Introduction

Introduction of Module

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In my eyes this module is about showing a story in a way that you think that it would suit the story the best. The module also demands you to do research about what ever subject you want to work with. Telling a story is one of the core elements of photojournalism and I therefore think that this module is very important to learn and explore the world of photojournalism. Another important aspect of the module is to improve an old or new craft. It could be like me, improving in video or maybe to get into making books to show your story. Depending on what way of showing your story and project it’s important to, as the name of the module is, negotiate every step of the way. I also think that one of the important parts of the module is to work independent in preparation for the future.

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Going into this module I expect to learn more about the art of storytelling and photojournalism. I hope that I’ll be able to get peoples voices out with support of photos and videos. I also think that I’ll learn a lot more when it comes to planning and researching a major project, something that I’m not very good at at the moment in my opinion.

I also want to learn more about photography. Not only the craft itself but also the reason behind some of the technical choices by photographers on sports photography. For example why people use certain ISO’s etc. And also get more inspired by other photographers and film makers in the world.

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Evalutation

When I got into this module I was still very confused and uncertain because of a previous clash between two modules and were not really supposed to do photojournalism at all, so I didn’t really know what to expect. But after a short introduction I immediately got very exited to start. All the possibilities in the beginning of planning was a bit overwhelming, but tips and guidelines from Becky and Andrew got me in the right way. I think that the module and all the possibilities might be a bit much for some students which may lead to trouble starting with the project instead of planning and looking at possible projects. The lectures in the beginning of the module were very interesting and suitable. Especially the lecture with the lights and flash. I haven’t really worked that much with flash since high school so a refreshing lecture was perfect. The InDesign and folder session didn’t feel quite as planned or professional. This might be because I’ve worked with the program for about seven years, so it felt more like going back. But I could understand the importance, especially if you were planning on doing a book. Apart from these two lectures I can’t really think of a time when I felt that I learned something during the hours every Tuesday. Mainly because most Tuesdays were more about coming to class and discuss plans of what you have done. Yes, the module might perhaps be more about students actually doing a bigger project themselves rather than the regular module. But coming from Sweden and getting into photojournalism I was hoping to learn some more in lectures and sessions. Well, well. Instead I really learned and improved my sports photography by doing something different from my usual football, floorball or other sport. Now I had to learn a new sport and master difficult lights. Not only that, I also tried different cameras and both stills and video to create my video for the project. This also forced me out of my comfort zone when it comes to sports photography where I’m usually standing a few meters away from the game and don’t really have to talk to the players. But I have to say that both Andrew and Becky helped me a lot during the module and project. Not only did they suggest roller derby, multimedia video and Tiger Bay brawlers. They also gave me great advice on what to think of when shooting roller derby and indoors. Especially the lights. So without the lectures on Tuesdays and the possibilities to always ask, I’d probably never be able to make the video. I also enjoyed the possibility to go to the Photo Show in Birmingham where I also got some tips and inspiration for my project especially when it comes to sport and different shutter speeds that you can try out. All and all a very interesting module with great lecturers who were always there when I needed them the very most.

 

Inspiration

Inspiration and planning

Inspiration

I love making list and thought clouds. I do it for everything, especially school. So knowing that I had to come up with a plan for a project for this module I thought cloud would be the optional way to form an idea.

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As you can see, I clearly had much more thoughts about sports than any other field and subject for the project.

The idea of making thought to make inspiration into a plan is to break down small parts in to a big idea or a big subject into smaller parts. This will make you discover new elements and ideas suitable for your project or idea.

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A list of all possible shots that I wanted. I made this list early in the progress and didn’t know all the shots I wanted. But these were the most important ones.

 

 

Two pages from my Google Docs document where I specified to myself exactly how I wanted the video to look, my questions and some information about the sport

I’ve shot a lot of sport earlier and knew quite early that I wanted to do something in that field.  I couldn’t quite decide which sport to shoot in the beginning though. This led to making a list of different possibilities of sports to shoot. I got some ideas from Becky and Andrew who gave me some advice on sports and teams in the area and Wales.

