The Best of Friday Night Sights 2015
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(Note from Video Production Manager Greg Spencer)
On Sept. 5, 2014, Broken Arrow hosted Owasso for their football season opener. The sellout crowd and electric atmosphere made for an awesome setting that night in BA. It was also the night the idea for Friday Night Sights was truly born.
I had just started my new job at BA a couple months earlier and came up with the idea for the FNS video series because I wanted to do something that truly captured the feeling of Friday nights in Oklahoma. As a big fan of both the movie and TV show “Friday Night Lights,” I’ve always felt there has never been a better, more accurate representation of high school football on film or video.
Just as the TV show “Friday Night Lights” was not just about football, I wanted BA’s Friday Night Sights to be more than just another highlight video of the on field action. I wanted to showcase the images on the sidelines, in the student section, cheer, Tigettes, and the amazing halftime performances of The Pride.
Last season I made 6 FNS videos including the best of 2014, armed with one camera, a few lenses, and a tripod. This season with the addition of Mr. Couch to our staff, and the help of BAHS senior Noah Basinger, we shot 8 games with at least 3 cameras at those games. As proud as I am of the videos we made last year, it’s pretty amazing the leap we made this year with the additional camera work, the use of 60 and 90 fps slow motion and other editing techniques.
But the biggest difference has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the students. Last year was a big year for BA improving the culture around campus, but this year has been absolutely amazing. The spirit, pride and togetherness of the students of BAHS has been a pleasure to not only watch, but to capture these moments for everyone who truly cares.
I am proud to be a Broken Arrow Tiger. I am proud of the relationships I have built here, proud to witness the bond of these students, and proud to have created a series of videos that I think are unique and represent the BA way. It means a lot to me to see the enjoyment students, players, coaches, parents, and alumi get out of being able to relieve these memories.
I enjoy all the video work I do here at BA, and it was so amazing to see the reception of our lip dub video. I think that video showcases the culture we have created, and makes all this work we all do worth it. It was a pretty special moment to see all the recognition it received and reward everyone involved for their hard work.
More than anything my favorite part of the job is capturing the moments on Friday Nights, and I hope it shows in the work. I also want everyone to know we have plans for similar FNS style videos next semester for some of our winter and spring sports.
Thanks for watching.