EARLY ESPN

I started shooting multi camera sports for ESPN in 1980 or 81. They were a new cable sports network based in Bristol, Connecticut that nobody thought would last very long. I only worked three or four years with them because the money working as a single camera DP was much better. One time we were doing a live football game from the Yale Bowl in New Haven. Right before air, (in fact during the commercial break just before Bristol went to us), all the cameras just died. There was not a lot you could do way up in the stands but wait. As the commercial break was ending, the power suddenly jerked back on and we were immediately on the air. After the game, as we were wrapping cables, we heard the

"TAPE #42"

Soundman Jeff Hayash and I once did a very arduous shoot in the Lone Star State. Eighteen days in a row in the middle of a Texas Summer. No cool Hotel rest but a sleeping bag on Church Basement Floors the entire time. The shooting was almost all hand held, the subject matter, deeply disturbing. The Producer from LA was rather high strung. We shot an average of 15 thirty minute Beta Tapes a day, never less than 10 and sometimes 20. We shot everything that moved… Driving back from a day’s last location to our Sleep Church, the Producer asked… Jeff “What was that last tape number ?” Jeff: “Number 42” Producer: “You have it ?” Jeff: “Well, it’s in the back” P: “You sure” J: “It’s in the bac

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     We all think we know the names of the major American networks, but ask a rushed,

     frustrated and exhausted crew member what those initials really stand for… 

 

                    Caucasian Broadcasting Corporation or Can't Broadcast Sports

                    

 

                    Political Bull-Shit

 

 

 

                    No Bonus at Christmas

 

 

 

                    Extremely Slow Paying Network

 

 

 

                     And my favorite…

 

 

 

                      Always Be Cheap

 

                    

 

  

    Of course, network crews are rarely rushed, frustrated or exhausted.