Friday, September 23, 2011

Moneyball Behind Scenes Fan Footage

So the movie Moneyball came out today, which I have been waiting for since I first saw the trailer. The film takes place in 2002 about the Oakland A's having the lowest payroll in all of baseball but still managed to win 100 games in the season with a bunch of washed up players.

I found this footage and was astounded at the sparse amounts of people at the stadium and how long they were there for. Granted getting multiple angles and having visual effects teams, I could understand why there was a small crowd there. Since they are reenacting one of the most famous games of that season when they beat the Royals to win their one hundredth game, it had to be a night game it was going to take a long time for set up and shooting. This game was shot from the beginning of dark hours to the crack of dawn, making sure that all time was put to use.

The movie is based of a book and it is an excellent read, short and sweet. Even if you're not a baseball player, you don't need to be to understand the principle of not judging a book by it's cover. This is a miraculous story that I have been waiting to see on the big screen because it stands for a lot of my beliefs. You don't have to look amazing to be considered the best, you just have to show you can by your numbers or even your awards. Each individual player from that 2002 team got on base more than they struck out, allowing to produce more runs. Same thing goes in life, if you can be patient and get on base, you'll need someone to bring you in to complete your dreams.

1 comment:

  1. I am looking forward to seeing the movie if just because I have a strong historical connection to the A's. When I worked for the game industry, Tony LaRussa, at the time the Oakland A's manager was in our board of directors. We designed the game Tony LaRussa II which on the surface was "just a computer game" but the backend was a statistics engine that had data as far back as baseball data had been recorded, including exotic things like wind patterns at different stadiums, humidity and many other things that could alter even by a fraction of a point the characteristics of any one player,

    Tony used our game as an actual management tool, and as you probably know they became national champions around that time.

    I had the pleasure of being the first to utilize motion-capture for any game precisely for that title, so I was able to record the movements of each and everyone of the players. After that every game company and then film companies started using mo-cap which before it was considered a medical tool!