14 & Oh, Baby!
MEDIA: VIDEO + DESIGN + WEB
DATE: DECEMBER 2010
CLIENT: HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD
Helena, Montana, is home to the 6-time NAIA National Championship-winning Carroll College Fighting Saints. Coverage of the team was a huge priority for the newsroom at the Independent Record, and while I was there as the Online News Editor that meant video coverage of every game and the creation and maintenance of a multimedia website.
Highlights of coverage included three trips with the team to the NAIA National Championships (Savannah, Tennessee, in 2007; Rome, Georgia, in 2008 and 2010) and three feature-length season highlight reels (2007, 2008, 2010), all three of which premiered at the team's annual spring awards banquets. The 2007 and 2010 highlight reels and websites received multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Montana Newspaper Association.
Jacket designed for the 2010 Carroll College highlight DVD.
“14 & Oh, Baby!” was the title of the 2010 highlight reel, a nod to the team's undefeated season capped off with a national championship victory. I worked from a set of storyboards to develop the film, and the entire production took approximately 100 hours.
Composited panel designed for the intro sequence of the 2010 Carroll College highlight film.
The fall of 2010 also happened to be my first semester of grad school (I was splitting my time between the newspaper and school), and one of the classes I was enrolled in was focused on compositing and Adobe's After Effects. I was able to work in some of the functionality I was learning throughout my video coverage that season. I produced a music video style “tunnel run” video to promote playoff coverage (embedded below), built a motion graphics title sequence for national championship week coverage, and animated a “wall of fame” sequence for the introduction of the 2010 highlight reel.
The video work I completed was in addition to creating and maintaining a website that housed all of the Independent Record's coverage of the team throughout the season. The newspaper's content management system didn't support any multimedia content other than video, so this site was completely custom-built using HTML, CSS and a little bit of PHP.