Did you hear? NACMA is next week. Although I won't be going, it's still exciting to me for a few reasons.

1.  The Old Hat booth that you should totally visit while you're there, is no longer set up in the office. I didn't mind it being set up at first, but then I hit my head on one of the many TVs, so Booth and I were not on good terms. However, one thing I did like about it this past week was that the curtains were up, and with Deb being out of town, it was like I had my own office or something.

2.  You're going to get to see things that I worked on! We'll have tons of our client work on display, including commercials, intros and even court projections. Prepare your eyeballs now. They haven't seen anything this cool EVER.

3.  Since you all are going to be having an awesome time at the Old Hat party down in Orlando with Zac and some of the other Old Hatters, we're going to have a huge rager back here at the office. But don't tell Zac. It's a secret.

I realized this morning that NACMA is less than three weeks away...and started to get a tiny bit stressed.

We still have lots to do! NACMA is a team effort around here, and nearly everyone in the office is contributing in some way. There's been hotel reservations, party invitations...trailer rentals and graphics environmental. A photo shoot and ordering loot. Booth construction and office obstruction. And I don't have enough brain power to think of more rhyming phrases. Instead, I'll turn my attention to checking more off our list. 

Old Hat Clients - make sure to watch your mail and email for more information soon!


Did you hear about the latest Jordan-v-LeBron debate? Public Policy Polling surveyed Americans about a number of sports-related topics, and one of the questions asked NBA fans if they thought Michael Jordan could beat LeBron James in a game of one-on-one today. "LeBron is favored in such a contest 54/34, though a plurality (48/41) of voters aged 30 to 45—those who grew up watching M.J.’s on-court brilliance—think the Charlotte Hornets owner could deliver one last performance worthy of his six Finals MVPs and dethrone King James."

Speaking as somebody in that 30-45 age range, I would without a doubt vote for Jordan. I don't care if it makes me sound like a clueless moron. I could make a long argument stating my case, but I don't see the point because Michael Jordan was, is and will always be the greatest in everything basketball (we'll temporarily forget that he's an NBA owner...). These are facts. I saw greatness. I don't care that he's 52-years-old. MJ is the best and if you disagree with me you're wrong. 

The poll also found that, "NBA fans hold a near-unanimous opinion that Jordan is the greatest player of all time over LeBron, 77/14."

As some of you may know, the Women's World Cup starts in less than a month, and as US Soccer did for the men's team last year, they released the "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories." series for the women's team recently.

If you didn't know already, I am a huge soccer fan, especially when it comes to cheering on my country. So obviously, I watched all 23 stories the minute they were released, and I can't believe I'm going to say this [because it's basically blasphemy for me to talk bad about US Soccer] but I was kind of dissappointed. Not that they were bad... they just weren't all that exciting. It felt like most of the  players talked about having older brothers [or siblings in general] who made them really competitive growing up. That's cool and all, but after watching a dozen or so people talk about that, it was kind of boring and repetitive and they started running together in my brain. A few that stood out, though, were Sydney Leroux getting a terrible flaming soccerball tattoo when she was 14 after a bet with her mom, finding out Tobin Heath is basically a vagabond, Heather O'Reilly and teammates recreating her epic game face and Meghan Klingenberg doing a nunchuck routine to NSYNC in her elementary school talent show. Then yesterday, Deb sent me the outtakes and behind the scenes video. 

This one I really enjoyed, and if you read the comments on Youtube, I'm not the only one. The consensus seems to be that this one shows way more of the players' personalities and was a lot more fun. I got to see that Christen Press has two awesome dogs and one of them is named Khaleesi [can we be best friends now?]. So yeah, I know that the series is called "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories." but when most of those stories are similar, I lose a little interest. So let's get more of the terrible tattoo and elementary school talent show-type stories. Way more fun.

