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ESPN 'Monday Night Football' Shoots Video Opener at EAA

With the EAA Eagle Hangar in the background, an ESPN camera crew shoots footage Saturday of drilling reservists for Monday Night Football’s opening segment that will air before the Packers-Vikings game November 14.

A drill team from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy being videotaped in EAA’s Eagle Hangar for ESPN’s veteran-centered opening segment to air Monday night, November 14.

November 14 2011 – The NFL’s weekend-long “Salute to Service” honoring military personnel and veterans included ESPN Monday Night Football’s opening segment that featured footage shot Saturday at EAA headquarters.

The segment included military personnel and drill teams as part of the broadcast opening and utilized EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar, as well as roadways and greenspace including Pioneer Airport directly behind the museum. The segment opened the game broadcast for to the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game.

“We were honored to assist with EAA’s facility for this production showing appreciation to our military and veterans,” said Dick Knapinski, EAA’s director of communications. “While the production was shot in a cinematic style and it may show only glimpses of recognizable EAA landmarks, the point is being able to honor our veterans and military personnel. That is something EAA is already very well known for and a regular part of our museum and event programming.”

The ESPN crew contacted EAA late last week regarding use of the Eagle Hangar, after the Oshkosh facility was recommended by NFL and broadcast officials. The production team spent nearly 12 hours at EAA on Saturday to create the 50-second video.

“We start with a feeling. We look for emotion. And at the end, we want you to stand up and cheer, throw a table, whatever you do to get fired up before a game,” said Michael Sciallis, an ESPN director and editor, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette in describing the production.

Jake Wood, a former University of Wisconsin football player who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, will narrate the segment. Wood has been recognized for his work with Team Rubicon, an organization that unites military veterans and medical professional to rebuild communities ravaged by national disasters.

Military reservists from northeast Wisconsin were also involved in the taping, as well as a drill team from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin.


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