A look into a Crew West Internship

November 27th, 2019


Literally. That’s show business. Or in this case, that’s the beauty of working behind the scenes. We’re literally setting up lights. We’re setting up the perfect shot on camera. And then it’s silent- that’s the action part.

I am an intern here at Crew West. It’s obvious that we’re a camera crew. We’re the people companies call when they need help in the filming department. And it’s pretty cool.

I get to follow along on some pretty awesome shoots that even a couple of my friends and classmates are like “what is your job that you get to do all these cool things?” I can brag and feel like a hot shot for three minutes.

But as a sports fan, it’s like having the best seat in the house all the time. I can gladly say I’ve set up lights for a shoot with the NBA Hall of Fame. I laughed watching the Phoenix Mercury play games for what would be played during intermissions. I get to watch the reporters pick the brains of the Arizona Cardinals coaches and players. I laughed along with Devin Booker learning how to speak Spanish.

That’s perhaps my favorite part. I decided to work in sports media because I am a sports fan and I think it would be a cool job being around my favorite athletes to talk about sports all day long. But my favorite part is watching them become human in front of me. All growing up, we as fans put athletes, or anyone of notoriety that is, on these pedestals. But being around them, interacting with them, that pedestal slowly fades away and suddenly we’re equal.

I’m about three quarters done with my internship now and I have already learned so much. God bless Ray, Mike Thomas and Les for being so patient with me as a I ask a million questions. I now know the ‘over and under’ trick for wrapping up chords. I can say the difference between each type of light and I’m still learning the difference of when to use each.

But that’s the point of being an intern, right? Asking a million questions and learning a million and one things so when you go out in to the world, you can face of with a little bit more confidence that before you started the role?

Even some things you don’t realize you learn. I was with Les and Ray a few weeks ago filming something for ASU’s Materials from the Center of the Universe Department and at one point, while all six of the interview subjects were on the bottom level conversing, Les went up to the next level for an overhead shot.

For my next video I filmed in class, I followed suit.

I am learning how to approach camera work with a different eye for things.

I’ve become stronger in the way I tell a story through a camera.
Thank you to Mike, Ray, Michael, Cheryl, Doug, Jim and Les for showing me the ropes.

It’s been fun.


Brie the Intern.

Intern Success Story

March 18th, 2019

For the last decade Crew West has enjoyed mentoring interns from ASU. At CW interns get a chance to cover stories that interest a national audience and see how network correspondents do their job.

Johnathan Rugg (2015) has recently been hired by Crew West to do some work for ESPN. He worked camera on Spring Training games and then helped out in Las Vegas for our UFC coverage. Next up, we’re assigning him to the NFL owners meetings here in Phoenix.
Congratulations Johnathan!

Primary Election Night

September 5th, 2018

When you sit down and watch the evening news you have no idea on how much work goes into broadcasting live feeds for a less than five min hit on the network.  Last night gave me much appreciation for the people in the industry.

 Satellink West was hired this past Tuesday by NBC to broadcast Kelli Ward’s viewing party for the primary election. Ward’s viewing party was hosted at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona. Satellink West ran three fiber lines each embedded with audio and video for NBC, CNN and the POOL feed.  In addition, there were two sets of COM lines with PL & IFB for NBC and CNN.

I had no idea the amount of work it takes to uplink three signals to a satellite for the networks to broadcast.  My experience with uplink communications is very limited.  The Crew West team showed me how to run cables for our clients and talkback communications for the talent and photojournalist. I took this opportunity to learn and soak up everything.  For example, I didn’t know that the position of the Pool camera always courteously gets the middle of the press/media podium.  This is because the Pool feed gets distributed to more networks.  The sat tuck has a lot of components that make the uplink work.  Hanging out with Mike gave me a good understanding of the terminology and general understanding of how the uplink works.

This experience was humbling and makes me appreciate all the of the work done behind the camera.


– written by ASU intern Zach Vesledahl