In the television business, you get to meet many famous and important people. Movie and TV stars, Presidents, politicians, sports figures, the list goes on. Then there are times when you get to meet truly amazing people. BVA Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Steve Sterling were honored to meet and interview Bishop Desmond Tutu at Villanova University in Philadelphia for Catholic Relief Services.
The Baltimore Visual Arts crew traveled to Richmond, VA to give one lucky viewer of "Good Day Live" a surprise makeover. Millions of viewers across the country tuned in as this mom was treated like a queen for a day.
Washington, DC shook with the sound of thunder, as Rolling Thunder made it's way into the Nation's Capitol. Baltimore Visual Arts Producer/Audio Tech Joe Marks and Cameraman Warren Watson covered the event for Speed Channel's "2 Wheel Tuesday". With over 500,000 motorcycle riders showed their support, the BVA crew interviewed Rolling Thunder President Artie Muller along with military veterans, active duty personnel, motorcycle riders and other supporters of Rolling Thunder about their noble cause.
Hideki Matsui is arguably one of the most popular baseball players both in his native Japan and in America. When the New York Yankees came to Baltimore the media was close behind. That's where BVA Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Joe Marks caught up with the Yankees outfielder, to shoot pre and post game interviews with this Japanese baseball legend for TV Tokyo.
"Modern Marvels" has been one of the most popular shows on The History Channel and when the call came from Screaming Flea Productions to shoot on-camera interviews for one "Modern Marvels: Tech Effect", the crew at Baltimore Visual Arts just had to say yes! BVA Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Dan Cook shot several interviews with experts in military weaponry for this exciting show.
BVA Cameraman Warren Watson traveled to Ft. Wayne, IN for the opening round of the 2004 ATPA tractor pull series for ESPN. Snow and freezing temperatures mean the event takes place indoors (hey, it's January after all), presenting it's own series of challenges. For instance, a large tube has to be run from the vehicles to route the exhaust outdoors. The tube is large and moves with the tractor as it goes down the track. Warren had to be mindful of the exhaust tube so he doesn't get tripped up by the tube while shooting...not an easy task. But Warren kept one eye on the viewfinder and the other on the tube to produce winning shots...just what ESPN expected!
2004 got off to a roaring start when the motorcycle show roared into New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center. BVA Cameraman worked with Speed
Channel correspondent Orli Auchlander to profile Ducati's 2004 new and retro models.
Early morning shoots? That's nothing new for the crew at Baltimore Visual Arts. We arrived bright and early at the
suburban Washington home of ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kirkjin for a live interview on ESPN's "Cold Pizza". Tim discussed allegations that Barry Bonds
may have used human growth hormones and if that will hamper his induction into the hall of fame. BVA Cameraman Warren Watson and Satellite Uplink
Engineer Steve Adams of Crawford Communications made sure the live shot looked great and went off without a hitch.
As Autumn began in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Super Chevy Show made a stop in Petersburg, VA for the 8th round of their drag racing championship. Always ready for adventure, BVA Cameraman Warren Watson wasn't afraid to get close to the action. From Nitro burning coupes to 300+ mph jet dragsters, Warren captured all the ground-pounding excitement for ESPN.
The waters and farmland of Maryland's Eastern Shore served as the backdrop for a series of television commercials for Shore BancShares. When several banks, financial and insurance institutions merged to form Shore Bancshares, they needed a new corporate identity and branding campaign. The Baltimore Visual Arts crew went to work shooting in Easton, Centreville, Oxford and other locations around the shore to create a series of commercials to introduce the new company to the public. The result - a smashing success!
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume took some time out of his busy schedule to appear in the VH1 special "VH1 Goes Inside Barbershop". Mr. Mfume provided interesting observations into this special film as BVA Cameraman Warren Watson, Audio Tech Dan Cook and Make-up Artist Annabelle MacNeal covered this most insightful interview for VH1.
