ArrowVision students take over football film crew

BAHS sophomore Jianna Giovanetti working the sideline camera at the game

Ashley Spencer

BAHS sophomore Jianna Giovanetti working the sideline camera at the game

Every other Friday night fans from around the city of Broken Arrow pour into the high school’s Memorial Stadium to watch the varsity football team. After every play, the huge video board at the north end of the stadium shoots up a replay, a graphic or even a commercial. What the fans may not know is, this year ArrowVision students are behind the cameras and behind the big screen, helping produce the game every night.

Under the leadership of the coordinator of sports information Steve Cowen and technical director Terry Spreiter, the students work to get the best shots possible of the on-field action and then display it on the video board.

“I follow the script through pregame and talk with the camera crew about camera shots, call the shots – along with the technical director Terry Spreiter – that go on the video board, and try to keep things as much on time for a 7:30 kick off as possible,” Cowen said.

Cowen has expressed how impressed he is with the job the students are doing and that they seem to handle the pressure well.

“It took them about a half to get the flow and the rhythm, but now it’s like they have been doing it for several years,” Cowen said, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the work of our student crew.”

The crew consists of two BAHS sophomores, four juniors and one senior. Xavier Adams is one of the four juniors that helps with the production of the games on Friday nights. Adams has had experience as both a sideline cameraman and as a platform cameraman on the south end of the field.

“My favorite part of working the cameras on Friday nights is the atmosphere of being so close to the field and players and feeling the energy on the field,” Adams said.

BAHS junior Noah Ray has also worked the Friday night home games. Ray has been a part of the ArrowVision department for two years and has worked the sideline camera at the games.

“My favorite part of working Fridays is being able to work those big heavy duty cameras like a professional would,” Ray said.