GoPro + Boxing

We’ve been making videos for Anglian Medal Hunt ever since they signed on their first athletes in January 2013. Since then we’ve covered their signings, interviewed athletes at National Institute of Sports, Patiala and even created a closing animation for them. It was time to do something different.

Last month we also got hold of a GoPro camera. It made sense to combine a tiny camera with the most intense sport at Patiala, boxing. While at NSIS in April, I walked around the boxing rings trying to capture as much action as possible. I caught Shiva Thapa, the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, during his warm up session and his training bouts in the ring.

With a little bit of editing we made a short video of Indian Olympic boxers training for the next games in 2016.

But I would love to push the envelope further.  For the next shoot, I would like to:

  • Strap the GoPro on to the punching bags and capture the boxers as they train. I think the shots of the frame moving back and forth with the boxers remaining at the center could look very nice.
  • I would like to strap the camera on the faceguards of the boxers to capture practice bouts. It bring in a new angle of seeing how opponents react to punches or when they strike, giving a whole series of new action shots.
  • Next time, I plan to clip the camera on to the ropes of the ring. That way when the boxers get pushed into the ropes, the camera would also jerk with the impact, giving a better glimpse of what’s happening inside the ring.
  • Finally, I wish I could hang the camera over the ring, to a get a top down view of the boxers while they spar. The wide angle of the GoPro could throw up a lot on interesting shots from that angle.

As of now, I can’t wait to work on more GoPro boxing videos at NSIS Patiala!

We hope you like our video!

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