5th Quarter Productions Michael Hammett, Carly Hawthorne, Cole Reif, Jonathan Zweygardt Project Overview We chose to create a highlight video for the 2007-2008 Fort Hays State University wrestling team. After having a brief feel of what could be done last season, head wrestling coach Cody Bickley approached us to cover this season. The wrestling program at Fort Hays State University has had a long history of success over its eighty-plus years and it is consistently one of the most successful programs at Fort Hays State University. The process started November 1st, 2007 with the Black and Gold scrimmage and finished the season at the NCAA D-II Championships in Cedar Rapids Iowa March 14th and 15th. During the season we attended six home duals, two opens, and both the RMAC championships and the D-II Championships over the course of the season. Throughout the year our goal was to compile the best and most exciting action from the season. The purpose of the project was to show, in the highlight video, the overall progression of the wrestling team from the first practices to the end of the season. The video displays the main ten wrestlers, with extended highlights that are arranged by weight class that moves the video along and tells a story. From the coverage we created a main highlight video covering the ten wrestlers, a wrestler selection menu where the viewer can select the wrestler they want to watch, and a special features menu to view miscellaneous features. Timeline The project began during the fall semester with the Black and Gold scrimmage in November. From that point forward, our group recorded portions of home tournaments and duals. On December 1st, 2007 we taped the Bob Smith Open, which is the annual tournament hosted by Fort Hays State University. The Bob Smith Open gave our group an opportunity to obtain footage of athletes who likely would not see action during the dual season. The dual season opened a month later. We recorded home duals on January 4th and January 5th as the wrestlers battled Colorado School of Mines and Mesa State College. The next dual was on January 17th against Central Oklahoma, which presented an opportunity to obtain footage of Fort Hays State wrestlers against a highly-ranked opponent. Central Oklahoma was ranked third in the country at the time of the dual. The next two home duals on February 8th and 9th allowed the group to capture the wrestlers against another highly- ranked opponent in Western State, and also the ceremonies honoring head coach Cody Bickley for becoming the all-time leader in dual wins at Fort Hays State. For the final home dual on February 19th, Bickley agreed to wear a microphone so the group could include some of his in-dual comments on the video. Two cameras were used for this dual: one for the action on the mat, and the other for the action on the bench. Various duals used multiple cameras to capture the action on and off the mat. Cole Reif traveled with the team to Las Vegas, N.M. for the regional tournament. Cole was with the team from Feb. 28th through March 1st, and captured on and off the mat footage. Jonathan Zweygardt and Michael Hammett traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 14th and 15th for the national tournament, adding footage of the four wrestlers competing in the tournament. The next three weeks were filled with intense editing and designing of the menus and jackets and inserts for the DVD cases. The final deadline for post-production was April 18th, the date of the wrestling banquet at the Robbins Center on the Fort Hays State University campus. The final weeks of the semester were used to develop the necessary documentation to accompany the project. The press release and final report were constructed. The video was placed into a format to work on the Internet. The final deadline for the project was May 12th, 2008. Storyboard By following the team throughout their home season and post-season tournaments, the goal was to find and capture every detail that goes into a wrestling season. This allows for the painting of an accurate portrait of what the season was like. Throughout the process, attention was paid to finding the emotion of the wrestlers. Wrestling is an emotional sport, with the athletes struggling with another wrestler. Winning or losing sets the wrestler’s attitude and emotions for the dual or tournament. A highlight video shows joy and triumph. A highlight video displays a team or individual’s ability to overcome adversity. In developing the video, it was decided it was best to capture the snapshot of those athletes competing in the most events: the ten wrestlers who competed throughout the dual season and post-season tournaments. Each wrestler had what was deemed to be their best moments put on the video. The action included takedowns, reversals, escapes, and pins. The wrestlers and their emotions were displayed. Some would celebrate with teammates. Others would celebrate on their own with a fist pump. In addition, color shots helped to add depth to the video. In every sport, there is more that goes on with a team beside what happens on the court, field, or mat. In wrestling, there are a variety of items off the mat. First, there are injuries. Wrestling is a physical sport that requires toughness from its competitors. Blake Fisher provided the best example of toughness. The video included shots of a cut on Fisher’s forehead, complete with a large amount of blood. With a bandage secured around his head, Fisher finished the match. Athletic trainers also play a role. The video includes a few shots of the trainers working with the athletes to make sure they are ready for each match. Also, there are lighter moments. The video captures the wrestlers in their hotel, having fun in the swimming pool before the regional tournament. The wrestlers often have fun on the mat while warming up. Several wrestlers were captured in candid moments with their teammates or by themselves, making a funny face or performing an unusual action. It is necessary to find the right balance between action, reaction and color shots in the video. A video of only action shots fails to tell the whole story, while a video of color or reaction shots does not give the viewer the meat of the story. All three were combined in a way to engage the viewer and tell a complete story of the wrestling season. Script 5th Quarter Productions’ script was a little different than most production company’s scripts. As we started the process of shooting our video for the wrestling team we realized that we couldn’t necessarily begin editing the video until we were completely done shooting the season. 5th Quarter Productions was not sure what we would get throughout the season. After the season was over we sat down and viewed all the video we shot and then determined how we would format the final project. 