Amatuer Baseball Shoot?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by meyerdt, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. meyerdt

    meyerdt Guest

    My 53 yo brother wants me to shoot an upcoming baseball game of his,
    and I'm looking for story line and/or shot suggestions to make the
    final product moderately interesting.

    Challenges as I see them:
    * I don't know any of the guys and really don't want to be in their
    faces, since not everybody enjoys being shot at close range.
    * One camera, without tripod (too much stuff on my motorcycle already,
    so I can't take the tripod.)
    * I don't know that there will be any bleachers present; if there are,
    they will likely be low and behind a chain link fence.

    I've thought about two major directions to take this:
    1) Make it about him, with b-roll and other minor clips taken of his
    teammates (and opponents?) playing.
    2) Concentrate on the team. Perhaps he'd like to share mpgs with the
    others (and that's being optimist that this will turn out at all.)

    Perhaps I could plant my minidisc recorder near/under the bench from
    which to take some interesting audio clips.

    Where should I shoot from? Behind the 1st base line? Behind the
    batter? Behind the CF fence? Behind their dugout?

    I welcome your thoughts/suggestions.

    meyerdt, Jul 1, 2006
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  2. meyerdt

    Rôgêr Guest

    I shoot a lot of girl's softball and some guy's baseball. The batter's
    cage (all that damn chain link crap) is a major hurtle in some fields
    and makes it difficult. I use a tripod (can't use a tripod? why are you
    bothering?) I get to where I can see the batter, ump, and pitcher all in
    one frame from behind. Many times it means shooting over a fence and my
    tripod gets extended all the way up. Watch out for foul tips, they can
    take a hunk out of your head.
    Rôgêr, Jul 1, 2006
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  3. meyerdt

    theDVshow Guest

    Challenges as I see them:
    Not knowing anyone makes videotaping easier.

    As long as they know who you are (not some weirdo just videotaping) you
    are free to move around if you have to. And they know who to give the
    $50 to if they need copies of the game on DVD.
    Use your bike for support- sit it on the seat. You can also use the
    If you really want to use a tripod purchase a cheap one at your local
    electronics store

    I would go with concentrating on the team to make the video
    Good idea. You could also fish the next for some sfx since b-game
    noises are standard- ball hitting bat, crowd noises, sliding on base,
    etc., etc.
    Just stay close to the action and don't go crazy with zooms and pans.
    The optimal spot is where you can see everything and get numerous
    angles and shots without moving around alot- you only have one camera.

    There is an article called: "The Art of the Single Camera Shoot" you
    may find it useful
    theDVshow, Jul 1, 2006
  4. meyerdt

    DanR Guest

    You should decide ahead of time if you'll need to capture the whole game and
    keep that continuity or if you only need high-lights. If the latter you'll
    have the freedom to move around and get more interesting shots. (or change
    between innings) At the least get a monopod (fairly portable) for the long
    shots. Shaky-cam is no good for sports.
    Do interviews pre and post game.
    Good idea to use your minidisk near the plate for bat-crack etc. sounds. Use
    a directional mic if you can. But if you start / stop the camera it will be
    a challenge to sync that audio up. This idea may sound a bit silly but you
    could slate the minidisk with time of day from your watch. Then from time to
    time shoot the image of your watch for sync purposes.
    DanR, Jul 1, 2006
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