June 2019 Video Contest Winner and Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND RESIDENT UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERT JEFF GOODMAN

Winner: Forgotten Islands Redux – Out of the Black & Into the Blue by Alex del Olmo

Forgotten Islands Redux – Out of the Black & Into the Blue

Winning Video:

I really don’t know what I am going to do this month. Usually as I watch film entries, I get a feeling for who I am going to choose as a winner. This month I haven’t a clue. Four magnificent videos all deserving of special mention. As usual I have commented on each individual film. Please read them as well as your own. It may help you in the future.

Bahamas shark dive by Serge Melesan

Watch Serge’s video here.

Amazing animals. What a thrilling dive. Music in a video is so important as it creates the mood and feel of the images. In this case you have gone for the powerful and slightly threatening, which works well. It’s worth noting that had you chosen soft and slow music the film would be entirely different. Very nicely shot with a good variety of image sizes and perspective which are all edited together to make a seamless and very watchable video. Well done. I would be interested to know about the overall colour choice. It’s not quite monochrome but very nearly. It looks as if you shot it in RAW and didn’t do the after processing. The effect is eye catching and with the music results in an excellent film.

Mermaid by Shotaro Inoue

Watch Shotaro’s video here.

Quite magical. Wonderful costume and what a excellent swimmer your model is. She certainly looks totally at home in the water. Beautifully filmed and edited and a perfect tempo to make the film enchanting. Loved the sunset ending which was truly inspirational.

Fakarava 300 sharks by Sylvain Camps

Watch Sylvain’s video here.

Really liked the open coast shots where you created a perfect mood for the rest of the film. Good music choice too. I did like the cutting back to land to eventuate the feeling of peace and tranquillity which was then again reflected back into the water. I was totally spellbound from beginning to end. The slow motion schooling fish were magnificent.

Forgotten Islands Redux – Out of the Black & Into the Blue by Alex del Olmo

Watch Alex’s video here.

Thanks for the written introduction. Makes a big difference to set the film up. Excellent opening with the image, the music and the graphics. What an amazing looking place. Really liked they way you established the reef area with a series of wide shots and the tempo of the music change cut straight in to wildlife close-ups. You then followed this with a stunning variety of reef shots in which the music continues to keep a steady pace to the film. Your lighting is very good and this particularly showed in the fantastic coral spawning shot as well as the batfish. I loved the building music crescendo to extenuate the mood and scene of the shoaling fishes.

And the Winner is….

Forgotten Islands Redux – Out of the Black & Into the Blue by Alex del Olmo

Well done Alex, and well done to everyone, some great videos last month. I can’t wait to see what you will share with us in July.


Scubaverse.com’s July 2019 Underwater Video Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater videos here.

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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