The American University men’s soccer team earned a spot in the Patriot League championship game on Sunday, playing Colgate University at Reeves Field. The Eagles lost 2-0, but perhaps the larger story was the lack of student support. There were plenty of parents and alumni in the audience, but very few current students. People around campus like to complain about the lack of “school spirit” and support for the sports teams. The athletic department grapples with this problem every day.
The big challenge with this video was getting the soccer footage. A soccer field is really big, and the action moves quickly. Plus, I could only walk on half of the sideline, since the other side was cordoned off. I liked the stuff I was able to zoom in on and follow, but there was also a lot of garbage. Plus, it was tough to get detail close-ups of the players.
I also think it might have been interesting to see what the player’s reaction was. But, I couldn’t really interview them after the game, since the scene after the loss was emotional and depressing. Since I couldn’t get that reaction, I left out the game story aspect altogether, rather than kill time with voiceover.
Overall, I like how this video turned out. I thought the interviews worked well together, and I laid a good foundation for my next, longer-form video.