Kent State Video Makes ESPN
KSU's Teleproductions team received high praise when their football "entrance video" was selected as one of three of ESPN's favorites. A football entrance video is played just before a team enters a stadium to help rev-up the fans for the game to follow. ESPN also liked videos from two much larger schools: West Virginia and Florida State.
The video was a collaboration between Teleproductions' Graphic Designer Jim Hurguy and Graphic Assistants Brian Recktenwald and Alex Kurr. The team began working on the video this summer when Brian came up with the idea for it. Over the course of two months, they worked tirelessly trying to make a video that would exceed even the wildest expectations.
To create a video of this high-quality, attention must be paid to every little detail. Jim and Brian went to Dix Stadium multiple times to collect the images they needed. For instance, they took panoramic pictures of the stadium on the 50-yard line, and then repeated the process in the tunnel. They recreated all the images in 3D in Photoshop and then used after effects for compositing and animating. Back in the studio, Alex spent four long days on Photoshop cutting out individual pictures of players. He used these cutouts to layer the video, so that the Kent players stuck out against opposing teams.
The team took in every minuscule detail to make the video perfect. And after months of hard work, Brian's idea had been transformed into an exhilarating video. "That's my favorite part," Brian says, "going from the idea to the finished product."
The Teleproductions crew has earned countless awards over the years. Just last year Brian won a Silver Telly Award and a Gold Communicator Award for his entrance videos of the volleyball and gymnastics teams. Being able to add ESPN to that list is, as Brian said, "pretty awesome." The video has been viewed thousands of times as of this writing. Jim was thrilled with the videos success stating, "It felt good to know we were in such good company. WVU and FSU are big schools with big football programs, and bigger budgets."
Teleproductions has certainly helped the Golden Flashes raise their game. Not only did they create this video, they also do all the scoreboard graphics and videos for games in Dix Stadium and the MACC. So what do they think about their job at the end of the day? Brian says, "We have the best job and the best boss."
Be sure to check out the video at the beginning of every home football game or online at ESPN's website:
The video will give you a chance to see Teleproductions' amazing work and at very least, it will make you proud to be a Flash.