Thursday, August 20, 2020

An Unusual Fall

CMU Women's Soccer meeting during half time, Nov 2019

Friday night lights, Saturday afternoons on the sidelines, Victory Light Sundays, band performances and appearances throughout the week.  These are just some of the things that we look forward to every fall.

If this were a normal fall, we at HDIC Productions would be buzzing with energy, getting ready for the busy fall schedule that we always face.  For me personally, I would be deep cleaning my cameras and lenses, syncing up my calendar with the Tartan Athletics home schedule, taking note of the Pitt Band performances and trumpet guards, and scheduling other photo shoots for events that happen every year.  Alas, this is not a normal year.  My cameras are in storage, the Tartans will not be active this autumn, it's doubtful that Pitt Band will be performing regularly and having Trumpet Guards, and all the other events that I normally shoot are cancelled.

Pitt Band Snake during Homecoming, Oct 2019
The last photo shoot HDIC Productions conducted was February 29th, 2020- The Tartan Basketball teams against the Case Western Reserve University Spartans.  It was also senior day.  What a day that was.  Both teams won, the women ended up winning the game by one point in double overtime.  That was one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking basketball games I've ever been to with the Tartans.  I was scheduled to be at the first softball game of the season that next week, but it was cancelled due to rain.  The week after that, the Tartans cancelled all remaining athletic events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With the seasons cancelled, campuses closed, and stay-at-home orders in place, HDIC Productions has cancelled all of their photo shoots since mid-March.  That doesn't mean we haven't done anything, though.  We worked with our friends at the Plum Brass Quintet to do an "At Home" video series.  We also worked with the Shadyside Brass with the PBQ to do an even larger "At Home" video.  We're in the process of learning some more of Adobe Creative Cloud, namely Adobe Audition, and continuing to learn Adobe After Effects.  We've debuted the new intro for HDIC Productions, which replaces the particle fly-in with the old logo and have been working on reorganizing all of our archive footage.

CMU Women's Basketball celebrate a senior day win, Feb 2020

So, what do we have in store?  We are finishing up our archive footage reorganization, and next, we're going to start pulling footage from the archive to release some videos that we have never released from already shot footage.  We are still able to do "At Home" videos, so if you or someone you know would like to make a video, please get in touch with us.  We're hoping to restart our on-site photography and videography in the near future.  You can stay up to date with the information on our website.  Please take care of yourselves in this crazy new world we live in.  We're all in this together.

All media copyright 2019-2020 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions.

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