UMBC Student Produced Broadcasts on ESPN3

UMBC Student Produced Broadcasts on ESPN3


– UMBC Athletics had a major endeavor to go through this winter
with basketball season and being involved with
the ESPN Three initiative. It was a major part of our goal to get our students and young alumni
involved in these productions. As we have reflected on our first season, it was an absolutely
tremendous experience for those students and young alumni that had hands-on experience working off so many functions within the production team. They had a wonderful
experience and we’ll hear from some of them about
those great experiences. – This has been a great experience overall working with the UMBC students
and staff, as well as VPC. It’s really helped me
figure out my career goals, just kind of shape up
more of the technical experience to go along with
what I’m learning in my courses. I started out as utility
and worked my way up, listened to some of the engineers, learned some stuff along the way, and I was able to mix a full
ESPN game from start to finish, and it’s been a lot of fun. – Working alongside ESPN
Three and VPC at UMBC has been a great experience
for me because I got to work with some professional
people that work in the sports production field and it
really gave me a good insight of what I want to do with my future. – This past fall, I’d taken
an intercultural media production class and through
that I found out about the opportunity to work with ESPN, who had partnered with
the athletic department. I’d started as a utility,
wrapping cable and kind of learning the ins and outs of production that is behind basketball game. And just about two or three weeks ago, I got on a shoulder-mounted camera and I’m really getting
some amazing experience, and after graduation, I feel
more confident with this experience under my belt because
I’ve definitely networked with the professionals that
are in the Baltimore area. – The ESPN Three broadcast
initiative has been a wonderful project here. It’s been an engagement
of students, young alum professionals, and UMBC staff, and it has been a terrific collaboration. We have two measuring
sticks of the success. First, ESPN themselves
have said the broadcasts have looked spectacular to
the point that they can’t necessarily tell the difference
between these broadcasts and ones that are completely
run by professionals. But the true test and the true
measuring stick is how many students are engaged and involved. Early in the season it was
run more by professionals, but now out of a crew of
twenty-four, fourteen students are running the broadcasts,
to the point that on the game on February 15th, a student
actually produced the game. We have an audio engineer who
is a student, an undergrad who has been mixing for
seven straight games now. A number of our camera
operators, our replay operator, our talent stats — all student based, and I have to tell you,
the professionals from our team are having just as
much fun as the students. I think the future is very
bright, not only for basketball next season, but certainly
for fall and spring sports as they come on board. – [Announcer #1] Off of
the right hand of Saintel! – [Announcer #2] Oh, good camera work! – [Announcer #1] Good camera work, and Farrell’s the guy who
is gonna work Final Fours. – [Announcer #2] You know,
that’s the beauty of this whole deal with the America
East Conference and ESPN Three. Students work the cameras
in many different positions. We were just told in the
truck that the guy — that the camera guy who
got that shot along the baseline off Saintel was
a student here at UMBC.

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