 

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A photo from one of my many football games in Sweden. Here you can see the legend Anders Svensson ( ex IF Elfsborg and Southampton player) during a game agains Djurgårdens IF

I often watch a lot of documentaries on Youtube, Netflix and SVT (Sweden’s BBC) where they put up a lot of great documentaries. The documentaries can be about anything really. I’ve enjoyed documentaries about everything from murder cases to different kind of rocks in Europe.

One of the things that makes me think that “wow, this was a great documentary” is when they’ve managed to mix stills, clips and music well. I also get inspired by videography where the clips are a bit long at times. I feel like even if it sometimes may feel boring for some people I feel like it gives you time to really reflect on the footage and what is presented to you. You can see new things that you perhaps didn’t see the first second.

In this documentary about the Hillsborough Disaster you can see the way that they’ve mixed stills and videos very well. They also keep some of the clips for quite some time instead of quickly changing to a new clip

Before I started shooting I looked at a lot of roller derby photography to get inspiration and thoughts on how I could do my work. One photographer that I discovered quite early was Felicia Graham. She has spent more than a decade documenting Texas women’s roller derby teams and the players lives.

What I like about Felicia Grahams work is that she gets right into the action and very close to the game. I feel like this really help to capture the emotions and the rawness of the game.

One of Felicia Graham’s photos from her 11 year long project where she followed the players all around the world. Here you can see the speed, facial expressions and how tough the game really is. This is also something that I want to show in my video.

What I want to say with my work is not so much what I want to say but what the people of Tiger Bay Brawlers want to say. I want to give them a voice and share their stories of how important roller derby and the team is to them. I want to show the rest of the world how the sport can empower women and what effect the sport has had and are having.

I also want to show the sport to the people who maybe haven’t seen or heard about the sport before. Therefor I want to use a mix of stills and clips to really show all the sides of the sport. I want to show the pace, the roughness and at the same time the happiness and love in the team.

Planning

After I had decided to do my project about roller derby I had to start planning and do my research. I quickly found out about a local roller derby team called Tiger Bay Brawlers and started to look more into the team. What kind of team they were, how many teams they had, where they were playing and so on.

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Turned out that Tiger Bay Brawlers were training at Cardiff Central Youth Club. Not to far away from where I live.

Roller Derby

Roller derby is a full contact sport with two teams. The players use quad roller skates to get around the field. Each team has 15 players, five of them can be on the field at any time. Each player (or skater) has different assigned rolls. Jammers (the only player that can score points for her team) or blockers (blocks the other teams jammer and clears a path for her teams jammer to score). Both teams are rolling in the same direction.

A jammer score a point for every blocker that she passes during a jam. The games are called bouts and are broken into jams. Every jam is a maximum of two minutes. But every teams lead jammer can call of the jam at any time. This is a part of the strategic part of the sport.

The sport was first played in 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The sport quickly became very popular, and in 1940 more than 5 million people watched the sport in 50 different towns in the US. In the early 2000 the sport got a revival. Some leagues now include all-male teams and unisex teams and matches.

In the UK, the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) are constantly adding new teams to their leagues all across the UK.

Still from the movie Whip It about roller derby, starring Ellen Page.

I contacted the team and asked them if it was okay for me to come to them. They were more than happy and asked me if I needed any help or special shots. So that made the project very smooth. All thanks to them being so welcoming.

I now had to decide how I wanted my video to look like. I watched a lot of films and videos about roller derby and other sports to get inspiration and tips on what kind of angles and  photos that I wanted.

One of the videos that inspired me the most and gave me a lot of good ideas on how to shoot was this documentary on Denver Roller Derby

I decided to get as many different angles and situations as possible. Everything from warmups and tackles to high fives and preparation. I also wanted to get it all on stills and video in order to make it more alive and varied.

I also wanted to get to know the players. Their struggles and why they were playing. That’s why I decided to include some of my interviews in the video. I got to know some of the players after a few visits but I still wanted to do the interviews early on to get the first answer that came to their mind and really explain it to someone that they didn’t know.

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A photo from one of my many visits to Tiger Bay Brawlers training sessions in Cardiff. I usually didn’t sit this far away from the action. But shooting roller derby is tiring and demands a break every now and then.

