July 2015 Video Contest Winner And Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EDITOR JEFF GOODMAN

Winner: ‘Aliwal Dream’ by Kael Place

Winning Video:

Gets harder and harder to pick a winner. It was obvious and a pleasure to see all the fun and hard work that went into each film.

In many ways my first choice would have been the seal film PADI sunglasses get the seal of approval – Immerse School of Diving, Telford, Shropshire. But… the seals were really doing all the work. How can you fail with such charasmatic animals? In the end I looked at the film which gave me the most pleasure to watch and it was Aliwal Dream which just had that extra ingredient. It flowed well as a film with a good beginning, middle and end.

For those of you using GoPros, do have a look at the possibilities of shooting with more manual control, as in using the protune settings as well as the exposure compensation control. 

Please do have a look at the comments made to each individual film as they may be of use to your own future productions. 

Aliwal Dream by Kael Place

Great story beginning. Got me wanting to watch right away. Good music too. The reef shots were OK. I would have kept them a little shorter and made more of the great shark images at the end.

Molasses Reef dive trip by Doug C

Very good quality images. Can I assume a Gopro4? All edited to a good pace with the music but towards the end I felt you were a little desperate to keep images going for the full length of the music. The video did capture the joy of diving as all the people looked to be having good time.

PADI sunglasses get the seal of approval – Immerse School of Diving, Telford, Shropshire by Immerse School of Diving

The subject alone makes people want to watch. But on top of that it was all really well shot with sharp clear images, good exposure and framing.

Vobster Santa Charity Dive by Tony

Quite surreal but interesting. Probably better as two films rather than the combination. Less is more, as they say. Nice images and the Gopro timelapse sequences were really effective. Good choice of music but perhaps on the next video consider some script and narration to tell audiences what is going on.

Fun at NDAC Chepstow by Andy Kent

Great opening with a lot of energy. Zimmer frame made me smile. Nicely cut to music which kept the pace going. As you seem to have got the hang of editing, think about going the next stage and shooting in RAW or Protune with Flat or native colour balance which will give you more control over colour balance and exposure. Nice feel – good ending with very happy divers.

Congratulations to all for sending in really nice films and I look forward to seeing August’s entries.

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Scubaverse.com. Jeff is an award winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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