AsaNoya (Rainy Day Headcanons!)
-Asahi will very happily curl up somewhere and do something quietly, like draw (i think Asahi is secretly an amazing artist but is super unsure of his skills)
-Noya goes absolutely insane inside by himself. He is bouncing off walls, trying stupid stunts or sitting outside in the rain. (He loves to sit on the balcony and just stare up at the sky- he finds it really calming).
-At some point during the day, Noya will get restless and come bother Asahi. Asahi will finally relent and they go play a board game or card game.
Noya and Asahi before dinner sit in front of the TV and watch something (Noya loves action and Asahi prefers comedy or romcom, although he also enjoys literally whatever, so they constantly watch cop shoes (particularly Pysch) as a compromise).
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The Point: The skater’s face is the part of the performance that sucks you in and makes you feel – the part that grabs you and invests you in how well they do in their performance.
Dear Figure Skating TV Camera Operators
The work you do goes un-noticed. Stated. Fact. Acknowledged. I know this because up until this weekend I have never really paid attention to what you do. You do your thing and we can see our figure skaters. That’s all there is to it really. So, this message goes out to you for two reasons.
First, on behalf of all of us fans, thank you for choosing video and image for your career. Thanks for the technical skills and abilities that enable you to know where to focus your camera, when and why. Thanks for all the knowledge you have accumulated over many years that contributes to knowing how to cover the ice. Thanks for being so familiar with the sport that you can anticipate where skaters will be during certain parts of the program. Thanks for trying to marry the speed of the skaters with capturing a moment in time. Thanks for the drive you have to be the best, show the best and produce the best content you can. I know it’s not just a job to you – it’s a skill, an ability and pride in a product produced to the best of your ability. We would be nothing without you – you are one of the most essential groups of people in the figure skating world. You are important.
As a long-distance fan of figure skating (I live in the southern hemisphere), I have come to realise how important you are to my viewing experience. Might I please suggest a couple of things from a fan perspective that you might consider to increase our enjoyment?
1. When Yuzuru Hanyu skates to Hana Wa Saku (or any other gala program), the most important part of the whole four minutes is Yuzuru’s face. Yuzuru’s emotions are spread all over his face for the world to see and it is THIS that makes the audience invested in his performance. If Yuzu’s face could be more often seen during the performance it would really make a fan’s experience so much better.
2. World Team Trophy – The whole thing about the team experience is focusing on the team experience. Undoubtedly because of Covid we did not get the full experience this year but in future I hope we can see more of the interaction between team mates and other teams, perhaps off and on the ice so those at home feel like there is a comraderie and competition between the people performing.
3. Signature moves. When a skater does their signature move the camera often seems to be behind them. Very understandable because they move so fast. I wonder if there is a way that the camera people could perhaps anticipate this and figure out a way to see the best aspect of the move? (for example, Yuzuru’s face instead of his bottom when he is hydroblading). Perhaps by watching some previous performances and storyboarding the best camera angles?
This collection of thoughts and suggestions focuses on the off-rink Cameras and camera people.It would be re-miss of me not to mention Jordan from On Ice Perspectives.
Jordan and his team have given us a delightful, interesting, and new way of seeing skating that is very enjoyable. My first on ice perspective was Yuzuru’s Parisienne Walkways and it blew my mind. After watching it many times (and the WC Gala) I can now say that there are some discerning things as a fan that I think would add to the on-ice experience: I want to see Yuzu’s face! I want to see his sexy smile during the pistol pose and a full-on face shot when he combs his fingers through his hair. I feel like the camera is constantly moving away from these moments and we only get a slight glimpse of what is on his face. More often than not we see his side or back - perfectly understandable because of the technicalities of obtaining the image. Don’t get me wrong, both are very nice sides of Yuzu and I am definitely not complaining 😉
Again, whether the camera is on the ice or off of it, the focus comes back to the skater’s face because it is the part of the performance that sucks you in and makes you feel – the part that grabs you and invests you in what they are doing.
So, please forgive me if it feels like I am telling you how to do your job, but please, would you consider a greater focus in future on showing us how the skater’s expressions and emotions?
EDIT: Point in case : SOI Blinding Lights. There is no way that 18 mins of slow mo video would be a thing if we did not see Yuzu's face. Yuzu knew it so he arranged multiple cameras for us to see his face.
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So late to the game, but alas here it is, my Bunborg 009 sona.
For those who have not seen this on Twitter a few years ago there was this broadcast where the Cyborgs were portrayed as being made out of stationary materials (like Joe would be made out of pens, Fran made of stickers, Jet made of a ruler, etc.), and for mine I decided to be white-out since it was the only stationary item that wasn’t taken.
To see the Twitter for it go here!
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