My first National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show

Although I “specialize” in a few particular fields – namely entertainment and psychology – I am very much a generalist within those fields. For example, if you present me with a production-related project, I’m a king-of-all-trades in that I can basically do all parts of the production process myself as a one-man crew to an above average level (planning, filming, editing, post-production, etc.), but there are very few things where I can say I am the top 0.01% in the world.

Historically for Tempo Storm, my role has been to oversee larger projects as the director, then focus in on post-production and polish before pushing things live to the public. However, lucky for us, we now have two dedicated executive producers who are actual experts in the production field, as well as a brand new studio in Hollywood.

This also means that I had the opportunity to join in with them and attend the 2018 NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Our executive producers were interested in the technical aspects of the show because they were looking for new and innovative solutions to issues they’ve been having during their work. On the other hand, I was just interested in getting more first-hand exposure to other areas of the entertainment industry.

Unfortunately for me, we spent a majority of the time looking at studio equipment and solutions without getting too involved in film or software, so my sub-fields of interest were never soothed. Instead, I just felt like a confused child wandering around taking photographs of flashy and shiny things. It was definitely still an interesting and valuable experience, though.

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(Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157667680160648)

 

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Onboarding with the Tempo Storm Fortnite team

Literally three days after moving from Southern California to Las Vegas, I got on a plane and went straight back to California to visit Hollywood and Burbank for Tempo Storm’s Fortnite team’s onboarding. (Yes, I could’ve just chosen to move after the onboarding, but then I would’ve had to miss the Esports Arena Las Vegas grand opening, so that posed another problem. On top of that, we ended up postponing this Fortnite event by a week, so I was actually originally under the impression that it would happen before I moved.)

I was hoping to turn this entire trip into a vlog, but unfortunately, I committed an idiot and literally forgot to bring my camera battery charger. I explain it in greater detail in this video segment, but long story short, this is the only video footage that I have from the event:

That video above were from travel day, as well as the early morning before the first day of onboarding. Yes, we ended up just eating at Denny’s, and our players all successfully made it from the hotel by crossing the street without any fatalities.

The first day was mostly composed of video interviews and photo shoots – we wanted to get as much media footage of the players as possible so we had some stuff to work with when creating features and segments. Our executive producer Doug was the one who primarily ran most of the interviews, while our photographer Bills captured head shots:

Doug conducting interviews in the recording studio

VapeJesus and Payne setting up their computers

VapeJesus in a photo shoot with Bills

Later on in the day, Greg Grunberg stopped by to direct a pilot episode of a talk show with one of our players.

Payne being interviewed for a TV show pilot

Speaking with Director Greg Grunberg

To conclude the day, we went up to the Observatory to enjoy the view of Los Angeles.

Fortnite team looking down onto Los Angeles

Looking down on Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory

Hollywood sign

The second day was show day. We had the players participate in a 10-in-5 challenge, where our team had to get 10 wins in 5 hours. We didn’t realize how easy it would end up being for them – they blasted through with 10 wins in a row in right around 3 hours, then spent the remainder of the time doing silly stuff to entertain the audience, like queuing up for 4-man squads the splitting up half-and-half to wipe out everyone else on the map and meet in the middle.

Doug introducing the broadcast audience to the 10-in-5 event

Doug and Carlos manning the studio control room during the 10-in-5 livestream event

The evening concluded with some group photos, followed by a trip to all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and an escape room.

Fortnite team sitting on a red couch in the music room

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The team recovered almost $1.1M worth of treasure while in the escape room

(Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157689199589840)

 

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Photos from Rentaro’s meet-and-greet at Yard House

I have a big day coming up on the 20th which requires a substantial amount of preparation. So how am I spending my time leading up to the event? … Going to a meet-and-greet, apparently.

During my final days of availability in this area, Rentaro convinced me to attend the meet-and-greet she was holding with her fans at the Yard House in Pasadena. I obviously hate going to events and just driving in general, but I figured I may as well go at least to take photos and video. The vlog ended up not working out too well because the lighting was catastrophically bad and there was a lot of background noise, but at least the photos weren’t completely terrible.

I’m particularly bad at photographing people (though I guess I’m getting better at it, since I technically have to photograph people at events because a big reason of esports photography is to capture players and influencers’ moments), so most of the photos I ended up taking were of food, but I do have one group shot:

Group shot

In my opinion, the food photos ended up a lot better – I personally had the poke nachos and black truffle cheeseburger, but I started taking pictures of the meals of people sitting around me too:

Poke nachos

Black truffle cheeseburger

Onion rings

Pasta

Cheese sticks?

And of course, a photo album would not be complete without a shot of Mango the Yorkshire Terrier, who was also in attendance:

Mango the Yorkshire Terrier

(Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157693847676894)

 

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Don’t travel with insufficient sleep and an empty stomach

I’m not sure if I need to exercise more, if I’m just getting older, or if this was just a random and unrelated incident that I shouldn’t really think much about, but I feel like I’m not quite as invincible as I used to be when I was younger.

