Final Video Story – A’s Stuck

For my final video story for COM 561: Professional Multimedia Content Creation, I made many changes from my original draft.

I wanted to tell the story about the Oakland A’s current stadium issue and the strange reasons why they can not move to San Jose even though they want to, San Jose wants them to and there is money to build a park. Many people ask here in the Bay Area “Why can’t they just move to San Jose?”

I decided to make a video that would answer that question.

I first wrote out exactly what I was going to say and then carved up the script. I wanted to say the script piece by piece all over the Bay Area in front of the relevant locations: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Fremont.

I would be speaking into camera and saying the relevant sections. Seeing I did not have a camera operator to lug around the Bay Area with me, I did the video selfie style. That has its limitations and the shots were shakier than I would have hoped.

I cut the piece together, adding a few titles with Adobe Premiere.

At the suggestion of some of my classmates, I made clearer maps showing the breakdown of the territorial rights using Photoshop and maps from Microsoft Maps. (The remaining photograph in the piece of AT&T Park was taken by me.)

I also shot new footage of me in front of the remains of Candlestick Park. This gave the narration more of a common sound, albeit kind of windy.

I also trimmed the video to just under 3 minutes. This meant cutting a quick shot at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara and a few lines here and there.

Mixed down, I uploaded the video to YouTube and published here on WordPress.

WSU Draft Video Story – A’s Stuck

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For my video story in WSU COM 561, I decided to focus again on my fascination with the Oakland A’s and their stadium mess.

As a baseball podcaster based in the San Francisco Bay Area, I often get asked why are the Oakland Athletics stuck playing in an awful stadium when the city of San Jose is willing to have them move to their city and build them a stadium.

I decided to use this video as a method to explain it the best that I can.

My idea was to explain it piece by piece speaking into the camera, but where I am standing physically will be in the various places that are relevant to the story.

The illusion would be it is one continuous explanation with me physically hopping from place to place but never breaking the narrative.

The result was me running all around the Bay Area with the various backdrops.

I wrote out the script and then split the text into different locations. Some sentences would be said in Oakland, others in San Jose, others in Fremont, still more in Santa Clara, a few in front of Cisco headquarters and more in San Francisco.

The San Francisco segment needs to be reshot as the sound simply did not work. In its place, I put in a placeholder of the sound.

I also designed a few illustrations in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photo Shop, but they are not complete yet. Temporary place holders are in this draft.

I played with titles and graphics to help keep where I was physically in the Bay Area clear. I also experimented with various transitions to try and keep a seamless feel to the piece.

The image of the 1958 San Francisco Giants and of the 1989 World Series are owned by The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The image of the San Francisco Stadium proposal is owned by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The image of the Golden Gate Bridge is owned by

The maps were screengrabs of GoogleMaps.

The photo of the split hat and of AT&T Park were taken by me.

I know for the final draft, I need to include the Photoshop and Illustrator images of the territorial split and the spots where the A’s tried to move that will help the overall flow of the video.


Below is a JPG of my Storyboard.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 24, 2015

Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The A’s had 7 All Stars in 2014. After today’s deal of Scott Kazmir, only the injured Sean Doolittle is left.

Michael Conforto is heading to the Mets. But their lineup needs a savior with at least one at bat above Double A!

It is a Flushing Centric episode 1,004 for The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jose Altuve, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Ervin Santana, Mike Napoli, David Price, Ian Desmond and Bartolo Colon all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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