Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is quickly approaching, but do you know what I'm most excited about these days? The fact that basketball season has started! Not because I'm a rabid basketball fan (I actually really don't enjoy watching basketball, but don't tell anyone that), but because that means that Old Hat's super crazy busy season is finally slowing down a little. Don't get me wrong, there's always plenty of Old Hat projects going on, but from June until the start of basketball season things are just super crazy busy, but in a good way! That is when a large amount of clients are gearing up for football and fall sports which then rolls right into prepping for basketball season. Now that basketball is under way, a lot of these projects we've been working hard on over the past few months have been delivered. Here's a few of my favorite projects that I've been fortunate to work on over the past six months!

 

 

 

 

There is a chance we will have our first frost this weekend.  It is actually a little late in the season for this to be happening, but I am still bothered because my garden is still growing and producing.  Once the frost starts to become more and more frequent, that is done and I will have to rip my plants out of the ground.  It is kind of sad considering how much work and effort I have put into keeping those plants alive.  It was worth it, I have loved to be able to harvest vegetables every day after work or be cooking, run out of something, and only have to walk outside to get what I need.  The harvesting is the easy part. 

I do not mind putting in the work at the beginning of the season.  The stress of spring rains and tornados ends up being worth it, but I am still going to be annoyed at the present time.  That is kind of what our busy season at Old Hat is like.  It is stressful, it is annoying, and it can be a pain, but in the end it is worth it.  We create some amazing pieces for our clients and we do things that should make all of our staff proud.  We are not completely through the busy season, but check out some of the cool things we have done below. 

 

Kennesaw State Football Intro

 

Utah Football Intro Video

USC Coliseum Renovation

http://coliseumrenovation.com/  

UNT Men's Basketball Poster

You like that play on words? There's a lot more where that came from... well, no, not really. I just realized today was my blog day so I'm keeping it super short (you're welcome).

So today we held the first of many Old Hat/Third Degree productions, and probably one of the most important efforts by both sides. I'm talking about the Chili Cook-off Contest!

I don't want to brag too much about the Old Hat side, but we did take 1st place (thanks to Tanner) and also a share of the 4-way tie for 2nd place.

Here are the final results:

1. Tanner Naeher

2a. Katelyn Drake

2b. Kriste Day

2c. Zac Logsdon

2d. Deb Livingston

3. Misty Copeland

Here's a look at the chili, after we ate it all.

 

In other unrelated news, I just got back from a shoot in Orlando for the American Athletic Conference basketball media days. We had a good time- got to talk with the WBB coaches and players, and the MBB players from around the conference too. I'm looking forward to the PSAs we put together for both sides.

 

Here's a creepy painting that was at the end of the hall at our hotel... pretty cool though.

 

And to tie in videos and painting, I heard Bob Ross' entire collection is now available on YouTube. It's the gift that keeps on giving. I hope you'll find your inner artist and paint what your heart desires.

Monday, Dustin, Stevie, and I flew out to Laramie, Wyoming, for a video shoot with Wyoming men and women's basketball. Dustin and I went for the first time last April, and we were excited to bring Stevie along this time. The weather was BEAUTIFUL! Although, I did have to put on my (The) Northface fleece for the first time this fall season...

Anyway, I got the chance to meet/see again my new contacts at Wyoming - David, Felicia, and Dennis (Hiiii!) They helped organize the shoot and fit both men and women's basketball green screen player features AND intro video footage on the court in one day.  Everything ran super smoothly, and we had a lot of fun. 

In previous videos we have done for Wyoming, we noted the altitude - 7220 ft. above sea level.  We even asked, "How's your oxygen?"

Well let me tell you...not good. Even just walking up the stairs, I would get winded. I was able to get a quick workout in, and oh my gosh it was hard to breathe. I don't know how they do it up there. 

You might have seen some of these on Facebook, but here are some photos from our adventure.

Ta da!!!

 

 

 

 As Stevie would say - Photoception!  This is from my perspective while being a "test model"

 

 

 

 

No joke, the MBB team started doing handstands on their own! Then I joined them for a picture...I swear! 

 

 

If you caught last week's newsletter, we showed you one of our most recent derby's created for Northwestern Football, the Coca-Cola Zero Race to Refreshment. Northwestern brought Coca-Cola on as a sponsor for this project and they wanted their derby to focus on their product, Coca-Cola.This project was unique since most of our derby's feature coaches and mascots.

For this derby, we created custom helmets that completely covered the drivers face. Each car represented a Coca-Cola product (Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke) by using the brands colors and logos on the uniform and license plate. 

 As the cars race around the track to "Black Betty", the song chosen by Northwestern, you'll find several sponsored items where the Coca-Cola brand and Northwestern brand have been incorporated. 

Each derby comes with three outcomes so that each car wins once and you can create a promotion based on the result. For this particular derby...

To see the full version of Northwestern's Coca-Cola Zero Race to Refreshment, click here. To see how Northwestern used this derby to create a sponsored promotion, click here.

If you're interested in creating a custom derby for your upcoming men's or women's basketball season, give us a call at 405-310-2133 or email us at info@oldhatcreative.com. 

Recently, I've been transitioning into a client rep position here at Old Hat Creative. I blogged several weeks ago about a new website we launched for the University of Memphis' Time to Shine capital campaign, but today I want to highlight another client I have the opportunity to work with, Michigan Athletics! 

