I can affirmatively say that In-Depth last year was the highlight of my year. I spent five months learning how to mountain bike, something that I’d always wanted to do. My time spent working on my project felt very different from other schooling, I found that I was always in the mood to go mountain biking and never did it seem like something I “had” to do. I believe this was because of my choice of topic, mountain biking truly was something I had always wanted to do, long before I knew about the In-Depth project.
This year, I set myself a few goals when choosing a topic so that I could have as much success with my In-Depth project as I did last year. The first was, to make a choice without thinking of the end goal. I believe if I choose the topic based on the product, the experience won’t be the same. In-Depth night is far away; I’ll decide how I’m going to present my project when it draws closer. Secondly, to make a choice based on what I find interesting and fun, not on what others think, not on what I think will get me the best grade, but purely on what I think I will enjoy the most. I find that if I choose something that I find interesting, I will spend more time on it and in the end, get more out of the project.
After following my previously mentioned guidelines, I chose sports cinematography as my topic. As I said above, I chose mountain biking as my topic last year and decided to document it through video. I really enjoyed recording shots of myself and creating short “films” with the clips. This year, I’d like to expand on what I very briefly started to do last year and by the end of my project, be able to create short action videos of others mountain biking. I’d like to learn how to use different video effects such as slow motion, as well as basic cinematography effects such as different uses of lighting and angles. To see an example of a professionally made mountain biking film, click here.
The least successful part of my In-Depth project last year was my relationship with my mentor. I was not quick enough in finding a mentor and when I did, I didn’t meet up with him enough. After that, other circumstances seemed to get in the way of our frequent meetings. This year, I hope to improve that and have already reached out to three possible mentors. As of this moment, one has said he is unable to be a mentor due to the fact that he is moving to New Zealand and the other two have not emailed me back yet. One of my possible mentors is named Matt Dennison and runs a Vancouver-based YouTube channel specializing in mountain biking films as well as vlogs. If you’d like to visit his channel, click here (Please be aware some videos do contain coarse language). My other possible mentor is a Vancouver-based mountain bike photographer, Sterling Lorence has produced some amazing and well-known shots in the last ten years. I realize that photography and cinematography are quite different but I’m sure that many of the techniques overlap. (You can see Mr. Lorence’s website here) I would be very grateful to have either of these amazing producers as my mentor.
I have very high hopes for my In-Depth project this year, due to the fact that last years was such a huge success. However cheesy it may sound, my main goal for this year’s project is to have fun and not limit myself in any way. I believe that if I’m having fun, I will stay engaged and interested, and if I can stay engaged and interested, the project will be a success. I’m very excited to embark on this journey and I can bring you along with me. I’ll be posting bi-weekly on this blog, and you’ll be able to see any videos I create on my YouTube channel. Feel free to also check out some of my videos from last year.