Now that you’ve decided to achieve your goals and WIN the Best Dive Job 2014 contest, it’s time to get to work filming and editing your amazing video. You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker or video editor to submit a great entry. Remember we want to see your passion!
How to create a winning video entry!
Once you have shot and gathered your various creative footage, B roll, pictures, and music… Your first step will be to choose the right video editing software (if you don’t already use one)…
Several options are available to you.
If you’re a PC user:
- Windows Movie Maker – If you’re under Windows, this software is probably already installed on your computer. Otherwise, you can download it for free. Although very basic, it is ideal for beginners and it should enable you to make simple edits.
- Adobe Premiere Pro – Adobe Premiere Pro is mainly intended for professionals, it is extremely complete and offers the most flexibility. It is very fast, but because of its complexity this software is rather for experienced filmmakers …
- Adobe Premiere Elements – This is a light version of Adobe Premiere Pro. This is a good compromise if you want to go further than Movie Maker, but you do not want to get into a professional software like Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Sony Movie Studio – This is a good alternative to Adobe Premiere Elements. This software is more complete than Adobe Premiere Elements, but has the disadvantage of being more difficult to handle.
If you’re a Mac user:
- Adobe Suite is Mac compatible so Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements are also available options to you.
- iMovie – iMovie is the basic editing software for Mac users. It is often pre-installed on your computer. Unlike Movie Maker, it is much more usable and suitable for most beginners and amateur videographers.
- Final Cut Pro – Final Cut Pro is somewhat equivalent to Adobe Premiere Pro. The latest version is more intuitive and easier to handle. This software should be suitable for intermediate level videographers.
Basic editing tips
First, having a script will make both shooting and editing easier for you, so take the time to write your scenario before starting your video. Then, do not hesitate to select the best clip from different takes / from different angles, rather than choosing a single static shot, but beware of jump cuts. Finally, to prevent losing your audience to boredom, try to pace yourself! You have maximum 90 seconds to show us who you are, use them seconds wisely!
Light can be really important for your video, if you can light your scene as best you can (use sunlight when it is possible). If you need it, color correction can salvage dark or poorly white balanced shots. There are plenty of tips on the web to help you fix this. Your shots will look better if they’re not shaking, so use a camera stabilizer (tripods…) or use the stabilization effect or slow motion to smooth a shaky shot. Generally speaking, there are many video filters which allow you to correct visual mistakes or give nice effects, use them to your advantage!
You want to have a clean audio. Applying a noise-reducing filter can salvage noisy or quiet audio. If it is still not good enough, you can re-record dialogue and replace it on your video. Although, to get a satisfactory result, this is a long and meticulous process. Using music can be a great idea: this can really add value to your video, especially if it is well used and well suited to your footage.
You need to make sure that you only use footage, music and content that you own or are allowed to use. If not, we reserve the right to refuse your submission.
Watch the entry video of Priscilla, the second place winner of the Best Dive Job in the World 2010-11
Although this video is very simple and has a low production value. Priscilla managed to share her passion for travel and adventure, plus she showcase her extra skills with social media and photography. We also get a sense of who she is, and her sense of humour.
Keep in mind that this year, the entry format and the question to answer have changed. We focus on your ability to use social media and marketing to promote yourself and your entry.
Don’t miss the next article in this series
How to win the Best Dive Job in the World (Part 3)
We will talk about the contest submission process.
- The competition is open until October 31, 2014.
- We will announce the 8 winning candidates on November 20, 2014.
- Candidates will need to be able to travel to Bali in May 2015 for a minimum of 2 months for their Divemaster training, and to compete for the selection of the Best Dive Job in the World Grand Prize winner. Please make sure that you’ll be available to travel to Bali from May 23, 2015 to July 20, 2015 before you submit your entry.
- For a complete list of prizes, check out http://contest.bestdivejob.com/prizes