I know that there are a lot of things that I need to think of during this project. One technique that I think that I will need to use is to shoot in difficult light. I’m used to shoot sports outside and under flood lights on a big football pitch. But now I’ll have to adapt to tungsten inside of a big room with a lot of shadows all around. This may cause the focus to be a bit tricky. When I’ve shot sports inside previously the results has been a bit bad with a lack of focus. So this is probably something that I’ll need to learn and practice during this module and my time at Tiger Bay Brawlers training sessions.

One of my previous attempts on shooting sports indoors was when I was a club photographer for the floorball team Pixbo in the Premier League in Sweden. As you can see the focus isn’t quite where it “should” be.

Another technique that I think that I need to adopt and practice during the module is my video editing and especially with a mix of photos and clips. If I want it to look like Copa90 and BC Serna I’ll have to really focus on both getting the interviewees voices out and get my mix of stills and clips well. I’ve tried this once before when me and a few friends from my first year in Sweden tried to do a documentary about a legend in the local hockey team. I tried to get the mix of stills, music and videos of him right but in the end there wasn’t really a clear picture of what I wanted to show. Plus the footage is really bad.

A still from me and my friends documentary. As you can see the still is way too blurry and dark. This is something that I’ll have to improve and adopt in order to make the video the way that I want.

Another thing that I need to think about is to shoot as much as possible. Shoot stills, videos and interviews. Shoot gameplay, breaks and preparations. Shoot players in the centre of the game, around the pitch and far away from the action. Just like Copa90. I want to show as much as I can from the sport and the players. What they feel, when they fall and when they laugh. Everything.

The result

The result (click to see the video) of all the inspiration and planning planning was this five minute video with stills, clips and interviews. My goal was to capture as much as possible of the sport and the players. Personally I think that I did that. I feel like I managed to get the voices and the story out just like I wanted. And at the same time show the action and the pace of the sport. Who knows? Maybe I’ve inspired some new roller derby players. Because I sure know that they’ve inspired me during this project.

Shooting process

During the first few visits in Cardiff Central Youth Club I noticed that the tungsten lighting in the arena was a bit tricky and not very helpful to the cameras that I brought with me. I noticed that my photos were completely different just by walking a few tiny steps in any direction. So many shots became a bit dark and blurry.

One of the earlier shots from the training sessions. As you can see, I had a bit of trouble with the tungsten lights.

After a few visits and a lot of testing I started to learn how to handle the lights. Another good help was that I changed camera from one of the smaller DSLRs from the media shop to 60Dii in the photography store. Massive change and much better photos. Especially the quality. I also shot a few clips with the 60Dii. Great quality again.

Here you can see the great difference with the cameras and and when I managed to handle the lights inside the Youth Club.

During every visit and training session I kept the inspiration from Serna, Aspland, Graham, Copa90 and Jenkins in the back of my head. The inspiration as well as my already clear image of what I wanted the video to look like. This helped me a lot to find the right shots. The first visits were mostly about getting to know the sport, the angles and how I could get the footage that I wanted. I quickly noticed a few spots where I could get great footage of the gameplay. Footage just like Aspland and Graham. Very close. The spots I noticed where the four corners of the field. Most jams started at the begging of the stretches, right after the corner. So if I stood on the opposite side I could get the action when the players where coming in my direction, face forward.

One of the shots from one of the corners. This shot was taken quite late in the jam so the players had almost gone past me and the faces no longer facing my direction. But as you can see, still a lot of action. Just like Asplands photos.

During my first visits I concentrated a lot on getting photos and clips from the gameplay and not what was going on beside the action, like Jenkins. So after a while I started to point my camera away from the action and started looking at the rest of the field. I immediately found what I was looking for. I wanted the emotions and feelings that Jenkins saw away from the centre. By the time I moved my camera away from the action I also felt that I could try out new stuff and play around a bit more to get the variation and experimental photos that Jenkins also managed to do so well. It took a while to get some of the photos that I was trying to get but I did it.

 

When I moved my camera away from the action I found the sort of photos that Jenkins saw. A big part of my project were to show the players and their feelings. This is something that I managed to do when I moved away from the action. Like here where the players are joking during a jam.