And guess what! We at Old Hat, make these sorts of fun "Get to Know" videos that showcase student athletes. While these videos can be some of the more tedious projects I work on, going through and picking out the best bits to trim down to a quickly consumable video, they're also a lot of fun for me to do. I frequently find myself giggling when going through the footage of student athletes showing off their hidden talents, favorite karaoke songs or doing an impression of a coach or teammate. These questions allow your fans to see a lot more of their favorite player's personality than just asking about what their life was like growing up. I actually find myself cheering for these student althetes of rival universities when it comes to March Madness or whatever competition they're in because I feel like I've gotten to know them. So you know your fans will definitely want to come out and support a team they feel they know and not just because they wear your logo while balling out.

It seems like a very simple question: What's one thing you've been wanting to try? For normal people that's a pretty simple question. You can apply it and rephrase it however you like: What's one place you've always wanted to vacation? What's one room you'd like renovated in your house? Name one entertainer you'd love to see live. Name your favorite dinosaur. For the record: Band of Brothers tour in Europe, kitchen reno, Dolly Parton, and Velociraptor. Did we just become best friends?

For designers and other people in the creative sphere oftentimes the hardest question to answer is: What's one thing you've been wanting to try? 

I get it. You want something original and cutting edge. You want to be the FIRST to do something big. You want to go VIRAL. Plus you think you want to give us the freedom to create whatever we want.

I can't fault you there. It's an innocent question, but it's also the worst question or direction we can receive when there's no other direction. It's probably my least favorite sentence to see in job notes. Don't get me wrong, I have ideas and Pinterest boards of cool things and new trends, but there are so many factors that come into play when you're creating. From a video perspective they can include: budget, deadline, school, sport, type of project (video: intro, commercial, historical, etc), length of video, time of year, number of cooks in your kitchen with differing opinions, featuring all athletes or just seniors or just top performers, featuring tradition, featuring brand new team, featuring new coach, coming off a great season, coming off a bad season, coming off a violation season, old fan base, young fan base, hitting or avoiding hot button topics on campus or the nation, celebrating an anniversary, celebrating an upcoming milestone...the list goes on and on.

So you can see the challenge of having the perfect cutting edge idea for the various combinations of factors. Not every cool new trend works with every factor of a project.

"What's something you've always been wanting to try for a 1:00 basketball intro?" Eek. And that's all of the information I'm getting. I mean if it was MY video and I was playing it for MY friends, and I'M the one paying for it well then I'd have the best ideas! 

I'd love to flip the traditional intro on its head. Maybe 30 seconds of something more artsy and dramatic (that does not include prepping for a game) that you don't see in an sports Intro and the last 15-30 seconds could have the traditional pump up sports things. Maybe they're just two different videos. Who knows? My video.

I'd love to go old school with some Aretha or James Brown era music.


I would love to film in a really unique location.

How crazy would it be to include Sia's dancer Maddie Ziegler in this video? Yeah. Pretty crazy, but it's MY video! (I haven't made my mind up in regards to Shia LeBeouf's dancing)

The point is, MY tastes are pretty eclectic and eccentric. I have all sorts of out-of-the-box ideas that I've been wanting to try, but they're not necessarily appropriate for YOUR specific fans, YOUR specific coach, YOUR specific team, this :45 video that's supposed to pump people up, etc. Giving designers direction doesn't inhibit creative work. Our job is all about collaboration. You give us some of the nuts and bolts of your team, your community. You tell us some of what makes your team unique and we figure out the creative awesome big way to make that obvious to the masses. 

Collaboration. Awesome.

