Long Beach, Calif.— With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, the Cal State Long Beach men’s and women’s rowing teams have been hard at work recruiting freshmen, transfers, and returning students. Over the summer, numerous efforts have been made to promote the team and encourage new recruits.
For the past two months, team officers have been organizing a promotional recruitment video in an effort to recruit novice rowers and grow the teams’ size. Women’s team treasurer, Amber Ottosen, shared the collaborative process to create the video.
“Creating the recruitment video took a lot of planning, flexibility, communication, and a little bit of luck,” said Ottosen.
There were several moving pieces in the creation of the video. The team had a stroke of luck when independent videographer, Ezra Gentle, reached out to the team and offered to do a complimentary session with his drone and camera. The video’s drone shots provided by Gentle elevated the video’s appeal and created a unique experience for viewers.
“It’s really rewarding to see the product being executed all the way to the finished product, because it started as a small idea that would come true in the distant future. Now the day is here and the film is a living, breathing result of the work everybody put in,” said Ottosen.
Tomorrow night, both men’s and women’s teams will be present at Smorgasport, a big event hosted by ASI that has proven to be successful in recruitment in the past.
Watch the final video here!
Editing: Ehab Elrashidy
Filming: Ezra Gentle, Ngyuen Le