A look at the new MSB set is available here. The studio lighting has yet to be installed, so the set is not properly lit (so it will look dramatically better once everything comes together), but you get the general idea of things here. This video was taken as we experimented with an outstanding new piece of equipment we recently acquired, the Matthews DC Slider.
The tagging project is complete! I’ve gone back and tagged every single one of our 1,900+ videos on our website. It was a painstaking, tedious, time-intensive process, but it was totally worth it, because it was the right thing to do to best serve our students and alumni.
If you check out the tag cloud at the right-hand side of this page, you’ll see the top tags that appear among the 1,400+ posts (remember that some posts feature more than one video). After going through all the years, it’s interesting to see whose names appear most in the cloud as the most prolific contributors (from a volume standpoint anyway).
Pat Burchill holds the current individual tag title (so to speak) with 45 tagged posts. Only Dan Bargar, Mark Pomella, Paul Murphy, and Robbie Rhodes join Pat in the 40+ tag range, although we still have some archival additions to post from 2012-2013, which will likely see Junior Brown-West surpass 40 tags as well.
If you click on someone’s name in the tag cloud, you’ll see that every post that person appears in will come up in a list, so if Dan Bargar, for instance, swings by and wants to find anything and everything he appears in online here, he can click his tag and instantly find every field report he did, every PSA he was in, and every other video he was a part of producing.
The goal for our students moving forward should be to earn a spot in the tag cloud by making sure that a click on their respective tags produces a lengthy list of memorable video products.
Of course, the tag cloud mainly tracks videos (on a comprehensive level anyway) from the middle of the 2008-2009 school year on, and even then it just measures the volume of video contributions and/or appearances, so some of our most legendary MSB stars like Colin McElaney, Pat Shay, and Katy Harnish don’t appear on a measure of volume, but they stand at the top of any chart that measures the depth and quality of contributions to the MSB program.
Nevertheless, if you don’t see your name in the cloud, all you need to do is use the search box to find one video you were in, and down at the bottom of that page (just above the “reply” box), you’ll find the tags applied to that post. When you click on your name in the tag section, you’ll get a list of every video in which you’re tagged. Hopefully this new search and organizational feature comes in handy when you’re trying to show a video to your college buddies, or just trying to reminisce and have a few laughs with your old high school friends.
Naturally, some sports are more highlight-friendly than others, but oftentimes what makes the best highlight material is the reaction and emotion displayed by the players and the team. The message we’re looking to send with this video is that we love to see emotional investment, passion, and team spirit appear on the viewfinders of our cameras. This video puts some of the best such moments together from the past 8 years, and we look forward to filming many more new exciting moments as we head into another new school year this fall, because at MSB, our passion is covering your passion.
We’re doing a ton of behind the scenes work on this website this summer to improve search functionality and navigation by tagging all of our 1,900+ videos. That’s a lot of video to choose from, so it seemed reasonable to take a look here at the most popular products we’ve posted over the years.
#1 BOYS HOCKEY 2011 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VIDEO
A state title, combined with the storyline of Chris Perry’s brutal on-ice injury (and his teammates’ subsequent rallying around it), topped off by the flair of a comeback win, finished off by one of the best shots you’ll ever see (by Mike Carbone), and you had all the ingredients necessary to cook up a classic video. Here it is:
#2 FIRST-EVER FEMALE MASSACHUSETTS WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WON AT MHS
Interestingly enough, the #2 video on this list has almost nothing to do with MHS other than the location of the footage. The 2013 Division 2 State Championship wrestling finals were held at Marshfield High School, so we decided to film it and post the matches. It ended up being a great decision, because we captured history on video. North Andover’s Danielle Coughlin took the state title in the 106-pound weight class. Her state championship was the first-ever for a female wrestler in Massachusetts, and only the 4th ever in the country. Naturally, it was big news, and drew lots of interest.
#3 BOY BAND VIDEO (the original)
The promo for this piece (the second video below) is a classic in and of itself, but the final product was one of the universal all-time favorites in the history of MSB.
