Racing the Clock

By Big Break ProducerJuly 3, 2012, 2:00 am


I remember an Aaron Sorkin show called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The show’s action revolved around a creative crew of writers and producers building a weekly sketch comedy show. Each episode featured a countdown clock that was counting to the start of the show. At the end of each episode, the clock would reach 0, and be reset to begin counting down the hours to the next show. Reality television has something of that on a much longer time span. Our shoot is 3 weeks of 20 hour days surrounded by 80-90 crew and cast members. That is followed by 4-5 months of hermit-like existence in an edit suite with just my editor for company. Basically we could hop on a spaceship and fly to Mars in the time it takes to cut a season of Big Break!

While my editor spends the first week prepping a show, I’m going through hundreds of pages of interview transcripts looking for 3 second long sound bites that will eventually narrate the action. I also spend some time downloading any specific production music that I might need for that particular episode. At this point in time, I have pool of over 900 tracks in the system, of which we might use 50-70 in any given episode.

Then we spend a few weeks cutting contestant sound into the action of the challenges, and spinning out any dramatic beats we want to build. Adding the show’s music takes another week. Next we cut cameras, take a first “last look,” and send it to the Executive Producers to get notes. While we’re waiting on the notes to come back, my editor will usually color correct the show, and we’ll do the graphics pass. Major titles and credits are pre-built by the graphics department, but all the show specific fonts with scores have to be built and rendered in our edit suite. After we make any changes the Executive Producers have requested, we call video lock, and send the show to audio. During the 3 days or so that the show is in audio, we’re prepping our next show. Once audio is finished, I watch the show with our audio mixer and make any last tweaks that the audio mix might need. After our mix is printed, we bring it into Avid, and marry the tracks to our finished video. We watch this version to make sure the audio mix printed correctly, and to do a last check of graphics to make sure all the scores are right, and that we don’t have any artifacts from the graphics render.

Finally, the show’s ready to be sent to our air system, NEXIO. It takes real time to kick the show out to NEXIO, at which point I’ll watch the show on the air system one last time to make sure that we didn’t introduce any artifacting during the push, because this is the final product that everyone at home is going to see. For those of you counting along at home, I’ll watch each episode a minimum of four times before it airs, although realistically it turns out to be more in the 6-8 range. Once a show is delivered, there’s a good day’s worth of paperwork to get done, or to delegate to our interns, and then I’m ready to start working on the next episode. Repeat four times and you have a TV series.

Hope you enjoy it!

Jon Painter

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm