Brad Norman, D2 Remote Engineer, on how he spent the winter of 2014/15 – in his own words:
Over the past 15 weeks, Genesis and I found our way across a big chunk of the northeastern United States – from Dayton, OH and Richmond, VA to Amherst, MA. D2 was brought in by Kitay Productions for the Atlantic 10 basketball package, covering 23 games in 10 different cities. Led by Joel Kitay, his staff of Steve Shaw (TD) and Scott Zolotorow (Stats/Graphics-Assist) were pivotal in the success of these telecasts.
Small Truck, Big Capabilities.
We’ve heard it all before. Like “Where’s the weed whackers?” or “Who brought the horse trailer?” But at the end of the day, freelancers were coming up to me saying “You know what, you guys built a hell of a truck in this small body.”
And we thank you for that.
It certainly helps to work alongside such talented individuals, many of whom became regulars on these shows. A professional crew makes all the difference. Video ops made the Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras look great. The graphics department utilized the NBC look for the Chyron / Bug and with Tom Bowles masterfully running Lyric, and Scott’s insane knowledge of players’ and teams’ stories and stats, the shows were very graphics heavy – an impressive feat for 2 people. TD Steve used all but 1 of the 8 M/Es of the Newtek Tricaster 8000. He says “I used 7. 1 – switch game action. 2 – flare to full screens. 3 – replays. 4 – split screen. 5 – double box. 6 – rollout window. 8 – cam 1 with DVE’d clocks for refs.” The audio department relied on the 8 auxes, 8 groups, and the matrix capabilities of the Soundcraft GB8 and utilized all 18 ports of the Zeus intercom system. And Joel managed the entire broadcast as Director, Producer, and AD, calling the show and coordinating with networks and affiliates all at once.
New Schools, New Magnets
I collect 2 things from my life on the road; a credential from every show, and a magnet from each new school I work at. It’s like my “mini-resume” on my kitchen fridge. I’m happy to say I added 8 new magnets on this package.
I also saw some pretty cool arenas. Dayton, college hoops capital of the US has hosted more NCAA tournament games than any other venue. They also hang their camera platform from the rafters, much like a spotlight catwalk at a concert. Note to shooters: if you’re afraid of heights, do NOT offer to run game or tight in Dayton.
I made it to Pittsburgh for my first time and had a great meal. I’d love to see more of that city. Fordham in the Bronx is the oldest college basketball arena in the country. And for the 1st round of playoffs, we were at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY. The truck goes down a gigantic elevator, pulls out underground onto a turntable, and spins to face the correct bay. It was pretty wild!
So to everyone who participated in this year’s A10 telecasts, a HUGE thank you. We truly look forward to working with each and every one of you again down the road. Safe travels. This is your Genesis engineer / driver / truck washer / meteorologist / travel logistics expert signing off…