Being tasked to design the front and back of the Duke men's and women's basketball all in book covers isn't easy, but our team of designers always make the impossible, possible!
These all in book covers include game day information and parking information with tickets and parking passes that are sent out to Duke's season ticket holders. It is a one-stop shop of information for Duke's men's and women's basketball games.
It's playoff time! As a St. Louis Cardinal fan, I've been pretty spoiled during the last decade, not to mention most of my life. The Cardinals advanced to their third straight National League Championship Series last night behind Adam Wainright's complete game and David Freese's continued October magic. The Redbirds have 54 postseason wins since 2000, far more than the Giants, Phillies or any other NL team. Not to mention their 8-1 record in elimination games over the last few years.
I've been fortunate to attend several playoff games during my life. There really is nothing like playoff baseball, especially in a baseball-crazy town like St. Louis. Though I haven't seen a World Series game yet, I've seen the Birds in playoff action against the Nationals, Mets, Braves, and the Padres. The best seats I've ever had for an MLB game (behind the Cards' dugout) came in 2006 against the Mets in the NLCS, when Jeff Suppan homered and pitched the Cardinals to a 2-1 series lead. I also saw pitcher Rick Ankiel's unfortunate meltdown in 2000 in a game one NLDS victory against the Braves, when the talented lefty lost his ability to get the ball over the plate.
Nowadays, despite not being in the same city, state or country for that matter, sports fans can enjoy the games together through social media. Facebook and Twitter go crazy during big games. A friend of mine is such a loyal Cardinal fan that he got up at 3 a.m. to watch the Redbird playoff games from Taiwan and enjoyed the games right alongside his Facebook friends as if he still lived in the U.S.
The great thing about this team is the majority of the players are homegrown. In my time in Missouri, I was able to see most of these players in the early stages of their careers playing for the Springfield Cardinals, the AA affiliate of St. Louis. The trifecta of 20-somethings that kept the Cardinals alive earlier this week in game four against Pittsburgh (Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal-all age 23 or younger), all starred in Springfield, as did Joe Kelly, Matt Adams, Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma and more – 18 of the 25 on the playoff roster in fact.
Even in the midst of working on college basketball materials and while football and fall sports are going full steam, the best part of the baseball season is here. And it's so much more enjoyable as a fan of the 'Birds on the Bat. Onto the Dodgers in the NLCS. Wonder if we'll see this clip at any point (skip to 45 seconds in)? #PostCards
These are the final words in Martin Scorsese's film The Aviator, a biopic about Howard Hughes. Hughes was one of the world's great innovators in the first half of the 20th century. It's a pretty fascinating film that captures one man's absolute creativity and drive to push the limits. There's also his fall into madness, but that's for a completely different blog post written by somebody a little mad (looking at you, Kevin). Right now it's all about the creativity and pushing of said limits.
In the sports video world the way of the future is MOTION GRAPHICS...actually it's more like the way of the present. It's my belief that motion graphics and design effects separate today's Intros/Commercials from those of 10+ years ago. Okay I may be coming off as Captain Obvious, but if you look at 50-60% of videos being professionally produced in the sports landscape there are still those who are perfectly comfortable with putting highlight clips in a timeline and timing it with music. That's all fine and dandy, but when your Intro looks like something 14-year-old Joe Fan Jr. created and posted on YouTube you're probably paying too much for that video.
This is where Old Hat Creative Productions enters the picture. Our artists are not only very talented video editors, BUT they're also highly skilled and trained motion graphic designers. That's a skill that isn't fully developed in a lot of in-house studios. And spending $40K a year on somebody who fakes the knowledge could be trouble in the long term.
Here at OH the Deb and Stevie Show are more of the crazy faces and hard core sports fans of Productions, we handle a lot of the management and preproduction work. The rest of the team is in the cool, dark basement with the mole peopleand are probably listening to Hanson right now. These folks are able to crank out multiple high quality projects each week and they continuosly amaze me. Hugs to all of you!
Our people power (aka man power) can also be a real asset to in-house video crews. We work with some incredible videographers and editors, but the amount of projects on their plate can be pretty daunting especially when football, volleyball and soccer are still in season and hockey, basketball and gymnastics are starting to ramp up. We're here to share the load. We recently got two new basketball clients who have talented in-house video crews and those guys have sent us top notch highlights, green screen and atmosphere clips. High quality assets + high quality postproduction = a beautiful thing.
So what it all comes down to is entertaining and informing your fans in a world where their standards for video production are pretty high. You have to place some value in production because it's the WAY OF THE FUTURE.