We will be having an on-going blog for the Challenge Teams and those looking to become involved with the Campbell Outdoor Challenge. These blogs will also be helpful to you! You can find them on the menu above by clicking on the "Production Elements" tab and it will go strait there. It is a blog on understanding the different production elements that Campbell Outdoor Challenge uses for the teams to create a show.
Here is the first blog, the second blog will be released next week:
Area/Property Reference Shots
As a part of the challenge, teams must submit 3 cut shots referencing the area, town, county, etc. that you are hunting in.
For example of different shots that a team can get, we are going to take a look at the beginning of an American Pickers (History Channel Show). I choose this show because they travel around to new locations and meet a lot of interesting people. REMEMBER it is always best to go outside of the outdoor industry to WATCH what they are doing to get ideas and be creative yourself.
Here is the link to the video that I will be referencing in this blog : http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/videos/american-pickers-airstream-dream
Set up of the show: The Pickers are traveling to the middle of nowhere in Arizona to meet with these people that have stuff they might want to buy.
Examples of the cut shots of the area as the show sets the stage for the location that they are going.
They start of the show by showing the two guys at there main office location and show them get into the van and head toward their destination. It is a great idea for your team to start the filming while your getting ready to head to your next hunting location, in the car on the way there and anything in between that is interesting, funny, or hurdles you have to go through (car breaks down, etc.). To get this shot the cameraman was dropped off at a location and then the van turned around and then drove by again. This quick shot lets the viewers know that they are in root to their destination.
GoPro HD Motorsports HERO to the window of your vehicle. The GoPro does not pick up the best audio, and therefore the best practice would be to have your main video camera on to record the talking and then later in editing it can be dubbed over the GoPro Video.
Once again, these B-roll shots are setting the stage for the viewers and allows them to feel like they are making the trip with you.
GoPro HD Hero because that is a wide angle lens. Or you can attach a wide angle lens to your video camera to get these types of shots.
If you watch the rest of the clip with meeting with this lady you will see how it cuts back in forth between the clips of the pickers talking, to voice overs on the b-roll footage, to the one-on-one interview, to the "live action". Now, imagine how boring the show would be if you only had the video of the "live action". The added interviews and b-roll footage help tell the story but also help move the story along in an entertaining way.
Each team will be judged on creativity and originality. The top 3 teams will be awarded points.
1st Place: 100pts
2nd Place: 75pts
3rd Place: 50pts