#4 BEFORE THE BELLS FAVORITES 2005-2006
Teachers all over MHS will gladly proclaim the Class of 2006 as a truly special group, one of the best to ever come through Marshfield High School. When it was their turn to take over “Before the Bells” as seniors, they made the best of it and brought plenty of energy and laughs to homerooms all over the building.
#5 BOYS BASKETBALL vs. BROCKTON @ B-R (aka SLAM DUNKFEST)
Our boys basketball team played well in the first half and were still in the game at halftime, but the juggernaut Boxers squad pulled away in the second half. However, people generally aren’t watching this video for the game highlights; the main draw here is the legendary 2009 Brockton Boxers pre-game slam dunk show they put on regularly that season before the refs arrived on the court. We arrived early to get a look at it, and folks got a kick out of it when we posted it online.
#6 FUNNEL BALL
Still one of the best products to ever emerge from MSB, hands down.
#7 MIDDLE SCHOOL PSA
This might be considered the first surprise entry on the list (not a surprise that it’s on the list, but maybe a surprise that it’s quite so high), but it makes sense when the video was such an original piece that an entire generation of high school students could relate to when they looked back on their middle school memories. Any product that can appeal to such a wide spectrum of our audience will naturally resonate well if it’s legitimately funny and well made, which this one was, and it was an instant favorite that still gets talked about to this day.
#8 SENIOR GOODBYE VIDEO 2009
Senior goodbye videos naturally populate this list for the exact reason mentioned above in the note about the Middle School PSA: universal appeal. It’s a video that is meant to represent an entire graduating class, so these videos often rack up lots of plays over time as alumni enjoy looking back on their high school memories every once in a while. As a result, it makes sense that the senior goodbye videos on this list appear chronologically, with Class of 2009 alumni having had more time to reflect back on their high school years than the Class of 2010 (and so on).
#9 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GARDEN (STATE TITLE GAME PROMO)
Pat Shay came in one morning on an early day, highly motivated to put this video together for the Friday episode of “Before the Bells” leading up to the 2011 State Championship game at the Boston Garden (which the Rams ended up winning…see our #1 video above). He based this piece off a Boston Celtics commercial that was popular and well received at the time, and the final product was well received all around by our audience, and that popularity translated to lots of video plays over the years that have kept it in the top ten on this list.
#10 TOP TEN FOOTBALL PLAYS OF ALL-TIME (that we have on video)
This video only covers football plays through the 2008 season, and it was naturally limited in its scope to plays we were able to find on film, but it’s still a fun list to go through, especially for a school with a rich tradition of football success. Dan Bargar, one of the best sports commentators in MSB history, does a great job of taking viewers through the list.
#11 REAL RAMS RECYCLE
So simple, but so funny. Multiple students have tried to duplicate this video in the years since it was aired, but they’ve found it tough to recreate the magic of the original.
#12 SHOWER TIME
Bathe in the ridiculousness.
#13 THE BANANA PROJECT
Colin McElaney put this together as his grand finale before heading off to film school. It’s a lot of fun with plenty of great moments.
#14 SENIOR GOODBYE VIDEO 2010
Another video our alumni have enjoyed reviewing over the past few years.
#15 SENIOR GOODBYE VIDEO 2011
This one was a gem, featuring one of the best ending sequences we’ve ever seen.
#16 BEFORE THE BELLS 2007 A BLOCK GOODBYE VIDEO
The cast of the 2006-2007 A Block show was one of the best in MSB history. Steve Good and Caroline Bagby shared a near perfect chemistry on the news desk, and the sports desk, featuring Will Nagle and Jerry Freed, kept the laughs coming on a daily basis. Weather was very different back then, compared to what we’ve come to know the weather segment as, but John Hernon did excellent work adding comic relief on the weather desk of this cast as well.
#17 SENIOR GOODBYE VIDEO 2012
Another natural fit on this list.
#18 MOCK ACCIDENT 2009
This production came together thanks to the diligent efforts of School Resource Officer Bob Quigley, who tragically passed away this year, far too soon. Officer Quigley did wonderful work with our students and school community over the years, and this video was one of several excellent pieces he helped us put together. One of the reasons this video ended up ranked so highly on this list is that it was used for training purposes by a couple of outside organizations.
