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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Who do we shoot today?

Daily Report - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 -


Auckland, NZ

Well not literally, but that is the question I ask each morning when I get to the compound. My job as videographer is to capture AmericaOne's story on video and make that material available to the press, our sponsors, and those of you who have visited our video gallery on our website.

With 80 team members, there are lots of stories to be told. Often in profile campaigns like the America's Cup, you just hear from the skipper or the designer. We believe that each member of our team has a place in our story and I actively look for the interesting, and often the lighter, stories around the compound.

When you think of grinders on the boat, your first thought is often of big beefy guys who live solely off red meat. When I interviewed Jim Nicholas, who's in his fifth America's Cup campaign, he likened his work on the winches to dancing where there are set moves, but its the execution of those moves that call for improvisation and flawless timing.

I interviewed Curtis Blewett, one of our bowmen, and once the set questions were finished, I asked about the spinnaker that blew up that day. He went on to describe how the foredeck crew needs is prepared at all times - how they have that back up chute on deck and ready to hook up in case disaster strikes. I'd seen that on the water with the new chute up and drawing in under a minute.

Once the material is shot, its time to go to edit room - that's another story, which I'll tell you about soon.

Vincent Casalaina
AmericaOne Videographer

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