The three biggest nights in news history has got the three laziest employees working behind the scenes.
American Idol Finale
Eastern Conference Finals
I just finished my first short film and I wanted to do something. I wrote a short story based on the short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", but I wasn't ready to jump back into a big production especially with no budget and crew. At work, we had some huge days ahead of us. At this point, I worked the morning shifts and so did the main coordinator. Our boss gave us a week's notice to let us know she needs up for the big three days coming. The big three days were the American Idol Finale, two days worth, and the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. At this point, I have been watching a lot of the Office, well everyone was. It was at its peak. So there it was, I decided to bring in the cameras and set them up and film the night shift; which I thought would be a great idea because most nights some interesting things have happened. In our office, there was a small room dedicated to the Chyron department. I thought I would use this room as our "interview" room. It was usually empty so it sounded like a good plan.
So on day one, I came in a little early and set up the cameras. I told the two employees the idea but no one else. Some people noticed and some didn't. We let it unfold as things happened. During one camera set up, our boss walked in and was like, "What is it?". She wasn't really that mad. As long as we got our work done we could have done anything.
After we set up, we recorded our interviews. I had some people do interviews as well just to add to it. The idea was to do one interview before we started working and a recap at the end of the night.
The next day, I pulled a double shift to get my real work done before I had to cover the nightly tasks. I filmed handheld throughout the day. I got some great discussions about visual effects and a prank. I also filmed a lot of footage that I would then use as the introduction to the episodes.
The third day was the same. I got some interviews and filmed the night shift. By this time everyone knew what I was doing and didn't seem to have a problem with it. All in all, it was out of pure fun. The filming routine was fun and all I could think of was the editing 8 to 10 hours of footage plus the big nights were over and my hours went back to the day shift.
It took me a couple of years to finish the edit because I then changed jobs and had to put it off. But as a dedicated artist, I finished the series and was able to put it out. As it is in every project, it's always worth doing for the experience.
Sean Barther ... Himself
Clint Horvath ... Himself
Enrique Zanabria ... Himself
Santiago Rompotis ... Himself
Genre: Reality-TV, TV Mini-Series
Release Date: 23, 24, 25 May 2011 (USA)
Also Known As: Post Production by Post Production
Filming Locations: Miami, Florida, USA