Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Volvo Youth Worlds videos; when trying to be uber cool becomes annoying

Note: I would like to clarify that my negative comment doesn't refer to the fact the sailor kids speak in their native language. On the contrary, I find it is a very good idea as they send a message back to their families, friends at the yacht clubs or their local sailing federations. In addition, being teenagers it is perfectly understandable they might not be fluent in English if it's not their native language. It is a pity though that the producers thought it would be cool to have loud music over the sailor voices so that their message gets lost. No matter what language they might be speaking it is very hard to hear what they are saying.

As for the actual sailing footage, it is a fact that you can't make miracles if there is a very light breeze. Still, if the aim is to get across the message from the teenage sailors why not put for a tiny GoPro Hero camera on the mast, underneath the boom and show the sailors in action, speaking in their native language during an actual race?

Since I started Valencia Sailing I have always refrained from ranting or complaining and just tried to stick to the facts as well as I could. However, after watching the second video in a row from the Volvo Youth Worlds, currently taking place in Istanbul, I can't avoid criticizing their quality. It seems the TV production company went overboard trying to be uber cool with their music. I do understand that adding music to raw sailing footage can make the videos more exciting or even less boring for the non-sailing audiences but what's the point in interviewing the poor kids when you can barely hear what they are saying, no matter what language they are speaking? In addition, the actual footage from the water leaves a lot to be desired.

I hope BMW Oracle doesn't consider that kind of video as a guide for TV production in the 34th America's Cup. If that's the best the sport of sailing can produce, the future doesn't look bright. Judge for yourselves...



At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is clearly targeted at young people and I think it hits the mark. My kids would be inspired.
I wonder if they only show tame footage to prevent parents from being scared or worried?

The only one I couldn't understand was the girl from Manchester but then they don't speak English either ;-)

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem might not be the video but the boring slow boats on it.

would also be nice to know who was leading not every team tell us their names.

At 3:55 AM, Blogger Richard said...

You beat me to it. I only watched the first one - not even all of it before hitting the STOP button. Dreadful, tedious stuff. The kids and event deserve much better than this.


At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're showing your age Pierre, the music might be annoying to us, but I'm sure that for the group it was targeted at (young teenagers) it is fine, as is the content. The video did a reasonable job of making a race series held in bugger-all wind, in tubby fibreglass boats, look appealing.

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Loick said...

Pierre, you need to take a good look at the quality of your own videos before to criticise the work of others. The people who create this video should stop you playing it on your website if you continue with your complaining. Anyone who is making a genuine attempt to go to these events and share it with us deserve some support.


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