Back in May we started making a film for the Guernsey Sports Commission. The brief from Oliver Tracey was simple, show a range of sports and coaching in an exciting way and interview the coaches of the sports for a few quotes.
We wanted to show off local sport and also use a few techniques in our filming to add some excitement. Shanine and myself had a few discussions on what we would like to see and we made a plan!!!
The intro was important, we wanted something exciting and action packed and decided on a male/female pairing. Local cycling star James McLaughlin and swimmer Courtney Butcher were kind enough to let us film them during training. The underwater footage was fun, something different that we’d never done. Using the Gopro under water was interesting, finding the live view (wifi’d to my phone) didn’t work when it was just a few inches under meant a bit of guess work (and a few extra laps from Courtney).
We had a lot of fun filming, sports aren’t generally short on action and we started with squash. All was going well until Shanine took a direct hit from one of the balls while filming inside the court…..
Karting was one I most looked forward to, the smells of the two stroke engines, seeing them being driven to the edge, sideways out of the corners. The problem we had was mounting the Gopro on the 125 kart. The acceleration was so violent it kept snapping back and recording some fairly uninteresting views of the sky! One of the mechanics with proper forearm strength did it up nice and tight for us which produced the footage you see. Although it looks it, it’s not speeded up at all.
Table tennis was much easier, the balls are very light and we felt safe filming the talented youngsters on the tables. All was good until we got to the hockey…. They don’t half hit those balls hard, we filmed from behind the safety of the goal, ironically the only place they were aiming at!
The mountain biking at Delancey Park was great to film, I am a fan of all things two wheeled, and our youngsters on the cycling front are performing well on the national scene. Finally we filmed rugby, another action packed sport, we got in on the action to get some close ups, fortunately the players were kind to us and we escaped fairly unscathed.
Putting the footage together took many many hours a the computer. We found some epic music and set about syncing the action and soundtrack.
Seeing the final piece played at the GSC’s coaching conference was a great moment, the big screen and excellent sound system showing off our piece to the audience.
We have a couple of other projects for over the winter. Some exciting stuff with a moody and atmospheric tone. We can’t wait!