Inside PantherVision: From One Season to Another

On the fourth Wednesday of every month, a member of the PantherVision staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming next Monday: Academics

Hello Panther Family! I must say it has been a hectic month since we last talked, but I hope that you have enjoyed all of the latest video footage on GeorgiaStateSports.com. As I mentioned in my last blog, this is my first year at Georgia State, so I am getting to see first-hand how certain sport-seasons overlap and the challenges (and rewards) that come from each.

Our fall sports are all in conference season and looking for Sun Belt championships. It is excited to be working with those teams and having the opportunity to watch them improve over the course of the year. Hopefully some (or all) of them can bring home conference championships and make NCAA tournament appearances. I am also starting to work with the women’s basketball team and making preparations for everything that we will show off to our fans in the coming weeks.

What does that all mean right now…a lot of overlap and time management. We have had several days with multiple events and we hope that you have been able to follow along at all of them.

This will be my first season working with the women’s basketball team and I look forward to seeing what it entails. Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener has a great group of young women who I think are going to have a great season. I know some of you may wonder what kind of preparation goes into making these games such an excellent experience for you from a video content side. Believe it or not, it’s a lot, but these are the challenges that make my job fun.

It begins with quite a few meetings to go over the design elements we want and what type of elements we are going to include during the season. Wade Johnston and I started developing elements for both basketball programs more than a month ago so that a unique look could be created for each team.

We do all this while making sure we keep our fans up to date with all the current sports in a small time frame. As teams enter conference championships, we want to make sure we can give our fans as much behind-the-scenes content as possible. We also need to continue wrapping up design content for basketball and move into shooting and editing intro and promo videos.

In just the last few weeks, we have already shot head shots and promotional pieces for women’s basketball and will look to finish up shooting and editing of the intro video in the coming days.

I chose to write about this because I know some people love what we do and always wonder what takes to make it happen. We have a lot in store for our basketball fans this winter and hope that when you come out to the Sports Arena, you keep your eyes on the court (and video board of course) as you just never know the surprises we will show you.

Thanks for reading and I will talk you this time next month!

–Sherik Hodge

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