Play Ball Shoot with MLB Network

May 5th, 2017

Crew West teamed up with MLB Network today at the Chicago Cubs spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona to shoot for the upcoming show: Play Ball. Sean Casey was on camera with Anthony Rizzo for the half-hour show. I found this shoot to be different than other shoots I’ve been on because we didn’t have to set up equipment a few hours prior. Instead, this was considered as a ‘laid back’ shoot. Crew West’s talented cameraman Andy Patterson was alongside a camerman from MLB while Sean was interviewing Anthony Rizzo on one of the baseball fields. Shortly thereafter, Sean stayed on the field with Rizzo while he was doing drill demonstrations for the show. While this was happening, fans were behind the gates hoping to get Anthony Rizzo’s attention. This was an exciting sight to see because we were outside all morning, fans were all around, and of course, the weather was beautiful. On top of that, I experienced one of the best photo bombs I’ve ever seen in a photo that was taken of me.
-written by ASU intern Delaney Wood

2017 Cactus League Media Day

April 6th, 2017

Heading into a new season of spring training in Arizona, the Cactus League Media Day was a whirlwind of challenges mixed with excitement at the same time. Myself, along with three crews from Crew West, teamed up with both MLB Network and ESPN at the Arizona Biltmore Resort to shoot MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaking live during the press conference. While that was occurring, two other crews were busy setting up a roundtable shoot that included five players who are attending the World Baseball Classic: Adrian Gonzalez, Francisco Lindor, Nelson Cruz, Johnathon Lucroy and Salvador Perez, all being interviewed by MLB Network’s Tom Verducci. I’ve never observed how stressful it can be to set up a shoot with six people total in one shot. With four camera bodies in a small conference room, I was impressed to see how the crews at Crew West made it work and got the job done. We all brought props to use in the background to make the shot look better than what it would have otherwise since the room came with nothing besides a blank wall. Not only did the props have to be in a certain position, it was interesting to see how each shot was angled with perfect lighting on each subject in this interview.
After debuting our shoot with these five players, we set up our one-on-one interview between Tom Verducci and general manager of the San Diego Padres, A.J. Preller. Between these two shoots that needed to be set up in a small amount of time, I learned that small and specific details truly matter along with communication with every crew member who was in that conference room. It was a great challenge to see. With 12 men in a small conference room, they all worked in perfect sync with each other and the job was done successfully!

To top all of our hard work that paid off, we had an unexpected surprise. The sandwiches we ordered at the resort were $257! Who would have known that a dozen of club sandwiches could cost that much?!

– Written by ASU intern Delaney Wood

Baseball Great Tim Raines Voted into Hall of Fame

January 19th, 2017

As I arrived at the Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Arizona, I was full of excitement because I knew that today would be an eventful day with Crew West. MLB baseball player Tim Raines was being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, so our job today was to shoot a live interview of Tim Raines for the MLB Network. I had the opportunity to understand the full particulars of this process from experienced professionals; Andy Patterson (camera), Doug Podkowsky (audio) and Mike Tomas (satellite truck). Over the course of my journalism career thus far, I’ve witnessed numerous interviews occur on camera. However, I’ve never seen what it takes to make a satellite live shot happen. The team today had an incredible work ethic to create an admirable setting with prime lighting. The camera was positioned accordingly to get the shot that was needed. As the time for the live interview got closer, we did our audio and lip-sync checks on the producer line (PL) and the IFB (interruptible foldback) line to ensure that our audio and video signals would run smoothly. Once all the checks were completed we waited for our guest to arrive. Before we knew it, Tim Raines walked in with his agent and family members. I put on my headset to listen to the producer line, and I watched the process of a live interview happen while I was “behind the scenes.” This was an experience that I will never forget.
-written by ASU intern Delaney Wood