Friday, March 26, 2010

Giants Stadium Tour = Meadowlands Stadium Tour...

Whatever the hell you want too call it, we took a tour of the new stadium last Saturday.

First thing you notice when you walk in the worker door, is that the entire stadium smells like a brand new car.. or 'new stadium smell'. This is before thousands upon thousands come to visit every football season and muck the place up ;).

Our first stop was the field. One of the cool things about it, is that you knew it was big. But oddly enough, it looks booth bigger and smaller when you are on the actual field itself. I guess it's all in the perspective. The Field was pretty much complete except for the giant hole in the middle of it, where I am guessing the NFL logo, or stadium name might be placed. You can only imagine how it would feel if 80,000 fans where either cheering you on, or booing you as you entered.

We saw the Generator room next, wich has the loudest, constant hum you've ever heard. IF the thing was poorly built, no doubt your hair would constantly stand on end due to all the electricity pumping through there.

Next stop was the locker rooms. We didn't see the Giants, but we did see the Jets and Visitors. The Jets have their name emblazoned on the ceiling. The lockers are made too look like would, but I'm not sure what the actual material is. The Floor is carpeted, but it's designed to be picked up piece by piece, should any one section get too dirty due to over use, or a muddy football field. Next to the Jets room was the Coach's Area with what looked like a full cabinet of stuff for the coach to store all his crap :).

The Visitors Coach wasn't so lucky, as we didn't see any area for him to drop his stuff. The players in that locker room will feel like they are back in high school, as it's all very, very basic. Just much larger than a normal high school locker room. They do, however, have a bunch of wide screen TV's on the wall to watch whatever pre-game coverage they choose to have on.

After that, we went to the commissioners club. I think we where told that each seat outside is about $20,000 per game. Directly outside the commissioners club are about 20 'booths' where folks can take their food and just sit and relax. This area is at a pretty good viewing level as well, with no binoc's required. Equally expensive, was the Suite area. Each one had it's own Giant TV....why that is needed when the field is directly outside, I'm not sure...and it's own sink and cabinet area. It basically looked like a mini hotel at a super expensive Super 8. The 'cheaper' suite's had the seats outside the glass door, and the more expensive one had leather looking seats inside the room itself. Pony up the extra money if you don't want to freeze to death during a December game :).

After that, was the scaffolding tour. This was one area I choose to go too, because I don't care much for heights. But the lights go all around the entire stadium, and I guess if any of them ever blew a very expensive fuse, they'd have to have a way to fix 'em easily. Little known design fact 2. The outside of the stadium is supposed to light up with colors when a touch down is had, or various events take place. Apparently when the lights inside light up, it's supposed to give the effect that the outside is all a glow. It'll be pretty cool to see if that is in fact the case and not just a rumor.

Finally, we hit the Press quarters. This is where ESPN Radio, or the Stadium announcer is. Next to the press quarters was a giant electronics hub where everything electrical in the stadium is controlled. Should something go wrong during a half time show, this is where the guy will be shitting his pants trying to fix it ;).

And that's the stadium tour in a nut shell. Hope you enjoyed the video!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our Mission and History

In 2006, I had an idea. When a local radio station mentioned they where having problems getting video online, I knew that with my computer skills and software/hardware, I could fill that job position far better than any intern, and do it far faster as well. So, we started covering their events. First the Iron Elmo Triathalon, then others. 4 years later, we are friends with everyone at the station, and have gained years experience shooting live on air events.

With that little venture completed, it's now time to see if we can expand it to other companies and venues. What we bring to the table:

A Sony XR520V Full HD Camcorder
News Quality Microphone
3 years experience shooting radio media events
An interviewer experienced at making people look good while on camera.

If say Regis and Kelly wanted to start doing a behind the scenes blog to help promote a guest or segment, we'd come in, film it, edit it on the spot, and have it on youtube, or raw footage in your producers hand ready to go. We usually have an idea of how things are to be edited, but if you have your own vision and materials, we will use those instead. IF you had a cast signing that you wanted to cover for your website, We'd be glad to cover it and interview the stars and fans while there. If you have a new broadway stage show like 'Stuffed and Unstrung', we'll cover a few plays worth so you can have a copy for your company archive.

You'll also get a copy of all raw material shot on a data disc, the edited project file done in Vegas Pro, and a Blu-Ray copy of the finished project as well.

We work for cheap, or free...but would obviously prefer a pay check in this day and age :) So if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at neilt1978@gmail.com with any questions

Hope to work with you!
Neil Vitale

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Big Joe Henry Polar Bear Plunge 2010 edition


The Big Joe Henry Polar bear Plunge is turning into an annual event. I first checked out the madness in 2007, went with an upgraded video camera to get some better footage in 2009, and now back again in 2010.

This time around, a friend wanted me to film his first time plunging into the waters, but unfortunately they wouldn't allow me on with an orange wristband. finding him in the crowd area this late in the game would be impossible, so I wound up going to the Big Joe Henry broadcast area.

The space was kind of confined. Lots of people cramped in for a great view of the action. Hence why you see some shaky shots. Unfortunetly from our vantage point, it looked like NO ONE was going into the water at all! That's why Big Joe is kind of confused, and everyone else is shouting and almost jeering the plungers for not going in!

According to stats, almost $1,000,000 was raised, with 4,000 plungers and a estimated crowd of 20,000 people. Probably half of which may have come to see the Jersey Shore house just down the block. Next year I may just interview some of the crazy folks in costumes to get their story...like the group we saw following us to the event, the Numb Nuts. Wonder how long it took to think up that name? :)