I grew up watching Michigan Football. My aunt lives about an hour away from Ann Arbor, so my dad watches Michigan Football every Saturday morning when he has the chance. A few years ago, I was forunate enough to visit the University of Michigan, as well as walk down the team tunnel and stand on the 50 yard line at the top of the block M at Michigan Stadium. 

Over the past month, our production experts have created a pretty unique collection of 2D and 3D animations for Michigan Football this season. They incorporated the brick wall and iron gates of Michigan Stadium to create a traditional look and feel. Scroll below to see these animations.

1. Rotating Block M 

2. Rotating 150th Anniversary Logo  

3. Match Up Animation  

4. Player Feature  

5. Michigan Wins 

6. Next Home Game  

7. Touchdown Crowd Prompt  

8. Make Some Noise Crowd Prompt 

9. Get Loud Crowd Prompt 

 

Ah mid-September it's probably my favorite time of year. 90% of our football projects are out the door and there are only the slight rumblings of the 2015 basketball season in the distance (that might just be the print department dealing with basketball ticketbooks and posters). It's nice to take a breath, watch some football and enjoy the break, because before you know it "the hoopies," as i have started calling basketball, will be here.

With Productions it's our goal, if given the opportunity, to do something different with every video or animation project that comes our way. There will always be that one concept - prepping before a game or green screen hyping into the camera; or that ONE song - I'm looking at you Fall Out Boy and Kanye; that fans and marketers are head over heels in love with. It's kind of the same reasoning there are so many superhero movies with the same type of story structure. It's what the people like. However, that doesn't mean they can't redo Captain America, right? Right. (seriously click that link, "The best scene of the lackluster Captain America film from 1990.")

For our videos we actively look for opportunities to do something different with one or several of the following: music, script, design, highlights, photos, green screen, shoots, etc. We also aim to execute these ideas well, whether it be in the capture, pre-production and/or post-production phases. Execution is something that differentiates an Old Hat project from a lot of the other videos out there. It's not in my dna to half-butt (ha) something here at OH. In fact, it's probably my number one pet peeve.

So without further ado here's a snippet of some of the 2015 Football Videos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you work with Old Hat or especially for Old Hat (shout out to all my OH co-workers), you might have guessed things are picking up around here. I'm even late on my blog because of the busyness going on today.

So, as is typical with a lot of my blogs, I'll revert to using photos to tell my story. Today's story will be about my recent travels to the magical campuses I've traveled to.

Since my last trip to USC last month, Dustin and I went to the American Athletic Conference media days in Newport, RI. I've never been to Rhode Island, so I was able to cross that off my bucket list (#282, right after "jump in during act at SeaWorld and wrestle baby dolphin").

Here's my photo recap of Rhode Island and a shoot visit to North Texas, brought to you by Instagram.

 

Early flight

A photo posted by Robert Smith (@elguapo76) onAug 2, 2015 at 5:58am PDT

 

 

Nice view from the hotel room on this week's work trip.

A photo posted by Robert Smith (@elguapo76) onAug 2, 2015 at 1:08pm PDT

 

 

Hard to beat this view for a morning stroll

A photo posted by Robert Smith (@elguapo76) onAug 3, 2015 at 5:55am PDT

 

 

Very cool place for our dining tonight.

A photo posted by Robert Smith (@elguapo76) onAug 2, 2015 at 7:52pm PDT

 

 

A video posted by Robert Smith (@elguapo76) onAug 3, 2015 at 4:56pm PDT

 

 

I don't normally Instagram food, but come on... Tonight's dinner looks de-lish.

A photo posted by Robert Smith (@elguapo76) onAug 3, 2015 at 5:05pm PDT

 

 

Working my on-camera smile before our shoot today.

A photo posted by Robert Smith (@elguapo76) onAug 13, 2015 at 2:37pm PDT

As you know, football is fast approaching, and we've been super busy with a lot of football projects. This year, we've been able to do a lot of concepts we haven't done before, and the results have been awesome. I can't wait for all of you to be able to see the epicness we've been churning out.  

Speaking of epic and football, NFL Films/HBO's Hard Knocks started back up last week, following the Houston Texans. I'm always amazed at what they put together in such a short turnaround. I mean sure, it's relatively easy to get amazing footage when you have 5-6 camera crews and a plethora of robotic camera set ups, but sifting through the ~350 hours of weekly footage to create a 1 hour episode is incredible. Last week's episode was full of getting to know certain players, the basic culture that Head Coach Bill O'Brien has established and great practice footage, including a look at the fight that took place during their joint practice with Washington [giving me even more reason to hate our NFC East rivals; Go Cowboys]. While I didn't love the overall pace and stringing together of storylines, I still greatly enjoyed the episode and can't wait for a new one tomorrow.

Today I begin Year Seven at Old Hat. I researched gifts for one's six-year anniversary and I look forward to all of the candy AND iron I'm supposed to get. In Harry Potter terms, I should expect some serious stuff to go down. I should also expect a lot more hugs. So that's good. 

Here are seven predictions for Year Seven:

1)     GIFs - lots of them. Like these:

 
 
 
 
2)     Several late nights at the office

3)     A lot of jamming.

4)     Misunderstandings

5)     More GIFs

6)     A lot of coffee

7)     Some really amazing projects that I love being a part of

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