Steve Ogle | Who Is Steve Ogle?
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Who Is Steve Ogle?

So…Who Is Steve Ogle?

Ok, I’ve been doing the production thing for a long time now. I’ve produced, directed, production managed, edited, D.P.’d, mixed sound, gripped, gofered (is that a word?) and a host of other things as required by the client, the budget or which way the wind happened to be blowing. 

I like to think of myself as a Jack of All Trades, Master of MANY

By way of ground floor introduction, here are a few random things about me that might help paint a picture of what working together might be like. Personality traits, war stories, general observations, and so on. Lots of other layers to me but some things you’ll just have to find out for yourself!

 

…And Why Would I want to Work With Him?

I’m flexible. I’m as comfortable doing live international broadcasts as I am corporate webcasts from a hotel ballroom or adventure documentaries from the Zambezi River.

I’m well traveled. I’ve worked on projects in all 50 states and 4 out of 7 continents (discounts available for projects in South America, Australia and Antarctica).

I (hardly ever) panic. One of the more challenging events I’ve managed is the Burton US Open of Snowboarding. I’ve been doing it for nearly 10 years now both from Stratton Mountain, Vermont and now Vail, Colorado, and every year there seem to be lots of new “opportunities for personal growth”. Over the years I’ve experienced (to name just a couple): an ice storm that dropped a 1500’ cablecam completely to the ground the morning of our first live feed. A problematic AVID system that had us playing out segment 9 of the show to the network while segment 5 was already on the air on NBC. Had the satellite uplink feed die with 4 minutes of air both internationally and Live on FOX Sports. (Thankfully we got it back up with almost 15 seconds to spare). 

I’m resourceful. I’ve changed third party multi-airline flight tickets via cell phone from the base of Victoria Falls in Africa (1.2 million Kwacha in cell charges) and a hotel in the back country of the North Island of Japan where absolutely no English was spoken and they were unable to figure out how to get me a long distance phone line. Have you ever tried changing an Orbitz flight itinerary with segments on South African Airlines, Northwest and United? Hard to do from your living room let alone remote parts of the world.

I’m creative with a tight budget. Many of my favorite projects have been “One Man Band” affairs that kept me hopping, helped keep the budget down and provided me with a greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. I’m just finishing a web based marketing video that required a prop desk be physically moved into a variety of remote locations including sand, snow, mountains, forest, golf courses, rooftop patios, etc. Crew of 2. Still the most fun I’ve had on a production in awhile. I suppose getting to blow up the desk in the final scene didn’t hurt.

I’m comfortable with a large budget. The US Open of  Snowboarding for example: A production crew of over 60, three 50′ mobile production trucks, satellite uplink, 6 hours of live international and FOX Sports programming, 4 post produced packaged programs for later airing, 4 full days of live webcast with it’s own crew, and multiple Jumbotron feeds (also with it’s own crew).

I (try to) learn from my mistakes. Back in the day when Bill Elliott was a big time NASCAR driver, I directed him in a series of car spots in the Atlanta area. We had 2 days of shooting in the can before the agency rep noticed that Bill hadn’t been wearing a seat belt in any of the scenes. Kind of a no no for the folks at Ford who made us re-shoot everything. Live and learn I suppose.

I’m calm under pressure. Entering Zambia I had to bribe our way past automatic weapons carrying airport security guards with our 22 cases of video gear (we left home with 23 but that’s another story). It cost us 1.7 million Kwacha (the local currency…about 500 bucks U.S.) and gave me my first taste of negotiating under duress. Never assume you’re safe without a Zambian Temporary Import Permit, even if no one else has ever heard of one. The same trip I also got a helicopter mount up and running with a borrowed car battery from a ’71 Chevy Nova belonging to a very sketchy guy in the parking lot. Cost me 85,000 Kwacha but we got the shot.

I’ve traveled off the beaten path “project-wise”. How about a Freestyle Ski event at AT&T Park in San Francisco? Different for sure.

Award winning. A dozen or so Telly awards for entertainment, corporate and marketing projects among others. No Emmy’s yet but stay tuned!

Nurturing. I once had a (not to be named) editor working under a very tight deadline have a complete emotional melt down on location after being torn apart by a producer with a much less nurturing attitude. 30 minutes of hand holding later, he was back on track.

I can be persuasive. I was able to get an Alaska State Police SWAT team of 10 on location for a state police re-enactment series in the wilderness near Wasilla, Alaska. They came with 2 helicopters. 2 fixed wing aircraft, an inflatable Zodiac and enough fire power to stop a small army. Cost: $0. Oh and another half dozen non-professional actors improvising dialog we made up on the spot. (Another crew of 2 situation by the way…)

I’m not afraid to relax at the end of a hard day. I think this goes hand in hand with being calm and flexible. I’m also not opposed to partaking of a local craft beer if one is available, especially if you’re buying.

I’m a family guy at heart. I like it when a production team can feel a little like family. Come on….it could happen! And yes, those are my kids. One of my prouder accomplishments.