#19 FOOTBALL 2013 vs NAUSET ENDING HIGHLIGHT
Some games, some finishes, you just have to see to believe. This is one of them.
#20 KRUMP WEATHER
Instant classic. Shannon Nagle and Melanie Kabilian were absolutely priceless contributors for us as our first-ever female weather team.
#21 SCHOOL ISSUES DOCUMENTARY
Did Des O’Neill’s documentary (produced in his Digital Media class) help bring about the new Marshfield High School building that’s about to open in a couple months? While it would be hyperbolic to draw such a direct cause-and-effect relationship, it’s undeniable that this documentary was linked and referenced by multiple parties in the early stages of the movement to get a new building project underway.
#22 AWKWARD FIELD REPORTER
Tyler Kearns is not really an awkward weirdo, he just played one on tv in this video.
#23 SUPER BOWL 2009 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
After 3 straight Super Bowl losses, the 2009 Rams finally won the championship in a classic game against Masconomet.
#24 BEFORE THE BELLS 2009-2010 EARLY FALL MEGA-REEL
This video is extremely long, but it features lots of excellent clips, including weather segments from Melanie Kabilian & Shannon Nagle, as well as Christian McGourty, Zach Andrada, and Mitch Dunham.
#25 BOLDEST MOVE EVER
Pat Shay’s grand finale to cap off his brilliant MSB career was an ambitious project, but an amazing success. Our movie products would likely be higher on this list, but they require a more unique level of commitment to watch a lengthier narrative product. Nevertheless, for those who are able to devote the time to watching them, our movie pieces (Funnel Ball, The Banana Project, and Boldest Move Ever) regularly emerge as audience favorites.
#26 LOVE’S WILD TRAILER
This trailer was created even before the Telecom 1 movie trailer project came about, but it still stands out as one of our funniest trailers. The over-the-top skewering of the “chick flick” genre brought plenty of laughs to our audience.
#27 BACK IN THE DAYS RAP (by Scott Burns)
Scott Burns was one of the most accomplished wordsmiths to come through MHS. He was a Poetry Slam champion, and brought the house down at Marshfield Idol with his “Marshfield Girls” rap song. Here are a couple of pieces he put together quickly one day as we were in the process of editing our senior goodbye video products.
#28 COOL IT NOW
It’s tough to compete with the original boy band video (which appears at #3 above), but this video did an admirable job of revisiting the concept.
#29 MCAS RAP
Another instant classic. This was a shoe-in for the MSB Video of the Year in 2012-2013.
#30 BOYS WILL BE GIRLS
This concept has been revisited multiple times (with a well done version appearing on our show this past year), but the original still stands out as a memorable classic.
#31 HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Most of us can relate to hearing an overplayed song on the radio that we manage to simultaneously hate hearing over and over, yet somehow end up singing along to anyway. That universal experience helped make this video an audience favorite from the day it was aired.
#32 MHS MOVIE CAST
This is the newest entry to make the list, as it was produced this past school year. Generally speaking, it takes time to earn a spot on this list. Beyond the initial surge of views a video gets when it’s first posted, the vast majority of these videos are all pieces that resonated enough with our audience to draw repeated views over time during return trips to our website. However, this piece was such a success out of the gate that it skyrocketed up the charts to already earn a spot on this list, an indication that it will likely rank higher on the list over time as it racks up repeat views.
#33 WILLS TAKES THE ICE (BOYS HOCKEY vs. PLYMOUTH SOUTH)
Everyone loves a heartwarming sports story. This is one of em, and it reflects mighty well on our student athletes, coaches, and fans at MHS.
#34 MAX SWEAT GYM
The choice between “hot” or “cold” undoubtedly was a big draw to increase memberships.
#35 SHOWTIME (E BLOCK MUSICAL)
Our train-wreck-on-purpose musical bit was a production that involved the entire class. It was a fun piece to put together and a big hit with viewers.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Field Report:
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