UPDATE: Check out a video from behind the scenes of the shoot, plus the finished opening sequence itself.
ESPN‘s coverage of the Major League Soccer Playoffs kicks off tomorrow, and the intro sequence that will be shown during all six playoff games was filmed here on Full Sail’s campus last Friday. The action-packed shoot included a performance from English band The Chevin, whose single “The Champion” is popular in soccer stadiums overseas.
“Friday was another successful ESPN shoot here at Full Sail,” says David Saphirstein, Director, Creative Technology for ESPN Emerging Technology. “Being able to collaborate with Full Sail and utilize its facilities and students has been a benefit for all of us.”
Thirty students from various degree programs shadowed ESPN’s production team during the all-day shoot, while several others (mostly from the Entertainment Business program) served as extras in the crowd. The Chevin performed on a soccer ball shaped stage while footage from each playoff team was showcased on big screens behind them. Student extras cheered and waved soccer flags in the crowd, while student crew members standing on the sides tossed inflatable soccer balls and confetti into the shot. The minute-to minute-and-a-half sequence will be slightly different for each game, depending on which teams are playing.
“These productions are great for students from a variety of different programs, both from the production end and the organization end,” says Josh Mora, Full Sail’s Sports Marketing & Media Program Director. “Even those that don’t get to participate hands-on with gear [shadowing ESPN's crew], they do get to participate hands-on as part of being involved with the production.”
The video will premiere when the playoffs kick off this Wednesdayat 9 p.m. with a match between the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire. The games will air on ESPN, leading up to the MLS Cup 2012 on December 1.