July 2020 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: Weird, But True by Betsy Beasley

Winning Video:

It would be so easy if there were a few terrible films in each months competition. But there aren’t. Every entry is a joy to watch and technically excellent. So how to choose a winner? Videos can often be judged partly by the quality of the camera work; the lighting; the editing; the style; the music; the information imparted to the viewer; the rarity of the subject; the length of the film; the graphics, and so on. But when all the films are technically excellent there are only a few criteria left. Congratulations to everyone. As usual please do read comments made on other films as well as your own just in case you pick up a useful tip.

Fijian Blue by Jay Shipp

Watch Jay’s video here.

Beautiful beautiful images and I loved the way you cut them to the music. The entire video had a very relaxing pace to it and was a joy to watch. Excellent camera work and very nice lighting. Perfect ending too.

Weird, But True by Betsy Beasley

Watch Betsy’s video here.

Brilliant opening and the graphics were exceptionally good. The narration is compelling and easy to listen to. The script is perfect. Not too laborious. Just short and interesting accompanied by stunning images. One thing that did slightly bother me though was the pace of transition from one animal to another. I felt you could give the narration a few seconds break each time to allow the viewer to assimilate what they have seen and prepare for the next event.

Scuba Diving with Grey Seals at Lundy Island, Devon by Daniel French

Watch Daniel’s video here.

Hi Daniel. First of all thanks for the written intro and telling us what camera you were using .  Good start to the film with nice aerials, coastal and harbour shots. It set up the location perfectly. The dolphins on the boat journey over to the island were a real bonus. Then came the diving and the seals. Excellent. Great encounters and well filmed. Good quality. What a brilliant trip.

Dancing Stars by Catrin Pichler

Watch Catrin’s video here.

Another excellent film from you. The music choice for the Pom Pom Crab was great fun. Your macro work really is exceptional. Great lighting on the Coleman Shrimp. Iv’e never seen an Emperor Shrimp before. They were extraordinary as were all the other species. The Donald Duck Shrimp, who would have guessed it. I have to stop naming now all the remarkable species you have filmed. They are all stunning and so is your presentaion of them. Perhaps you would like to consider making a single species video and take just one of the animals to make a full feature on it with narration. I think you could do that well.

In The Sheepy Realm – The Costasiella Seaslug by Catrin Pichler

Watch Catrin’s video here.

Loved it. What more can I say.

Caballitos de mar (Seahorses) by Casiano Pérez

Watch Casiano’s video here.

Fantastic opening shot. I loved the mystery of it and the the incredible revelation of the seahorse. Magnificant. Very well filmed and excellent music choice.


And the Winner is….

When all the films are technically excellent there are only a few criteria left. Enjoyment and lasting impression and so it is with this in mind that this months winner is Weird, But True by Betsy Beasley. Sometimes I really hate picking a winner because you are all winners and I mean that. Thanks to all those who entered and I hope you are able to use the Scubaverse video competition to help showcase your work.

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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