Thanks for the compliment Steve. Yes, the quick cut style is something that I have used to get people's attention. My latest projects have been following the lead card during the final round for the tournaments that I travel to. I am producing those into DVDs and I have learned that it takes a lot of time (especially since right now it is just me). Also I am working closely with Dynamic Discs to produce Dynamic Duels, videos that are similar in style to Clash DVDs. It is definitely a learning process as a lot of these videos that people really like such as the one from the swedes and the one carl posted are all staged. What I am trying to achieve is excellent camera work in a setting where the player doesn't (and shouldn't) wait for me to figure out what makes the best angle or if I am in their line of sight.
Another obstacle is the course itself. If the hole is open then it is easy to capture the flight of the disc but if their is a blind spot due to trees or hills it can be difficult to get the best view of the throw.
Hopefully my DVDs will be successful and will allow me to invest in more equipment so that I can my own mobile production crew and I can roll up to any tournament and provide excellent disc golf coverage or ESPN hires me. :)
I am very excited at the direction CoolDaddySlickBreeze is taking and I always get positive vibes from disc golfers that I meet.
The best part is that although I can only do this part time for now I am having the time of my life doing it.
I agree it doesn't have to be elite pros to be good, example Vallarta Ast, but the trio in the swed vid are top pros. I can't think of all the names offhand but they are all on lat 64's team including jesper lundmark, co designer for a handful of their discs and the top rated pro worldwide.
It's a little embarrassing, but I think I've watched a large majority of the DG videos on Youtube, as well as from countless other sites. (Discgolf.tv was cool--too bad it's no more...) I concur that the production quality of the Swedish video is great, and I was very impressed with it the first time I saw it. But for me--as for many previous posters--full coverage is my priority, followed by quality of players and production value. The more context the better. I've definitely seen improvements in disc golf coverage over the past few years--both live and online--and I truly look forward to seeing how much better it gets in the coming years...
2005 saw me playing in the 1st Players Cup. The second and the third days saw me teeing off pretty early so I grabbed the camera after the round and video'd most of the lead card's second round and all of their third round. I got every shot on every hole. Then I was at the 2006 Cross Canyon Challenge a few months later....showed up to practice on Wednesday and nine guys divided up for doubles. I reduced the number to 8, grabbed my camera and video'd the Champ shooting every hole with his doubles partner. The bug bit hard in 2006 as I video'd 3 National Tour events, Bowling Green Pro and Am, DGLO, and the Brent Hambrick. My goal was always to film every shot the lead card took in the final round or 2. I was tripoded but just one camera angle. The lead cards were comfortable with me taking some unusual angles so I got some great footage and after an edit crazy month or so turned out some unique disc golf video. I also shot the 2007 and 2008 Memorial and the 2009 Melbourne Open. I used music and/or commentary for the soundtrack and plan on doing a video every year. See some finished product descriptions here....