While at Newsday we’ve produced multiple documentaries following the life of Chris Weidman as he captured, then defended, and ultimately lost his title of UFC champion.
Along the way we’ve also created some very unique projects — one of which is called The Father and the Fighter.
In this interactive, the viewer can switch between two simultaneous timelines — two documentaries — which both have the same audio, but different video. One tells the story of a father, the other the fighter — both in the shadow of an upcoming event that could shape his career and life.
The project won numerous New York Emmy awards — Best interactive, Best editing, and best sports photography.
I came up with the concept myself, photographed and edited the project (both timelines). But it was the technical team of TC McCarthy and Matt Cassella that made this an actual possibility.
I’ve also been able to, over the years, photograph a slew of UFC fights, and back stage moments with athletes as they prepare and train. Weidman always gave us uncompromising access.