I’m on the high home camera and I’ve got a decision to make. #fivedaychallenge
*2* in response to +Meirav M.
's tagging me
It’s a routine grounder to third base. At the crack of the bat, I collapse in on the third baseman as the ball travels down the line. I end on a little bit larger than head-to-toe shot of the third baseman as he fields the ball. I then follow the throw to first, widening the shot as I go so that when I reach first base, I can quickly freeze the pan on a framing that includes the runner approaching the base in the bottom right of the frame, the ball going into the first baseman’s outstretched glove on the left side of the frame; and the umpire leaning in about to make the call in the middle of the top of the frame. That’s the routine part.
The question is what do I do next?
Do I push in motivated by the runner as he moves away from me and steps on the base? And then, after the call, continue to with him as he rounds back? Possibly, if he just hit into a double play, but probably not, if there is any one else on. But maybe so, if he was safe based on his hustle to the base and that is the story.
Do I squeeze with the runner’s motion tilting up and then continue to zoom in on the ump as he stands up and makes the call, I am shooting a waist up single of him? Maybe if it a close call and the next thing the ump does is the most important part of the little mini-drama of a hit ball. Again, if there is someone else on, I might want to stay a little looser so that I can keep the ball in frame. But if it is the third out, I might risk it even if another man was on. Also, on close calls, there is a possibility that the first base coach or the first baseman will argue the call so I’m looking at the situation outside of my viewfinder to see if I need to widen to include either of those two people reacting or approaching. And if the third baseman either had a great stretch or made a great catch on a bad throw, I might wait for the call and then zoom in on the defense.
What kills me is when the throw or catch is bad and the ball travels into foul territory on the right side of the field, because at that point, I have usually come to rest on the three person tableau and if I either pan with the ball or zoom out to include the players and the ball, the move is not smooth.
All of this happens in real time. Right before the pitch the director says: “Ready two.” Less than a second after the ball is hit, the director says: “Take.” I only have time for one decision, but many need to be made. #fivedaychallenge 1
is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillAbrams/posts/F6Xq9GqwuVM
I'm tagging +jonathan keeton
to tell us of one of his narrative decisions.
(also referred to as #fivedayquest