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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.

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.

Oscar Lineup and Predictions 2013 Editor's Pick

Oscar Lineup and Predictions 2013

Other than the documentary shorts and foreign films, I’ve only missed two nominees (titles not screened are noted in the categories below).

My “Will Win” and “Dark Horse” picks were chosen based on aggregated results of various industry experts, winners of other award shows, trends from years past, and my own personal knack for such things

As for who the Academy will actually pick Sunday night, there are a lot more close races than in recent years. If I match last year’s total of 16 correct picks (or if anyone does) I’ll be more than a touch surprised.

UPDATE: 20 out of 24 – not bad at all.

5 Ways to Watch More Quality Films Editor's Pick

5 Ways to Watch More Quality Films

Earlier in the week, I shared why I don’t make time to watch or re-watch as many high-quality films or as much high-quality media as I would like, opting instead for lesser fare. It’s a problem far too common among people today. I’d like to help solve that problem, as I’m sure others would like to kick the habit as much as I do. So, here are five suggested ways to fix the problem.

Double-Edged Sword of High Quality Television and Film Editor's Pick

Double-Edged Sword of High Quality Television and Film

To be sure I’m 100% clear, nothing in this article should be taken as encouragement to decrease the quality of one’s content creation – but rather as an encouragement to change one’s viewing habits.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but, despite being the solid long-term approach, having the best content may actually hurt your viewership numbers in the short-term.

Top 10 Ads of Super Bowl XVII Editor's Pick

Top 10 Ads of Super Bowl XVII

Here’s my top 10 picks from the Super Bowl 2013 commercials in no particular order. Can’t say any of them are as good as some of my favorites from years past, but enjoy anyway!

Sports Television, Commercials, and Why There’s Profit to be Made (Even When It’s Not the Super Bowl) Editor's Pick

Sports Television, Commercials, and Why There’s Profit to be Made (Even When It’s Not the Super Bowl)

It’s a cultural phenomenon. Spoilers used to come out with the 11pm news or the next day’s morning paper – easy to avoid if you tried. Today, so many of us are watching sports with a second screen device – and spouting our thoughts live on our favorite social platform with zero regard for spoiler-free content.

That’s an awesome enhancement if you’re watching live too – but if you planed on watching later and the ending is already spoiled, it takes away all the fun of watching it, which means you won’t do that.

FACT: If you watch it live, the commercials are unskip-able. If you don’t see them, you’ll at least hear them.

6 Best Posts of 2012 [Editor’s Picks] Editor's Pick
Jan 02 2013

6 Best Posts of 2012 [Editor’s Picks]

Although I shared our top 6 posts by number of readers yesterday, some of the best content from the past year didn’t make the list. So, here are the six best posts of 2012, in my opinion.

The past year was one of great growth here at BrendanShick.com. As we saw our readership increase several fold during the past 12 months, many of these articles will be completely new to more recent subscribers, hence why they’ve had fewer hits.

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