Problem with that golf swing? Trouble with that putt? Want to know what exercises help you golf like a pro? Well, The Golf Channel can help. BVA Cameraman Warren Watson teamed up with Cameramen Peter Kulsziki and Brian Buckley and Audio Guru Bill Kaplan for a with a series of golf tips designed to improve your score. These vignettes offered tips for improving your swing, golf-specific exercises and other tips that'll have you shouting "East your heart out Tiger Woods"!
Home makeovers are the all the rage and Home & Garden Television (HGTV) has contributed to the home makeover madness. The Baltimore Visual Arts crew shot several segments for HGTV's "Designer's Challenge" around the Baltimore and Washington, DC area. Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Dan Cook worked with Producer/Director Eric Mathis and Cameraman John Lawrence to capture the homes in their current condition and later with the homeowners as they meet with three designers who presented three different visions for the makeover. The homeowners will choose only one designer who will do a complete makeover of a room within the home.
Nascar's thunder rolled into the quiet hills of Lond Pond, PA for the Pocono 500 and BVA Cameraman Warren Watson provided coverage of the race from Friday's practice to Sunday's post race interviews for ESPN's "RPM 2 Day". ESPN reporter extraordinaire Mike Massaro provided the talent, Ted McFlynn produced the live shots and packages and Crawford Communications' John "Roadmap" Rhodes supplied the satellite uplink to ESPN in Bristol, CT. Nascar's Kenny Wallace got in on the fun Sunday morning by providing some pre-race insight and prognostication.
MTV News came to Washington, DC to cover the US Supreme Court's hearing on Affirmative Action in conjunction with the Affirmative Action rally. The Baltimore Visual Arts camera crew provided outstanding coverage of the events. Working with MTV News correspondent SuChin Pak, BVA Cameraman Warren Watson, Audio Tech Dan Cook and Make-up Artist Leslie Storms shot interviews with teens and adults on both sides of the issue along with politicians and celebrities.
Food, glorious food, all around! BVA Cameraman Warren Watson had a great assignment: to shoot (and sneak
samples) of amazing mouth watering food being prepared at the McCormick Spice Company for the company's interactive DVD. Along with making
spices, McCormick tests new flavor combinations for consumers and restaurants. From chemical analysis to flavor blending and focus group
testing, the BVA crew captured the science, technology and research that goes into making the flavors and textures for the foods we eat.
Ah, the life of a television camera crew...watching the game from the sidelines, taking a boat out on the
Chesapeake Bay for some Bass fishing...what a life! HealthSouth and the Baltimore Visual Arts crew were back together again shooting segments for
HealthSouth's magazine show "Back to Health". HealthSouth reporter Roswell Encina provided the talent in front of the lens while BVA Cameraman Warren
Watson and Audio Tech Dan Cook provided the talent behind the scenes. The BVA crew shot interviews and a game with Washington Redskin's Kevin Mitchell
about Kevin's surgery to repair his shoulder injury. For another "Back to Health" story, the gang was on a boat in the Chesapeake Bay to capture the
fun and excitement of Bass fishing.
Gasoline, Nitrous Oxide and burning rubber mixed with the hot sun in Englishtown, NJ for the NHRA Import Drag Racing series airing on ESPN2. BVA Cameraman Warren Watson captured the action of the 500+ horsepower rockets as they prepared to do battle with drag racers from across the country in this highly competitive sport. With Warren at the starting line and five other cameras positioned around the track, not a second of excitement was missed.
The Baltimore Visual Arts crew reunited with MTV for their show "Driven", focusing on the 80's heavy metal band Motley Crue. Cameraman Warren Watson, Audio Tech Chilly Consad and Production Assistant Angela McCrae interviewed Joe Marks, a former bass player with in the early days of Motley Crue, when they were known as RockCandi. The Baltimore Visual Arts crew captured the crucial and insightful comments Joe made about his days with the band and his former band mates Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nick Mars and Nikki Sixx. Interestingly, Joe now lives in the Baltimore are and works as a video editor.
