January 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: Masters of Camouflage by Betsy Beasley

Winning Video:

Yet another fantastic month for video entries. The standard just keeps rocketing up. But, if you are a beginner to the video making world, please don’t be put off by these great entries. Novice and simple films or clips are always a joy to watch, and getting your work shown and appraised is a big step to improving your abilities.

Underwater Philippines by Anita Moresi

Watch Anita’s video here.

Superb close up images to open the video with great music. Loved the ocean sound effect as well. The videography really is of a very high standard with crisp, well exposed and well framed steady shots. Have to mention the lighting as well which was perfect.

Revillagigedo Islands – Mexico Pacifico Selvagem by Tompson P Pecini

Watch Tompson’s video here.

Clever introduction to the film. Haven’t seen that done before. Good aerials to follow and the shots of the boat completed the storey although perhaps I would have liked to have seen just a few seconds of the briefing and the guests. Loved the manta underwater opening and really liked the way you kept cutting back to it. The marine life in-between was fantastic. Good to make a short break back to the surface before commencing with more Mantas. Excellent sharks and loved the tuna. Then, ending with dolphins…. how good was that!

Taboo a place for the spirit by Serge Melesan

Watch Serge’s video here.

Good drone opening which set the location scene. The music fitted well. Loved the whale seen from the shore. Moments like that are very special. Once underwater you kept up the slow and emphatic pace of the video, up until the deliberate change of pace with both music and action which worked well.

10 Cool Underwater Moments in Komodo by Hank

Watch Hank’s video here.

Nice. The cuttlefish opening was very good and the mantas were magic. Stunning animals. The Bigfin squid was spectacular and extremely well lit. The next few moments were also good but the burying stargazer was perfect. Well done. 10 very cool moments….

The secret Valentines by David Gwyer

Watch David’s video here.

Hi David, Thanks for the written introduction, it’s good to have a back story and also good to see a UK video. I did like the underwater opening with the whiting leading up to the surface for the full introduction. It’s a good way to do things. Seeing the tank brought back very fond memories for me of a film I made many years ago for the BBC about a similar tank in Start Bay, Devon. So full of life in an otherwise stark sandy landscape. Good sound effects.

Masters of Camouflage by Betsy Beasley

Watch Betsy’s video here.

Excellent opening and I love the concept. It’s a true educational video while being entertaining and memorable. The images on the video are good, well shot, lit and framed and the music choice is perfect. Even though the clips are very simple and portrait in style it’s the script that drives the film and makes it special.


And the Winner is….

There was one clear winner for me this month. Masters of Camouflage by Betsy Beasley. A well crafted educational film that was delightful to watch. Quite a simple film visually but it was the script that made it so special.  More of this please!

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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