RIT vs CANISIUS PROMO
JANUARY 21, 2017
RIT MEN'S HOCKEY PROMO VIDEO
PRODUCTION TIME – 2 HOURS
PLATFORM – INSTAGRAM (@RITMHKY)
DETAILS + TIMELINE
I've been inspired by the SU Mens' Basketball Instagram (@cuse_mbb) where they will make short videos every time they're on the road. I was traveling to Buffalo with the RIT Men's Hockey team and wanted to try it out. We got to the rink in Buffalo at exactly 5:30 PM and I shot the pre-game footage then. By the time the boys got on the ice for warmups, I had already sliced most of the video together. At 7:30 PM as soon as the puck dropped, I took one final shot of real-game action, ingested the clip at the end of the video, exported, sent off to our SID, and he posted by 7:45 PM.
Definitely stressful to produce. This was a trial run for me. We were just going to do this a test run to see if I could pull it off, so we weren't going to send it out, but when I sent it to the SID, he watched it and posted it right away. I'm not 100% satisfied with some of the timing, some of the shots, and the overall interest factor, but that leaves plenty of room for improvements as I plan to do develop this over the rest of the season.
Trying to nail a panning shot. These were shot around 1/40th sec. I want to try to get a ton of motion blur on a tight shot, showing the motion of the arm and leg pumps. Also really interested in trying remotes for track so I can put them low on the ground for hurdles and finish line. Can't wait to try!
JANUARY 16-19, 2017
MEDIUM – PRINT (PLAYER CARDS + POSTERS)
PROCESS – SHOOTING, RETOUCHING, COMPOSITING, DESINGING
I was excited that RIT SportsZone asked me to shoot these project for them, even though I don't work for them. Last year they had two photographers (one for lighting, one for shooting) and one designer work on this project, but this year I'm doing the entire process from shooting to designing.
I only had access to a B1 kit, so I used a very simple setup with two large softboxes. I shot a variety of portraits – from posed (above) to slapshots and crossovers – of 6 senior women and 7 senior men. After shooting, I played around with different compositing combinations with smoke overlays, spark overlays, etc. Clayton (above, right) is the first draft so far.
The subject – Todd Skirving – is in his senior season on the RIT Men's Hockey Team. Two weeks ago, Skirving suffered a wrist injury entering into the second half and most demanding part of the season. After the injury, an MRI appointment held Skirving back in Rochester, while the rest of the RIT team traveled to American International College at MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts for a two-game weekend series against the Yellow Jackets. Skirving will not be on the starting lineup until further notice.
The photos above are a few selects I've shot of Skirving during this short two-week period. I plan on following him through the healing process until he is back on the ice. The selects include images of Skiriving at the men's and women's basketball games at RIT, watching the live stream of his team playing on the road, and waiting for his teammates by the locker room door at a recent game in Buffalo.
Skirving's story continues as he was just named one of 15 nominees for the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award. He's done numerous random acts of kindness that I've been following on Facebook and I know that he plays a big role in organizations like "Muddy's Buddies", a non-profit group that helps improve the lives of families and kids impacted by cancer, and RIT's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
I plan on following Skirving's journey on and off the ice, and look forward to showing his story and getting a behind-the-scenes look into his life and the impacts he is making. I have never worked on a story before, but am working with William Snyder, my professor, to develop my storytelling skills to make this series.