"I think the music is there,"
McGlone says the "semifinals" at the end is unnecessary. A producer turns to his computer and deletes the word in a few clicks.
It's Tuesday morning, about five hours before game time and four hours before the clip -- a match "tease" -- will run on ESPN. The crew at
Bluefoot is one of two
For previous World Cups on ESPN, production has been handled entirely on-site in the host nation. But given the development of fiber telecommunications technology, ESPN Executive Producer of production
"It was primarily an opportunity to use great people," Drake said Wednesday by phone from Rio, "and to do so now with the technology that can afford us the opportunity to use great people in
Bluefoot this Tuesday morning is also working on another tease¸ for Sunday's final, and it's almost done. ESPN's
The narration and the clip fit the occasion perfectly but for one problem:
In addition to the World Cup, Bluefoot has worked with the network on the BCS Championship game, the College World Series,
"We try to stay loyal to ESPN. We've been with them so long it's like family," Horgan says. "We're fortunate that we get to work with not only their better people but their better projects. We smile every day knowing we're working on cool stuff."
Horgan personally has won 10 Emmys, most recently as part of College Gameday. Bluefoot as a company boasts 14.
The World Cup is Bluefoot's biggest endeavor yet. Horgan and his team have used footage they shot in
These include features on individual players, teases for upcoming games, and Thompson's video essays. Perhaps most notably, Bluefoot was responsible for the Thompson-narrated trailer for the U.S. team that aired before its game against
One of the most memorable of ESPN's World Cup features is "The Rhythm of the Game," a 2-minute, 42-second presentation of soccer's percussive qualities.
The spot was produced in
Victory is a smaller operation than Bluefoot, with a writer and three producers in a small house with a single editing suite. Since its founding in 2006, the company has been run by creative directors
The company has won six Emmys, all in conjunction with ESPN, but the World Cup is as thrilling as anything its producers have done before.
"This is a brand new experience for us and it's exciting," Sciallis said. "It's been a huge opportunity. To be able to do that here, that's what's cool."
When the World Cup is over, Victory will have been responsible for post-production on about 15 ESPN pieces. They include a tournament-opening celebration of
Before the tournament, Victory shot footage in the
"It's challenging, but it's rewarding," Labbe said. "We're in here and we're looking at the games and we're [cheering] like 'Ahhh,' and then it's back to work. It's a fascinating roller-coaster ride."
Better Fiber, More Flexibility
Four years ago, for the 2010 World Cup in
At the time, exchanging footage between the International Broadcasting Centre, or IBC, in
Improved fiber-communication technology, which allows the transmission of images across great distances using electromagnetic waves, changed the game. In recent years, ESPN has used fibers for smaller events but never for anything near the World Cup's magnitude.
Still, Drake felt confident with the technology.
"I would never take a big risk on an event like this," Drake said. "Once we decided to go in that direction several years ago, as the technology started becoming available it was all thoroughly tested, and we felt really comfortable with the solution that had been created."
The fiber connects ESPN's three production locations in
There have been small technological bumps, Drake said, but no more so than for any other major event.
"That it has worked as well as it has comes to no surprise to us," he said
McGlone acknowledged that ESPN could do all its post-production in
"These guys are obviously really good at what they do," McGlone said. "To take advantage of that for an event of this magnitude, I think we're huge benefactors in that circumstance."
Much work remains in advance of the World Cup Final. As the biggest sporting event in the world, the game demands dramatic production elements before, during and after the match.
"We're very pleased with what we've accomplished here," Drake said. "But I keep reminding our troops, we've done well but the final evaluation won't be done until we fade to black on the last game."
Bluefoot's dreams of an all-
There's no choice but to head back to the editing room.
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