No. 1 Alabama trailed No. 4 Georgia for the majority of the SEC Championship in Atlanta. While it’s not all that surprising that the Dawgs managed to play well against the Tide, the game’s first three quarters offered more drama than most expected, with the Dawgs leading for almost all of the game heading into the fourth.
So CBS’ camera crew was getting some prime shots of people in the crowd after big plays.
For starters, after Tide running back Josh Jacobs was stuffed on 3rd and 3 to force a three-and-out for Alabama, this Bama fan summed up the Tide’s night in a single GIF:
Now I’m no lip reading expert, but I think she mouthed a specific four-letter curse word.
The best part about this is that on Alabama’s next offensive possession, CBS caught this Georgia fan doing this after the Dawgs were called for pass interference:
The eye roll complete with a glance at the camera really is the icing on the cake here, imo.
Getting meme-able fans as a camera crew is done through a lot of communication. My colleague Alex Kirshner recently spoke with Steve Milton, the lead director for CBS’ college football telecasts, about how it’s done:
The best crowd shots come down to communication and instinct.
This is where it’s helpful to have a crew — as CBS does — that’s stayed mostly intact over the years. Camera operators and producers operate on the same wavelength.
Milton might give out an order: “OK, I wanna sweep: camera, 1, 3, and 5, sweep the crowd.”
At the next moment, they’re not all literally on the same frequency.
“They might get on with their own little channel and say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna get a happy guy.’ ‘Hey, I’ve got a sad kid,’ and ‘I’ve got 10 or 12 delirious fans,’” Milton explains.
“And they coordinate that themselves. And for me, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I have a finish to a great game, and I have this great crew showing me so many shots, it’s hard for me to get them all on the air. I’m looking at a wall of delirious, happy, sad fans, and players, because we do keep cameras on the field as well.”
God bless you, CBS camera crew. We just have to get one more to make this a complete trifecta!