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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By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”