This years "Shoot It/Share It" contest invited videographers from around the world to shoot short videos of five minutes or less using the Panasonic AG-AF 100 camera. A panel of Panasonic pro video experts selected three finalists from each of the six categories. Now its up to the public to choose the winners in each category. These first place winners will each receive a Vocas 0255-2000 Matte Box and rail system. Panasonic will then select the grand prize winning video and that video producer will be awarded a 42 Panasonic TH-42BT300U Pro Plasma reference Monitor, a piece of hardware that any of us would love to employ in our post-production workflow.
The finalist videos are an eclectic bunch. From short films about a couple preparing for a first date and why old people behave the way they do, to high-production value commercial videos, the work done by these videographers is at times light and whimsical and at other times intense and artistic. In the Short Film category, the finalists include Dropping the Question, First Date, and Old on Purpose. The Documentary films include The Walking Gallery, Pizza Shop, and Maggies Place. Commercials include Riviera Skateboards Cody Coyote, Drops of Good The Growhaus Renovation, and Artistry. The Music Video category features Little Tybee Boxcar Fair, I Wont Try To Break Your Heart, and This Guys in Love with You. In Nature and Wildlife the finalists are Dillon Falls on the Deschutes River and Botswana Safari. And in the Student Film category the choices are HOLDUP, The Name to Remember, and Word.
Again, all of these videos were shot on the AG-AF 100 and all work to show the cameras versatility. Videographers of all skill levels should check these videos out, whether to glean some inspiration, study some interesting techniques of lighting and editing, or simply to vote for your favorites. The contest remains open for public voting through April 4th. The highest vote-receivers will be named first place winners at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, NV in mid-April.
Videomaker will, as always, be at NAB to cover this Panasonic event as well as to scope out all the latest innovation the industry has to offer. In the meantime, check these videos out and help select the winning entries. Its one more way for us to celebrate the great work being done in video these days.