August 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: Last of the Mohegan by David Gwyer

Winning Video:

Only two films this month but what excellent films they were. Two very different stories shot in entirely different ways. Both deserve to be winners for all the excellent work done and time spent. Congratulations to both David and Elsa.

Last of the Mohegan by David Gwyer

Watch David’s video here.

First of all thanks for the written intro and telling us what equipment you used to shoot the video.

On the video itself, the historical introduction was excellent with a great mixture of live action and graphic images. The interview with karen Richards from St.Keverne Local History Society was inspirational. The information she gave us brought the wreck to life and gave the entire film purpose and meaning. The music choice on this introduction was perfect. The following thoughts from Bob Beven, the Verger at St.Keverne Church were just right and added even more depth to the overall video.

Loved the transition then from Church candle to underwater light. You really did put a lot of thought and planning behind this video. All in all a great story and very well shot and edited. In essence there wasn’t really a great deal of underwater video but in this case it didn’t matter as the story was so gripping and held me right through to the end. It also made me want to go and dive the Mohegan again.

Bunaken by Elsa Collet

Watch Elsa’s video here.

From the very first second of this film the video images were first class. The music was good and the marine life spectacular. I did like the occasional reminder of the locations as shown by the aerial footage. This also gave the film a little more pace that it would have had otherwise. Then came the crunch. The sting in the tale. The truth of plastic pollution destroying these incredible habitats and bio-diversity. The horrors of man’s legacy to the marine world. A message that we cannot give up on and must continually endeavour to show the real story behind man’s waste and disregard of all but himself. Well done Elsa.

And the Winner is….

Last of the Mohegan by David Gwyer

See you all next month.


Scubaverse.com’s September 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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