first came to national prominence as Michael "Meathead" Stivic, the son-in law of Archie Bunker on the once in a lifetime politically incorrect classic TV show All in the Family. The character's nickname became closely associated with him, even after he had left the role and went on to build a high-profile career as a director. Reiner has stated,
"I could win the Nobel Prize and they'd write 'Meathead wins the Nobel Prize". I took a stab at becoming softball's version of MeatHead
Professional Softball Umpire Website . From a site design standpoint I had my CitySoftball I.T. department to properly guide me
and on the pictures side I had talented photographer "Q" http://www.qbaseball.com/
to take great shots. Next I needed a softball environment and that's where my main problems were b/c:
- It was February and it was freaking freezing. No games were going on
- I needed Actors and had no Money to spend.
Now that I had my Motley Crew in place and drove them all to Brooklyn to get down to work.
As a Meathead director
I wanted to created professional umpiring environment so I directed the following situations:
Behind the Scenes : Manager-Officials Pre-Game Meeting Shot
As both a player and umpire I know this a key time in a game where an official establishes his professionalism and control. Good Idea, but it didn't make the final cut b/c we actually got better pictures. Now I understand when actors say "it got left on the cutting room floor".
Behind the Scene : Actual Calls
My photographer, players, and officials took incredible pictures considering the circumstances but one criticism of myself is that I made it a point to not to micro-manage and I was too hands off. For example, these two shots
could have been so much better if I was on top of things. The batter was standing awkwardly in both shots and he's not a lefty. As for the umpire, he was too close in the first shot. SB Meathead has to be more involved and attentive next time. Oh well, live and learn
Behind the Scenes : New Official Training
I was both an actor and a director
in these shots. The pictures looked great, but it was tough to explain to everyone what I wanted while actually play the role of a Blue This was multi-tasking at its best and exhausting, as it really made me appreciate actor-directors.
Behind the Scene : Videos
As part of the site my creative juices created three types of videos
Video 1 - Personal Statements
Case Study on how an umpire should professionally handle an argument These of course led to bloopers like me forgetting to argue
and moving variables
and rookie director mistakes
Video 3 - How to properly call an illegal pitch. Good idea, but again didn't make the cut
At the end of the day
we had a good time and delivered a quality product to the client. Meathead couldn't have done it without his friends and being the professional that he is "Q" http://www.qbaseball.com/ offered to go back during the season to take live shots. Meathead might get a second chance after all till then I'm hungry, I guess being called Meathead does that to you.