Professional Project – London Olympics 2012

London Olympics 2012

Professional Project – Paul Oluyemi Great Britain Long Jump Athlete – London Olympics 2012

One of my original ideas for the Professional Project is to produce a series of short films, documentaries that represent the local viewpoint of the London 2012 Olympics.

An internal University email brought Paul to our attention and at the same time it was also suggested by our Lecturer Phil Beards that we contact Olympic long jump hopeful Paul Oluyemi who is both a student and is sponsored by the Arts University College Bournemouth.

Aleksandra (The Producer) and myself (The Director) arranged an initial meeting with Paul to discuss the project. That is what we were looking to achieve and of course to request his involvement and his permission to make a short video. To produce a short documentary of some of his preparations and training for his sport the Long Jump  during the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Following on from this we had a another meeting where I discussed with Aleksandra what I visualised for this video. Basically the idea was to produce a very short video documenting a single training session for a Long Jump. Also to film separately an interview with Paul in one of the DMP rooms. Aleksandra came up with the idea that we should also film an informal training session on the beach which would provide a comparison between the formal and informal.

A followup meeting with Paul we discussed in more detail the parameters of the project and he suggested that we could film one of his training sessions at the Kings Park Athletic Stadium in Bournemouth. Paul trains six days a week, but we had a deadline to work to as Paul was heavily committed over the coming weeks so we had to move quickly.

Within a week we were at the stadium setting up the cameras for an evening training session on what felt like one of the coldest evenings of the year. The lighting didn’t come on until after 6.30pm and the test shots we tried beforehand although acceptable I soon realised would not fit in with the rest of the video footage as the light faded into night. So I decided we must wait until the stadium lights would come on, this way the light would be controlled and therefore consistent throughout the video shoot.

I set my camera the Canon 60D onto a tripod and Aleksandra used her camera, the Canon 550D handheld. The main shots were all storyboarded beforehand and so I knew where to position the camera for each of what I decided would be the key points in the Long Jump. These were the approach; the launch down the runway, the foot hitting the board, the flight and the landing. In all I guess we had Paul complete more than 12 jumps to get all the shots we required. On top of this we filmed cutaways for example warm ups, the raking of the sand, closeups of face and feet and son on. In all we were on site for 3 hours to get just slightly more than a minutes video.

Within a few days of filming I had a first edit to show Paul in order to get his approval, as after all Paul was in effect the client for this section of the project.

The next stage was to arrange and meet with Paul to film the interview in one of the sound editing suites, which we completed with a week of starting the project. We used my Camera the Canon 60D to record visuals and my Rode Videomic mounted on a table top tripod to record sound. Using this setup we avoided any mechanical noises from the camera getting on the soundtrack.

I then set about creating a second edit combining the 2 shoots, this can be seen above. I decided that I would just use Paul to introduce himself and then the rest of the video would be the long jump itself. I personally felt this had more impact than using the interview soundtrack as a narration over the jump sequence.

Project Planning and Production Notes

  • Company Name: H&S Productions
  • VAT Registered: No
  • Project: Long Jump
Type of Project: Digital Video – Documentary Production

Synopsis: To film a training session with a Great Britain Athlete competing in the Long Jump. Produce a short video sequence of 2 minutes or less for upload onto the Internet for embedding by the client in social media websites for promotional purposes.

Pre-production:
  • Arranged meeting with client to discuss the project and the clients requirements for the video.
  • Obtain a release from the clients agent to be able to embed the video in our student blogs and for transmission on the AUCB internal iPTV Network.
  • Produce a series of basic outline Storyboards and shot lists for the training session.
  • Complete a Risk Assessment and advance booked the equipment needed.
Production:
  • Filmed an evening training session under floodlights over a 2.5 hour period using 2 cameras. Canon 550D and Canon 60D. I set both cameras to record in 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Filmed an interview with the client in studio approx 30 minutes. Canon 60D, Rode Videomic.
 Post Production:
  • Produced 3 edits from the video taken on the evening from both cameras.
  • Actual time working on these edits varied but altogether 4 hours for all 3 edits.
  • Edited using Adobe After Effects and Premier CS5.
  • Sourced a suitable music soundtrack

Budgeting Notes

Filming:
  • Myself and Aleksandra would do all the actual filming and editing.
Equipment:
  • I would use my Canon 60D and Aleksandra borrowed a Canon 550D from a housemate which was sufficient for this filming session.
  • For editing we both had access to our own MAC computers with Adobe CS5 installed therefore no additional equipment was required for this project.
Additional Costs:
  • We would use my car to travel to the venue.
Outline Budget
  • As we would carry out the entire production ourselves our charges would come under the £50 per day restriction.
  • There was no additional equipment required therefore no charges made for this.
  • Assuming 2 people over 2 days the total cost would be £200.
Actual Budget
 

Project: Long Jump – Rate based on

  • 2 days filming

  • 1 days editing

Director Ian Hunt £400.00
Producer Aleksandra Leontjeva £320.00
Camera x2 £560.00
Sound x1 £280.00
Video Editor x1 £140.00
Sub Total £1,700.00
Add 5% Overheads £85.00
Add 15% Profit Margin £267.75
TOTAL To be invoiced to the client £2052.75

Based upon this initial Budget calculation we would have completed the project and come in under the maximum the client would be expected to pay that is £2,225.00 with an overall profit of £440.00. This is assuming we invoiced at the maximum allowable and based on overall costs of £1700.00 + £85.00 (Overheads) – that is £1785.00 total costs.

Earlier Video Edits

2nd Edit
First Edit

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