Another last second shot from Sue Bird for the win. Got a great shot this time with Katie Smith's inbound pass happening right in front of me. I'm pretty sure I was inside the lines at :20 (in the video) when the Conn player shot her last ditch effort shot, but hey, I got my shot and the refs didn't say anything to me!
We're finally getting close to releasing the 2010 Seattle Storm Highlight DVD, which Storm fans have been bugging me about all off-season. Players watched it last week and apparently it went over well. The goal was to make something as memorable as the My Oh My video was for so many Mariners fans in 1995, and I really couldn't be happier with how it turned out. If you want a copy, you have to buy season tickets!
We Won! I spent the day yesterday editing videos for our Victory Celebration at KeyArena. The whole day was kind of a surreal experience. I spent all day slogging through the videos ... I had to put together 3 videos to ReCap the entire season, and I had one afternoon to do it. Towards the end it was definitely feeling like a chore. Honestly, I just wanted to get the day over with so I could get some rest after weeks of non-stop work.
I got to KeyArena, loaded the videos, and then walked outside and was (for some reason) surprised to see the sea of people waiting in the rain for the parade and celebration. After spending the day in the nearly empty Storm office with a couple of stressed out and hung over Storm staffers, it was just such a sudden shift to all of a sudden be surrounded by a mob of excited fans. I don't know how many people were at the parade, but we estimated there were around 5,000 in the arena for the celebration afterwards. Watching those videos with the players & fans in KeyArena, and having it capped off with a huge confetti drop was one of the best moments of my professional life thus far. By the time it was over I was completely energized and could've kept going for hours, which I did, at the after parties.
I also found out (after the fact) that the videos were being broadcast live on Northwest Cable News, along with the rest of the ceremony. So the trend continues... where the videos I spend the least amount of time on get the most attention! Here's their broadcast... which is really just a straight feed of what we had showing live on the jumbotron.
The Storm are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Storm were undefeated at home this season, 17-0, and are heading into the playoffs as the best team in the league!
For me, this means we shift from making happy, fun for the whole family type videos, to intense/ battle/ we're going to kill you type videos . Here's our Playoff TV Spot... which really isn't as intense as I'd like it to be, but that was the best music I could find at the time.
and the Stanky Legg, which I wrote about when it first debuted... has taken on a life of it's own (well that's what they like to say at least... in reality we did a lot of work to give it it's 'life!'). Here's a segment Q13 did on it last night.
This season we've got three bobblehead giveaway nights for the Storm so we made some video skits to promote them. We shot these all on Media Day, so they were all incredibly rushed shoots, and I was basically working out the scripts as we were shooting (not something I'd recommend doing!) but miraculously they all turned out pretty good. Here they are, in order...
SUE BIRD - The Bobbleheads Are Here.
SWIN CASH - Don't be Fan 4001.
LAUREN JACKSON - Collect All 3
I love this picture. Coach Agler is talking, but look where everyone's eyes are! The video will be up in a couple days, I'll embed it here once it's up.
UPDATE - Here's the video... it's weird how a video that I thought was going to be boring when I shot it, and I hardly spent any time on editing gets more attention than anything I've done all season!
We haven't had opening night yet (May 16th!) but work for Storm season 2010 is definitely in full swing. I've been doing pretty much a shoot per day for the past week, including Media Day on Monday. Media Day is the day when we get all the players in one by one to shoot everything we're going to need from them for the ENTIRE SEASON's worth of videos, so it's a pretty chaotic day. Here's a pic of me with my EX-1 on a rented jib arm from the Storm's Photo Gallery. I planned to use my ipad as a teleprompter (using the ProPrompter app) but we couldn't get it all organized and loaded in time so we had to stick with old school cue cards. There's also a behind the scenes video.
I produced a TV Spot which played during the Women's Final Four tournament, and then a whole new one which debuted at the Mariners game on Tuesday, and should start showing up on TV next week. These are my first TV Spots, and man - those 30 seconds fills up quick, I used every single one of 'em! I'll embed it here once it's up.
I also had a fun shoot on Tuesday, following Swin Cash behind the scenes when she went to throw out the first pitch at the Mariners game. Some pics below of me and my giant camera backpack (Kata HB207), which now that I have I don't know how I ever lived without, it makes it so easy to take my camera with me anywhere.
Also had a good but soggy shoot in Issaquah when The Storm staff went out and helped build a house for Habitat For Humanity. It was a struggle keeping the camera & lens dry, but I don't think I'd use it enough to invest in some kind of camera cover...