If you’re interested in a career within the sports communication field, you’ll most likely have to shoot highlights for an athletic event.
This can seem intimidating and hectic at first—athletic games or events move fast, and it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint key plays and moments if you’re not yet used to covering sporting events.
Jake Brend, a junior sports communications major, is SCTV’s News Director. Through his work for Simpson Student Media, he’s become skilled at putting together sports video packages and shooting highlights.
He’s also gained experience shooting highlights during his internship with WHO 13 Sports this past summer. Here are some of his tips for shooting highlights:
“Have your camera, a tripod, microphone, charged batteries, and raingear,” Brend said.
Know Your Sport
“If you are shooting a sport, be familiar with the sport you are watching and the teams that are playing,” Brend said. “Familiarity will help you when filming the game and editing later.”
Be (AT LEAST) 15 Minutes Early
“Coming early will give you time to white balance your camera, find the best lighting, and get situated before you will need to film,” Brend said.
Establish The Setting
“You’ll almost always want to open your highlights with an establisher,” Brend said. “Examples would be a panning shot of the stadium or the team huddled up in pregame.”
Shoot With The Sun At Your back
“The lens facing the sun will make your highlights look blown out and too bright,” Brend said. “At nearly any cost, try and have the sun at your back to make the lighting more even and natural.”
Follow The Ball
“All the important action will happen where the ball is, or where the ball is going,” Brend said. “If you’re following the ball, you will get almost every goal, basket, or touchdown.”
Find The Hero
“Once someone scores, zoom in on them and follow their celebration,” Brend said. “Depending on the sport, the celebration can be memorable and something that you won’t want to miss in your highlights.”
Use An Indicator
“Sporting events are long, so when you are editing you won’t have the time to watch through all your highlights to find the best stuff,” Brend said. “After someone scores, start a new clip and get a shot of the scoreboard with the score and time. In the editing room, when you see a scoreboard, you know something important happened in the prior clip”
“For your highlights, you won’t want it to be all action and celebration.” Brend said. “To avoid jump cuts, you will want to get shots of the crowd, coaches, refs or anything you find interesting outside of the game.”
Make The Highlights Timely
“Edit and upload your highlights to social media as soon as the game is over,” Brend said. “Highlights are most important when they are timely, so get them out as soon as possible.”
Here is an example of one of Jake’s highlight packages:
To see more examples of highlight packages, you can browse The Simpsonian’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCveEAVPHMa1TvJErMZLO__g