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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:10 AM   #1
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UWOL #1: "Clear Skies" by Ruth Happel

As Meryem suggested, I am creating a thread for feedback on my video. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. Here is a link to it, as set up on uwolchallenge.com-

http://www.uwolchallenge.com/challen...ClearSkies.mov

This contest was really a great inspiration for me. I have been shooting video for years, but this is the first time I actually used an NLE to put together clips to make a film. I found the process challenging but a lot of fun- I guess that is why this is called a challenge! This gave me the nudge I needed to help me start learning a lot of new skills, and actually doing something with all my footage.

I shot this with my latest camera, the Panasonic PV-GS500, and recorded the audio with the Zoom H4. I edited using Vegas 7 which I had as a free trial download, and have now decided to buy. It opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities.

Thanks again for putting in all the time and effort to develop uwol.com and the challenge. I found this forum and challenge within a few days of finding this site, and so far dvinfo.net has really helped inspire me to learn all aspects of video. Thanks so much!

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:35 AM   #2
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Ruth,

I enjoyed your entry very much. I thought it was very clever. Where do you people come up with all these ideas? I had a smile on my face the whole time I was watching this. Thanks.

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:41 AM   #3
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i can't comment on quality of entries, as an evaluator, but it sure puts a smile on my face when people mention how much they learn along the way. nothing teaches you how to make a video like completing a video. thanks fer playing!
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 09:54 AM   #4
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Ruth, I like your idea and humor, got a good laugh too :-)
Even though I would have liked more "wildlife-stuff" you did pretty well.
Congratulation with a well done project.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 10:11 AM   #5
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Rick, thanks for the comments. Glad it made you smile.

Per, I appreciate your comments. I consciously chose not to do a traditional wildlife video, though I shot quite a bit more "wildlife-stuff". My background is largely in audio- I have produced quite a few environmental sound recordings, and done sound installations for science museums, nature centers, etc. Although this has helped raise awareness of environmental issues, I have chosen, at least for the moment, to take my video in a more humorous and more directly political direction. Having been a wildlife biologist for many years, I am very concerned with conservation issues, and my ultimate goal is to help raise awareness through my videos.

Any comments or suggestions on how effective this was would be appreciated. I understand this is a polarizing issue, but technical comments with politics aside would be great. Thanks!
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 10:51 AM   #6
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Congratulation Ruth with a well done project.
I'm sure you had a lot of fun doing it.
I like a sense of humour in a film, and yours made me laugh, so now I'm in a good mood, thank you.
PS
I wonder if I can get my "bushes" to talk too :-)
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 01:53 PM   #7
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Good Fun

Fantastic imagination...or were those bushes actually talking? Fun to watch and I'm sure it was fun to make.

BTW I love the underlying message.

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 06:06 PM   #8
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Ruth,
What a fun film!

At first when you panned down and I caught site of something on the bush I was like "What the heck is that?" Then when I figured it out, it broought a smile to my face.

It was a fun film but it still got a good message across.

Loved the outtakes. Reminded me of Toy Story. :)
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Old January 24th, 2007, 09:30 AM   #9
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Geir and Brian, thanks for the comments. Yes, all bushes can talk- you just need to have a bush whisperer to bring them out of their normal silence :)

Kevin, thanks for the comments. I'm glad the pan down had the desired effect. It didn't compress well, but I left it in because I wanted to move from the straight narration to the humorous tone in one scene.

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Old January 24th, 2007, 12:19 PM   #10
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hahaha, Very creative idea! I liked the way you panned, it looked nice.

I would say to maybe stay away from the political thing, but that might just be me.

Good footage, funny story, nice job!
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Old January 24th, 2007, 02:50 PM   #11
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Ruth:

A great movie all around. I really liked the various voices.

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Old January 24th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #12
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A good message in a funny little film.

It made me chuckle.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 04:19 PM   #13
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Ruth, I think it was just great. Besides the great camera work it was such a unique way to portray charactors. This concept would be wonderful for doing childrens health education programs. Thanks for shareing. Bob
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Old January 24th, 2007, 06:34 PM   #14
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Just what this contest needed. I loved it. You are for sure in my top 5 favorites.
Was that the paper mill in Aberdeen, WA? Nothing on the Lord's green earth could smell as bad as that factory.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 08:18 PM   #15
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Randy and Cody- Glad you liked it. It was hard to figure out how to make bushes look funny- they are tough actors to work with!

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