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Goal Line Lenses ESPN Documentary With Fujinon HD?151: The Greatest Streak? to Air Tonight on ESPN2 (December 14, 2004)
De La Salle High, an all-male Catholic high school in Concord, California, recently captured national attention with its football teams record-shattering 151-game winning streak. That streak caught the attention of sports network ESPN, which purchased the rights to ?151: The Greatest Streak, a documentary on the team that debuts tonight on ESPN2. Goal Line Productions, a full service production company based in Pleasanton, California, filmed the documentary at De La Salle High and Seahawk Stadium in Seattle home of the NFLs Seattle Seahawks and site of a recent De La Salle High game. Goal Line Productions used three Fujinon HD lenses for the shoot, opting for the more cost-efficient HD format over film: one XA101x8.9BESM zoom, one HA22x7.8BERM/RD ENG-style lens and one HA18x7.6BERM/RD ENG-style lens.
A portion of the documentary covers a September 4, 2004 game held at Seahawk Stadium between De La Salle High and Bellevue High School. Goal Line, owned by NFL football legend/broadcaster John Madden and his son Joe, went with a three-camera shoot for the production. Fujinons XA101x8.9, the widest sport lens in the industry, was positioned at the 50-yard line and captured play action across the entire field, while the HA22x7.8 handled sideline shoots and locker room events. The HA18x7.6 was used for close-ups and handheld coverage for specific highlight clips. All three lenses were affixed to Panasonic Varicam HD cameras.
Anton Laines, a freelance producer associated with Goal Line, was an integral part of the documentary production team. According to Laines, Goal Line Productions prefers Fujinon lenses for numerous reasons, ranging from flexibility and outstanding image quality to impeccable customer service. The company consistently uses its HA22x7.8 for commercial spots, industrial projects and corporate video shoots.
?We needed a range of lenses that would provide the flexibility we needed for this shoot, said Laines. ?The XA101x8.9 wide angle zoom allowed us to frame nearly the entire stadium in a single shot. Anyone whos seen the game footage so far, from the wide angle shots to the highlight clips, has been blown away. All three lenses were important to the shoot, and the value each lens brought to the documentary is amazing.
Laines added that choosing HD over film was a major advantage in terms of cost. ?I come from a film background but have thoroughly researched HD, he said. ?In the realm of television, a well-captured HD image is comparable to film. Film provides a certain aesthetic look, but quality HD lenses, such as those from Fujinon, capture a comparable and sometimes sharper image. Using HD, I was able to produce 60 hours of footage and thoroughly immerse myself within the content of this documentary. My budget would have doubled if Id chosen film.
Goal Line Productions is currently using its HA22x7.8BERM lens for an industrial video for a leading event ticket distribution companies, as well as test shoots for several advertising agencies.
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema and industrial markets. The companys line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television.
For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 973- 633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinonbroadcast.com.
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