First production, created using footage from test shots taken whilst trialing the Camera Pod Systems over the summer and autumn of 2005.
A few typical moves from underwater hockey at club level sessions are demonstrated here....
Black and white 'pusher sticks' determine who's on which side... anything else at club level is usually a chaos of 'any' & 'all' colours!
At club level, having either a black or white pusher stick is enough to reveal who is on whos side (for the players, anyway). At comp level it becomes clearer still as the hats are assigned to match the pusher colour.
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The main concept of revealing the game has been accomplished through the development of the multi-cam system.1.Normal spectator view of game surface chaos..... 2.Design and build a multi-cam pod system..... 3.The o.......
Player Interviews - "You're welcome to try it" is a mix of players who offer a few snipits of thought and info about about their interest in the sport of underwater hockey. It is hoped that it will offer a little insight into some of the vast range of people who play this game already.
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Critter-Cam Diaries is a concept, thought up as a way of taking a spectator for a ride on the back of a player to get a close-up-and-personal view of club game interactions.
The cam was designed to be in 'space' behind the players head and arm so a good reference to what the player is up to (and the immediate game play) can be seen by the spectator.
This is designed to be a ride... not a smooth armchair view. It is also a collection of edited snippits of club game play... not a continuous game story, but none the less, it was thought may give another unique angle to the game.
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This visual sample of the game can be seen from the camera test shots inCLUB PLAY SAMPLES. Another concept to help reveal the game is through interviews with some of the people who play the game. This can be seen in PLAYERS INTERVIEWS. To add an unusual concept to see the game, the idea of strapping a camera to a player so you can get a glimpse of 'up-close-and-personal'. This can be seen in CRITTER-CAM DIARIES.
Minds'Eye Lectures - for Newbies, have been created and launched as an idea to help visualise some basic concepts contributing to the overall dynamic picture of the underwater hockey game.
Lecture 000, "Underwater Hockey - Simplified",
An introduction to the simplified gist of the game and the personal kit needed to play. (4min 10s)
Lecture 001, "Team Shape",
Despite looking chaotic to a newbie onlooker, there is order and teamwork amongst the splashing around. This lecture brushes lightly at 3 key principles... Basic Team Shape, Flexing the Shape, Linking within the Shape. (4min 10s)