The last time I wrote a post about Dreadball, several of you asked for pictures of a match in progress, or perhaps a "highlights" set. Well, I thought about it, but decided to try something different. When we played our next game after that, I put my camera on a tripod and took 1 picture after each and every move. The edited series of pictures was then loaded into Windows Movie Maker and strung together to make the movie you can see below.
Match Day"Welcome to Riverside Stadium on this fine Spring evening. Tonight, the Pink Ladies are at home to the Sky City Slammers and we expect to see some fine Dreadball action. The Ladies are riding high in the Colgrain League this year after some big wins early on, but defeat in a recent game shows that they can be beaten. On the other hand, the Slammers have everything to prove after a series of mediocre results."
"Both teams are humans, of course and will therefore have similar physical characteristics of speed, strength and so on. Don't be fooled into thinking that their gameplay is the same, though: the Pink Ladies place a lot of emphasis on running interference and extreme levels of coaching, whereas the Slammers rely on allowing individual players to take the initiative. We'll see tonight which strategy works better."
"For this game, the Ladies have announced that they'll be fielding "Wildcard". The brunette is very fast and skillful, but doesn't always seem very engaged with her team. The Slammers have the contract for "Lucky" Logan; he's always a tough opponent. Interestingly, neither of these players wears a helmet on the pitch, relying on speed and luck to avoid serious injury. We'll see how well that works!"
I'm not sure how well this format works. Obviously there is quite a bit of shake, partly because I don't have a remote release for the camera and partly because people sometimes knock things as they walk past. There's also quite a lot of clutter around the edges, including intermittent hands, dice and tokens.
It took probably a couple of hours to annotate the 90 or so original images, followed by 5 minutes or less to actually make the movie, so it's quite a lot of work. And that's without any attempt at adding a soundtrack!
Still, it's good that we try these things occasionally, isn't it? This was a new technical challenge to me and one that I hope I (and maybe others?) can learn from.