Kent State Students Experience the Super Bowl From Behind the Cameras
Kent State University’s TeleProductions’ crew and satellite truck broadcast Fox Mexico’s live pre-game and show of Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J. Students Mike Donelan and Chris Nyman were part of the TeleProductions’ crew that worked at the big game.
TeleProductions’ staff members Jeff Bentley, Jason Forbes and Dan Tonelli, along with Kent State alumnus Dan LeBeau, made the trip for the second consecutive year.
TeleProductions is Kent State’s production company that provides media services, including video and audio productions, to the university and surrounding community. In 2013, TeleProductions partnered with PMTV, a global provider of broadcast and video production services, to offer its clients highly customized broadcast, corporate TV and entertainment needs. It is through that partnership that TeleProductions secured Super Bowl contracts in 2013 and 2014.
The TeleProductions crew arrived in New Jersey on Jan. 30 and set up their truck in the media compound. They set up the cameras in the commentator booth and on the field on Friday and Saturday, along with making sure the truck was set up for the Fox Mexico broadcast. The crew worked hard to make sure everything was properly set up for their broadcast of one of the most-watched sporting events of the year.
Once the Super Bowl pre-game began, the crew ran booth cameras that filmed commentators in the booth as they called the game. When their cameras were not on the commentators, the crew moved their cameras to the front of the booth and filmed the game action.
Nyman, a senior electronic media production major, called the experience unbelievable.
“It was mind-blowing to be covering the Super Bowl,” says Nyman. “I was taken aback by the realization that Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman were playing on the same field not 24 hours after we had set up down there.”
“The whole process was very tiring. It was like two weeks’ worth of work in four days,” says Donelan, a sophomore electronic media production major. “But it was a cool environment, and if given the chance, I’d go again tomorrow.”
Tonelli says it was amazing to be a part of what will most likely be the most-watched sporting event of the year.
“The highlight of my experience at the Super Bowl was watching our students and former student working alongside professionals from all across the country,” says Tonelli. “We spend time teaching and training the students to work at this level, and to see all of that come together for them is amazing.”