The past week has been kind of a blur. I mean a lot has happened and it all went by so fast. Let me start with last Thursday. I had the opportunity to have Matt Nackson work with me on an interview. I met Matt through Twitter (@MattNack) as he is a recent film school graduate and wanted to help me in filming my documentary. He had the opportunity to use his Cannon t2i as we interviewed Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone of Bayonne. Assemblyman Chiappone is also running for Mayor of Bayonne. The Assemblyman along with two other Assemblyman are sponsoring a bill before the NJ Legislature which is a “Personal Set Holder’s Bill of Rights”. The Bill comes at a time when the teams are already willing to make deals and other concessions to fans.
Saturday night was my first time seeing an indoor football game. I was at Mennen Arena in Morristown to see the New Jersey Revolution face the Reading Express. I was there to film the game and the NJ Revolutions. I acted as their “NFL Films” or “Hard Knocks” for the day. I want to show there are alternatives to the NFL. It may not be at the same peak level, but there are alternatives where the guys play just as hard. Rob Tester who is GM and majority owner of the NJ Revs has bent over backwards to have me there. I want to thank Rob and everyone at the Revs for their time and hospitality. Rob, Coach Al, Coach Chris, the team, the Rev It Up Girls, all practice hard and give the crowd what they came to see,great football action & fun family entertainment.
For the first time I was filming a football event and had to cover the entire game from so many locations. I stood in the stands, with the players, the opposing team, the cheerleaders, and anywhere else I thought I could get a prime shot. My boom operator Sixto was right behind me as johnny on the spot and was a great help. Covered them in the locker room meetings, practice, and the coaches reactions. Ton of F bombs were dropped so I guess it will be rated R for language. Definitely need a second cameraman there. Too much to cover and could use some reverse angles the next game. This is the still I am learning as I go, but it is fun learning. Will be going back on May 29th so now I know what to look for.
I will have more about the NJ Revolution in future posts. I see potential there. A lot of the players have a ton of passion and heart. A few of them can go to the UFL or a NFL tryout. Past couple of days I went over the Giants Stadium. Went to my usual spots and took pictures. Sunday was a perfect day to go, Mother’s Day, no one was there. Between today and yesterday a new section has been ripped into the side and part of the Spirals at Gate A are gone. Most of the concrete from the inside has been removed to leave a shell to tear down. Matt Nackson came with me after interviewing Assemblyman Chiappone last Thursday to take pictures. Felt good to have someone along for the ride.
Had a security guard stop me over b y Gate A today. HE recognized me from last Thursday and called one of the offices. Told me to go to the security trailer to get permission to take pictures. Even though I knew it was a waste of time I went as he was only doing his job. A worker in the trailer he sent me too said not to worry. Even the worker takes pictures inside and had no issues with me. Different would we live in today. But it is not like I am going to blow up the old stadium. Already done. Just a matter of time before the land is all one big parking lot. Just another faded memory for some.
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