My name is Norm Kaiser and I am very pleased to announce that work is complete on the screener for American Championship Freefighting (ACF), a new TV show concept my partners and I are pitching to a major cable network.
American Championship Freefighting crosses the intense realism of mixed martial arts with the thrilling drama of pro wrestling. Our focus is on ultra-realism, character development, and the presentation of pro wrestling as a sport, not sports entertainment.
Now time for a shameless plug -- I ask all fans, workers, and pro wrestling personalities to watch the ACF screener, and if you like what you see, TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT IT! Tell your friends, your neighbors, friends, co-workers, fellow fans...and everyone else you can about it. We want to create a buzz early in our effort to get the show picked up, and we can't do it without your help.
Do you want more pro wrestling choices on TV? Then give us a hand! Tell people about ACF!
Questions, thoughts, and comments on the screener are welcome!
I know we usually throw these plugs right into Banished, but I'm gonna let this one ride for now. I wish I had 10 minutes to watch the video but I don't right now - do you? What did you think of it? (Or, how far into it did you get before you decided you didn't need to watch the rest of it?)
Wow, that first segment was a bear to get through. Perhaps some music while going through the rules?
Curtis either has giant hands or you're going to need a larger Mic flag.
The interview needed some more light, or a lighter shirt for the interviewee, he fades into the background.
The match itself was... interesting. I'm assuming this is worked, and given a couple of months people may get used to the slower, less flashy pace. I found myself ffwding about a minute in, after the third arm-drag.
Could you light the ring a little better? I understand there was probably nobody in the stands, but if the ring was more well lit, you could get away with it looking like a boxing match. The sound is also a little out of synch, with the play-by-play guys reacting to moves a split second before they actually occur. I did like the fake "crowd milling" sounds you added though.
Maybe a couple of replays while they were clearing the ring, instead-of waiting until everyone was out, and sitting on an empty ring for a few seconds before going to replays, and again perhaps some music over the replays/wrap-up?
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
00:27 -- Lose momentum with "mixed martial arch." I don't know what "collar-and-elbow wrestling" is. Greco-Roman? Why not say that?
00:40 -- The enunciation and composure go off the rails. He's gotta breathe and relax, and you gotta do another take.
1:36 -- I'd like to see video examples of the rules being enforced. That would cement them in my mind and help me watch for them during the matches.
2:25 -- The flag rule seems like it would work better if it copied the soccer card system more. Again, because I'm not watching an example onscreen, I have to imagine how it would work. And it's not.
3:13 -- The camera position for Grant is weak. He wants us to look at him and see his champion quality. But he's wearing a dark shirt in front of a black background. Also, he's looking down too often. Either he's reading his lines or badly improvising his answer. A new camera position can fix that.
4:27 -- I'm bored with him. Show us some video of him in action. Or posing. Or working out. Something.
5:00 -- He mentions his competition, but not by name. He's not selling them or the sport or the company. It's about him, and he's awfully vague. He only has a gimmick: He's arrogant. We don't need this much video to get that point across.
Also, five minutes into a ten-minute video, and I haven't even seen a ring. Grab me. Show; don't tell.
6:01 -- Why is the announcer so stiff? Why doesn't he glance toward the competitors as he announces them? His formality doesn't suggest an event of competition and energy. He looks nervous.
6:40 -- Honestly, that voiceover mix is perfect. It doesn't block out the crowd noise, suggesting the commentators are near the ring.
Why is the ref checking equipment before the intros? He should do that first for realism, but also to get the match going as soon as the names are announced. Hup hup hup. Make this thing move.
7:22 -- Carson and Bam touch fingers to prepare for the tie-up. This is the first instance of competitor contact in a ten-minute video. You're asking for an awful lot of patience of your screener audience.
8:10 -- Kiel Sasso is good. Maze is having trouble.
10:01 -- The video ends with an armbar after armdrags, a spear, and head punches. Grant has played to his corner men instead of the audience or the camera.
I'm not moving on. It might get good, but I've given it ten minutes already and seen very little to encourage me.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
It's always good to hear of new wrestling promotions and I wish you all the best with it. However, I'm in complete agreement with what Mike and Matt posted. Main problem for me is too much talking. Fight already!
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