Sunday, August 26, 2007

Reeling to Go

Hello all,

First off, I just want to second everything Aaron had to say about Title IX and such. I'd also like to say that I, too, am extremely pumped about working on this documentary. With the group of people we have, I think we're going to turn out a really good film. What I gathered from meeting you all this week is that we all were expecting to produce a film that is on par with professional studio work, and I think that is awesome.

I am also enjoying analyzing other films. I think it is crucial to determine what angle we want to produce ours from. I've found myself watching TV different lately. I am constantly listening to the audio for gliches, which I kind of did already, but now I am really paying attention to style and production quality for different interviews/talkshows. It's interesting to see how different stations and shows do things a little differently.

That said, I'm also getting really anxious to start some big time work on this project and see how the season and characters shape the narrative we present. And that work is definitely getting ready to show itself.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm pumped!

I just wanted to start this off by saying how excited I am to be working on this project. This has been an awesome week meeting and getting to know everyone. I have to say my biggest surprise was actually going to the game on Tuesday and watching the girls play. They really blew me away with how good and talented they are. I have always been a proponent of girls being able to have the same opportunities in sports as guys, but I think I fell into the trap of thinking that and never acting on it. I never really took the time to watch a lot of women's sports and appreciate the hard work and talent the athletes have. Already this project has changed the perspective I have on "title IX" and the way I view women's sports.

I had a great time on Tuesday shooting with Blake, (even though I only shot about 10 seconds). It was a lot of fun learning how to use the camera and practicing following the ball and the players. I have absolutely no experience with filming and using cameras so it was a new experience for me. I'm really excited to learn more new things this semester, including getting to know the whole project team better.

As an anthropology major, it is rare to be able to work on something like this. Anthropology is a very traditional discipline that doesn't stray far from the classroom, except for archaeology. However, anthropological documentaries are an emerging subfield that is growing in popularity. So, I"m really anxious to see what this project is going to add to my perception of my major as a whole.

Well I'll stop rambling now but I just want to say that I hope that everyone is as excited as I am about being a part of this. I'll see you all shortly.

Go Owls!
-Aaron L.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Opening Set

View our latest entry here.

This blog is a group effort by Ball State University students at the Virginia Ball Center. We'll be blogging our experience in covering the 2007 season of the state and national champion Burris Girls' Volleyball Team: In other words, documenting our documentary.

Check back here for:
  1. Progress reports on our documentary.
  2. Stunning insights into our own creative process.
  3. Forays into the online world of Volleyball.
  4. Occasional coverage/analysis of the girls' practices, games, and related miscellany.
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