zoomed on the players. I made sure to zoom in on any of the Stetson Hatters that scored a goal and then zoomed out. As soon as night fall came, I seemed to have found things easier to capture whoever had the ball on camera because during the afternoon it was a little hard to find whoever had the ball. However, some of the things I wished for was that the cameras were both fully charged before I went to pick them up. Also, during the second half of the game one of the cameras immediately stopped filming because the media was too full and I could not go over to Jacob for assistance because the game was playing and I did not want to risk getting in the athletes way by going around the field.
On February 26th at 12pm I was assigned to shadow Paul for the Women’s lacrosse game. Some of the things that caught me by suppressed was that we were not using the live cameras for the game like at the basketball tournament. It was focused more on filming the women’s team playing against the University of Southern California and the Stetson Women’s lacrosse team. we used one regular cam corder and a bigger camera called the black widow that was a little more complicated. For the start of the game Paul let me film the whole game across the field. Wherever the ball was at, I had to capture the action of the game. I made sure to zoom in on the players from a far distance away including on the players for the Stetson hatters that scored goals. Also, I made sure to capture the Hatters that were being introduced before the start of the game. It was a little challenging for me to keep up with whoever had the ball because it was so small from a distance on camera. I thought it was interesting to be able to use different cameras for other games because it seemed to give me more experience with filming. However, one of the things I wished was that someone was there to teach me and Paul how to use the bigger camera, which would have help make things easier. W could not figure out how to prevent the camera from looking so grainy and I could not find how to adjust the aperture or the shutter speed.
Today at 1:00pm February 11th at the women’s basketball game, Jeffrey Taylor assigned me to audio assistant. I learned what a pre recording and a live recording game works. Prerecording is to do a test run, which means the replay 2 and then the microphones from the commentary. However, if it’s a live game than the microphones come on and the ambient sound. The records have to be on before the game starts and then stoped when the game ends. Also, the black storm is to adjust the sound.One of the things I wish that I could have did was turn on both the microphones and ambient when the camera was on the commentary.
At 4:00pm after the women’s basketball game ended I was assigned back to the floor camera near the basketball court for the men’s basketball game. I kept using the camera to zoom and move the camera to any of the basketball players about to take a free shot, or on references that make a call. I moved the camera into the crowds or on the score board during commercial break. The bubble level on the camera is to make sure the frames stay even in place instead of being crocked. However, one of the things I need to work on is zooming the camera more into the basketball players that scored a basket.
For audio you are told to control the sound and listen to orders. Ambiance, music, and microphone.
The commentary could say that they want the volume for the microphone turned up or lowered.
On Monday January 23rd at 7:00pm during the Stetson Women’s basketball game where the Hatters vs NJIT. Jeffrey Taylor decided to put me back on the same camera and continue what I did during last Saturday’s game after doing a good job last week. I enjoyed following whoever had the ball in their hands and keeping up with the referees that made calls on the opposite teams. I learned when the game goes into commercial it is important for me to move the camera around to find something interesting before the game comes back on. Even though I was happy to be back behind the same camera for the Women’s basketball game, I wished that I could have used the bird’s eye view camera where it follows whoever has the ball so that I can get more experience behind a different camera and its responsibility during the game. One of the things I need to work on is move the camera closer to the side of the basketball court in front of me so that I can zoom on one of the players getting ready to do a free shot Also, one of the employees showed me how to take the camera apart starting from the top by turning the locks that holds it together and then nicely removing it off the quick release plate. After that the moving stand that holds the camera had to be taken apart and placed in the case as well.
On January 21st at 1:00pm during the Women’s basket ball and Men’s basketball game at 7:00pm, Jeffrey Taylor finally assigned me to use one of the video cameras near the floor for the second half of the games. I was moving the camera left, right, and up to follow whoever had the ball and that tried to shoot it int the basket. I had to aim the camera at the referee that blow his or her whistle for making a call. I had to point the camera at the opposite team that made shots in the basket because they were coming towards me from a distance. Whenever the players were going to make a foul shot I had to immediately move over to the one that was about to shoot the ball, but I had to keep him or her in a complete whole frame before the red light came on. Also, whenever the players moved away from me I had to zoom in a little to get the other basketball court farther away while keeping the scoreboard in the same frame. Even though I did a good job at using the camera instead of always watching someone else perform it, I wished that I could have used the camera for both half times instead of waiting until the second half for my turn because I would have been more use to using it than right now.
On Thursday night January 19th 6:50pm at the Men’s Basketball game where the Hatters vs NJIT, Jeffrey Taylor assigned me to site near the Time out coordinator during the whole game to watch how he performs his job before and during the game. I thought it was a good experience because I got to understand the position of controlling the game with the cameras, and monitor. The Time out coordinator is responsible for when the game starts, and to communicate with the crew in the trailer to playback videos for the referee to see, and keep up with the amount of time out on the game board. Also, the game can’t begin unless the Time coordinator sites down but when he or she is standing up then the game cannot begin. I was also told to keep track of how many time outs are called and to write them down. However, I wished that I could have heard everything the coordinator was trying to tell me during the game, but it was too loud. Also, after the referee turned the monitor in order to see a playback during the game, I wished that I could have seen what was pointed out on the screen and heard what he and the coordinator was talking about.
On Sunday evening at 1pm during the Men’s Basketball Game Jeff Taylor assigned me to watch how the camera men controlled the cameras for the entire game from a bird’s eye view. There were two different cameras for the basketball game. I thought it was a good experience because I got a chance to learn how video cameras are used before and after the games. I watched the first camera man with the smallest camera, which was mainly focused on whoever had the basketball and to zoom slightly in and out. He also had to slowly move the camera from left to right so that the audience at home watching on TV could see what is happening. Even though I was told to watch and learn from the first camera man I decided to learn from the second camera guy. His camera was a lot bigger and different than the other one and the tasks were a lot different. He had to zoom in and out a lot, move the camera quickly on the players and whoever had the ball in their hand. Also, he had to make sure that the aperture was not blurry when zooming in or out of the audience during commercial break. While I was observing both camera men, I began to ask questions about video cameras that relates to photography cameras like how to control the depth of field and how to capture the players moving quickly without a slow shutter speed. I wish that I could have learned how they set up the cameras before using them and how to turn them off.