Kevin Doellman WGNJudges Comments
DM1-WCIV Boxer Gives Back 10 9 9 9 Great dedication. Loved the opening showing her as a customer service rep and transitioning into the gym. Great nats throughout and great variety of nats too. Nothing felt repetitive. Interesting characters, not just Rita. The interview with her looked fantastic. The shot with the two pro boxers didn't really add anything for me, but otherwise nice effort.. TT-WCIV Boxer Gives Back 9 10 9 10 Seriously amazing work and commitment. the shots and nats were all there. Great build up into a great character with great supporting characters coupled with nice stroytelling. The boxer interview in the ring was a little weirdly lit. the older videos could have been played on an ipad or tv in the gym just so we stay immersed in the story. Overall such a great story. DM2-WCIV Boxer Gives Back 10 9 9 10 Loved this story. Excellent use of natural sound, sequencing, and shot variety. Liked seeing the video of her boxing; wish it had some natural sound behind it. My biggest complaint is the picture of her in the middle of the story. Felt like the story didn't need a still photo with such strong visual images. If the photo is that important I recomment printing one out and bringing it to the gym. That way you can get more creative with it. But all of that is minor, this was an excellent package.
Ryan Oliverira KXASJudges Comments
DM1-WCIV Gregory's Gift 9 9 9 9 Fantastic story. Lots of really solid variety. So many different angles in that little room. You did a good job of building up to multiple reveals. Several fun gold coin moments that really humanize Gregory. Nice job avoiding cabin fever with so much of the video in the same space. Nice variation of interview shots. The rapid picture sequence at the beginning felt like it stalled out a second or two too soon. Some of the nat sequences seemed a bit jump-cuttish: him putting the dishes away, him shutting the doors on the way out. Overall, awesome story. TT-WCIV Gregory's Gift 8 9 7 7 Great use of sequence and nat sound especially in the beginning. interview lighting looked great and the way the photos were edited was creative. I got to a point were I started to feel like the story dragged on. I think there could have been more tights I felt like the majority of shots were wide shots except for on the wood needles. great job avoiding jump cuts as well. Overall really good PKG that was extremely well shot. DM2-WCIV Gregory's Gift 9 8 8 9 Amazing work. Great use of nat sound and build up to the reveal. It can be difficult finding different angles and avoiding jumpcuts when someone is sitting in one spot but you were able to accomplish the task. Only real critique I have is every interview was well lit and framed except for Gregory's.
Mike Richard KXASJudges Comments
DM1-WCIV Surfs up 9 8 8 8 Fun story. Fun moments throughout: the shiver at the beginning, "so close...", all the smiles. The smiles were fantastic reaction. The interview shot in the middle looked great, but was a little inconsistent. Overall, I'm not sure if there was much of a theme, other than these ladies go out on a boat and have fun. Their joy makes it fun to watch though. Great job! TT-WCIV Surfs up 8 8 9 7 Some really great shots and awesome sequences some of the footage looked like it was shot with a camera that gave you a nice shallow depth of field which I liked. My one question is what was the overall theme of the story? I get that its women who are surfing even when its cold out but why do they do it? over all some great shots on the boat and great use of the go pro. very well done. DM2-WCIV Surfs up 8 9 9 8 Nice shot variety. Loved the GoPro footage from the surfboard and tight shots of the water. Also loved the shot of the surfer's reflection in the side of the boat towards the end. Excellent use of natural sound and sequencing with little moments thoroughout. Particularly the slomo shot of the surfer giving the shaka.
John Perry KEYEJudges Comments
DM1-WCIV Zabrees Homecoming 8 7 8 8 Good shot variety, Great buildup. Good use of tights in a presumably small area to show the excitement for Zabree to come home. I think there were a few missed opportunities for nats: the car, the scotch tape. I think I would have liked to see more of the other peoples' reactions when she came home. You focused a lot on the Mom (I think she was the Mom), but there were other people I could hear. Always get action/reaction. That said, the moments of the reunion were powerful. It was a very heart-warming story overall though. Loved the closing shot. TT-WCIV Zabrees Homecoming 8 8 7 8 Very Heart warming story with a great pace. I wish you would have brought up the car nats but other than that there were some great natural moments and some nice tight shooting very solid piece DM2-WCIV Zabrees Homecoming 8 7 7 8 Loved Zabree's story. Wish the interview with the guardian (mother?) was framed and lit better. Great use of NAT sound in the story. Her coming home for the first time as she walked in the door could have been framed a little better. Maybe a few extra quick shots of her would have helped instead of one long shot. The moment of her saying 'I'm home' was great. Well done.