Here are some examples of the video journalism I produced at The Spokesman-Review. To view any of these in high definition, please visit my Vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/nickeaton/videos.
Eastern Washington University mascot tryouts
Ever been sitting around at a football game and wondered who’s running around in that mascot suit? Well, no one will tell you once they choose someone. That’s why you have to go to the tryouts to see how hot, sweaty and exhausting being a mascot truly can be.
I shot this with a standard-def Sony DCR-SR200 camcorder and edited in Final Cut. The big challenge was color correction, due to poor lighting conditions in the gym. One wall was covered with mirrors, which limited framing and movement.
A Saturday afternoon at the Pine Bowl
Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., is a small school. So it has a small football stadium. The Pine Bowl, nestled among pine trees and brick buildings, provides Pirates fans an intimate setting to watch their favorite team. It’s small-town football, but in a city.
I shot this with a high-def Sony HVR-A1U and edited it in Final Cut Pro. This was on deadline. The weather kept changing so I set the camera on auto white balance, which necessitated color correction on just about every shot. It’s a short piece — all it needs to be.
First day of WSU football practice
An optimistic Washington State University football team takes the field for the first time in the fall season. The Cougars were facing a number of obstacles — they got a new head coach, a new offensive scheme and a new starting quarterback.
I shot this with a high-def Sony HVR-A1U and edited it in Final Cut. As with all sports video, the challenge here was getting close enough to the action. And sifting through all the footage for some good shots.
Joel Building fire in downtown Spokane
A building fire in downtown Spokane sent plumes of chemical-ridden smoke high into the air, visible for miles around. Every on-duty firefighter from the Spokane Fire Department was at the scene. The Joel Building housed a photography studio, a restaurant and several nearly-completed condos.
I shot this with a standard-def Sony DCR-SR200 and edited it in Final Cut. This was on deadline. Other than running around amid tons of smoke, the challenge here was audio. With so many engines and pumps and radios making racket, it’s hard to find a place to do interviews.
The Mike & Greg Show: Episode 4
This was an experiment at The Spokesman-Review to get veteran sports reporters in front of the camera. Mike Vlahovich, the Washington preps writer, and Greg Lee, the Idaho preps writers, pick their favorites for the upcoming weekend.
On location, I shot this with two cameras: a high-def Sony HVR-A1U for the static shots and a high-def Canon HF10 for the close-ups. Mike and Greg each have their own wireless lavalier mic. I edited it on Final Cut Pro and used Motion for the text.
Sprint boats at Webb’s Slough
The Pacific Northwest is the only place in the United States where people race sprint boats. The sport originated in Australia and has become an expensive hobby for a lot of families here. The racers soup up these boats to race against the clock, following a set course through twists and turns carved out of a field. It was the second race ever at Webb’s Slough in St. John, Wash.
I shot this with a standard-def Sony DCR-SR200 and edited it in Final Cut. I wrote and recorded the voiceover myself. The challenge here was getting close enough to the action and getting usable audio. And keeping dry and clean (I didn’t).
Spokane Chiefs commemorate Memorial Cup win
Spokane Area was filled to the brim for the Chiefs’ home opener. Hockey fans got a treat when, before face-off, the team celebrated their big accomplishment from last season: winning the Memorial Cup championship.
I shot this with a high-def Sony HVR-A1U and edited it in Final Cut Pro. This was on deadline. Obviously, the challenge here was a low-light environment. I turned on the LED light I attached to the camera, but it wasn’t enough. I did what I could to get some crowd shots.
WSU women’s rowing team
One of the vastly underappreciated sports out there is rowing, a beautiful and graceful sport with an underlying reality of brutal training regimens, early-morning practices and harsh weather. The Washington State University team is one of the best in the Pac-10, and hence in the top tier nationally.
I shot this with a standard-def Sony DCR-SR200 and edited it in Final Cut. A major challenge was just getting steady shots, being whipped around in the coach’s chase boat and bouncing over waves. Sound was another challenge, but engine noise was unavoidable.
Kids’ camp with the Spokane Indians
Who can pass up a video about a kids’ camp? As the Spokane Indians beat (print) reporter, I arrived at Avista Stadium a few hours early to shoot some footage. The kids got pointers from professional baseball players and got to show off their skills.
I shot this with a standard-def Sony DCR-SR200 and edited it in Final Cut. It was a challenge getting good audio with all those kids running around screaming.
Avista Stadium renovation
Every stadium has its history. Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash., has been home to minor-league baseball teams for more than 50 years. But the ballpark has seen some big upgrades. This is a look at the newest updates, plus a blast from the past.
I shot the stadium footage with a standard-def Sony DCR-SR200, used file photos from The Spokesman-Review’s vault and got stock music. The challenge in producing this video was using motion on the still photos, which took some time to master.
WSU basketball reserve players
Who are those guys who sit on the bench and rarely play in a real basketball game? They’re the reserves, and they play an integral role in the success of a team. I caught up with a few of them from the Sweet Sixteen-bound 2008 WSU basketball team, and asked how they see themselves as a part of the team.
I shot this with a standard-def Sony DCR-SR200, and edited it in Final Cut. I had some trouble with Sony’s Bluetooth wireless microphone — cell phones interfere with it. That was a challenge, along with the access limitations of shooting a long piece about a high-profile Pac-10 team.
Favored Spokane Shock lose the Arena Cup
The Spokane Shock, highly favored to win the Arena Cup, choked in the final game and let the Arena Football 2 championship slide into the hands of the Tennessee Valley Vipers. The head coach and players were a little stunned.
I shot this with a high-def Sony HVR-A1U and edited it in Final Cut. This was on deadline. The challenges here were juggling the camera, microphone and focus all while trying to ask people questions when they were just trying to get to the locker room.
WSU football loses in Seattle
The Washington State University football team traveled to the other side of the Cascade Mountains for their annual game in Seattle’s Qwest Field. It was the first game of the season, and just the first in a long string of losses. And it was Paul Wulff’s inaugural game as head coach.
I shot this with a high-def Sony HVR-A1U camera and edited it in Final Cut Pro. This was on deadline. The microphone feed from the media room was giving me trouble, so the audio was a challenge. That was a quick fix for my next highlight/post-game video.