25-29 October 2021, EVS, New Jersey, US

LIVE SPORTS DIRECTION

Delivered on 25-29 October 2021, the ‘Live Sports Direction’ course will take place in New Jersey, US.

The ‘Live Sports Direction’ course incorporates the essence of HBS’s experience of working on world-class sporting events and uses state-of-the-art EVS broadcast technology that replicates an outside broadcast environment to replace expensive production infrastructures.

Course Details

Venue: EVS, New Jersey, US

Date:  25-29 October 2021

Number of Places: 10

Duration: 5 Days

How to Apply: Please fill out the registration form listed at the bottom of the page.

* Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in this course.

Course Information

The ‘Live Sports Direction’ course incorporates the essence of HBS’s experience of working on world-class sporting events and uses state-of-the-art EVS broadcast technology that replicates outside broadcast environment to replace expensive production infrastructures.

This objective of this training is to benefit those who would like to take on the lead role in Sports Direction, practice the art of storytelling, and handle different camera formations. The theoretical and practical aspects of the course aim to encourage and develop the expertise and creativity of participants. The course will focus on football, basketball, and baseball.

Course Objectives

  • To adopt the best practice for sports story telling across slow motion and replays in soccer, basketball, baseball, and other relevant sports
  • Understand the use of different cameras in a live sports production
  • Develop the ability to undertake medium to large productions
  • Understand various roles in a production team and work effectively as a team
  • Able to effectively use the configured EVS XT3 and X-One

Eligibility

  • Possess understanding of the rules of different kinds of sports
  • Have a general technical understanding on use of various broadcast equipment in live sports production
  • The course will be conducted in English

Sample Course Plan

Note: The below course agenda is for reference purposes only.

Day 1Theory & Practise

  • Fundamentals of multi camera live sport production-Operations, Personnel & Equipment
  • Team leader & communicator. Prior to the OB – site visit, camera positions, etc
  • Cameras cutting & story telling
  • Managing the priorities and guidelines
  • Coverage Philosophy
  • Camera Plans
  • Different styles of directing
  • Camera Positions and Camera Work
  • Explanation of different types of cameras
  • Practise sessions on the Live TV Simulator using production switcher and EVS replay system. Direct a soccer match using 4-6 cameras

Day 2: Theory & Practise

  • Replay Philosophy and Workflows
  • Replay Set-Up
  • Audio Production Plan
  • Key incidents like Goals, Corners, Free Kick, Bookings, Penalty kick, Substitutions, Penalty shoot-out etc.
  • Dressing room, team arrivals, warm up, teams in the tunnel, Anthems/Line-ups, Kick Off, Half time, Post Match, interviews, etc
  • Match Graphics, Controversial incidents, VIP coverage
  • Practise Session on the simulator: Direct a soccer match
  • Case Study: Review a soccer match, create a camera plan, and explain their philosophy of directing/storytelling of some major incidents
  • Practise Session on the simulator

Day 3: Practise

  • Practise session on the Live TV Simulator session and EVS replay system ─ Direct a soccer match
  • Case Study: Review a soccer match, create a camera plan, and explain their philosophy of directing/storytelling of some major incidents

Day 4: Theory & Practise

  • Fundamentals of multi-camera live sport production in Basketball -Operations, Personnel & Equipment
  • Camera Plans & Camera Work
  • Production Guidelines – Pre-Match, Players Entrance, Graphics, Game Start/Service, Ball Exchanges, Reactions
  • Cameras cutting & story telling
  • Match Coverage philosophy
  • Replays
  • Practise Session on the simulator

Day 5: Theory & Practise

  • Fundamentals of multi camera live sport production in Baseball -Operations, Personnel & Equipment
  • Camera Plans & Camera Work
  • Production Guidelines – Pre-Match, Players Entrance, Graphics, Game Start/Service, Ball Exchanges, Reactions
  • Cameras cutting & story telling
  • Match Coverage philosophy
  • Replays
  • Case study submission by each participant, trainer feedback & evaluation of the session
  • Practise Session on the simulator
  • Certificates distribution & closing ceremony

Our Expert

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John Watts, Executive Sports Producer & Director

  • One of the world’s most experienced multi-camera live sports directors.
  • Won a BAFTA award and received 10 nominations, plus 4 Royal Television Society awards and a RTS Fellowship.
  • His extensive football credits include six English FA Cup finals, five English League Cup Finals, over 20 years of UEFA Champions League coverage – including the Finals in 2002, 2003 and 4K coverage of the Final in 2016.
  • He has directed the host broadcast coverage at the FIFA World Cup™ in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and the European Championship in 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

For more information about our experts, please click here.

The Professional Equipment

Live TV Simulator XT3

Based on EVS technology, the XT3 Live TV Simulator is a tool to re-create the experience of live direction within a controlled environment. It includes two EVS XT3 live video servers with two remotes and an IP director – enabling up to 12 ISO camera feeds in High Definition 1080i format for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-motion tools and a Dyvi live video switcher. The system allows a single production operator to create replays, control audio, cut together a live feed with a built-in video switcher and even add graphics to live programming.

X-One

The X-One enables up to 6 ISO camera feeds in High Definition 1080i format for ingest/playout. Based on EVS technology of X-One, the Unified Live Production Simulator can import any other media files. X-One features a contextualised user interface (UI) that adapts to the type of production on which it is deployed. This allows a single operator to manage graphics, audio and replays with ease.

Broadcast Academy will endeavour to ensure minimal risks due to the current Covid-19 situation. At any given time, keeping in mind the health and security of our participants, we may reorganise our sessions to meet CDC guidelines. The participants will be notified prior to any such changes.

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