5th Quarter Productions did have some guidelines to follow when we went out to each event. We wanted to make sure that we had plenty of reaction shots from the wrestlers and coaches. Each of us tried to get close-ups of the wrestlers whenever possible to create open or establishing shots for their highlights. After we viewed all of our video we came to the conclusion that we needed to separate the main video by wrestlers. We debated sectioning the video by duals but eventually decided to make the video go from wrestler to wrestler. Skills & Abilities Developed 5th Quarter Productions is able to take away a completed project and a grade from the Information Networking & Telecommunications Capstone experience, but more than that, skills and abilities that will aid each team member in the future as well. Below are listed some of those skills, how they were attained by 5th Quarter Production team members, and how they will be useful in the future. Creativity Each member of 5th Quarter Productions is, by nature, very creative. Each team member brought their own ideas and vision into the project. Through the course of the project, each member’s vision for the project became the same as that of their peers. This happened due to the constant sharing of opinions and thoughts for the project. The result was that an idea from each member became an integral part of the project, making the project a part of each member. The act of sharing ideas with one another contributes greatly to the future success of each team member. By becoming familiar with this particular process, each team member will be able to voice ideas and concerns more readily as it pertains to their careers and personal lives respectively. Leadership The members of 5th Quarter Productions are very much alike in some ways and very different in others. Each member shows interest in the media aspect of INT, for example, but each member also possesses expertise in different aspects of importance in the project. As these different aspects were addressed throughout the course of the project, each member took the lead in directing the other members in that particular area. This act allowed each person to become accustomed to a leadership role in a comfortable setting. The future result is familiarity of leadership for each team member, making it easier to attain management goals. Commitment As addressed in the “Creativity” section of the summary, the project became a part of each team member as they began to share the same vision and contribute equally to the project. This instance, along with excellent work- ethic in each member, aided in furthering each team member’s commitment to the project, even when facing challenges. In the future, the team members can insure they are each able to do what it takes to complete team goals in future projects. Compromise Team members each faced a moment of compromise somewhere along the course of the project. Whether it be going with someone else’s idea for a portion of the project and their idea somewhere else or giving up social and family activities to reach project completion, each member was able to reach a significant level of compromise while still retaining an overall sense of involvement and equality among the members. Future abilities to compromise in a group setting will contribute greatly to individual success by portraying said individual as a team success oriented person. Teamwork Every single aspect of the project comes down to teamwork. 5th Quarter Productions is blessed in the fact that they have a great team full of hard working, intelligent, and creative people. One person’s idea was never more important than anyone else’s and input from each member was highly encouraged. Each team member feels that they contributed equally to the project as well, and can be extremely proud of the results. Challenges Addressed Throughout the course of the project, 5th Quarter Productions encountered several challenges to the project’s completion. Listed below are those challenges and how they were addressed. Actual Beginning of Wrestling Season 5th Quarter Productions actually began working on November 1st, 2007, not in January of 2008, when the class actually began. The reason for this early start date was due to the beginning of the 2007-2008 Fort Hays State University wrestling season. Since 5th Quarter Productions’ project is a wrestling season highlight video, this proved to be a necessity. Time Management Time management became a concern due to the 5th Quarter Productions team’s obligations outside of the Capstone wrestling project. Obligations include jobs, other class work, and personal events. The wrestling team itself had numerous home meets in the 2007-2008 season as well as the RMAC and national tournaments, both of which were held in different states, all of which required 5th Quarter’s presence to capture footage for the project. This meant that at least one person from 5th Quarter had to make themselves available on each of these occasions. Determining Sequence Formats and Content Determining sequence formats and content for the highlight video was a particularly difficult roadblock for the 5th Quarter Productions team. In essence, formatting and content could not entirely be established until such time as the production team was able to review all of the footage from the entire wrestling season. Basically, actual sequencing could not take place until all footage was shot, which was at the end of the season in March 2008. This was due to the fact that the production team did not know what type of highlights would emerge from the season footage until it actually happened. Further, particular sequencing patterns could not be fully developed until the production team knew what content was at its discretion. Considering the length of the wrestling season, how much footage was shot, and the early completion due date (described below), this proved to be a challenge. Early Completion Due Date For Capstone class purposes, the due date for project completion is technically the date of the Capstone Convocation held the night before Fort Hays State University Commencement. However, the client requested project completion to coincide with that of their awards banquet on April 18th, 2008. This early completion deadline combined with the aforementioned difficulties with large amounts of footage and busy schedules proved to be a special test of 5th Quarter Productions’ capabilities. Production Costs The 5th Quarter Productions team is made up of college students, the majority of which are historically known to lack access to major funds. Upon researching the manufacturing costs of making multiple, business quality DVDs, the production team realized it could not really afford the project production costs on its own. Conclusion With all of the challenges the 5th Quarter Productions team faced in creating this project, it was able to pull together and achieve completion. Much of this goal attainment can be contributed to great team work and communication amongst the members of 5th Quarter Productions. Each person was able to compromise on their own part for the greater good of the project. Other challenges took a higher level of creativity and wherewithal to overcome. The challenge of production costs, for example, was resolved by 5th Quarter Productions soliciting donations from local businesses. This action not only created a solution for that particular problem, but also gave the participating businesses a chance to support local education and a small tax write-off as well. Overall, the team members of 5th Quarter Productions possess an outstanding work-ethic and ideals of team participation. Each member contributed much to the project in terms of time, money, and creativity. Acknowledgements Throughout the entire creation of the video there were many people that helped us along the way and we would like thank those people. First of all we would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors: •Paul Wertenberger Construction •Eagle Broadband •Printcraft Printers •Cross Manufacturing, Inc. •Nex-Tech We would also like to thank the Fort Hays State University athletic department and coach Bickley, his coaching staff, and most importantly the entire wrestling team. Without these people there is no way that we could have put together such a great product for the wrestling team.
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