We rolled out the red carpet for over 100 entries ranging from action-oriented feature-length movies, documentaries and music videos, to dramas and industrial training videos. Since there were no category or time constraints placed on the contest, it was extremely difficult to choose only a few winners. However, we felt that those that did win gave more attention to lighting, audio quality, directing, editing, shot selection and framing. The combination of technical quality and creativity put these winning videos above the rest.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t select everyone as a prizewinner. However, those who entered should be very proud of their accomplishment. What stood out and made us most proud was that the production standards definitely rose over the last few years. All the entrants demonstrated good fundamentals, techniques and creativity. This means that you have been paying attention to all those Videomaker articles and tips.

The pre-ceremony hype and suspense is over, and we’ve selected this year’s best videos. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to this year’s winners. As mentioned, the competition was fierce, but our judges felt that the following videos deserved the highest honors. The envelope please

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Grand Prize
Panasonic PV-DV710 Digital Palmcorder ($2,500 value)
Art Nelson
Oakhurst, NJ
Beach Rich, Fish Poor

First Prize
Videonics MXPro Digital Video Mixer ($1,799 value)
Chris Cosgrave
Niagara Fall, NY
Hands like Suitcases

Second Prize
Elite Video BVP-4+ Video Processor ($995 value)
Wayne Cook and Liz Massey
Pimalco Video Dept.
Chandler, AZ
Mandrel Rod Change Procedure

Third Prize
Iomega Buz Multimedia Producer and Jaz 1GB Drive ($500 value)
Kristin Atwell
Scottsdale, AZ
Slave to the Coffee Cup

Fourth Prize
NRG Resources 780-11 DayPro Power Belt ($319 value)
Laura Dupont
Holyoke, MA
Education Reform: Building Scholars, Leaders, & Citizens

DTV Bonus
MediaStudio Pro 5.0 Nonlinear Software ($595 value)
Michael Huang
Stevenson Ranch, CA
Break-in

Young Videomaker Award
Azden 111LT Wireless Microphone System ($495 value)
Ethan Shaftel
Lawrence, KS
The Cult

–Pat Lang

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