Plus, working with Covenant Productions® and on class projects during his time at AU, along with an internship with WTHR over the summer, he’s already had to work long days.
“I love it more than I hate it,” he said.
Blankenship worked a 13-hour day Monday and expected to have another long one Tuesday.
So far, he said he’s enjoyed seeing professionals come and work together to get everything up and running.
“It’s going great,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve met quite a few interesting people.”
While he’s a fan of Fallon’s show, Blankenship said his favorite part is just being there and being a part of the production.
Andrew Stuart, a senior audio, video and cinema production major, said he was looking forward to the experience and meeting professionals, although he added he really had never seen the late night show.
“It’s a nice change of pace really,” he said. “It’s cool to have something like that in Indy and be a part of it.”
Stuart said they were told to “expect a lot of different things.”
“They just told us to have an open mind and be ready,” he said. To help with nerves, he said he’s just going to treat it like any other job and do his best to contribute good work.
“Any experience at any level is great,” he said. “On this level, it’s top notch.”
Stuart was to work Monday and today, balancing the job with his school schedule.
As will Patience Randle, who will be in Indianapolis through Thursday, working for pre-game activities and events.
She had been a camera operator and helped with some crane and camera work during AU’s “Candles and Carols.” She gave her contact information to a guy from the company and later got a call about helping out with Super Bowl activities.
“I was really surprised,” she said. “That wasn’t my goal. I had just helped him.”
She said people in the business appreciate hard work and that she’s willing to do.
“It’s a big deal for me just as far as being able to have the opportunity,” she said.
[Update: Other Anderson University alumni working on Super Bowl coverage include David Neidert BA '07 and Luke Renner BA '98, both working with the NFL Network; and Samuel McDonough BA '03, working with Puls4, an Austrian NFL affiliate.]
—Dani Palmer is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story republished with permission.
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