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ViewFinder is a video series by the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The ViewFinder team shoots natural sound packages on DSLRs. We let our sources tell their stories in their own words. We love clean, creative shots and crisp sounds.

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ViewFinder presents: Beyond the Sidelines – Voices Behind the DC United experience

Merrill College’s ViewFinder team just completed our first major assignment of the semester, and what could be a more beautiful way to kick it off than by covering “The Beautiful Game”? On Saturday, Sept. 19, we took to the field at RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) in search of the most compelling storylines at the D.C. United soccer game.

Thanks to Merrill alums Lindsay Simpson (MJ ’14) and Drew Rauso ‘14, who now work for D.C. United, the ViewFinder team was given credentialed access during DCU’s game against the Columbus Crew. But we weren’t there to deliver the play-by-play. Instead, we were looking for the most colorful characters, the stories that stood out, and the most vibrant voices that lend to the unique atmosphere at a professional soccer match.

From the staff and security that keep things running smoothly to the dedicated supporters that keep the team ticking, from game day preparations to introductory celebrations, we got the chance to profile some truly interesting folks. We interviewed players and fans, sprinted down the sidelines, used the turf as our tripod, and captured action, reaction, and everything in between. It was a little bit of a trial by fire, but the entire team came out of the experience thankful for such a cool and unique filming opportunity.

We weren’t alone, though. The eleven students were advised by eight seasoned mentors that included professional photojournalists and ViewFinder graduates. I had the privilege of learning from WBFF photojournalist and JOUR262 faculty member Luke Rollins, who helped me train my ear to find those natural sound pops, and helped me visualize the shots and cutaways needed to best capture the scene.

We’re extremely excited to bring you our first show of the semester. Look out for it in October on UMTV and CNS.

 Joseph Franco ’15, ViewFinder Fall 2015