Behind The Scenes: Operation Blacktop



June 27, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - This season Knights fans will get a chance to experience one of the most unique basketball courts in the nation. UCF's black-stained court is the only one of its kind in the college basketball world. To commemorate the uniqueness of this court, the UCF video services crew documented its delivery to the CFE Arena in a 15-camera shoot.

The crew used a combination of GoPro cameras, DSLR cameras and Panasonic HPX 500 cameras to capture the UPS truck delivering the court. The idea came about when members of the UCF Athletics staff and UPS were watching UPS's Final Four commercial of the floor being delivered from Michigan all way to New Orleans, La.

UCF Assistant Athletics Director for Video and Creative John Kvatek, along with UCF Director of Production Services David Belawski, were in charge of planning the shoot and figuring out where each camera had to be located when the truck arrived on campus.

Before the delivery truck arrived at UCF, members of the crew met with the drivers of the truck and the police escort to attach cameras to the vehicles to document its 2.5 mile trip to the CFE Arena.

The video services crew had a total of seven videographers stationed around campus, including one who was driving alongside the truck.

"It was a lot of fun for the crew and me to be a part of a project like this," said Belawski. "Using about 15 cameras to produce this video was a great way to document and create a unique video to showcase this unique floor."

After the shoot was complete, it took the video services crew about a day and a half to log and save all of the high definition footage onto its video server. Following that, it took the crew a day to look through all of the different shots and piece together a unique video documenting the new court's journey to its home inside the CFE Arena.

For more of a behind the scenes look at this project, watch the video above.