This past week has been pretty exciting! Last Monday, our client, Duke, won the Men's Basketball National Championship. On Saturday, our client, Providence College, won the Men's Hockey National Championship and our client, OU, won the Men's Gymnastics National Championship! Not a bad few days! I was fortunate to work with Duke on a lot of their regular and post season Men's Basketball print and video pieces. Additionally, I worked with Providence on their Men's Hockey intro video this year. Dustin went over to OU and did a photo shoot for the Men's Gymnastics team this fall for them to use in their marketing efforts throughout the season. Seems like if you want to win a National Championship, maybe you should consider letting Old Hat help with some of your marketing pieces ;) 

You can check out some of the work for these champion clients here:

Providence Men's Hockey Intro Video:

Duke Men's Basketball Season Ticket Book (click thru to video the entire publication):

Men's Basketball Poster, Schedule Card and Magnet:

Duke National Champions Newspaper Ad:

 OU Men's Gymnastics Photo Shoot:

1. Apparently 14,000 gymnastic fans react well to bass-heavy video production. Attendance dynasty stuff.

Utah Gymnastics Intro Video 

2. Time lapse mountains and thunderstorms combined with football aren't cool at all.

Wyoming Football Intro Video


3. Why would you want to add really cool motion graphics when you can just edit video clips set to music?

Cincinnati Football Intro Video


4. Really. Motion graphics are just the worst.

Mizzou Football Intro Video


5. THE WORST. Ew, motion graphics.

Texas Tech Baseball Intro Video


6. Why on Earth would you want to entertain your fans during a timeout?

North Texas Customized Derby Race


7. 3D Modeling is so blah.

Duke Basketball: The Cameron Experience


8. No thank you, ma'am. I'll pass.

Kansas State Football Cat Train


9. Why would you want to celebrate your history?

Wisconsin Men's Basketball Historical Video

10. What's the opposite of amazing and cutting edge?

Duke Basketball Countdown to Craziness Projection (banners and 3D fx)


11. Booooooooooooooriiiiiiiiiiiingggggggggg.

Utah Men's Basketball Projection Video

Great staff photo, huh? Only, that's not us. And that will never be us. We don't wear power suits or ties. We wear jeans, t-shirts, ballcaps, athletic shorts... pretty much whatever we want. 

I was looking at our "About Us" page the other day and I couldn't believe how corporate looking I had allowed it to become. All our staff photos looked like we belonged in a photo like the one above. But that's not us. So I decided to spend my morning getting US back into our about us page. There are no major changes here but it's a much better representation of who we are than it was before. This page doesn't include our entire staff, by the way. Just the people you're likely to come into contact with when you deal with us. Though after spending some time working on this page, I think we probably need to get our entire staff on here.

Anyway, take a look at the revised About Us page.

I know. Technically football season just ended a few weeks ago with the Super Bowl, but now that baseball season is in full swing (haha. "full swing." baseball. get it?!) it's time to start looking for football concepts for the upcoming season of video shoots and subsequent football intros. Lately, I've been really impressed by the stuff Tennessee has been putting together. I mean, yeah. They're a historically great football team. They're in arguably the best football conference. Lots of tradition. Huge stadium. Extremely loyal fanbase. But they also went 6-6 during the regular season. However, you wouldn't know that if you watch this video.  


I don't know about you but I really want to head to Knoxville for a game right about now. Sadly, it isn't exactly football season. But I can't wait to start working with our clients to create a video just as special, that induces even more chills, for their programs.

It's not every day that a coach reaches the 1,000 career victories milestone. That's why it was exciting to get to work with Duke on some projects to commemorate Coach K's 1000th career win. 

Commemorative Ticket: This was given away to fans at the first home game after Coach K's 1000th win. A larger version was also framed and signed by the Duke Athletic department and presented to Coach K as a gift.

Photo Gift: This sentimental piece highlighted Coach K's early years and was framed and presented to Coach K as a gift.


Newspaper Ads: These ran in multiple newspapers in North Carolina as well as in a digital magazine.

Billboard: A billboard to congratulate Coach K

Web Ads

We've been fortunate to work on some other Coach K projects in the past. 

Coach K's 900th Win Newspaper Ad

America's Best Coach Video

Coach K Team USA Video

We're looking forward to helping celebrate Coach K's milestones in the years to come!




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