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 SFGate.com.
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.