One of our director’s first jobs was filming the British Middleweight title fight between Roy Gumbs and Eddie Burke in 1981. He was trainee cameraman at the time and was given the responsibility of filming the boxing match on a wide shot whilst the boss was positioned ringside.
Back in the U-matic days, you could only record twenty minutes on a tape and this was done via a portable recorder. The fight went six rounds but at the beginning of round four the tape on the wide shot needed changed – and with it came that metallic taste when things go dreadfully wrong!
Richard, for all his trying, couldn’t get the machine to record!!! And by the time he was rolling again he’d managed to miss half a round of boxing.
In the edit the boss cut the wide shots from previous rounds into his ringside shots of round six – seamlessly. Much relieved there hadn’t been a knock-out blow in round four (and one life down) Richard continued his career in video production.
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