October 2018 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: Diving Komodo by Marc Eeckhaut

Winning Video:

Having been at the Birmingham dive show over the weekend, I saw many hi-quality videos on display shot from around the world. I can say without any reservation that all of the films in this month’s competition were of that same high standard and as such all entrants should be proud of their achievements. I did hear someone at the show commenting that video was a waste of time especially as so much effort was needed for editing. Well, all I can say is take a good look at this month’s entries and be awed.

Please do have a look at all the film comments as well as those on your own entry.

Let’s take a look at this month’s entries:

Rudi Nudi by Jack Breedon

Watch Jack’s video here.

Hi Jack. Stunning images and as you say, very calming to watch. There was no sound. Was that intentional?

Below Bunurong by Jack Breedon

Watch Jack’s video here.

Film maker and musician! Excellent. Loved the film. Beautifully shot with some great animals. The shark and ray were especially captivating. All on a snorkel too!

Soft Coral at Bare Island by Sylvi Soe

Watch Sylvi’s video here

That was quite magical. Great to see a new type of treatment to underwater clips. As you say, the mood was perfect for a glass of wine next to the fire.

Short-Headed Seahorse by Seadragon Photography (Dean Spraakman)

Watch Dean’s video here.

Crazy creatures. That was excellent and good music too. I liked the concentration on one animal. Well filmed with crisp, well exposed and well framed images. The music could have faded out a little slower at the end as it was a bit abrupt.

Diving Komodo by Marc Eeckhaut

Watch Marc’s video here.

A proper movie. The manta coming out of the bubbles was a perfect edit, with just the right choice of music. The two octopuses were a delight to see. Was that luck being there just at the right time. The sweetlips being cleaned was exceptional. The return of the manta was perfect as it pulled the rest of the reef images together into a conclusive story. Then the turtle……..you must be very happy with this film! It’s often a mistake to try and make images in a film last right through a selected piece of music as it often looks as if the film maker has been desperately looking for enough video material rather than simply editing the music to fit the images. However, in this case the images worked right though and up to the end of the sound track.

Out of the Black & Into the Blue: Chapter. FORGOTTEN ISLANDS by Alex del Olmo

Watch Alex’s video here.

Spectacular aerial opening with perfect editing to the music. The underwater images were also spectacular, all being well exposed, sharp and perfectly framed. The fish action was wonderful to see.

And the Winner is….

I would like to give everyone first place but can’t, so after much deliberation I have chosen Diving Komodo by Marc Eeckhaut. It was a complete visual story with a beginning and end. The music was good and the editing spot-on.

Looking forward to seeing all your entries next month!

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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