Basketball is a game loved all over the world. It spans over generations and generations and has played a unifying role in uniting individuals of all different kinds of backgrounds. Naturally, with my love for this great sport, I wanted to do my project on one of the most important fundamentals of basketball which has won and lost many games throughout history: the free throw.
For this assignment, I was a bit confused on what exactly I wanted to shoot video of. For me, the photo essay came easy for me. I had seen some nice scenery around campus so immediately thought of that for assignment two, but for assignment three, I was stuck.
Much like I did for my photo essay, I decided to document my fraternity for this assignment. This time, instead of capturing a rush event, I opted to dive a little deeper into who we are. Basketball (as well as a few other sports), is something we hold sacred. Whether we are watching, playing, or discussing them, sports bring us together. It’s something that takes our minds off the stress of being a smaller fraternity, as well as the problems we have as individuals. That being said, this assignment felt a lot more intimate to me than my previous work.
Brothers of Phi Kappa Theta warming up for a high energy game of basketball.
James Boyd wears a shirt that says, “UNARMED” in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Up until this point, every journalism class I had taken at UIUC was easy. It all came naturally so I never felt much pressure to get my assignments done. However, this class challenged me from the start and by the end I think it truly humbled me. Continue reading →
“James Boyd drives to the basket for the Romeoville Spartans.”
In our last assignment before our group final project, Professor Collins had us make a “How To” video. I decided to make my how to video about basketball because it is my favorite sport. In “How To Get Buckets,” I break down the four essential steps of how to shoot a basketball. Continue reading →
For our How-to assignment, I decided to demonstrate how to shoot a free throw. There’s an outdoor basketball court near my dorm, and I thought a sports activity would be a good way to have a sequence shot. I tried to imitate the baseball clip we saw in class by having a shot of the ball in air. And at the end of the video, I added a comedic element by missing the shot a few times and having the “several hours later” showing with circus music.
At this point I feel a lot more comfortable using Adobe. But there are still tons of things about it that I don’t know about that I’m sure would help. I spent just about all of our 3 hour class editing this video, and I’m sure I could have done it faster and better if I knew more about the software. But overall I think I did well relative to my other projects. This is the first time I added music, and it turned out to be really easy. I just found a site that had sound which was royalty free, saved the sound I wanted, and imported the sound to Adobe.
Patty Mills celebrates after hitting a three for the San Antonio Spurs (Photo courtesy of The Brian Method)
As basketball has adapted to analytics over recent years, players have begun to embrace a new style.
There have always been boundaries to the game of basketball.
In the past, if a kid wasn’t tall enough or strong enough, he or she would usually not have a chance moving forward in the game. In recent years, there has been a different trend evolving in the game. Continue reading →
Overall I was really happy with my video essay about my friends playing basketball. I really enjoyed my editing of this assignment and I believe it was the best aspect of it, just as it was in my photo essay. I liked working with a topic I enjoyed and the entire process was a pretty good time. I received a lot of positive feedback from the class and I feel a lot of my classmates shared in my liking of my work.
This time I came in around 9 p.m. on Monday to get a head start on my editing which helped A LOT with the shortened deadline on Tuesday. The entire process was easier having spaced it out and it was a lot less stressful.
The biggest thing that I learned this week is to watch out for the automatic focusing on the camera. In my opinion it was the biggest flaw in my video, but now I am sure I will not let that get in the way of any future videos.
School is back in full swing at the University of Illinois and the campus recreation centers are booming with activity as students have settled in during the first month. For senior Tim Szklarzewski and junior Jason Man, this means that nearly every afternoon from today until the school will be filled with hours upon hours of basketball.
Lower courts in the ARC at UIUC (Courtesy of Ray Cunningham)
According to Szklarzewski, he and many other students spend the majority of their afternoons at one of the UIUC campus recreation centers: CRCE. The student population has been making the most of the 15 basketball courts, 2 indoor soccer courts and the wide variety of multipurpose rooms.
Students are spending their time playing pick up games and also competing in the many intramural activities at the campus recreation centers, consisting of basketball, soccer and volleyball, among others.
Just signing up for this class stressed me out. I knew it would be full of projects and equipment I didn’t know how to use. I was right but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. I learned SO much, by messing up and trying again and asking for help. Asking for help is key in this class, and starting the project early. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Starting early will save you from missing an assignment or pulling an all-nighter.