Shooting the Findlay team in Baltimore for the ESPN Rise Tournament was the most fun I had had all season. It was a lot of hard work, but it was fun work. Does that make sense? Like I really enjoyed the rush of shooting in the locker room, and then running to the media room to record the press conference. Maybe that’s just a sign that I need help..ha ha.
I arrived in Maryland kinda behind with the team already in the second round. It would have had a problem if they had lost..ha ha. I remember getting my press pass and thinking, “I gotta shoot this better than last year.” Looking back on that episode from Season One, I feel I really missed a lot of great moments. Especially on the court after the game was over. Plus I don’t think I captured enough video to set the mood for what the Pilots had accomplished. This year I did much better because, ha… I essentially tried to shoot everything. I even spent an entire morning trying to get b-roll footage of the area around Baltimore (something I didn’t but wished I had done in Rockvillle, MD last year). Funny, my b-roll footage of Baltimore was much different than what ESPN got.
Speaking of the “mothership“, while I had access to their footage, I didn’t use a lot of it (there will be a few seconds in Episode #15). Other than that all the on court footage you see is my own. A lot of other stuff I shot I plan on compiling in a deleted scenes clip (similar to last year).
Just know that episodes #14 and #15 deal with the Findlay Prep PIlots winning their second NHSI Championship in a row. Also note that Episode #16 will be the last clip of The Season.