I recently started work attachment with Sportsbrand media and will be spending the next six weeks interning for them. In my first week at the company I was shown around the office and then introduced to variety of shows they produce. The shows are predominantly sold to overseas companies such as BBC and Sky.
The show that I’ve been assigned to work on centers around up and comers in the sports world. The last two weeks I have been watching and transcribing interviews that they have had with various athletes. Transcribing consists of writing word for word the words spoken by the interviewee.
In my second week at the company I was asked to find footage for two projects they are currently working on. The first project they needed footage for was a video about the creator of vuvuzela horn made famous during the 2010 South Africa World Cup. The second video concerned the 2002 World Cup in Japan. In order to find this footage I was assigned to a computer that had access to the companies video library. To find the footage that was needed, I had to type in key words and a ‘Date’ to ‘Date’ in order to limit the search. Once the search had acquired some results I had to make sure that the footages source was attributed to the company or else they were not allowed to use it/could use the footage but under certain restrictions.
I continued to intern with Sportsbrand for another month, where I completed similar jobs to the ones mentioned above. I spent a lot of time transcribing video interviews, going through B-roll; identifying what shots were usable and labelling what each contained.
After my 6 weeks with Sportsbrand I was offered one more week to intern but unfortunately was going to be away at that time. After that week I was informed that there would not be a lot of work available Sportsbrand as the holiday period was coming up.
Overall I enjoyed the time I spent at Sportsbrand. Through transcribing interviews (marking the time code when a new question was asked etc) and sifting through copious amounts of B-roll it gave me insight into the benefits of taking such action. By categorising the interviews and b-roll into what type of shot they were, what information the shot contained etc it resonated with me as to how I had approached editing sessions in the past. My favourite thing about working at Sportsbrand was the fact that practically in every corner of the office was a different show. From week to week I was assigned to work on a different show, therefore the kinds of footage I was dealing with was always different. It differed from vox pops to b-roll to observational footage. Sportsbrand also gave me insight as to how shows came together as I got to discuss with one of the show runners what their process was for shopping shows arounds to networks such as BBC and Sky.