April 2015 Video Contest Winner And Review


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Winner: ‘Intro to Farnes’ by Ian Neale

Videolink: https://www.scubaverse.com/contestants/19367/

Once again it was good to see excellent entries with everyone obviously enjoying their diving. Each video had different qualities but the one that stood out for me on this occasion was ‘Intro to Farnes’ by Ian Neale.  While all the other entries had good individual elements to them, Ian’s film brought all those elements together. As usual please look at everyone else’s video and consider the comment on each.

I viewed each film twice and made my overall judgement on several factors. Content, image sharpness, colour continuity, lighting, framing, exposure, music and narration. The length of any video is also an important factor as even the best made film can become boring if it is too long.

Making good underwater videos is by no means as easy as it looks. It does take time and patience. Having said that, there are occasions when you can simply jump in the water with a point and shoot camera next to a charismatic animal like a turtle or dolphin and no matter what you shoot its probably going to look good. Remember, you don’t need expensive cameras to make good underwater videos.

Diving Dorset – Chee Zee

Great opening, very moody and interesting music, Love the fast motion. Good feel to the wreck but try to move the camera smoothly to stop the shaky images. Try to apply the same discipline you show for the surface filming to that underwater.  It looked to me if everyone was having a great time on the boat and diving but the music was full of drama and tension. The correct music for the mood is important.

My Maldives holiday – Mark Milburn

Nice steady shots and well framed. Looks like it was a good trip. Have a think about lighting if you can.

Lanzarote Day – Mark Milburn

Very nice selection of animals and images. All sharp and well exposed. Perhaps a hint of background mood music to help the feel of the film.

Nautical Archaeological Societies Underwater Archaeology Photography Course – Mark Milburn

What can I say…….Epic. Great promo and well put together.

Intro to Farnes – Ian Neale

Made me smile. Beautiful interactions with the seals and very nicely shot. Well edited and good music. Length was just right, not too long. Nice use of graphics as well.

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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