July 1st, 2014
The winner of the June video contest is Anders Carlson of Kailua Kona, HI. Anders has the distinction of being the first person to win both the still contest (multiple times) and the video contest!
Juror Hamish Beeston’s comment was:
Fantastic. Really like this one. Great mix of shots (lots of quality details and all verticals vertical!), great music, great pacing. Love the aerials and surfing shots in particular. Nice use of floating on-screen text too. Brilliant!
Juror Allan MacKenzie’s comment was:
Dido agree with Hamish – WOW awesome work, what I call pure entertainment… Everything is covered off by Hamish, I’ll just add I really loved the subtle use of the supers. Titles and text sometimes can be a distraction and takeaway from the shot if not carefully balanced in the frame, but they were sitting nicely in the film, excellent work as always.
Allan and Hamish ranked the top 4 videos as follows:
- Anders Carlson –Kailua Kona, HI: 12 points – Anders’s video
- Jeff Clough – Cape Cod, MA: 4 points – Jeff’s video
- Jacob McNeil – Victoria, BC: 2 points – Jacob’s video
- Michael Gowin – Lincoln, IL: 2 points – Michael’s video
Here are Ander’s comments on the video:
I’ve really enjoyed participating and watching all the videos each Month and I’m honored to be chosen as this month’s winner. I’ve learned and lot from the feedback and incorporated some new shots and techniques inspired by watching a lot of the videos I have seen here. In particular i’ve been trying to do a few things that I’ve seen in Travis Rowan’s work.
Honestly I feel like I have a bit of an advantage because I get to work in such a beautiful environment. I have to give a lot of the credit to the setting here in Kona where it is rare not to have a stunning sunset and a swim with dolphins is available for the adventuresome pretty much on a daily basis.
This was the first time that I shot a house entirely in Raw. I used a Canon 5dMk II with magic lantern installed. In addition to the added dynamic range, what I really like about working in RAW is the ability to edit images in Lightroom. Basically, I take the RAW video file and convert it to cinema dmg, import the entire sequence into Lightroom, edit one frame that best represents the whole shot, then import the sequence into after effects and export it to HD. Then I bring all the files into Final Cut Pro X and work on my whole edit. Phew! It sounds like a lot on paper, but its not that bad.
The lifestyle clips come from a collection that I have from spending a lot of time here at Kukio. The whale shots were provided by my friend Ben Bricken. The shot of the kid surfing is actually my son and I… here is a longer version was featured on the Gopro youtube channel. Being the proud dad that I am, I have to share!
Thank you to Alan and Hamish for taking the time to watch and critique all of our videos.
I’ve added all the entrants names to their videos in the Video Contest Flickr forum. Thanks for everyone’s participation!