Saturday, March 28, 2009


Gary Tapp cabling to the Magical Land of Television

It has been a very busy 6 weeks or so. With the build up to next years Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and all of the hoopla associated with it, our special events operations team has been going full bore.

Scooter running Cables

This week the Junos has brought it's circus to town. For those of you not familiar of what a "Juno" is let me explain. Think "Grammy" but Canadian. Yes it's Canada's Music Awards and the show itself is a CTV Network property.

OK - CTV property- I work for a local CTV station- oh oh , its gonna get crazy busy!

The Set on Granville

Rob, Big Dave (on the phone) and Tapper in the SAT Truck

We are now into day 3 of Juno Fest and our show has located itself in the heart of the Entertainment district on Granville Street. It has been quite a gig. Men and resources moving tons of metal and electronic gear, plugging and playing, lighting and shooting, uplinking and transmitting, hoping that when it all comes out at the other end it resembles a Television Show.

The "Mur-monitor"

Stress is high, especially for those who plan these TV field trips. These forays into the streets are not inexpensive. You can see it in the face of our Exec Producer. His over functioning brain must be near the melt down temperature. The trick is to be as far away from the blast radius if it happens.

Jimmy and Coleen on set

Scotty (Scooter) Connerton on Weather Cam

But technically things are going just fine. This is an experienced crew. We have all worked together before and for whatever reason this field adventure has been surprisingly routine and relatively easy on the cardiovascular system.

Wade on Jib

Gary (Barndtman) Barndt on Handheld/ Camera 2 Stage

But wait, it's only day three of four, oh crap when is the other shoe gonna fall?

Stay tuned, but for now, I'm taking cover.

The Junofest Remote Crew at the "Magical Land of Television"


Jack Zhang said...

"Magical Land of Television" is a great way to spice up the crew atmosphere... *BAM!* [end of lame Emeril impersonation]

Looks like the CRTs are finally gone and replaced by LCD monitors...

I had no luck e-mailing you so I'm just gonna ask here:

Which post-secondary place is better to start-up doing what you do? BCIT or Capilano U? (Mind you, I have no Driver's License)

Jack Zhang

'Widescreen' said...

Always difficult maintainting the mojo for blogs.

I went the same way for a while but have picked up. Still think my best stuff behind me and there are days I want to tell but can't find the words or the inclination to even download photos off my phone.

For the few that pass my blog, most only momentarily, it's hard to find inspiration when you think no one gives a fuck really.

Yet we plod on thinking, maybe someone does, and thats why we do it.

Keep it up.

turdpolisher said...

hey dood. good to see you blogging again.

looks like a hell of a crew. some long days ahead, i'm sure.