Brendan Shick | Freelance Film, Broadcast, & Digital Media

4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

4 Must Watch Director's Commentaries - Even if You're Not a Film Geek

4 Director's Commentaries for any sensibility or taste! At least one of these will appeal to you...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR

Learn the Pitfalls of HFR

Don't make the mistake of paying more for a lower quality theater experience. Here's a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer's mouth...errr...pen...err...whatever.
Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

Broadcasting Baseball

Ever wonder how the game gets from the field to your television set? We're sharing a behind-the-scenes look.

Oscar Lineup & Predictions 2017 Editor's Pick
Feb 25 2017

Oscar Lineup & Predictions 2017

As always, my annual Oscar picks are here to once again serve as your cheat sheet to winning your Oscar-guessing contests with some commentary on my favorites thrown in for good measure. After several years of barely failed attempts, this year marks the first time I successfully screened all 62 nominees in all 24 categories, including the often […]

Oscar Lineup & Predictions 2016 Editor's Pick
Feb 27 2016

Oscar Lineup & Predictions 2016

My annual Oscar picks are here to once again serve as your cheat sheet to winning your Oscar-guessing contests with some commentary on my favorites thrown in for good measure. I screened every single nominee this year in all 24 categories, with the sole exception of Foreign Language Nominee Embrace of the Serpent, currently in only limited […]

Oscar Lineup & Predictions 2015 Editor's Pick
Feb 22 2015

Oscar Lineup & Predictions 2015

My annual Oscar picks are here to once again serve as your cheat sheet to winning your Oscar-guessing contests with some commentary on my favorites thrown in for good measure. The past two years, I’ve guessed 20 out of 24 categories correctly (16 out of 24 from three years ago) and once again screened nearly […]

Oscar Lineup and Predictions 2014 Editor's Pick
Mar 02 2014

Oscar Lineup and Predictions 2014

It’s that time again… My annual Oscar picks are here to serve as your cheat sheet to winning your Oscar-guessing contests with some commentary on my favorites thrown in for good measure. I’ve personally screened every nominee, with the sole exceptions of Omar and The Missing Picture, so this should be a pretty comprehensive lineup. Last […]

Best Ads of Super Bowl 48 Editor's Pick
Feb 03 2014

Best Ads of Super Bowl 48

Last year’s attempt to live blog and live tweet my favorite Super Bowl commercials was thwarted by a power outage, not only in New Orleans, but also moments thereafter by an exploding transformer just down the road from me. Here’s hoping this year goes smoother… My favorites from Super Bowl 48 are below. Check back […]

4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek Editor's Pick

4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

I present to you – 4 director’s commentaries for any sensibility or taste!

These are my favorites and each of them has as much rewatch value as the respective film itself.

If you’re the type who can’t bring yourself to listen to an audio commentary, keep reading anyway. I’ve chosen a non-traditional set here, so at least one of these will appeal to you.

Top 15 Films of 2012 Editor's Pick
May 30 2013

Top 15 Films of 2012

In keeping with tradition, I’m releasing my top picks of last year rather late in the calendar. The rush of films released in December means I like to take some time to catch up and produce a list that’s more comprehensive. Just how it goes if you want an accurate list. Most of my top 15 are films I […]

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes, Part 3 Editor's Pick

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes, Part 3

Part 3 begins a look at what other crew members are busy with behind-the-scenes. Most of these people are “on the truck” in the parking lot.

In the fast pace of sports broadcasting, each individual crew member needs to know their role in literally hundreds of situations before the broadcast even begins. There’s often not enough time to tell everyone what to do. It helps when the crew members have experienced years of practice and exposure to new situations so that they always know what to do without a plethora of guidance during the game.

That is to say: a solid, experienced crew is just as important as its leaders.

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes, Part 2 Editor's Pick

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes, Part 2

Obviously, when covering a MLB game on FSN, NESN, MASN, Root Sports, or ESPN there are more than 5 cameras. We’ve already discussed how these additional cameras are only used for about 15% of shots – and mostly just during replays at that.

We also talked about a few basic ways to supplement the 5-6 camera setup. Now, we’re looking at some of the places you stash the excess cameras in a high budget broadcast to get the best angles.

The Road to the Big Leagues: Players, Broadcasters, and the Stories They Share Editor's Pick

The Road to the Big Leagues: Players, Broadcasters, and the Stories They Share

37 days until Opening Day and my return to work in the ever exciting sports broadcast industry. I figure this means I should acknowledge the start of Spring Training last Saturday.

Working in MiLB certainly has unique perks, but one rewarding part is seeing a player get his first call-up to the show – and while a Spring Training invitation doesn’t technically count as an MLB call-up it’s still a big deal for the players.

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