Behind The Scenes Of UVa's Hoo Vision

By: Beth Duffy Email
By: Beth Duffy Email

November 27, 2007

"We've got 20 seconds until starting line up. 20 seconds to starting line up", said Kris Seale, director.

Tucked away in a truck hundreds of feet from David A. Harrison Field, is where the Virginia gameday experience originates.

From pregame to the final whistle, The Hoo Vision team hustles non-stop orchestrating a seamless show for you, the fan, starting with directors Erik Elvgren and Kris Seale.

"Camera four, go four, back three, go three," said Erik Elvgren, director.

The directors constantly scan a bank of tv's, all the while communicating with their 30-plus staff.

The five cameramen capture enthusiastic fans and action on the field. The video engineer syncs up all the cameras' colors and hues.

A Hoo Crew member builds interactive screens for Hoo Vision. The video crew stands guard marking plays that warrant a replay or a slot in the halftime highlight reel.

And the associate director of athletics for marketing relays the outside atmosphere to all those the truck.

"Kris, let's get noisemeter.", said Todd Goodale, associate director of athletics for marketing. "We need noisemeter." said Seale.

And while they're not in the thick of it outside they do get into the game, in this case, hoping today's visiting Connecticut Huskies miss a field goal.

"Take camera two. HE MISSED IT..SHANK...FANS, ROB....GO FOUR," said Erik Elvgren, director.

During the timeout, the directors ask their tape crew next door to cue up pre-produced segments.

"This is only 15 seconds the outcue is 'experience it' go two," said Seale.

Cavalier fans get to EXPERIENCE so much more with this mammoth jumbo screen. Yes, there's the game action, but there's also information, such as updated scores from across the country.

"Fifty six three.....", said CG operator.

And presentations.

Today, UVA and its athletic director Craig Littlepage recognize the men's tennis team for its ACC championship title. The crew inside definitely feeds off the visuals its outside crew brings them

"Go one. TOUCHDOWN!! Ready touchdown graphic in red?
Looks going to be on b..ready on two...Get ready for "The Good Ol' Song". We're going to have some fans first," said Erik Elvegren, director.

The hoo vision camera crew scans the sea of orange. Natural burst of sound of students singing: "We come from Old Virginia...

"That's a good shot of cav nation," said Elvgren.

Cav nation gets to check out themselves on the larger-than-life hoo vision screen, and relish that touchdown one more time.

"Let's look at the replay. Thank you folks that was good," said Elvgren.

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