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Basic Guidelines for Football Coach’s Film

Being a Video Coordinator for a Division 1 College Athletic Program I see the good, bad and ugly of Coach’s film on a daily basis. The department I lead continually strives for the best quality film we can provide, this past season doing it with very limited resources. A program can have top of the line equipment in the Video Room, such as XOS, DVSports, Professional Cameras etc. or they can be using a simple edit system pushing film to DVD (This year at GSU we utilized the latter system, which will come in a more detailed post later) but ultimately it boils down to the effectiveness of the camera operator actually on the field day in and day out.

In this post I will be covering some of the  most important factors from what I have observed to capturing great Coach’s Film in College Football.

Concentration– In my book this is the most important factor to capturing quality footage. I will admit it is tough to stay concentrated for two hours a day standing 40 feet above the practice field filming each and every play, but it is vital! The second you become distracted you will miss the beginning of a play, miss the ball carrier or worse case scenario think that you’re filming when you’re actually paused… yeah it’s happened. While it may not seem that vital while on the field to capture every millisecond of a play, the coaches back in the office spend countless hours analyzing every detail of it, from pre-snap formations to the tackle.

Framing– Framing is key, especially for team drills. In College Athletics we mainly use two cameras, a Sideline Wide and an Endzone Tight. The Sideline Wide shot keeps all 22 players in the shot for as long as possible, zooming in to the location of the end of the play to see as many jersey numbers as possible. The Endzone Tight angle is generally framed to include the tackle box, and then widens and follows the ball as the play progresses, always keeping the tackle box in the shot until the play finishes.

Movement- This is one of the biggest problems after the above two, smooth movement. Coaches analyze every movement of every player on the screen during the play, and it is impossible or at least very difficult to do so when the camera is moving wildly across the field attempting to follow the ball. It is vital that the operator uses slow zooms and steady pans/tilts to include the play while making it as smooth as possible.

Knowing Football- It is important that the camera operator have a good understanding of Football terms, positions and plays. Often times myself or a coach will tell someone to film the O-Line… which doesn’t work if they don’t know what the O-Line is! Granted it’s usually not that simple but you get the picture.

Passion and Dedication… with a little Talent- To make a great football camera operator you have to love Football, you have to love providing quality film for coaches, you have to be dedicated to constantly learning and honing your craft… and oh yeah having a little talent doesn’t hurt either. I constantly get “running a camera? Well anyone could do that!” from people who have never set foot on a forty foot metal lift perched above a practice field in puring rain attempting to follow an option play where the players on the field can’t see the ball… much less a tiny camera high above. Trust me, as easy as it may sound I assure you it’s not. The individuals I have working for me are incredible at what they do, they work at it and are dedicated to learning more… and the ones that are not usually aren’t around long enough to make a difference.

If you’re in Video for Athletics, comment or send me an email with what you think it takes for great Coach’s Film.


Next time I’ll cover the way we operated the Video Department this season using Adobe Premier Pro, Jump Drives, borrowed meeting rooms, DVD’s and first time video staffers…. all while attempting to build the program from scratch for our first season.

The ways we operated would work great for smaller schools, especially the High School Teams, who are looking to start or better use Coach’s Film to make an impact on their program.

-Blake Adams


The team is led to believe they are being interviewed for a major sports show, little do they know that it is none other than Durwood “Doubletalk” Fincher who is a master of making no sense. Watch as the team tries to answer his “serious” questions.

This was a lot of fun to film, however a major struggle not to laugh during the two hours. Editing was also hard as I had over an hour and a half of quality film. Leave some comments, spread it around, and watch for a possible “Part 2” in the coming weeks.

Avoid Falling

Avoid Falling

High above the practice field perched precariously on top of a forty foot steel beam the last thing you would think about doing is Falling Off. However, the lift manufactures find it necessary to warn against this. Nick Bray, one of our video interns, found this very amusing… and I can’t blame him, two hours a day in a lift above the practice field you find A LOT of things amusing!

Here is a short Highlight Video I created this week showcasing the first few weeks of Georgia State Football. Segments include: Players Arriving; Coach Curry’s Welcome to the Players and Families; Practices; and the Countdown to Touchdown Press Conference. (You may recognize the Practice Highlight Video as I re-purposed it here)

The Dome

The Dome

On Wednesday the Georgia State Football Team practiced at our future home, the Georgia Dome. Players were surprised as the buses deviated from their usual routes to the Hill Street Complex and took a right toward the Dome. During the two hour practice Players were able to tour the Locker Rooms (Yes, we will be using the official Falcons Locker Rooms) and also feel the excitement, minus the fans, of running on the field. On September 2nd 2010 the GSU Panthers will play their first game against Shorter College. Go ahead and make plans to attend, you don’t want to miss it! Tickets are on sale at the GSU Sports Website.

Locker Room

Locker Room

I came across a great article tonight that begins explaning part of what my job as Director of Video Operations for Georgia State University entails everyday… this is only part of it as I also lead video for numerous other sports on campus… Check it out! Hopefully one day there will be an article on the video department I lead!

Here’s a short video I created today for the GSU Website showcasing the first two weeks of Georgia State Football Practice. Check it out… Many more to come!

Today we practiced at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta, a large 10,000 person stadium with artificial turf. It was a much welcomed changed from our normal practice facilities; which given the circumstances have turned out great! Here is the team stretch… see if you can find me doing some creative camera work. I’m shooting some clips for the higlight video this week.

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