After a few visits I also started to experiment to get the sort of photos that Jenkins manage to get with different shutters and pans.

I started to record my interviews early during the project. Mostly because I knew what questions that I wanted to ask and how I wanted the interviews to look like. In order to get the clean interviews that Copa90 and BBC had I wanted to have a clean background instead of placing the interviewee infront of the training.

When I were looking for suitable places to do the interviews I noticed that the best spot was a bit in the shadows. When I looked at the footage on the camera it didn’t look that bad. A bit dark but I just thought that it brought out the rawness a bit more. But when I looked at the footage on the computer the result was way worse than it looked on the camera.

I thought that I could record it again but had already two really good interviews that I knew that if I asked them to do them again they would be nowhere near as good as they were the first time, so I kept it. What was so good about the interviews was the emotions in both face and voice. Also the things the players said really made the story so much clearer, especially because they both lifted the same things. Emotions and voiced that helped both them and be get the stories out. Just like Serna does so well with his interviewees and frames.

One of the interviews that I kept. Doesn’t look to dark, but a bit. The background free from stuff disturbing the focus from the player, just like Copa90 and BBC. Just what I was going for.

After shooting the shots I needed and about 2000 shots more I headed to the computer to start editing. I had worked in Premiere Pro earlier a few times and knew that I was fairly good with the software. As I knew how I wanted it to look like I could fairly quick and easy form a timeline after my planning. But I couldn’t really get the message out or make the video fun to watch. I think I’ve must’ve started over at least five times for different reasons. Sometimes it was because I couldn’t find the right photos or just photos inspired by Aspland. But I was looking for a mix. Sometimes it was because I didn’t feel like the song was right and would fit the editing as good as it did on Serna’s videos. And sometimes it was just because the interviews just didn’t fit and I couldn’t get my story out like Serna. What most of my attempts did have however was the mix of clips and photos that Copa90 and BBC had, and that was one of the things I was going after.

When I, after several attempts, found the right song, right mix and a nice way to use the voices of the players I started to add layer after layer of footage until I was happy.

Having somewhat completed the video I handed out my final draft to Becky and Andy. I didn’t think that I had to change that much. I was happy with the editing, shots and length. The only thing that I thought that I’d have to change was the texts, that wasn’t done. But, luckily, they both pointed out several things that simply wasn’t good enough. Most of the things were things that I didn’t think of or found wrong. But after sitting for a few more days fixing what they thought was wrong I can honestly say that it improved so much. The story is still the same. The same voices and core of the video. But what changed the most was the pace of the video and the parts that didn’t have music before and honestly was a bit boring now when I think of it.

I wanted my video to be as gripping as BC Serna’s but there was something missing. Music. After adding more music and sounds and syncing them with the footage, the interviews and video became much more gripping and I even think that it helped me to bring out the story more and the footages narrative..

Now when I’ve completed the video I can look back at several months of shooting and editing and say that I’ve managed to do what I set out to do. Get my and the players stories out. Mix photos and clips inspired by Aspland, Graham, Jenkins, Copa90, BBC and Serna. All in one package, edited with a mix of long and short clips and music to sync with the editing and footage.

First frame of the final product. It is done.

Research

Sports photography

One of the most popular sorts of photography and one of the biggest fields is sports photography. It’s one of those fields that you simply can’t avoid, even if you’re not at all interested in sports. It’s also one of the fields in photography that demand skillfull photographers that understand the game, in order to get the best shots.

One of the most well-known sports photographers is Marc Aspland.

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Rugby player Danny Care scoring the final try as England made it 21 wins out of 22 under Eddie Jones.

In order to get the best shots shooting sports it’s good to know how to handle quick focus, especially with long lenses. Preferably long telephoto lenses. Some of the sports are very quick and can quickly change from far-range to close-range therefore most sports photographers use at least two different cameras. One with a wider lens and one with a longer. This gives the photographers the chance to easily and quickly change the cameras, so that you don’t have to change lens. You won’t have any time for that if you shoot football for example. The player or chance might be gone in a second.

