I was asked to make a video with highlights from the first World Cup round to be shown at the international coaching seminar at the free day between the first World Cup round and the Jukola relay. Being only one man with one camera, I knew that I had to do something untraditional to catch the interest of the audience, which mostly consisted of trainers and part of the world orienteering elite.
I decided that I would try to show the audience how the winner in the women’s class, Simone Niggli-Luder, experienced the race. I wanted to show the competition as she saw it, and get her comments alongside. I had a few problems, though: The organizers would not let us see the maps until 10 pm in the evening, so I could not get Niggli-Luder comment her race with the map in front of her (she had to leave before the maps where released). Also, I did not get her exact route choices as we had no map to look at. But nevertheless, a big “Thank you” to Simone for helping me out with her comments about the race here – she gave me all the help she could!
When I finally could run through the course at 10 pm, the rain was really pouring down, and it was ice cold. To top this, I run through the course with the camera mounted the wrong way the first time (pointing into the air and showing everything upside down), so I had to make a rerun to get usable material. When returning to the lodging, there were only 12 hours until the coaching seminar started, so I was not able to put too much work into the details for the video.
Nevertheless, I think this is an interesting concept, which with further development could be used to show the action and beauty of orienteering. Short clips of this type could be included in TV broadcasts from orienteering events. Longer clips could be used as a training tool to develop orienteering technique. I am planning to work along both lines – the next step being to integrate a GPS into the setup…
Please leave a comment about suggested improvements to the concept. Things I know: It is too long for a casual viewer (I might make a shorter version), and the music maybe isn’t top notch – but this one is free to use.
The video: In the footsteps of Simone Niggli-Luder
Below you see the resulting video. You should definitely download it and see it in full quality (it will take some time, but it is worth it). At the coaching seminar it was shown on a big screen, and that’s the way it should be seen. What about putting it up at the next club evening? If you have problems downloading the video in full quality, please contact me to get help.
Jukola video competition
A small not about results from the Jukola video competition: I am still waiting for the final result list from the Jukola organizers – and will publish results as soon as I get them.