I still think most of my education of shooting and editing came from when I was a kid shadowing my father while he shot high school football games. When I started shooting games myself, I already had a wealth of knowledge and experience from which to pull.
So while I see several of my colleagues posting from Rio on what has to be an incredibly rewarding and deserving experience covering the Olympics, believe it or not, there was no place I'd rather be last night than on the sidelines of two Knoxville area high schools.
At this point, it looks like I'll be able to freelance for WBIR on a few Friday nights when they're a little short-handed. It was a bit of a challenge shooting with the smaller Sony NXCam Camcorder. I'm used to shooting football with larger cameras on the shoulder. While heavier (about 30 lbs.), the weight on my shoulder helps me balance the camera and allows me to shoot tighter and steadier. Then again, I guess it's just what I'm used to because it's how I learned.
Anyway, I hope the highlights to last night's games between Alcoa vs. Webb and Jefferson County vs. Grace Christian Academy met the station's standards. It also happened to be one of those nights when all the highlights were going away from me. As much you can prepare and position yourself, it's still a guessing game there.
Enjoy the highlights as they aired!
Jason Jennings is a freelance videographer based in Knoxville, TN. He previously spent more than a decade covering sports for television stations in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri.