Today I went to visit the Essendon Football Club with our Senior Publisher to record some video interviews with the players and coach of the club. We were advised we’d be making the recordings in the club’s boardroom in front of an iconic painting, sounded great. I brought all of my gear, three lights, cameras and cables.
When we arrived we found out we were actually filming in the hangar, another icon of the Essendon Bombers. It was a great looking location, but sadly it is a massive space that loves to ingest sound and create noise. Outside the Hangar there is a lot of construction going on. Big machinery is moving earth and building structures, the hangar captures it all.
I think we did alright, all things considered.
Jobe arrived in his training gear, flouro yellow is never a great look on camera, though he carried himself well. He was courteous, his responses measured and articulate. We got nothing but good footage from him.
Mark “Bomber” Thompson arrived about half an hour late. He dallied on his way to us, it felt as if he was trying to avoid us. Essendon is going through a bunch of stuff and has spent a lot of time in front of the media of late, but we weren’t here about that. Once he made it to us Bomber sat down on the seat and proceeded to shoot the breeze, still not overly eager to get to what we were there to do. He was funny and charming. Once we finally got started he was on. His answers about Dick Reynolds were great.
Courtney, our publisher, asked Mark Thompson and Jobe Watson a series of questions, from which we’ll be creating a series of short videos to promote our book, “King Richard“. We also took a couple of photos of the interviewees with our book.
We also interviewed Dyson Heppell, at 22 maybe he’s a little too young to remember or understand the legacy of Dick Reynolds, Dyson doesn’t have the football family Jobe has to pass on the stories. His answers probably aren’t usable for our purpose. But we’ll see how we can edit them.
Below is one of the videos, I’ll probably replace it a few more times as I update the styles and the edits.