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.

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.

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.

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes Editor's Pick

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

As a sports broadcasting professional, I thought I’d share a little insight into what it takes to broadcast a baseball game. Different networks and stadiums obviously necessitate slightly different setups. The crew needs of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball looks totally different than say that of the American Legion World Series on ESPN3. Having worked in the past with people who’ve worked on one or the other, obviously the main difference is one of scale.

MLB broadcasts easily push the number of cameras to double digits. Other broadcasts use only four or five. Regardless, the concepts behind-the-scenes are the same. It’s perhaps easier to learn about and understand these concepts by looking at the smaller scale productions and building from there.

Finding the Right Freelancer: 3 Points of Consideration When Hiring Editor's Pick

Finding the Right Freelancer: 3 Points of Consideration When Hiring


Let’s use freelance video editing as a starting point. If you want to find the right person to tackle your project, you need to prioritize. You would like to have a quality product delivered on a short timeline at a low price, but the first step is learning to accept that you will likely only get two out of three.

It is important to realize this before making any decisions. Too often clients have a set budget and a set timeline. They hire the freelancer who promises quick results at a low price, only to find that the results are of such low quality that they can’t be used. That investment is now wasted.

Working under the assumption that quality work is important to any client, there are two paths of foresight that can prevent these disasters from happening. Here’s how to attract that freelancer who will give you a quality project you can actually use…

Yesterday’s Quick Updates Editor's Pick

Yesterday’s Quick Updates

As hinted at in Wednesday’s blog post, the first post of my soon-to-be regular guest post series on’s Project Updates feed is live. Check it out…

As a sports broadcaster, yesterday marked an important date in the world of baseball, as it was Opening Day across both MLB and MiLB…

To Turn Back Time: Worthy Kickstarter Film Campaign Editor's Pick

To Turn Back Time: Worthy Kickstarter Film Campaign

Although I usually try to avoid asking people for money here or otherwise, this is a fairly worthy cause that I feel is worth such a rare post.

Even if you don’t feel led to or can’t financially support the project, read on for some exciting details about what I’ve been working on. Now that the video is live and certain information is public, I can talk about some things that were previously protected by my non-disclosure agreement with the producers.

In brief, some of my filmmaking buddies from Several Houses Productions have put together a project under the working title “To Turn Back Time.” The official plot synopsis (POTENTIAL SPOILERS) is below:

Project Recap: Olympiad XVIII Editor's Pick

Project Recap: Olympiad XVIII

As a freelance camera guy, there are a number of events that I tend to photograph on an annual basis. In 2009 and 2010, I was paid to produce recap videos for Huntington University’s annual Olympiad (a miniature “olympics” only with stranger events…) as a keepsake for the students.

This year, although I wasn’t officially on the job, I was in the area and couldn’t resist watching some of the festivities – and of course I had to bring the camera along for old times sake.

I wanted to test the limits on using a DSLR for video in the sports world. Again, I’d never given this a fair shot, mainly due to the rolling shutter, lack of autofocus, form factor, and other common issues that people have with DSLRs for video.

This being a personal project, I was able to experiment in some new ways and thought I’d use the rest of this post to share my findings.

Back to Business: Summary of Site Updates Editor's Pick
Nov 14 2011

Back to Business: Summary of Site Updates

Blogging should resume as regular here shortly, as the site updates are nearly complete.

A quick update on what’s new and what’s still to come.

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