CLP Moves to Massachusetts

Watching Deer Tick perform live at Austin's SXSW Music Festival

Watching Deer Tick perform live at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival

After three wonderful years in Austin, Texas, Chris Love Productions is making its new home in Newton, Massachusetts. It’s been a wonderful journey, but now I’m coming home to New England.

Wife and dog outside a famous coffee shop in Austin

Wife and dog outside a famous coffee shop in Austin

In the Spring of 2011, after eight years living in the Boston area, I moved to Austin, TX with the intention of living close to the headquarters of Sailgroove.org where I began my sailing video career. Even after launching my own company that needed no physical location, I thoroughly enjoyed life in the breakfast taco capital of the US. Though I was miles from the nearest ocean, Austin was a perfect temporary city for someone like me, along with my wife Andrea and dog Tiller. It offered affordable rent and no income tax for a business that started with no assets whatsoever, live music, great restaurants, festivals, hiking trails, dog parks and lots of active people—even some great sailing at Austin Yacht Club on Lake Travis. But after dozens of trips back and forth to New England to see family and friends, after getting married and thinking about where to buy a house, we decided the Northeast is the place to be.

Through the help of a friend, my family landed a great apartment in Newton Centre, about eight miles from downtown Boston, five miles from my Alma Mater, Boston University, and twenty miles from my hometown of Holliston, MA. My wife enjoys similar mileage to her roots. It’s true what they say about New Englanders—they always come back.

map of newton and boston

New home in Newton Centre, accessible to hundreds of sailing locations on the east coast

But for CLP, this move is about more than coming home, it offers great access to some of sailing’s best locations in the US. In this summer/fall season alone, I have or will shoot in Marblehead, MA; Bristol, North Kingstown, and Newport, RI; and Port Washington and Oyster Bay, NY, all just a short drive from my new home. I also have several contacts in the industry here, allowing me to easily add additional team members to my shoots. So if you’re in the Northeast and thinking about video coverage, give me a call and maybe I’ll just swing by.

CLP Broadcast Debut on ESPNU

Not long ago I bragged about some of my work being shown on TV on local news stations, but today I can say that Chris Love Productions is really making its television debut as ESPNU gets set to air its annual coverage of the College Sailing National Championship. The one-hour show, produced and hosted annually by Gary Jobson, will first air tomorrow, Friday, July 11 at 7:00pm ET on the cable channel operated by ESPN.

Working with Jobson's veteran ESPNU production crew. Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.com

Working with Jobson’s veteran ESPNU production crew. Photo © Brian Schneider / www.ebrianschneider.com

I was honored to be invited to join Jobson Sailing’s production team, who have now produced the show for ten years running. Working alongside producer/host Gary Jobson, shooter Mike Audick, onboard camera guy Jeff Mootz, and editor Scott Shucher, who have been working together for decades, I got to experience true broadcast production in its most professional fashion. I also got to bring in cutting edge new production technology, flying my DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter to provide aerial footage of racing for the first time in this event’s history.

Happy to teach new tricks to broadcast veteran Gary Jobson. Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.com

Teaching new tricks to broadcast veteran Gary Jobson. Photo © Brian Schneider / www.ebrianschneider.com

In addition to the role of pilot, I also had the chance to fill in as interviewer on the final day. While I found it daunting to try to fill the shoes of the singular great American sailing television personality Gary Jobson who, over the past thirty years has been awarded dozens of honors— including two Emmy’s—for his work in the sport, I quickly fell back into the rhythm I first developed covering collegiate racing for Sailgroove.org, making brief connections with sailors and coaches between races as they fight for the national championship.

Capturing the celebration from water and air. Photo © Brian Schneider / www.ebrianschneider.com.

Capturing the celebration from water and air. Photo © Brian Schneider / www.ebrianschneider.com.

I haven’t seen the final show yet, but you can bet I’ll be tuning in this weekend with the rest of the college sailing community. Here is the official release with air times from Jobson Sailing:

Presents

2014 Gill National College Sailing Championship

Sponsored by

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Yale University dominated the Gill National College Sailing Championship last month. It was an impressive performance. Last time Yale won the Coed Championship was 1975.

ESPNU presents a one hour program in high definition on the 2014 regatta. A combination of stabilized on-the-water cameras, onboard images and sound, and for the first time, aerial photography from a drone. This program shows college sailing at its best. Interviews with the sailors and coaches enhance the narrative throughout the two-day regatta that was hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

While Yale ran away with the Championship, the battle for second was hard fought. “College sailing is grateful for ESPNU’s coverage over the past 10 years. It brings this exciting part of our sport alive,” says Mitch Brindley, President, College Sailing.  This program is hosted by Gary Jobson.

Show times on ESPNU:

  • Friday, July 11 at 7:00pm ET
  • Saturday, July 12 at 4:00am ET
  • Saturday, July 12 at 9:00am ET
  • Sunday, July 13 at 8:00am ET

Note, if you can’t catch the show this weekend, check TV listings throughout the summer, as ESPNU frequently re-airs the program without advance notice.


All photos by Brian Schneider / www.ebrianschneider.com.

CLP Shows off Animation in ICSA All American Awards Video

I produced a video for College Sailing to announce their All American awards this year. The live stream was a bit of a mess as I was still editing right up until airtime, but I think the video came out pretty well:

You’ll notice each sailor has his or her own animated graphic and head shot (they start around the three minute mark.) I created these in three steps:

Step 1: Cut them out in Photoshop:

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Step 2: Insert headshot into an Adobe After Effects template that I customized for this show:

after effects screenshot

 

Step 3: Place the animation over video in Adobe Premiere Pro. Each animation is actually a series of still images. This method supports transparency but keeps file size relatively small.

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premiere screenshot

 

As it turns out, creating 50 of these things in a few days is no easy task (and is the reason I nearly missed my deadline,) but I think it adds a lot to a show like this. There is so much an application like After Effects can do, and I’m always learning more about it, but I’m happy to include animated graphics as part of my product offering to clients.

If you’re interested in a video production, with or without graphics, contact me at chris@chrisloveproductions.com and see what I can do for you!

Chalk Talk Season 10 Episode 7 – Nationals Mid-Event Special

Chalk Talk recaps the 2014 Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Nationals and APS Team Race Nationals which concluded in Maryland this week. The gang looks over the list for Gill Coed Dinghy Nationals, which includes two days of Semifinals racing this year, and tells you who to watch out for.

Chalk Talk is presented by US Sailing with support from Zim Sailing

Produced by Chris Love Productions

CLP is on TV

Most of Chris Love Productions’ video productions are intended for the web, the quickest, easiest means for delivering new video content worldwide, overnight. But recently, some of my footage has seen some over-the-air screen time on a few local television stations:


This one is from WGGB-TV in Western Massachusetts, and features video footage I took of a performance of Jamie Kent & the Options on a riverboat in Austin during the South By Southwest Music Festival in March. (Starts at -1:54)



And this one is from WPRI in Rhode Island, featuring my footage from the 2013 US Sailing Junior Championships, played over an interview with Bob Adam from Zim Sailing. Zim and US Sailing are the sponsors of my weekly web series about college sailing, Chalk Talk(Starts at 2:38)