Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Different Producer

Our regular producer, Mike has the first two games of this LA Dodgers series off.
Brian, who is our regular tape room Producer, filled in for Mike tonight and will be in the chair tomorrow as well.
The relationship of the Producer and the Director is critical to the success of the production. I write about the importance of this relationship in my book Cutting The Game, Inside Television Baseball From The Director's Chair ( Chapter three of the book is titled "Respect = Success. In this chapter, I discuss the importance of respect towards the game, the team, and the crew.
Mike and I have worked together as a Producer/Director team for many years. We have a mutual respect for each other and we work very well together.
Brian and I have worked a handful of games together as a Producer/Director team.
I am pleasantly surprised by how well we work together.
The mistakes a young Producer will make usually occur because the Producer will try to do too much. "Aggressive" mistakes are much more acceptable than mistakes that are made because of laziness.
Many young Producers become very excited during a production. On second thought, many experienced TV crew members become too excited during critical moments of a game/telecast.
Brian, however, was cool, calm, and collected during the telecast.
His commands were concise and confident.
Just like an earlier telecast in which we worked together, Brian "produced" an excellent telecast.
This 7-1 Cardinals victory was a comfortable telecast with a great pace.
I look forward to tomorrow's telecast.

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