It could have been the Friday arvo drinks I had with a long-time-no-see friend, but 7’s coverage of the Hawthorn-Collingwood game yesterday left much to be desired. As I’m writing this post, I’m watching the Swans-Crows game (and biting my nails down to the bed) and I still feel the same way that I did last night. So, 7, here are some thoughts from someone who just wants to watch a good game.
Keep your eye on the ball. I could be mistaken, but most of the game revolves around the ball, what it’s doing and where it is. And during regulation time, I want to know what’s happening to it. So unless there is a dolphin punching a baby in the stands – keep the camera on the ball. The only exception: after a goal or during breaks between quarters when the ball is doing nothing.
Hold still. There is no reason to be so close to a player/the players that you need to constantly move the camera to keep the ball in the frame. Even panning with a running player can get out of hand when you do it too much (which you sometimes do). It makes me dizzy and want to change the channel. There is a simple solution: zoom out.
Let me see the goal. You have about 20 cameras filming the game. Surely ONE of them has a good angle? When it’s a sneaky kick, fair enough that you weren’t ready, but when someone is kicking from a set shot, you have time to evaluate it. I have to wait for the umpire to signal to know what happened to the ball. That is delayed, not instant, gratification and I don’t like it.
Glare is your enemy. I love the shots of the coaches box – it’s seriously some of the best parts of the game. But when there is so much glare that the shot just look like a blurry shot of the game because of the reflection, it’s no good. I’m just confused.
Don’t try and get fancy with your angles. I appreciate that you are trying new and interesting things – it’s why you’re at the top! And I quite liked the wide shot that stared directly down and showed the entire stadium and slowly zoomed in. I even said something about it to my boyfriend at the time. But you didn’t need to do it two more times. It lost it’s novelty value and I even missed some of the bounce, once.
But please keep us entertained. Seriously? What’s with your commercials? I know that your advertisers pay big money to get a spot during the game, but can’t you check the quality of the advert before you air it? Nothing kills the adrenaline of a goal than some nonsense about insurance.
And, it goes without saying…