I had this assignment last week that got me pretty jazzed from an "other than stills" perspective.
Keiondre Wedderburn is a wrestler at Howard HIgh School here in Macon. He is undefeated in 45 matches headed into the state wrestling tournament. The assignment was to go to wrestling practice to shoot a photo of him to run with the story running ahead of his tournament appearance.
I figured right away some video might be nice. I had visions of all the ways I could apply what I now know as the "Cutting Carrots" exercise to the kind of intensity I remembered seeing in wrestling. It seemed like a pretty good place to get some cool crunchy, grunty sound to go with images of the hard work these guys put in, too.
To my surprise, Wedderburn was the only one who showed up for practice. No one to pit him against. Practicing all by himself. No matter. I recorded a quick 2 or 3 minutes of interview with him and then set to first getting the images I needed for the paper and then cutting some wrestling carrots to juxtapose with his words.
Without the team there, it was a pretty quiet affair. But I think in the end that may have worked to my advantage as now you can hear things like the sound of him removing the buckle on the strap that holds a wrapped up wrestling mat, tying his shoes, and the sound of his sliding across the mat in his solo workout. Different mood all together.
I hustled to edit it all together before heading to the region basketball tournament across town. I felt pretty good about both the display photo for print and the extra online piece.