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Out Of Focus

01 November 11:05 am

Victorious locker rooms are generally more fun to be in than losing ones, and the Dynamo's was no exception Wednesday night. Brad Davis and Bobby Boswell started giving teammate Tally Hall a tough time during the end of his interview with MLSsoccer.com, and turned to some old favorites for inspiration.

-Scott

10 August 12:57 pm

MLSsoccer.com is filled with dedicated professionals who work tirelessly 7 days a week to bring you top-notch news, analysis, and interviews… and then there’s Nick Firchau.  Enjoy the best outtakes from “Sensible Pants Friday.”

06 July 6:28 pm

When shooting multi-camera interviews, it's helpful to use a utility of some kind to sync up the audio and video from those cameras in the post-production process.

Sometimes it's done with a clapperboard (in the movies, it's the little black-and-white board with an arm that snaps down, usually with the movie name and scene written on it). In this case, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea was our "sync popper", so I asked him to clap each time we started recording, which ended up being eight takes in all. He certainly made the most of his new responsibility.

17 April 10:50 am

There’s a lot that goes into being a captain, and each of the 19 in Major League Soccer approach it in a different way. From Shalrie Joseph’s ever-present chatter to Davy Arnaud’s work ethic, our new series “Taking the Lead” provides an in-depth look at what leadership means to those wearing the armband, as told in their own voices. The series debuts Wednesday, April 18 with Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman.

14 March 2:33 pm

On the MLS Road Trip to First Kick, we documented the journey of the match ball from Philadelphia to Dallas, and shot some quick bits with players in various cities along the way to help keep the ball moving. For the most part, these shoots went off without a hitch. In Orlando one day, we made it to the end of Houston's training session to shoot with the Dynamo pair of Tally Hall and Brad Davis. Brad took a couple shots on Tally, who made the saves, then got up and threw the ball out to his right. Easy. The next shot called for Brad to receive the throw from Tally, take a touch, and volley to his right. Let's just say Brad didn't approach that first take with the seriousness and focus he normally brings to the pitch in MLS (you can hear Tally mockingly call him "All Star" around 0:18).

Fortunately for everyone involved, Brad did re-focus and managed to knock out a pretty good take from Tally's throw (his teammate was actually throwing it to him off camera) at 0:47 of the finished video HERE.

10 March 10:54 pm

As a videographer for Major League Soccer I have the privilege of watching a lot of games from field level. As a result, I get to see a lot of goals from close range.

Today in Vancouver, the Whitecaps put two past their Canadian rivals the Montreal Impact and I had the perfect view for the 2nd, as Camilo poked one past Donovan Ricketts. Click on the video below and you can see it as I did from field level.*

*Note: I do see everything in slow-motion (it’s like I’m always ‘in the zone’)

 

 

 

05 March 12:09 pm

Creativity is definitely a collaborative process. In this case, the idea was to have Jay DeMerit try to fit the names of all seven dwarfs into his recent interview with Temryss Lane (watch the interview HERE if you're not sure what I'm talking about), and the collaboration came between Jay and I after a sunny Whitecaps training session in Orlando last week. We had pitched the 1-on-1 interview to Vancouver's PR Director and I was following up with Jay to discuss the specifics and the timing of meeting him at the team hotel, and we both thought that adding some kind of gimmick to the proceedings would make things a bit more fun.

As the team captain and a veteran of the professional game, Jay has become more than accustomed to these standard sit-down interviews, so some variety here would be a good thing for all parties involved. My first thoughts were about the various goofy games the characters in "Super Troopers" played, primarily when the one guy (pretty sure it was Foster) had to fit "meow" multiple times into his interaction with a motorist (played quite ably by Jim Gaffigan), but there wasn't a real logical connection there. Being at Disney World, however, we quickly came up with the idea of the seven dwarfs, though I don't think either of us could name all of them off the top of our heads. Going through the ones we did know, we figured "Doc" and "Happy" were going to be pretty easy, then came up with possible uses for "Dopey" and "Grumpy" as well. The team left shortly thereafter, and the rest was going to be up to Jay.

Our next task (besides researching the whole list) was trying to keep the secret from Temryss, who was conducting the interview. I told her we were going to try doing something a little different, and for her to just to keep the interview going as she normally would, but it quickly became apparent what was going on when Jay lost it after dropping "Bashful" the first time (the first clip in the video). By the time the second clip happened, she was onto it, and when Jay threw "Grumpy" in there, she couldn't hold it together. As Temryss was wrapping up the interview, Jay had fit six of the seven in, and I was off camera pointing to the word "Sneezy" on a piece of paper. He thought quickly, and came up with the sneeze at the end, but hadn't really thought out what else to say to conclude, so that funny exchange (clip three in the video) resulted. All in all, it was a blast to collaborate with such a funny guy, and made for a great time throughout the entire production process. "Work" can indeed be fun.

02 March 2:00 pm

Being a referee is not just a thankless job; sometimes it can be downright dangerous.  One AR found out the hard way when he became collateral damage on this rough tackle.

24 February 11:53 am

Toronto DP Danny Koevermans knows the secret way to win MLS Cup. After practice in Orlando, the Dutch forward spilled the beans and I have to say, not a bad idea. Who would be your secret weapon?

19 February 4:16 pm

In their final day in Florida, the Philadelphia Union held a light practice in front of about 100 fans. While there wasn't much action in the regeneration session, four Union players put on an odd feat of strength and coordination. We present the quad-push-up.