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.

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.

Watch the Third Party Presidential Debate – 9pm Tonight Editor's Pick

Watch the Third Party Presidential Debate – 9pm Tonight

I don’t like getting into politics anymore than the next guy, but unfortunately broadcasting and politics mix once every four years in the form of …drumroll…Presidential debates.

The three Presidential debates between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were naturally heavily publicized and viewed by a huge number of potential voters. However, President Obama actually has around 150 challengers if you include third party candidates and recognized write-in candidates. They have once again received considerably less press.

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.

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:

Oscar Recap: The Results Are In Editor's Pick
Feb 27 2012

Oscar Recap: The Results Are In

If you kept up with my posts last week, then you’re familiar with my article on the predicted winners from last night’s Academy Awards. How did I do?

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.

Site Update: Additions and Improvements Editor's Pick
Aug 16 2011

Demo Reel Now Live Editor's Pick

Demo Reel Now Live

If you’re wondering what I spend my time doing when I’m not blogging take a look at my new “Film Reel” page. I’ve recently posted my February 2011 Demo Reel to the page. This reel¬†features a variety of projects that I’ve worked on in some capacity over the past few years. My¬†roles in creating the […]

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