If you're a professional or amateur photographer (who isn't these days?), film maker or music composer residing in Europe you may want to consider submitting your best work to Hitachi G-Technology's Driven Creativity competition. Winners and runners-up will be awarded innovative G-Technology drives and the overall winner will receive €5,000 to fund their next project. You can enter until September 30th, 2010 here
Entries are judged not merely on aesthetics but also on the inventiveness used to get your result. One stellar example is Laura Seymour's Gone...But Not Forgotten submission for the film category. It's got it all: technological wizardry to wow you, music to engage you and enough sunny sentimentality in the visuals to leave you feeling that everything is right with the world.
How did she do it?
"Asked by composer Richard Anthony Jay to create a video piece for his track 'Gone...but not forgotten' incorporating super8mm footage, I was inspired by the wealth of public domain archive footage online and decided to attempt to make an animation solely using this footage, and still imagery also sourced online. This involved a long process sourcing the materials, then compositing a massive tabletop composition in Photoshop before then bringing into After Effects to animate one camera over the table-top and all the elements within that needed to move at set times in time with the music. As the concept is about memory, families and capturing the stories of people from times now gone across the four corners of the table, the important thing was also to portray a different aesthetic/finish for each area of the table using filters and colouring to recreate different film stocks. I used the Magic Bullet colouring suite 'Looks' to achieve this in Final Cut Pro."
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