Several TV cameras were rolling in Wyandotte on at the Bears football game. The focus, however, was the opposing Lincoln Park team, a squad being documented for the Wait Til Next Year.
Since the preseason, the camera crew has been filming the 2011 Railsplitters, capturing the team’s every move as it attempts to rebound from a nearly six-year losing streak. The contest was a home game for Lincoln Park, while its bleachers are being renovated.
Despite being at Roosevelt, the approximately 20-person camera crew was never seen specifically filming any Bears’ players or fans. Wyandotte players were filmed incidentally alongside Railsplitters at times, but otherwise the crew kept all recording equipment and activities focused on the Railsplitters’ players and supporters.
Bears’ fans Pamela Schmittou and Steve Krasnodemski said they neither saw cameras on the Wyandotte side, nor heard about Roosevelt supporters being recorded.
In fact, from the vantage point of fans in the Roosevelt bleachers, the recording on the other side was barely noticeable. The only constant, visible reminders were one cameraman in the air on a lift and two small white tents that were used as a makeshift, on-site headquarters for the MTV team.
at Wyandotte against Allen Park on Aug. 26. For that game, several more production assistants, spotters and camera crew members were seen throughout Roosevelt Stadium.
For fans entering Friday night, however, notices from New Remote Productions were posted at the entrance and inside the stadium, alerting them to the filming that was occurring. The notice began “YOU MAY BE VIDEOTAPED OR RECORDED.”
It also read: "If you are under the age of eighteen, you represent that you have obtained your parent’s/guardian’s consent to enter this area and be bound by the terms set forth herein. If you do not agree to the above terms and do not wish to be taped as part of the program, please stay out of the area where filming is taking place."
As the clock ticked down on Friday’s game, the Bears walked off with a 42-7 win and cameras captured a dejected Lincoln Park team as it suffered its fourth defeat of 2011.
Wyandotte head coach Ron Adams said he was anticipating Friday’s matchup to have an extra element of enthusiasm with the MTV cameras rolling.
“I was fired up,” Adams said. “I wanted the play this game. It felt like a big football game."