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ESPN: making producers shoot their own stuff, terminating some in-house cameramen.

 
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Jun 12, 2013 19:16 |  #1

ESPN just did another round of layoffs and Deadspin (yeah, it's not the NYT) is saying that ESPN released 4-5 in-house cameramen for what their tipster claims is: "Main reason they were let go was bc company made their jobs obsolete by making producers shoot their own stuff with what are called 'bureau kits.'" http://deadspin.com …-at-espn-update-512963162 (external link) (Scroll to the bottom).


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Jun 12, 2013 20:15 |  #2

Well, at least with these cutbacks ESPN can afford to pay off the $15.2 Billion deal they made with the NFL. :(


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Jun 12, 2013 20:24 |  #3

And the NFL sideline photographers will be producers shooting with iPhones.


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Jun 12, 2013 20:54 |  #4

ESPN just announced the 2013 Monday Night Football on-air talent:
Mike Tirico: Play-by-play reporter and north endzone camera operator.
Chris Berman: Play-by-play #2 reporter and sideline B camera operator.
Jon Gruden: Color commentator and sideline parabolic mic operator.
Trent Dilfer: Color commentator #2 and Skycam operator.
Lisa Salters: Sideline reporter and roving sideline steady cam operator.


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Jun 12, 2013 20:59 |  #5

Don't need a skycam, fire the sum-b*tch.. All we need is to duct tape a iPhone into the football. Whalla.. Skycam.


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Jun 13, 2013 13:38 |  #6

Most of the tech crew that works in the field and at games for ESPN are freelancers so it doesn't really impact that world with the cutbacks they have been going through.

The 5 deadly words in the world of TV - "I can live with it". That is the mentality with cutting back in house shooters. Hopefully soon they realize that the producers cannot provide the quality footage and content that the other men and women could.


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Jun 14, 2013 13:16 |  #7

gjl711 wrote in post #16025808 (external link)
Don't need a skycam, fire the sum-b*tch.. All we need is to duct tape a iPhone into the football. Whalla.. Skycam.

Ok, might want to be a little more robust in design than duct tape and an iPhone, but I could see in-game-ball cameras producing some really neat and interesting shots.


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Jun 14, 2013 14:12 |  #8

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Ok, might want to be a little more robust in design than duct tape and an iPhone, but I could see in-game-ball cameras producing some really neat and interesting shots.

Of course, if they throw a decent spiral, your gonna get dizzy as heck. :)


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Jun 14, 2013 14:40 |  #9

SFtag wrote in post #16027920 (external link)
Most of the tech crew that works in the field and at games for ESPN are freelancers so it doesn't really impact that world with the cutbacks they have been going through.

The 5 deadly words in the world of TV - "I can live with it". That is the mentality with cutting back in house shooters. Hopefully soon they realize that the producers cannot provide the quality footage and content that the other men and women could.

I used to work the the ESPN and Golf Channel productions on our local LPGA stop. As you say, very few of them were actually employees of the networks. Many of the crew that were with the ESPN production came back the next year when the Golf Channel took back the rights.




  
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Jun 14, 2013 14:53 |  #10

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Of course, if they throw a decent spiral, your gonna get dizzy as heck. :)

meh, over sample the source and auto align with a known stable point. Easy enough to turn an otherwise spinning image into a fixed one with the right equipment setup.

Easiest would be tip cams, but you could also do some cool stuff with a dense enough equatorial array. (Kind of how they did those cool shots in the Matrix by sampling from multiple cameras at high speed in different positions)

Totally possible with today's technology. Might be a few more years before we can get things suitable to build the balls in such a way that the players wouldn't want to kill us.


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Jun 15, 2013 16:31 |  #11

gonzogolf wrote in post #16031277 (external link)
I used to work the the ESPN and Golf Channel productions on our local LPGA stop. As you say, very few of them were actually employees of the networks. Many of the crew that were with the ESPN production came back the next year when the Golf Channel took back the rights.

I travel with them on NBA and NCAA football games throughout the season and I can say that I would not want to be staff. A lot of us freelancers typically have one network that is our bread and butter, then fill in the other time with others. The people I know that have their bread buttered by ESPN get to travel all over the world, make a nice chunk of change, and have fun, but the overall demeanor of the higher ups (and not even above the line) is just not right in my opinion.

Prime example: http://deadspin.com …for-free-and-no-471205365 (external link)

This is to freelancers not just staffers. Ridiculous.


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Jun 21, 2013 05:17 |  #12

Hope they dump Berman soon, "Boomer" doing US Open golf is just wrong. Comes across as way to full of himself for my taste.


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Jul 01, 2013 01:57 |  #13

gjl711 wrote in post #16031200 (external link)
Of course, if they throw a decent spiral, your gonna get dizzy as heck. :)

I will put up with queasiness until right after we see Tebow come down with his first poorly thrown pass in his new TE role...


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Jul 10, 2013 15:38 |  #14

gjl711 wrote in post #16025808 (external link)
Don't need a skycam, fire the sum-b*tch.. All we need is to duct tape a iPhone into the football. Whalla.. Skycam.

Ask and you shall recieve

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Jul 10, 2013 21:23 |  #15

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What's the image quality and resolution like on that thing? It might be interesting dropping one from space!




  
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