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Marc Aspland is well know for his Premier League and international football photography. Here you can see the use of two cameras. One close to Drogba celebrating a goal. And a distance to Alexis goal in the FA Cup.

Another important part of shooting sports is the speed of the game and how to use it in your favour. Using pans and longer shutter speed can often be useful to get powerful and interesting shots of fast sports. In order to get short shutter speeds and crispy photos, high ISO’s are used to get the perfect photo.

What Marc Aspland does so well is that he manages to have full control of the camera in order to get the right shot. He knows exactly how to capture every single second and moment just right. A part of this is that he understands the game and know where to look and what is about to happen. This gives him the opportunity to even before something happened he knows exactly where to position the camera and what shutter speed etc that he need for that exact moment. This is something that I want to get into my work. I want to get the great gameplay shots by knowing where to be and look, at the same time as I can handle the equipment.

The Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins has been shooting sports for over twenty years.

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Here is one example of great use of shutter speed. It’s the Australian women’s team competing in. It’s  shot during the Rio Olympic with a
16mm lens 1/8 f9 ISO 100. According to Jenkins he rotated “rotated anti-clockwise with a very slow shutter speed in order to create circular light trails”.

If you’re shooting team sports, remember that teams change sides in halftime. Depending if you’re a club photographer or shooting for a neutral newspaper, TV or other outlet, keep that in mind. Either because you might want to change side to get all your teams goals or get both teams chances.

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Interesting use of the goal. Not only did Jenkins manage to capture the goal but also the reactions from the fans, another important part of sports photography. This photo was taken during Leicester City versus West Ham – 17 April. It was shot with 70mm lens 1/2500 f8 ISO 1600.

You’ve probably seen a lot of photos or videos of football players celebrating a goal. But sports are so much more than just the goals and the game. Sports photographers also use things happening outside the game to get great photos. It could be a victory parade, training, audience, arenas or participants feelings in other ways.

This is one of the things that Jenkins does so well. He’s not only focusing on the ball and shoots the “regular” sports photo of the gameplay around the ball. He also manages to capture the action away from the ball and sometimes even when the ball isn’t even in play. He’s also not afraid of trying new methods and angles. Normally photographers can sometimes be a bit afraid to explore and try new shots, not Jenkins. He’s always producing shots from new angles and new ways of getting the shot. This sort of mix and playfulness is something that I think can improve my video a lot, especially the mix of different shots, angles and settings.

Some of the most iconic sport photos ever were shot by sports photographer Neil Leifer

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Sports photography is not all about football and team sports. This is a photo of Muhammad Ali urging Sonny Liston to get up again, after just having knocked him out in the WBC World Heavyweight Championship bout in May 1965. The photo is still to this day one of the most well-known photos from any sport.

Videography

My massive passion for football in sport in general doesn’t end with just watching games, interviews or articles. I also love to watch documentaries. This is where I got some of my inspiration for my video and the idea of making a video. One of the sites where I watch most of the documentaries is Youtube, especially Copa90. They are based in the UK but their documentaries are from all over the world. One of the things that I love about their videos is the footage and editing. I like how they focus on the people and to get their voices heard. This is often their core and focus of most documentaries.

One of the Copa90 documentaries about football that got me inspired.

Copa90 often use a technique for their interviews that I really like. They keep their interviewee in focus and often try to keep the frame as clear and clean as possible without much else but the person that are being interviewed. They also use a close focus to even more put the attention to the person instead of things in the background.

What I also like about their documentaries is that they don’t only focus on the games and show footage on the games, but also what happens around the sport and the pitch. They do have some footage from games sometimes but it’s more than just the action around the ball that you normally get in documentaries about football. They try to show the feelings, what’s happening around the pitch and the players that are a bit away from the ball.

Still from the Copa90 documentary about FC Juarez. Here you can see the interviewee clearly in focus without anything interrupting the focus on him.

A videographer that also inspired me is BC Serna. BC is a film maker from Colorado who produce videos for his Youtube channel. What inspires me the most is his use of mixture of stills and videos. Not only that but also how he beautifully syncs the videos and photos with the music that he uses.

