BRADY CRISIS — When Tom Brady missed the Wednesday practice session the week of the AFC Championship, Tom E. Curran said it had to be the topic of the Quick Slants sketch. I wrote the script, shot and edited the video.
2013 YEAR END SKETCH — This is the extended cut; a shorter version ran in the unFiltered 2013: A Year In Flubs special I produced for TV. The sketch applies three stories to our newsroom: Mariano Rivera’s retirement tour, Manti T’eo’s national catfishing episode and Tom Brady losing his favorite targets, forced to develop rookie receivers. I wrote, shot and edited this.
QUICK SLANTS SHOWBOATING SKETCH — In Week 8 against the Dolphins the Patriots sat two key players in the first half allegedly due to their acts of showboatmanship in the prior week’s game. Colleague Jimmy Toscano came up with the idea to spoof that on Quick Slants. I wrote the script, shot and edited this piece, which served the episode’s cold open.
REVOLUTION PLAYOFF PREVIEW — As producer of the weekly web series State of the Revs, I conducted and shot the interviews, and edited this piece previewing the team’s 2013 MLS Cup matches against Sporting KC. The team was not predicted to make the playoffs, but was undefeated in its final six games and secured the third (out of five) seed.
QUICK SLANTS FUMBLE SKETCH — Week 1 of the 2013 NFL Season, the Patriots starting running back fumbles twice, landing him on the bench. The backup enters the game and performs marvelously. It is learned after the game he broke a bone in his wrist and will miss a significant chunk of the season. Despite proving he hasn’t gotten over his fumbling habit, the starter is re-inserted as the feature back. We applied this to the show in this sketch, with Tom serving as starter and Gary serving as the backup. I conceptualized, wrote, shot and edited this.
MATT REIS MARATHON BOMBING INTERVIEW — New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, waiting for his wife to cross the finish line. Two bombs went off, injuring his father-in-law. Jessica Camerato interviews Reis on the bombing, the aftermath and his father-in-law’s remarkable recovery. I coordinated, shot and edited this.
BRUINS MARATHON BOMBINGS NATIONAL ANTHEM VIDEO — After the Boston Marathon bombings Boston Bruins fans took over the National Anthem, a great moment. Put together this video to give the feel of the scene for Boston’s first sporting event since the attacks.
BLIDI WREH-WILSON COVERAGE TECHNIQUES — Because of Mary’s great work interviewing NFL Draft prospect Blidi Wreh-Wilson, I felt two videos would be best. The first is a seven-minute cutdown of his 27-minute interview (the full interview would make a great podcast; their conversation is so interesting). The second is this: a chance for Wreh-Wilson to answer his critics and put his knowledge of playing cornerback on display. I conceptualized, produced, shot and edited this.
BLIDI WREH-WILSON INTERVIEW — The NFL Draft is a hot commodity in today’s sports landscape. With the 2013 Draft approaching, Mary Paoletti interviewed UConn CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, who’s expected to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Mary is a terrific interviewer. I shot this interview on Tuesday and returned to shoot b-roll at UConn’s Pro Day Wednesday. I built the lower-third graphics from scratch and conceptualized the open as a fun play off Sunday Night Football starting lineup introductions. I shot and edited this.
ORDWAY COLD OPEN SKETCH — Glenn Ordway’s return to the airways after being let go from his longtime radio home began with a co-hosting stint on UNO Sports Tonight. I was asked to write, shoot, direct and edit this video for the show. Glenn was a great sport about it and nailed the mustache rip.
GARY T TAKES OVER THE NEWSROOM — For our unFiltered Best Of 2012 Show, we put together a sketch lampooning the Red Sox season under the leadership of Bobby Valentine. This is the longer version made for the Web. I came up with the idea to focus strictly on Bobby V moments, as opposed to the broader focus of our 2011 sketch. I wrote, shot and edited most of this.
A QUICK SLANTS LIFE PT. II — Tom E. Curran is the first Quick Slants host to be mic’d up for an entire two weeks of the production season. This, along with Part 1 (not done by me), is a spoof of the NFL Films masterpiece A Football Life: Bill Belichick. If you don’t get all the references, re-airings of A Football Life: Bill Belichick appear on NFL Network. Some clips from the documentary can be found on NFL.com.