Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Get'Em to Memphis" concert at Harrah's Reno Plaza on 09/11/11

View the video I shot at - http://www.nagelvideoservices.com/video-gallery.html

I had some fun this past Sunday, 09/11/11, as I got to video tape the Reno Blues Society's "Get'Em to Memphis" concert at Harrah's Reno outdoor plaza. It was a great way to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 as right in the middle of our concert a procession of motorcycles drove down Virginia St carrying flags and reminding us of how lucky we are to live in a county the celebrates freedom and the sacrifice that others have made for us.
It was a beautiful day out on the plaza and as you can see I had the luxury of securing a spot in the Front Of House area with the rest of the Harrah's crew (http://www.harrahsreno.com/). They were pro's as usual and Tom Crist their Entertainment Manager does a wonderful job of keeping things professional and fun. It was a single camera shoot with my JVC D500. I need to upgrade and get a external hard drive so I can eliminate those lame mini DV tapes. But I documented the afternoon well and got all the bands on video.
The Reno Blues Society (www.renoblues.org/) produced this event led by the hardest working Blues advocate I know - Sherrie Clay. She did a great job of managing that stage and keeping things moving. There were 12 separate acts all vying for a chance to represent Reno in the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. This is the largest Blues showcase in the world for bands trying to make it to the national stage. I was proud of all our acts who performed that day and knew that any of them would represent Reno well.
Here I am goofing with Franklin Spicer (on the left) of the Schall Adams Band (http://www.schalladamsband.com/) and Jason King (middle) of the Jason King Band (http://www.jasonkingband.com/). These guys really know how to get down dirty with the blues and are probably two of my favorite bands in town. Franklin plays the keys with reckless abandon whether he's sitting, standing or on his knees and Jason is a guitar master with a great stage presence. What I like most about these 2 bands is that they play their own original tunes. As it turns out the Jason King Band was the winner of the band category and will be going back to Memphis to represent Reno for the second year in a row. Congrats Jason! And congrats should also go out to the Hellbusters who won in the Solo/Duo category. Who would've thunk we'd have so much blues talent here in Reno? Well we do and I was there to video tape it all on 09/11/11. I love being the Reno Camera Guy.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2011 Nevada High School Football Season Kicks Off !

Hey sports fans, it's your Reno Camera Guy (Bill Nagel) reporting back to you that 2011 Nevada High School Football Season has begun!!! Yay! Here I am working the Reno/Damonte Ranch game last Thursday, Sept 1st. It was the second game of the season for us and as you can see I'm up on the high camera. I love working the high camera because I almost always have power (no need for batteries) and I don't have to worry about getting slammed by players on the sidelines. It was a great game with Reno making a 4th quarter comeback for the win. As always you can see video highlights on the GSP website -  http://gustinsports.com/.
Here's Eric Darensburg of Envision Video (http://envisionvideoreno.com/home) unloading his cameras in front of our Burning Man Special Production Truck. Hey it's got a bathroom and shower, not many production trucks can say that! It sure makes it easy to setup and strike. We can get everything broken down and put away in 20 minutes.
Here I am working in the sunshine lugging some cables before the game. 

On my way up to my camera position I pass through the talent booth. This is where Dan Gustin (http://gustinsports.com/) and his partner call the game. I love doing a weekly game and watching these kids leave it all on the field. You can see video highlights on Dan's website -  http://gustinsports.com/. Let me know what you think of my work. I know there's always room for improvement.

Well we started the game in the sun but ended in the dark. Fall is quickly approaching the Reno area and it gets chilly when that sun goes down. Next week I'll bring a jacket but for now I'm loving life and that's the latest from your Reno Camera Guy.