One of the videos that BC Serna has produced. This one about people in Ferguson is very powerful. Much because of the footage and use of music.

I also like how he focuses on the story in every single way. Every shot, every frame helps to bring the story forward. You can almost pause the video at any moment and the frame would still help the narrative part of the shot forward.

A still frame from the documentary about Ferguson. I think that a single frame like this one can narrative the whole story. The megaphone, the people, the feelings in the girls eyes and the light at the end. Every thing is a part of the story. This video and all of his videos are full of frames just like this one.

Just like the narrative of BC Sernas videos can help tell the story, so can sports photography. This is one of the things that Felicia Graham managed to do well during her project. By standing at the right place to capture the right moment your still frame can tell as much of a story like a video can.

This is one of the photos where Graham managed to narrative a story, simply by standing at the right place. You can see the players different expressions. Some are confident while the rest is scared or simply not as focused. You can also see that it’s not really a stereotypical roller derby player, something that the players of Tiger Bay Brawlers point out.

The video

Based on the Google Drive document over my planned timeline and the research my plan for the video is to start of with an introduction with different shots of the sport and shots of players preparing for the sport. I want it to build up the video and some sort of hype of what to come later in the video. I also want the preparations to mirror a training session or game where you start the whole thing with tying laces and putting on a helmet etc.

This shot by Felicia Graham is an example of the kind of shots that I want to have in the start of my video.

Later I want a mix of clips and photos of the game. I want to get as close as possible to the game to get the feelings and emotions. Just like Graham, Serna and Aspland. I want the shots to be of all sorts of situations from the game and training sessions, and not just tackles and skates. I feel like I need this mix to really show the sport and narrative my story a bit more.

Gameplay shots like this by Graham is an example of the shots that I want later on in my video. I want shots like this both on clips and stills to get the mixture that I’m after.

Mixed with the gameplay I want interview with the players to get their stories and voices out. I’ve already recorded some to see how it would look. I want to get the clean background like Copa90 and BBC had.

A still frame from one of the interviews that I’ve already shot. Not sure if I want to use this exact interview but I’m happy with the background. It outs the focus on the interviewee instead of something in the background.

That’s the image of how I want the video to look like. Hopefully I can manage to get shots like Aspland, Graham, Copa90, Serna and Jenkins. But as long as I get the players voices out and their stories, then I’m happy.

Conclusion

 

I had several ideas right after the introduction to the module. But I’ve always been very interested in sports and I’ve shot sports for years so I thought I’d do something in that field. I wanted to go out of my comfort zone both with the skills that I have and the way to show my finished project. Doing a roller derby video was probably one of the simplest things, considering that the people that I would interview would all be at the same place all the time. Plus the quick pace of the sport would give me lots of great shots almost just by being there.

I sort of knew how I wanted the video to look like almost after my first visit. But I also found some difficulties that I didn’t think of before I started. The camera that I used to work with at home were still in Sweden which forced me to try new cameras with new lenses and kits. I also learned that the lights in the Cardiff Central Youth Centre were anything but helpful towards cameras. A single step could cause complete lack of light. But both these problems made me learn more and adapt to special scenarios and conditions. It took me a while but after being there a few weeks, and trust me I attended a lot of training sessions for several weeks, I got a grip of the light and cameras more and more for every visit.

 

I think that I can do a lot more stuff about roller derby in the future. I also feel like all the ideas that I had before I decided to go along with the roller derby are ideas that I’d love to do sometime in the future and I’m very excited to do projects like this in my spare time in the future. Wether it’s a project about sports, travels or music I just can’t wait to produce, learn and improve my skills and gain new experience. This module really gave me a new light on photography and the possibilities within.

 

Looking back on my time during this module I feel like I might have been a bit to easy with the project and taken the easy way out. Both in the choice of project and the amount of effort and time that I actually put in to the project in the beginning. It took me a while to go to the first session and introduce myself, even if I made contact with the team quite early.

