Bomber Cablepark Battles – Wakeboard Video Shoot


To start with of the yr I used to be approached by Bomber Eyewear. Bomber is a model of floating sun shades, designed for folks doing water (motion) sports activities. To introduce the model in Belgium and to get some identify recognition, they wished to arrange a wakeboard tour throughout the nation.  The end result was the Bomber Cablepark Battles, a 5 stage competitors, with a cease at each cablepark in Belgium. 5 groups, one from each cablepark, battle in opposition to one another.  And my they requested me to seize all of the motion and produce a wakeboard video sequence.

My project was two fold: initially, I needed to make a video for every cablepark, which premiered  2 weeks earlier than the corresponding competitors, to introduce the situation and the completely different obstacles.
Second, I needed to make recap of each occasion, which needed to be solely earlier than the top of the week following the occasion.
From the beginning I knew I wished to create a overarching visible model, so that individuals would immediately acknowledge one of many Bomber video’s after they noticed it. I researched for some time, taking a look at TV idents, editorial design, to determine search for the undertaking.
I select the colours based mostly on the eventposter, to additional join the whole lot collectively.

To start out, we spent a day on the cable with a bunch of riders from throughout the nation to movie a little bit teaser. For the reason that Cablepark Battles have a little bit of a unique competitionformat then most wakeboard contests, we needed to make this clear from the beginning. I attempt to replicate that as a lot as possbile within the teaser proven above.

Since we determined that this video was going to be brief and candy, it gave me a while to spend on including attention-grabbing graphics. I did my primary edit in Adobe Premiere Professional, holding in thoughts all the additional results I wished so as to add to it. As soon as I used to be pleased with that, I moved the whole lot into After Results. I construct just a few belongings, like squares, triangles, circles, traces and crosses. Then got here the enjoyable a part of including them to the photographs. This was fairly natural course of, I added them the place I felt it could work, resized or mirrored them so as to add some further variation. Within the ended I added some further glitchy results the place I scaled elements of the unique photographs up, this was so as to add much more dynamic to the edit.
I assumed this camer out fairly properly, this kind of edit is possibly a bit a lot for a 2 minute piece, however since its solely 40 seconds, it’s allright.


Over the course of the subsequent few months, we visited each taking part cablepark to shoot their introduction video. Since I simply purchased the DJI Ronin, my concept was to make these video’s actually dynamic and kind of ‘MTV cribs’-style, following the locals across the park. Bear in mind, I did all these shoots as a one-man-band so it was vital to maintain the whole lot as straight ahead as potential. I additionally solely had half a day for every shoot, on account of finances, so issues needed to transfer quick.
So I got here up with a easy 3-part construction that I used for every video. First they welcome the viewer and provides transient background story in regards to the park. Second they defined their set-up, some cableparks have hostels, others an enormous new impediment within the water, a mini ramp or beachbar. Principally the whole lot that units the park other than the others. Lastly they finish with the date of the occasion and the situation.
We made positive we did these interviews early on within the shoot, that means I knew what photographs I wanted for the b-roll. Then I spend about an hour filming the native wakeboarders with an extended lens on a tripod from the shore. This might cowl most of my primary angles, so afterwards I may get in a ship and spend the remaining time getting nearer photographs.

It was fairly although to get all this finished within the timeframe we had, switching between gimbal, tripod and drone. However since I knew what I used to be on the lookout for, I used to be capable of pull it of.

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Modifying itself was fairly straigth ahead, I layed out the three interview elements on my timeline as my base after which added b-roll the place wanted. I normally had 1-2 sections in between the interview the place I confirmed some precise driving by the locals. The hazard right here is offcourse that by doing it like this,  all video’s will get the same appear and feel, however you run into the hazard of repeating your self after some time. This was one thing I used to be battling fairly a bit, so as to add one thing new to each edit whereas nonetheless holding it just like the earlier video’s.

On the day of the occasion, I knew I wanted an additional hand for the filming. The competitors is 3-Four hours of continuous motion so as a way to get the very best tips on digicam, in addition to getting some good way of life to chop in between, you want no less than 2 folks.
Our A-camera was an Sony FS700 with a Canon 18-135mm on a DJI Ronin. The lens itself will not be the very best, it’s fairly gradual and never the sharpest, but it surely has a very good vary and open air in daylight it work fairly properly. The large vary on the lens allowed me to get some good variations within the photographs, I used to be capable of zoom in all the way in which with out rebalancing the gimbal which velocity issues up rather a lot. My principal focus was capturing the ambiance on the shore. The second digicam operator had his FS700 arrange on a tripod with an extended(70-300mm) lens. His objective was to seize all of the motion, switching angles as a lot as potential relying on the impediment the riders have been utilizing.
On a few of the competitions I used to be capable of get in a ship as properly, to get nearer to the motion. Right here was simply taking pictures handheld and at 240fps.
In between all of that, I used to be flying my DJI Phantom 2. The objective right here was to get an aerial view on a few of the tips however this turned out to be a bit to troublesome to do throughout a contest. Too many variables and the danger of hitting a few of the rivals. So I concentrate on get wider photographs of the entire competitors space.

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Within the edit I reused lots of my graphic parts from the teaser and introduction video’s, holding the feel and appear the identical. Deadlines for these have been fairly tight, the recaps needed to be on-line about 4-5 days after the competitors so having the ability to reuse belongings from earlier made issues extra environment friendly.

All in all this was a very enjoyable wakeboard video undertaking to be concerned in, and I discovered a ton about engaged on greater tasks like this.


A number of the issues I’ll do completely different for subsequent yr:


I made a decision to not do any interviews on the competitors days and half means down the road I began to remorse this determination. I used to be struggeling to maintain the edit recent and including interviews would definetly assist. It’s simpler to inform a narrative and information to viewers whenever you add some interviews right here and there.

-Greater crew

A 2 man crew was the bear minimal, it was manageable but it surely wasn’t simple. I used to be working round with my gimbal, flying a drone, taking pictures a drone, all whereas making an attempt to maintain monitor of the place the competitors was at. An additional particular person would imply we are able to every focus extra on particular duties(and do a greater job).


This is likely one of the key factors for me. Cableparks will be fairly large so typically the obstacles are fairly removed from the shore. On just a few events we weren’t capable of go in a ship and this didn’t make it simple for us. Clearly speaking with the native organizers what we need to do, just a few days earlier than the competitors, ensuring they’ve a ship driver on stand by.

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Article by: Sam Van Olmen


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