I began the editing process just before Christmas.
Having encountered a lot of problems with interviewees dropping out and cancelling last minute, I was just happy to have all the footage I needed. I sat down and began to edit.
I encountered a number of issues- firstly, the music that I’d chosen to use was from a local band, which I used with their permission, however, I hadn’t really counted for the lyrics making it tricky to put under a voiceover. So I had to work at cropping the music to fit around the clips.
Another issue I had was the lack of close-ups. With a sport such as roller derby it is near impossible to get close up shots during bouts, as the teams move so fast, which gave me very little variation in clips.
I created the logo on Adobe Illustrator which I was really proud of, however making it a recurring theme was difficult. I originally included it in the intro only but it seemed out of place. Adding it as a section separator with derby definitions on was an idea that came very late on in the process.
Overall, I am very pleased with the final cut.
I met Webb from Dorset Roller Girls, who had a very powerful experience with derby after the death of her mum.
Another interview from York- how did derby transform you?
How has starting roller derby affected you personally?- An interview with Dutch from Northampton
How would you explain roller derby? An interview from York
I met Terror, a teacher from Warwick whose mundane life was transformed when she began roller derby- but it hasn’t been an easy road.
My final interviews took place up North once again. I woke up early to leave Bournemouth at 8am and drove up to Northampton to watch a mixed scrim ran by the Vendetta Vixens as their Christmas event, incorporating people from teams across the area.
I was there to interview Taryn and Lisa, who met during roller derby (they feature prominently in the film) and also find out from some other people what derby means to them and how it can be transformative!
This time, I had bought with me a Canon 5D kit, with rode microphone and tripod, and set up in the changing room opposite the hall.
After filming my interviews, I settled down to get some footage of the scrim and also take some photos for the teams playing.
At around 3pm, I was done and got back in my car to drive to Warwick (under an hour away) to film Terror, a teacher, at 7pm.
I parked in the city centre and had a wander round whilst I planned my questions and backed up my footage onto my laptop. I then had some dinner and headed off to meet her.
Final interview completed at around 8pm, I got back in my car to Bournemouth.
Travel time: 6.5 hours
Total panics: 0
Interviews completed: 5
What is derby to you? – An interview from York
It’s not just women who play roller derby- men too. I wanted to see what men thought of the female empowerment aspect of the sport.