Having never been a huge follower of baseball, I never thought I would be at Coca-Cola field for my first internship with the Buffalo Bisons this Summer. However, I am glad that I took the Bisons into consideration after a friend had mentioned to me that he was interning there. I am required to be at the stadium to set up two hours before every game (we get to eat then, too) and an hour after. Some days are very long, others short, based on the weather and the score of the game.
So far, I have spent a week with the video production crew making/editing graphics, rolling videos for the Jumbotron, working cameras on the field, making pre-game videos with Ben Wagner (the voice of the Bisons), and setting up post-game interviews with the coach and key players. I was also responsible for uploading highlights and interviews to the Bisons website and FTP, which makes highlights available to the local news. I guess you could say I’ve had a lot of experience in seven days. From here on out, I will be making videos in between home stands that I was told I am allowed to get very creative with and I am looking forward to that.
One of the things I have been doing the most is working with Adobe Premiere and Photoshop to create a fun video called “Celebrity Look Alike.” For “Celebrity Look Alike,” I receive clips of fans throughout the game from one of the cameramen and compare them side by side with an image of the celeb they look most like. It’s fun for the whole crowd, and always satisfying to hear a roar of laughter from a dead on or silly look alike.
Some things that I haven’t done yet at Bisons and would like to include: operating the switchboard, shooting on the DSLR, and operating the K2 Dyno Replay system. I’m sure that I will get the chance to do all those things. Overall, I’m grateful to have this opportunity with the Bisons since the staff has been very welcoming and everything has been very hands-on.