Sports or Entertainment: Final Thoughts…

This project has truly been my favourite to work on and I feel that after these long months I can look back on my final piece work and say that I have truely made a piece of work that I can be proud of. The blue poster was the final choice made by James, and the reason why I made the poster was originally I was just going to use it for my display at our exhibit in London in July. After talking to James though, after the event in March, since I filmed some of it for my documentary I said I would make a DVD of the show and he would let me sell it at the next show in June. As well as that he gave me the option to see if I would like to sell the documentary at his show in June in which case I may print of some of the posters as well to sell. So in the end the reason I made them is because of marketing to see if I could get my documentary and my work noticed, possibly by magazines such as FSM (Fighting Spirit Magazine) which is a wrestling/mma magazine that runs out of Poole.

Editing, Audio and Structuring

The editing itself proved not to be as worrying as I thought it would be, because around mid way through the project my concern was that I wasn’t going to have enough footage. At this point I had filmed all my interviews with James but it was the rest of the filming that was worrying me, wondering if I’d have enough to cut away to whilst James was talking. I had planned the structure of exactly what I wanted him to talk about because, if anything, unlike ‘Hard Knocks’, which seemed to give away the secrets of pro wrestling so to speak, I wanted mine to be specifically about James because I thought he had an interesting story to tell, then including the most common topics brought up in pro wrestling i.e. ‘its fake?’

So my basic structure was, introducing himself, how and why he got into pro wrestling, talking about the start of his training, whilst he was doing karate, moving into college and doing performance arts whilst he was still training, working in the holiday parks, and leading into how these forms of sport and entertainment  have helped his wrestling career, as well as what aspects are important to utilize to be a good wrestler. This would lead into why he decide to run his own events in Ferndown, and then mentioning the event on 29th March, where I would have clips through the documentary playing over the top from this event.

What would follow would be strangers opinions about pro wrestling as a whole and then James and his Mum’s reactions. He would then explain why he enjoys wrestling and why he thinks others enjoy it. The final part would follow up with an interview with a fan after the event about James, and then James’ final thought about how the show went and his future aspirations for where he wants his wrestling career to go. Once I had the structure the editing was fairly simple because I knew where I wanted what bits where, the problem was unlike before now I had to0 much footage and I needed to condense it down and be brutal with my editing.

Today more or less finished with no real problems there were slight changes that needed to be made to the audio because the bass was very overpowering when it was played back on some large speakers. After I had recorded the first set of interviews I realised that the audio was to quiet, and to rectify the problem and make it louder I increased the bass, which at the time seemed to work, but on some speakers it cracked even though the levels were ok. So today I went about turning down the bass and adjusting the audio gain so that most of the interview track was at least in the -6db to 0db. Plus this made the music track run a lot smoother I think.

Colour Correction

Here are just a few examples of some colour correction I did for the documentary. Originally the footage looked quite bland, but I decided to give it a slight blue tint to make with the colour scheme that I had set up for the designs for the DVD covers and posters etc…

At the end of the project like I said I think I have created something that I can really be proud, and hopefully something that will get my foot in the door for a future job with a wrestling company in the future. As a starting point I’m hoping that my documentary will get me a job or at the very least work experience with Fighting Spirit Magazine. In the future I will be filming more of James’ events with the possibility of selling the DVD’s made at his event, as well as the documentary. I think for my personal development I would love to carry on adding to the documentary to make it a full feature length documentary or even turn it in to a mini series, following James’s journey to make it to the WWE or TNA. He mentioned he wanted to travel around Europe and wrestle on the independent circuit, and the plan would be for me to follow him around Europe with my equipment and document everything that happens. The every now and then post 10 minute episodes on my account, or make it in to one hour and a half documentary. It would take a lot of funding and planning but it would be one of the best experiences of my life along side actually making this wrestling documentary.

In conclusion, it was never my plan to expect people to watch my work and instantly or even at all become wrestling fans, I just wanted to show off the industry in a new light and have it perceived not just as entertainment, but as an art form and more importantly a sport. My hope is that when people watch my documentary, they will possibly respect it more and be more understanding of the business as apposed to judge it straight away with their preconceived stereotypes of what they think the business is about. E.g. the stereotype that because a lot of wrestlers are the size of bodybuilders that they are automatically stupid. TNA Wrestler, Matt Morgan,  graduated top of his class at Harvard University, he’s 300 pounds and 7 foot tall, this is a prime example. My final point is that I hope the documentary interests a wide audience and that by the end of it, their opinions may of changed for the better about what they think they know about pro wrestling, and possibly even respect.

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