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Focused on film

Mar 30, 2012
by Kara Pound, '06

Flagler Grad Rogers, ‘07, working on documentary films for MTV and ESPN

If you’ve seen an ESPN Film or spent a Sunday night catching up on MTV’s “True Life” series, chances are Andrew Armstrong Rogers, ’07, helped put it together. Rogers is post-production supervisor at Triple Threat TV, a Connecticut-based production company specializing in nonfiction entertainment.

Rogers moved to New York City after graduating from Flagler with a communication degree in the broadcast track. He completed internships at Engel Entertainment and worked for documentary filmmaker, Ric Burns.

Rogers moved to New York City after graduating from Flagler with a communication degree in the broadcast track. He completed internships at Engel Entertainment and worked for documentary filmmaker, Ric Burns.

In September 2007, he got an internship with Triple Threat TV – then located in Harlem — and was hired on full-time a month later.

The first project Rogers worked on at Triple Threat was a series of eight biographies including pieces on ‘N Sync, Justin Timberlake, The Mickey Mouse Club and Jack Black, among others. He was also put in charge of maintaining the company’s website — skills he attributes to the graphic design courses he took at Flagler.

As post-production supervisor for Triple Threat, Rogers puts in a lot of late nights. His responsibility is to “make sure that the technology doesn’t get in the way of creating.” This means that Rogers is in charge of finishing each project the company produces.

Take, for example, a documentary they produced called “Thumbs,” which aired on MTV. The film follows the texting lives and habits of six teens from across the country. It’s an investigative look at the elaborate world of teenage texters and the integral role mobile phones have come to play in day-to-day communication.

“Initially, we asked ourselves, ‘Do we make a documentary asking if it’s OK for these kids to be texting this much?’ ” he said. Instead, the team chose to highlight the teens getting ready for a marathon race to the 2010 LG National Texting Championship in New York City.

“We had a cool mix of characters,” Rogers said of the teens they chose. “They are all really good kids deep down, and the viewer finds a way to care about each one.”

During the National Texting Championship, Rogers’ job was to sit in a room and wait for all of the cameramen to bring him their footage, then he would dump the footage onto his computer, back it up and organize it. “With on-the-fly interviews like we were doing, it can produce hours and hours of tape,” he said.

Since “Thumbs,” the Triple Threat team has been working on an array of productions including “Catching Hell” for ESPN Films, “True Life: I’m Addicted To Caffeine” for MTV, “The Real Rocky” for ESPN Films, “Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL” for ESPN’s “30 for 30,” and “Right To Play” for ESPN Films.

When Rogers worked on “The Flintlock Disaster” for PBS, a documentary about the fateful flight taken by Marine Fighting Squadron VMF-422 during WWII in the Pacific Ocean, he discovered his favorite part of working in filmmaking.

“The best part is getting a hold of all of this material – never before seen photos and film – and digitizing it,” Rogers said. “A lot of this material has never been backed up and is deteriorating every day. I get to help maintain memories.”

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