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Video Student Produces Soccer Documentary

Dan McNair, Video Editor

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After closing out a season to remember, a Susky video student is hard at work creating a mini-documentary following the boy’s soccer team during the past fall season.

Junior Matthew Schiffbauer who has shown a passion for all disciplines of film making and video production since his early childhood.

Schiffbauer receiving his awards at the Dallastown film festival. Photo Courtesy of Matthew Schiffbauer.

Schiffbauer receiving his awards at the Dallastown film festival. Photo Courtesy of Matthew Schiffbauer.

At the age of 17, Schiffbauer has already produced countless short-story films for his YouTube channel, become a member of the T.V. Studio, won the middle school talent show with a video entry, received many awards and nominations at the Dallastown Film Festival, and taken nearly all of the video production classes offered at Susquehannock.

Now, with an impressive portfolio already under his belt, Schiffbauer finds himself pursuing the brand new challenge of making a mini-documentary.

Schiffbauer volunteered his time to travel with the boy’s soccer team this past season as the video manager; he took footage of many of the games which was later analyzed to help the team identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Varsity Captain Seth Bilbie is excited about Schiffbauer’s upcoming production

“Matt helped us out for sure,” said Bilbie.

“Aside from overall supporting the team, he really organized footage of most if not all of our games and gave us the opportunity to take a step back and really break down and analyze our strengths and our weaknesses”.

As the season progressed, Matt was compelled by the team’s story and felt the need to share it.

Matt Schiffbauer shared his storytelling strategy.

“The story I’m trying to tell with the documentary is the whole soccer season: the wins, the losses, the good and the bad, the funny moments, the serious moments. I’m trying to overall give an entire look at how the season was like,” said Schiffbauer.

When the season ended after the Warriors’ loss to Fleetwood, Schiffbauer put the documentary in production.

Schiffbauer's production banner. Photo courtesy of Matthew Schiffbauer.

Schiffbauer’s production banner. Photo courtesy of Matthew Schiffbauer.

The documentary will highlight the team’s progress throughout the season and include commentary by Schiffbauer, many players, and coaches and their reactions to the action-packed season.

Given that many of the seniors on the soccer team have played with one another for over a decade and, for most of them, this was their last season together, the documentary will showcase a special memory.

Schiffbauer, being friends with many graduating seniors on the team, shares a part in the special memory.

“Personally, to me, it’s just a reflection of just how amazing an experience it was. This was the best experience I’ve ever had working as a manager. When I did lacrosse, I had a lot of fun, but, Coach Maxwell really made me a part of the team. I felt like I was an equal member like everyone else. Even though I wasn’t on the field, he treated me like I was a part of the team. Overall, this documentary gives me a reflection: if I watch it again in a few year’s time, I’ll still have the memories,” said Schiffbauer.

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Video Student Produces Soccer Documentary