The Outdoor Life Network called on Baltimore Visual Arts to shoot a segment for an upcoming show. The segment
centered around winning Baltimore area mountain bike and road-race bike racers as they battle to win the "Race for Pulaski" in Baltimore. The
segment also spotlighted Trek bicycles and how much bicycle technology has improved in recent years. During the two day shoot, Cameraman Warren
Watson and Audio Tech Cucillo "Chilly" Consad worked with Outdoor Life's John Carter to get interviews with the racers and the exciting racing action.
The show aired in June '02 on OLN.
Accounting firm Clifton Gunderson hired Baltimore Visual Arts to shoot an on-camera presentation with board member
Terry Hancock for their employee communications video. With Michael Shannon on Teleprompter, Warren Watson on camera and Matt Mickelson on
audio, Terry gave a winning presentation...in just one take! Hmmm...maybe Terry should have his own TV show.
Grizzly Adams Productions came back to Washington DC and back to Baltimore Visual Arts for their show on Pax TV,
"Encounters with the Unexplained". Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Matt Mickelson worked with Producer Gail Fallen to shoot several
interviews with experts for upcoming episodes on Jimmy Hoffa, the story behind TWA flight 800, and Amelia Earhart.
The Baltimore Visual Arts crew traveled to Richmond, VA for West Coast Projections to shoot an interview
for Guidant Systems, a designer and developer of cardiovascular products. Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech David Tiller interview a
Guidant Regional Manager about Guidant's new product line.
Baltimore's Patterson Park was the setting for the National Cyclocross and Supercup Finals (often called
the "steeplechase of cycling"). Baltimore Visual Arts was there as Cameramen Matt Mickelson and Grant Peacock along with Audio Tech Dan Cook
captured the event for Broganer Productions with Producers Dave Broganer and John Coscia. The race will air on the Outdoor Life Network in January
Baltimore Visual Arts helped Healthsouth and Vazda Studios with their corporate magazine show, "Back to Health". Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Dan Cook, along with Healthsouth Producer Roswell Encina interviewed several chiropractors about holistic health and alternative therapies in Waldorf, MD. The crew also toured a Healthsouth MRI facility and taped an interview with an MRI / MRA doctor.
CBS News Productions is producing a new documentary series for the History Channel called "High Tech Weapons", scheduled to air in March 2002. The Baltimore Visual Arts crew, with Warren Watson on camera and Dan Cook on audio, worked with CBS Producer Ann Dean to shoot interviews with experts about the M1-A1 and M1-A2 tanks.
MTV called on Baltimore Visual Arts to shoot a stylized interview with rapper DMX in Washington DC
for their hit show "Diary". Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Scott Penhallegon provided MTV with the look they were after.
AMS Production Group from Dallas came to the Washington DC area to shoot a series of testimonials for a commercial and corporate video for a female fertility drug. Cameraman Warren Watson, Lighting Director John Miyagawa, Audio Tech Brett Zinger and Make up artist Annabelle McNeal work with AMS Producer Gary Zahora, to get just the look they were after.
Chet Burks Productions asked Baltimore Visual Arts to travel to Raleigh, NC for their show "Bikeweek". Italian motorcycle manufacturer Moto Guzzi celebrated their 80th Annaversary at their US headquarters. Cameraman Warren Watson shot interviews with Moto Guzzi owners and factory backed Grand Prix racers, along with show wrap-arounds with Bikeweek host Dave Despain and Producer Greg White.
The day before, Warren, Dave and Greg were in Colleen, VA for another "Bikewek" episode about a scooter rally. Owners of Vespas, Lanbrettas and Aprilias from all over the East Coast met for a weekend of two-wheeled scooter fun.
E! Entertainment Television called on Baltimore Visual Arts for "Celebrity Profile: Kathie Lee
Gifford". Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Kirk Tarter provided picture and sound as E! interviewed Mitchie Mader, Kathie Lee's sister and
Kathie Lee's long time friend Jill Strickland.
The Presidential Election was over, the Chad issue was settled (finally), and George W. Bush became
President. Baltimore Visual Arts was there as Cameraman Warren Watson and Audio Tech Dan Cook covered the Presidential Inauguration in
Washington DC for NBC News.