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UWOL 51 Guest Entry: Cille Et Let Ouiseaux

The June, 2019 Under Water Over Land (UWOL) 51 Challenge had the theme: Man vs Nature. Spike Productions worked collaboratively with flutist Cille Lutsch in a very last minute guest entry entitled Cille Et Les Oiseaux, a play on the musical title Pan Et Les Oiseaux by Jules Mouquet, which Cille played excerpts from in this creative short.

Guest entry basically means that one has missed the sign up deadline and is not an official entrant in the challenge. We only had a few days to try an idea for the theme. Other UWOL filmmakers were kind enough to offer footage of singing birds to help us enter before the looming deadline. Shared footage is not permissible in an official UWOL entry, but this wasn’t so why not collaborate with friends!

This entry also tested filming with black screen and trying out different filters in the post processing to be able to transpose Cille perfectly into scenes.

It was a lot of fun to do and a great success. View this on the UWOL forum on Vimeo by clicking on the photo below.


Cille Et Les Oiseaux – UWOL 51

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Winners Announced at UWOL 37 Challenge

Yesterday, 3/8, the winners were posted for the Under Water Over Land (UWOL) – 37 International Film Challenge. My entry, “The Little Book of Why” for the theme “Why?” took first place. Click the photo below to view the 4-min entry, and review the forum results thread here.

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Second place went to Mick Jenner of West Sussex, England with his entry, Why? The Answer!, that beautifully followed his quest for the Bearded Tit or Bearded Reedling and his awesome distractions along the way.

The UWOL Challenge goes way beyond posing film challenges and selecting winners. Wildlife filmmakers of any ability, from novice to expert, enter these challenges for the excellent critical feedback and supportive community atmosphere. Any are welcome, and if you love the outdoors and you seriously desire to improve your filming, production and editing skills, then this is the forum for you! Join in! Next round, UWOL 38, sign up thread opens March 15.

For more information on the UWOL Challenge forum and how to enter and participate, read more here.

Congratulations to all participants!

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Winners Announced at UWOL 36 Challenge

Today, 12/8, the winners were posted for the Under Water Over Land (UWOL) – 36 International Film Challenge. My entry, “What is it?” for the theme “Weather” took 2nd runner up. Click the photo below to view the forum results thread.

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First place went to Bryce Comer of Rossland, British Columbia with his entry, Weathering the Change, that beautifully showed how climate changes were affecting food sources for Caribou.

Second place went to Kevin Railsback of Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his entry, Fire and Ice. If you are looking for stunning cinematography of wildlife in Montana, this 4-min video entry will not disappoint.

The UWOL Challenge goes way beyond posing film challenges and selecting winners. Wildlife filmmakers of any ability, from novice to expert, enter these challenges for the excellent critical feedback and supportive community atmosphere.  Any are welcome, and if you seriously desire to improve your filming, production and editing skills, then this forum is for you! Join in! Next round, UWOL 37, starts February 1st. This means that the sign up thread opens mid-January and closes February 1st.

For more information on the UWOL Challenge forum and how to enter and participate, read more here.

Congratulations to all participants! It was a very competitive and fun round!

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UWOL 36 Is Here

The Under Water Over Land (UWOL) International film challenge #36 is open for review, starting today (12/1). The challenge topic this round is: Weather. There are 12 entries this round without one participant in the Shark Tank (the rather uncomfortable place one winds up if they failed to submit a video to the challenge by the November 30th midnight deadline). Just a few reminder of the rules: the videos can’t be longer than 4 minutes in length, a month (November) was allotted to create and produce the videos and winners are selected by both technical skill and addressing the theme in their contributions. All participants are judges and will submit their votes for the top 3 videos and winners will be announced in February. UWOL is a fun community of friends from around the world who have an interest in filming the great outdoors. All are welcome and is a great platform to hone your skills, whether holding a camera for the first time in your life or esteemed as a seasoned filmmaker. The most important rule is #11: HAVE FUN!

Constructive comments are always welcome.

To view all the entries: Go Here.

My entry: What Is It?

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2015 UWOL Fun Shoot

UWOL, or Under Water Over Land international film challenge, is a platform where outdoor and wildlife filmmakers can enter a by-monthly video challenge to hone skill and receive friendly and critical feedback from fellow challengers. When an entry thread is posted on DVInfo.net, filmmakers can sign up, not knowing beforehand what the challenge theme will be. The theme is announced the start day of the challenge and contestants have three weeks to create a 4-min wildlife video based on the challenge theme. Winners are voted for amongst the submission group based on creative and technical skill as well as how well an entry addressed the theme. Everyone gets feedback on posted feedback threads which is really the point of the forum. It’s an excellent way to continually hone filmmaking skill, push boundaries, learn new techniques and of course, make friends from around the world.

The recent 2015 UWOL Fun Shoot was an in-between-challenge challenge where old material could be used and anything goes. My entry, “Studio B” was an attempt to be on the fun/silly side of the spectrum. No winners in this challenge, just feedback and a good time. The next legitimate UWOL challenge will start November 1st.

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