Monday, October 28, 2013

Riverdale Falcons vs. Horace Mann Lions - Varsity Football

The Riverdale Falcons literally walked from its campus to neighborhood rival Horace Mann.  It was a seesaw battle with costly Falcon turnovers and great running by the Lions backfield.  In the end, Horace Mann earned a 28-18 victory.  Here are the scoring plays.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Financial Aid Guru Interviews FULL RIDE VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

Back in August, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Andy Lockwood, the head of Lockwood College Consulting.  Andy is a college admissions and financial aid expert who knows these processes inside and out.  In addition to assisting high school seniors realize better outcomes re: college admissions, his knowledge of the money side has enabled many clients to earn larger financial aid packages - even for some who weren't expecting anything at all.

We talked about recruiting videos and a whole range of related topics.  Sit back and listen for yourself.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Great Taste, Less Filling

I was talking with a parent the other day about whether college coaches (in this case, basketball coaches) prefer videos of high school student-athletes that contain complete game footage or a compilation of selected sequences.  The parent favored complete game footage.

It's probably just a personal preference on the part of each coach.  An informal survey would likely yield fairly even results with opinions on both sides of the argument.  But, I think there's another reason, too.

Frequently, the video footage is shot by the student-athlete's parent(s), relative, friend, or high school/travel coach.  The first objective is that the footage is viewable, in other words, free of shaking and rambling camera movements.  More importantly, though, is that college coaches want to have confidence that the right content is there from which to make an informed assessment of a candidate's skills.  Despite advances in editing software that enable a novice to easily cut and connect multiple sequences into a single video, many still cannot/don't do this on their own.

Coaches have mountains of videos on their desks to review every year.  (It was literally a mountain when videos came on VHS tapes and DVDs.  Now, the phrase mountain of videos is a metaphor as many of the videos are uploaded to the Internet.  The task, however, remains the same and time is a precious commodity.)  Other than viewing a video of the next Michael Jordan or Lisa Leslie, do you think a coach has the time to sit through one or more complete games of each student-athlete hoping to see the moments where the skills, mechanics, and work ethic are clearly demonstrated?

The key is selection of specific sequences which enable a coach to see what the player does with/without the ball,  his/her mechanics, footwork, how he/she moves up and down the court, when to shoot, when to pass, how he/she communicates with teammates to make things happen.  When the proper content is selected, this can be effectively accomplished in a few minutes of footage.

The recruiting video is a resume.  Its goal is to create enough interest on the part of a coach that the student-athlete is invited for an interview.  A well-written job resume does not list what the candidate did every morning, afternoon, and evening of his/her working life.  Rather, it identifies the significant accomplishments and highlights so that the hiring manager concludes "This is someone we want to speak with."

FULL RIDE VIDEO PRODUCTIONS aims to make its customers happy, so when they ask for complete game footage, we'll fulfill the request.  Ask us what we think is the better strategy and we'll tell you the compilation approach is the way to go.

What do you think?  Let us know.

Richard A. Fromm

Monday, October 21, 2013

Riverdale Country School - Homecoming '13

This past Saturday was Riverdale's annual Homecoming Day.  Everything from face painting for the kids, athletic events, delicious food and drink served beneath an enormous white tent, and alumni young and old filled the campus.

The varsity field hockey team enjoyed a 4-0 victory over Hackley on Frank J. Bertino Memorial Field.  Next came the varsity football team who took on local rival Fieldston.  Prior to the opening kickoff, departing seniors who were playing their last home game along with their parents were honored on the gridiron.  Riverdale prevailed in a seesaw battle, holding on for a 13-7 win.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Riverdale Country School - Varsity Football

Riverdale Country School is located in the exquisite northwest section of the Bronx, New York.  It's goals are academic excellence and personal achievement within an ethical and supportive environment for its students.

We're now in our fifth season covering the varsity football games.  We capture the play-by-play action, then return to our production facility to clean each clip and upload it to HUDL.COM, a popular online sports site where each play can be analyzed, organized, annotated, and distributed to players and coaches for review.  We've left the audio in, but it's usually omitted during the HUDL upload, a convention followed by many teams.

Here are a few clips from one of this season's games.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thomas James Gillette - Baseball

Tommy Gillette is a senior at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York, where he'll graduate with the Class of 2014.  In addition to the varsity baseball team, he plays first base for the Garden City Grays travel baseball team.
Direct all inquiries to (516)742-1816 or

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Grant Rosenberg - Basketball

Grant Rosenberg is a senior at Half Hollows Hills High School East (Class of 2014) in Dix Hills, New York. He's a shooting guard and a point guard.

This video shows Grant at a training session and contains highlights from 2 games.

Direct all inquiries to (631)692-8311 or