you have way too much time on your hands
I don`t know if it was the September film, or the August film (cause I watched them both back to back, being a member for just over a month, and hadn`t gotten through the previous months of films and photos before), but it was the one with the clips from the swimming pool, I was not very happy with the editing of. The idea might have been to pace the shifts to the upbeat music, but it also broke up the moments of genuine and authentic fun of the lads enjoying the water.
Maybe I am in a minority? But I find the moments where we get to some genuine smiles on their faces, and more of their energy and personality shines through, to be far more joyful and interesting to watch, and easier to connect to, than when they are more or less just copying poses from statues and being photographed. If I had had my wish all the black and white photo inserts in the movies would not have been there, instead we would have seen and heard more of what happened before and during the shoot. There is a limit to how much personality one single pose and shot can convey, but seeing and hearing them before and during, could tell us a lot about who they are as individuals - and also what it is like on such a shoot/photo session.
Sometimes I enjoy the music, and find it adds to the viewing experience - other times it just annoys me. Either cause I don`t like the music, or, like in this case, it take precedence over the actual shoot, resulting in the clip being overedited, and more a music video, than a behind the scenes docu. Editing a film, or part of a film, so the shifts in frames matches the beat of the music can look great - provided it doesn`t shorten the length of the frames so much it ruins the frames and the motives in themselves, more than the match between music and frame enhances the clip as a whole. And the latter was my impression of the selected clips from the footage of the playing around in the pool sequence we got to see. The frames were so quick and short I barely noticed which of the models/rowers who was in frame - far less was able to learn anything of their personality.
As a major rule you don`t cut a scene/frame as long as there is something going on in it. But if you have the same motive in frame over more than a few seconds (say if a model is locked/frozen in a particular pose, you either edit in different angles, or a close up or pan shot, to break the monotony and create some variation in the scene/frame sequence (unless off course you are David Decoteau whose films mostly are endless frames of guys walking around in white or black briefs, without anything going on whatsoever).
For the commercial success of the project, it is also important the editor is attentive and provides footage and frames catered to the full audience, and therefore makes sure all the models are featured from all sides and angles. Too much focus on one particular feature of the models, or just a few models, can make people feel dissatisfied, and even to feel cheated cause their particular favorite model or body type/feature was not shown as much as some other were.
Regardless what the product is, it is important to recognize that as long as you are the only one offering exactly that type of product or service, your customer base will remain more loyal and put up with paying a higher price for it too, then if one day there suddenly should be a competitor on the market, and your type of product or service will suddenly seem aged and obsolete.
My fear, since this is an idealistically driven project, is that some of the major porn studies should realize there is money to be made from more soft core and artful erotica, and by not spending money on costly projects as books and calendars, but exclusively provide either streaming or downloading, will be able establish sister and daughter companies of their hard core porn production studios - intended solely for the more high brow segment of the market - and offer content similar to the WR digital content, but with more frequent uploads, more models and to a lower price. Should that happen, not only would the idealistic message of Sport Allies be less spread and heard, the big porn giants would control even more of the market, and indirectly influence people`s views on both sex and their bodies even stronger than they already do.
Therefore I think it is important that we as members do our bit, and both are more specific about why and what we like about anything from photos to films, books or calendars - but also where we think there is room for improvement - so the feedback given will be precise and honest enough to be of use when going forward with the project in the years to come.
As anything else, shall this project survive in the future, it has to evolve with the times. Just repeating what was done last year, sooner or later will hit the wall. Either because people will lose interest, or because someone new will offer something similar, but slightly different, that will feel more up to date.
Particularly when it comes to digital content, I think it might be a good idea - since the production costs mainly occur when the films are being shot and edited (transport, board, props and more, after they are offered on the digital platform the additional costs per copied unit should be minimal) - to consider if perhaps less would be more. In the sense that a lower price per film/subscription could provide a higher total income, cause more people would want to buy, than with the current price. More people buying would also mean the message being spread wider, and more frequently repeated, than now, when it seems many of the members/customers are the same ones year after year.
Let me hazard a guess, and say that most of you who are subscribers/returning customers over many years are not particularly worried over your own financial situation, and therefore doesn`t reflect much over the price you pay for the WR products you purchase. I am probably not the only one who have a single belt more expensive than the WR 19 film subscription, and who knows, some of you might even have thought the Spanish villa that impressed one of the twins so much, was a little cramped and close to the neighboring properties for you to even having considered to buy it to live or holiday in?
For many people the world over, however, the WR film and photo subscriptions are too expensive for them even to consider. Especially for those living in those parts of the world were the message behind it could make the greatest positive influence for individuals, feeling to have support, and inspire changes in society as a whole. The more people who would be able to obtain and view the WR products, the more would learn about the idealistic inspiration behind them.