Day 1 – 3
I was recently approached by a colleague of mine to help him produce a news feature about the decision made by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to remove wrestling from the Olympic programme and then reinstate it as of last month, October 2013 as part of 2020 and 2024 games. He managed to get in contact with a local club, ‘Slough Freestyle Wrestling Club’ and we went there to explore the impact of the decision before and after the reinstation, on the young wrestlers training to be Olympic Champions. My role in this production was camera operator/ editor/ sound, my colleague whom is budding journalist was the Werner Herzog of the small production.
Producing this feature wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be. Team work was definitely key here, when it came to sound and the look of the production. I learned that controversial topics that affect a large group of people interest me, especially such a decision when wrestling has been part of the Olympics since its birth. As mentioned by the coach in the piece below, wrestling is one of the founding fathers of the Olympics and to remove it from the programme is to make a very bad mistake.
After I’d finished editing the feature, I change some parts of the production and made it into a short 4min documentary which was I chose to release as part of the ‘Truemotion Collective’, a group which me and two of my colleagues formed to produce documentary and experimental work as a Trio. I named the piece ‘People to People: Slough Freestyle Wrestling Club’. People to People is a series of documentaries Ive been creating since the concept was introduced to me in my first year of university. I hope to continue to create content under the title and have a collection of documentaries exploring different things.
After discussing the ideas we all had about the Chauvet Cave Paintings, we decided to make a film that questions the significance of images in our lives and the primal human instinct of wanting to be remembered. The short film connotes many messages behind it such as the longing to return back to the beginnings in order to find ourselves in this life. Furthermore, the importance of seeing the human race as a community who should solve their problems and questions together.
Previously filmed during the summer. Our documentary on Michael Soper as he ‘Searches For The Unexplained’ literally. Michael is a UFO spotter and philosopher on the subject of UFO’s. We had a set style when we filmed this however, I think this style is going to be changed if we decide to reshoot. As the cinematographer of the project its important to think about to how to present Michael’s strangeness through the documentary style. Maybe thinking about framing him in a way that goes against normal conventions because thats who he is now, someone who goes against the norms of everyday life. Another idea is to delve into questions that explore his transgression from renowned scientist and scholar to UFO spotter. A title that the population often associate with someone who is abnormal in a sense, crazy is another word used. In the next week or so we shall discuss as a group what path we should take.
I decided to name my 6 x 10 short video ‘Introspection Of The Adolescent Mind’. I chose to carry on with my exploration of juxtapositions and the meanings or feelings that can be evoked from two different places. Introspection meaning to look within ones own consciousness and thoughts is presented through the 3 x 10 shots of the river. The young adolescent is seen walking backwards, essentially rewinding time; which adds further connotations of looking within ones self. By walking backwards he is going back to his mistakes, trying to learn from them so he can grow up and not repeat silly things. However, this is contrasted with the fact that he is still a child, he still wants to have fun and not have to worry about troubling matters or the results of his actions. I particular like this pice of work, I was in two minds whether to have it with natural sounds or in silence. However the sounds of the birds, the river and the seesaw all won me over in the end.
‘Maybe The Internet Raised Us’