Tempo Storm’s PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS team is currently in Santa Clara, CA at the NVIDIA campus for a GeForce esports boot camp in preparation for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice later this month. Because one of our players lives on the other side of the country (instead of the team house), and because a different one of our players is new, I decided to quickly fly over there from Southern California for a short visit and a photo/video session with the guys.

With just a few days notice, I booked a plane ticket from Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, CA to Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport in San José, CA via jetBlue Airways. I was planning on departing today (Monday, February 12, 2018) at 11:12 AM and arriving back home tomorrow (Tuesday, February 13, 2018) at 8:21 PM.

 
Because of something that kept me up working late into the night, I didn’t really get that much sleep. I woke up bright and early at 7:51 AM, 9 minutes before my alarm (which is sometime I tend to do often), hopped in the shower, finished packing everything up, drank a glass of water, called an Uber to LGB, then ran out the door.

When I’m not feeling well, I can usually just cope with it and hang in there until I’m able to reach a place where I can rest. However, for basically the first time in my life, I was feeling so randomly unwell that I actually had to ask my Uber driver to exit the freeway early and pull over at any location with a bathroom. He happened to pick Burger King, which was fine with me; I jogged into the bathroom while my driver sat in the parking lot waiting for me to finish being sick. Luckily, it only took a handful of minutes.

I’ve been using Uber for a really long time – since back when the concept of tipping wasn’t really a thing for Uber. Since then, the fares in general have risen, so I generally don’t tip my Uber drivers … but I figured this particular driver who let me successfully make it to a bathroom was deserving of a tip.

 
My entire life, I’ve always traveled via huge airports. Having originally been from the Chicagoland suburbs and traveling to Los Angeles a lot, my most traveled airports are O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport – both huge hubs, ranking #3 and #2, respectively, in terms of the busiest airports in the United States.

You can probably imagine my surprise when I arrived at Long Beach Airport, the airport that looks more like a cruise ship museum than an airport. Because of the extra stop I had to take, I was a little bit later than I expected, so I didn’t even take a photograph and just rushed into the airport to get to my gate as quickly as possible. The fact that I have Global Entry coupled with the fact that the airport is tiny resulted in me making it to my gate about 3.5 minutes after I got out of my Uber.

This was the first time I ever boarded an airplane through an exposed ramp, rather than an enclosed boarding tube. I snapped a photo from inside the plane.

Long Beach Airport

The flight was relatively uneventful, except for the fact that I wasn’t actually completely done being sick. As we were about to land, we faced a noticeable amount of turbulence, which made my dizziness return.

I obviously didn’t want to vomit on the plane, so I started vigorously massaging the fleshy part between my thumb and index finger, slightly deeper in from the webbed part – pressure point LI-4 that I thought was associated with eliminating motion sickness and nausea. I later found out that I was massaging the wrong pressure point – LI-4 relieves headaches, while it’s P6 on the inner wrist that relieves motion sickness.

Regardless, I managed not to vomit, then proceeded to exit into SJC and sit in a common area, sipping some water out of a water bottle, waiting for my body to stop spinning the world.

 
I miraculously made it to the NVIDIA campus without further troubles. This is also where I discovered that a lot of this might have been the result of a lack of food, as I instantly felt about 90% better after I ate a burger that was too tall for its own good.

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And now, here we are. I rested a bit on a pretty comfortable couch, and snapped some photos of the very green room.

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Like usual, I’ll be live posting photos I take here onto my Flickr account; here’s a link to the album I have set up for the event:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/albums/72157690406315752

 

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Rock climbing adventures with T/S HotS

I did a bit more field work today – Tempo Storm’s Heroes of the Storm team’s manager took the guys indoor rock climbing, and I was there to capture the action in photos and videos. There will be a polished final video product coming out in the next handful of days, but for now, here are some highlight photos from rock climbing:

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Like usual for my Tempo Storm photo shoots, the full album can be found on Flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/albums/72157689408527602

Edit: The video is live too now – it’s available on Tempo Storm’s Heroes of the Storm YouTube channel.

 

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SpeedRun Arena

For what feels like the tenth time in the past week (it’s actually only the fourth time in the past week), I went back to Esports Arena to cover an event – this time, SpeedRun Arena with one of Tempo Storm’s broadcast personalities, Trihex.

Of course, I don’t go to things unless I’m being productive, so I have a photo album of the full Speedrun Arena event. Here are some highlights:

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I’m also filming video footage for this event as well; I’ll be editing all that together into a vlog over the next day or so, and post a link to it here when it’s ready.

Edit: I’m done editing, and the vlog is up – check it out embedded below, or on Tempo Storm’s Twitch channel.

 

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