Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Trip to the uk for the voicovers,....

Hi guys,

after a while with not much happening Colin and me just went to the uk to do the voiceovers for our Coaching DVD.
We have been on a pretty tight shedule to get them all in and after about 3 days and a total of almost 30 hours in the Studio at the Staffordshire University, Film Production Technology and the great help of Andy Paton, who is now in charge of the whole post production, we will be able to release the DVD very soon! We will keep you updated of what is going in the next few weeks and what we are upto here in Dahab, so stay tuned,...

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

It has come to the end of Colin, Marco and Tris's time in Dahab filming this DVD.  The last few days mostly had the boys in the 'media suite' sorting through clips and putting voice over to them all.  This is so time consuming and there is still plenty to be done, making sure its exactly how they want it to make it a perfect learning aid for all windsurfers.  They also had a couple more clips to film and also a photo shoot for the cover shots.  The wind has been incredible the last few days here in Dahab and so there was no problem for that. Colin was loving it getting the loop footage on his 5.3, when he could have easily been on a 4.5!!

Now they have the ongoing editing and voiceovers to do, Tris has flown home and Colin is leaving today to start his journey to his summer season in Vass, Marco will continue his work here and his part of the voiceovers, to get the DVD completed asap!

For now we have got a few more pics to keep you going between now and the release of the DVD, and will upload more onto the facebook album in the next couple of days!! 

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Behind the scenes....

So the past few days we have seen Colin and Marco getting on the water early making the most of the wind and the quiet conditions, as well as fitting in their filming around Marco’s teaching sessions and Colin’s role as judge in the Dahab Festival Freestyle competition.  
The guys have taken loads of footage and are getting through their skills menu well, however, its not all about what goes on on the water, there is so much work to be done behind the scenes in order to sort through the footage and put together the DVD.  We took a visit to their ‘media suite’ to check out what they have been up to and get more of an idea how much hard work is involved behind the scenes.  
The team have been spending all hours possible on this production, after filming on the water or simulator, they have been heading straight indoors to begin to sift through the hours of footage they have captured, to find the best clips for their requirements.  Obviously they need the good examples for everyone to see, but also they want to make sure they have clear examples of mistakes for you all to see too as these are really helpful to help you see why or where you may be going wrong.  
Once they have filmed each skill they need, and each mistake too, they then need to make sure they have got the moves on all the relevant cameras.  Had they decided just to show the skills from one camera, as most instructional dvd’s in the past have done, it would have been a much quicker job, but the use of GoPro’s to get you closer to the action and show you clearly what happens during your moves means its not so easy.  The GoPro cameras are close to the water and so regularly get wet, even with small droplets, when these droplets land in the middle of the screen it can ruin a clip and so as you can imagine, its not so easy to get the perfect clips quickly after all.
So you wont be surprised we found the boys sat round with their computers, many empty crisp packets and coke bottles looking pretty tired out and very very busy.
We got a sneak preview of some of the clips from different mounts, showing the different angles the footage is being taken from.  These look fantastic and should be great for learning from as you really can get right in on the move, to see exactly what is happening in different stages of the maneuver, both with your hands, feet and the whole picture from up close.  The work involved is massive, we saw just a few folders of clips they have to sort through, and these clips have already been semi sorted as the GoPro films one continuous clip they then have to chop into useful and useless sections.  Oh and don’t forget, I haven’t even mentioned the voice overs, move by move, step by step, that will need to be done once the clips are all made!! 
The next few windy days the guys need to complete the freestyle clips and re run any clips that may need doing.  Evenings will no doubt be spent head down with the computers, making sure they get everything covered before Colin flys home on his way to his next season in Vassiliki.  
The amount of time and effort being put into this DVD is surely going to result in a brilliant piece of work and a very helpful learning aid.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Day Nine 13/5/11

The wind is back in Dahab this week

The team have realised these Go Pro screen screen shots as examples of the angles that will be used on the DVD.

Keep an eye on the blog for the freestyle action to be shot this week!!!!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Day Eight 12/5/11

Over the last few days Colin and marco have been filming some more of the Go Pro footage of the up wind & down wind maneuvers.

Back at the house the team have been taking some time to start the long task of putting the video footage together and adding the voice over to the on water video footage.

Here we have a preview of the topics that will be covered on “Go Pro with Colin & Marco”.



Carve gybe

Duck gybe

Lay down gybe

Down wind 360

Backwind gybe


Fast tack

Heli tack

Up wind 360

Duck tack

Push tack!!


Chop hop






Forward loop


Equipment set up & tuning

Monday, 9 May 2011

Day Five 9/5/11

On the water this morning the team took the opportunity to film some of the carving manoeuvres in slightly less wind then the previous day, adding the extra perspective of the Go Pro mounts on the boom and back of the board (see pics).
In the evening session Colin & Marco took the chance to deliver their top tuning tips for the camera.

For the rest of todays photos check out the album on facebook

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Day Four 8/5/11

The wind has arrived........ Full Power!

Today strong winds in Dahab have given the "Go Pro with Colin & Marco" crew the opportunity to film the first on water footage for the DVD.

The boys hit the water in the Dahab Lagoon today with Tristan and his camera stationed on the downwind tower.

Colin has been cranking round some carve gybes and downwind 360 variations, while Marco has been showing us how to duck gybe and throw down some laydown gybes.

Whilst getting lots of "How to" footage on the Go Pro & Tris's Camera the boys have been putting in a lot of effort to obtain the "How NOT to" footage. Crashing in the various, often amusing, ways that you may experience when learning these new moves. You will be able to see whats going wrong and where, and more importantly get the guidance on how to turn these wipe outs into your desired move

Friday, 6 May 2011

Day Two 5/5/11

Today in Dahab there were high temperatures and very light winds.

So in order to take advantage of this Marco & Tris dis some more playing about with the GO PRO HD cameras and their various fixtures and fittings.
With a few custom made parts the guys have some great video angles set up that will allow you to see the key movements in the video.
Here is a peek of some of the angles.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Day One 4/5/2011

First day on set.

For the past few weeks Colin and Marco have been spending many evenings planning for the production of their DVD.  With the recent arrival of Tristan Siefert (Tris) , their camera man,  it is now time to put plans into action.

The team decided to make use of todays light winds to begin filming the on-land footage, to include simulation for the preparation and entry to certain manoeuvres and filming a section on rigging and tuning to get the best out of your equipment.

With Colin and Marco busy perfecting the optimum angles for shooting the on-land simulation scenes, and setting up the windsurf equipment, Tris was busy getting used to the environment and setting up the video camera & performing sound checks.

With the forecast showing strong winds next week the aim is get as much on-land footage covered over the next coupled of days, before the water action begins....