The final assignment was to create a two to four minute video. My team created a promotional video of the Naughty Pines, Laramie’s roller derby team. We filmed the team’s first game of the season. The Naughty Pines played against the A’Salt Creek Roller Girls, a team from Casper with players from surrounding areas. We collected interviews from the players and the coach.
This was an interesting project for several reasons. It was my first venture into any kind of real video recording or editing. It was also the first time I’ve seen a roller derby. Several parts of the project were challenging, but I enjoyed learning how to use the video editing software and getting a better feel for what types of footage are desirable.
Knowing next to nothing about video, naturally I was surprised by many things. First, I was surprised by how difficult it is to take good shots, especially of something as fast-moving as roller derby. I was also surprised by how similar the professional video editing software was to sound editing software and to other, more basic types of video editing software I’ve used in the past.
This project presented many learning opportunities. As I said, simply shooting video, and viewing the shots I had taken, allowed me to learn about video recording. This seems to be a skill, like photography, that comes with practice. The other huge hurtle in this project was the video editing. Fortunately for me, Chase Harmelink, the other half of my team, is very skilled and knowledgeable in video and video editing. I learned a lot from him.
There are a few things I wish I could have done differently. I wish I had gotten better shots. If I had it to do over, I would have taken longer shots so that I could have missed less. I also would have become more familiar with the way the game is played before shooting. This way, I would have had a better idea of what to expect during the game, and I may have better anticipated where to shoot.
I may or may not use video in my career. If all goes as expected, video will not be a part of my career. Still, it was worth learning about, and may be something I peruse recreationally.