GIS Day Videographer's Competition by Catherine Cox

Posted on 4 December, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I bought this beautiful new Panasonic Lumix GH4 DSLR recently, mostly for its video. Wanting a good excuse to test run the video capabilities as well as get some experience in gorilla style filming, I decided to enter the International GIS Day, Brisbane, on 19 November, 2014 videographers’ competition. GIS Day shows real world applications and innovations for Geographical Information Systems. It was a well organised event, and a fantastic experience for me personally. I gained experience in filming seminars and on location interviews.

When I got home I wasn’t impressed with the footage I had taken. The camera was amazing, except for some focussing issues. However, I had made the fatal mistake of using a monopod rather than a tripod for easier mobility on the day. This meant that many of my shots were just not steady enough to use.

I decided not to enter the completion at first, due to the lack of decent footage. What little footage I did have, I had to work hard. In the end I had a two minute short film that I entered into the competition. It is very satisfying and very important taking the final and most important step and actually submitting my video. Win or lose, I feel I have won, just by completing this small project.


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