 

So, if I were to do this module again I’d probably do something a bit harder and even more out of my comfort zone. Take a step away from sports and do something completely different. The reason why I picked sport, except for my previous skills, is probably that I’m familiar with it. So I’d probably do something that I weren’t familiar with at all to learn more about new things and maybe get new perspective that others maybe haven’t seen before. But if I were to do it about roller derby again I’d definitely start earlier with the project and put more effort in hearing the voices and maybe follow the team a bit more. Maybe on a trip or follow the team even more and not just during training sessions and home games. I still think that the core of the story is good. Most stories on roller derby that I found was just about the sport itself and not so much about why people practice the sport and how important it is for the players. So I think that my story is broader than just about the sport. My story is about the women in the sport and what they feel and think about the sport. And as I said before. Yes, I could’ve followed the team or certain players even more to make the story even deeper and worked with it harder that way, but I still think that my side of the sport and story is new. Especially in roller derby. One of the sports that are still a bit in the shadows.

Result

Result and thoughts about it

My video came out with all the parts that I wanted. I got interviews, photos and clips from the roller derby. Not only that but I also managed to sync videos and photos with the music like BC Serna that I talked about earlier. The interviews turned out great. The two interviews that I picked for the video were shot on the same day and were among the first interviews that I shot during the project. I know that one of the interviewees isn’t really dressed for roller derby and is wearing a jacket and big scarf. I had some interviews where the player had the proper attire. But the reason why I still chose to put it in is that the answers and emotions from the player are so good. At some point you can really hear how much it means to her, just like the other interviewee.

Another good thing about the interviews is that I managed to keep the background as clean as possible like the documentaries by Copa90. I thought that I’d put the players in front of the ongoing training session but noticed that the focus turned from the interviewee to the things going on in the background.

You can almost see how I’ve made the footage brighter by the small dots caused by the exposure. I could do the interview again with better lights but both this interview and the other were so good that I just couldn’t re-do it again

I shot the interviews in the corner of the Cardiff Central Youth Club, the same place where Tiger Bay Brawlers are training. The tungsten lights in the hall was very uneven and had almost like strips of shadows and light all over. The corner had the same lights. This caused the interviews to be a bit dark. This wasn’t something that bothered me during the shooting, I thought the shadows made the looks a bit “raw”. But when I came back to edit, the video was almost too dark. I fixed this in Premiere Pro, but you can still see the lack of light.

You can also see the same dots in a few other clips every now and then. I didn’t notice this until I exported the video. The reason why there are so many dots and different quality in some clips and photos could be (and I think it is why) because I used four different cameras. Three for photos and two for clips. I think this is both a good and bad thing. Yes, the quality is a bit bad at times but I also think that this brings more life to the video, just because of the variation of quality, stills and clips.

My goal with the music and sound was to as much as possible sync videos and editing to the music, just like BC Serna and Copa90. I think I managed to do this pretty well. Especially after a few inputs from Andrew and Becky when I decided to add a few more songs and music that I could edit the clips to. I’m mostly proud of the quick editing in the intro, even if all the photos might not the synced you can still understand the thought of almost every single change of photo and clip. Even minor edits like the tackle (3:04) and the fall (4:08) to name a few.

One of the parts where I managed to sync music to clip pretty well is this tackle at the same time as the drum

Not only did I want to mix photos and clips but also long and short clips in the edit. You can see that some clips are very short and others a bit longer. I feel like this also brings life to the video. Simply because you never know what’s going to happen and when a new photo or clip will come. I like the mix and various length and that’s one of the things that Copa90, Serna and BCC did in the Hillsborough documentary. It was also one of the things that I set out to do before I started the video. So all in all I feel like I managed to get a lot of my inspiration into the actual video.

Another thing that I set out to do was to get a mix of footage from likes of Aspland and Jenkins. I feel like I managed to get the planned gameplay shots of Aspland and the variety and experimental shots of Jenkins in a good mixture. I also got a mix of closeups like Graham. Sure, some of the shots aren’t the best and some might even seem a bit boring and not bringing anything to the story or narrative anything. But that’s just a part of the mix that I was looking for to show as much of the sport as possible. I didn’t just want shots of the gameplay and tackles, I also wanted footage of what was going on all around the field and what the players did and felt.

An example of the shots like Jenkins that I wanted to get in. I played around a lot with the shutter speed and angles on the field during my months.