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WiebeTech Announces Winners of G505 Video Editing Contest
Wichita, KS — January 10, 2006 —
WiebeTech announces winners for the G505 Video Contest to recognize video editing work done on the Macintosh G5.
The winner is Dinh Long Thai
of Walnut, California. His entry was a project produced for Nike and used by permission of Nike Brand Communications. Thai receives a WiebeTech G5JamPak™, worth over $2,000. This bundles the popular G5Jam+™
and TrayDock eSATA™
and gives the G5 ultimate capacity and highest performance.
A consolation winner was also named. Cole Walliser of Richmond, British Columbia, submitted "Flippin' Love Story." Walliser receives $500 worth of WiebeTech product.
Both winning entries will be shown at Macworld Expo in San Francisco Jan. 10-13, 2006, and can be viewed online at www.wiebetech.com/G505
Dinh Long Thai graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and was later hired by Nike's ad agency, Wieden+Kennedy, to edit and document Nike's first one-on-one street basketball tournament in Los Angeles called "Nike Battlegrounds: King of the Court." Later he was invited by freelance creative Geoff McGann (director of Nike Battlegrounds) to edit another Nike project on the subject of golf on the theme of "Nature's Power."
Thai used an Apple Dual G5 2GHz with Final Cut Pro HD. Additional footage was shot and added of aerial fly-bys, extreme close-ups, etc. to further solidify the theme. A remote control 16mm helicopter-cam captured shots of a nearby golf course in Portland and close-ups of golfing elements were shot a Sony HDV camera. To create more power and energy with the new shots, Thai created multiple single frame blur edits at the in and out points of specific clips to emphasize a sense of tempo and rhythm. The control settings for each frame were progressively tweaked to give the blur edits a sense of animation. Mark Vieha produced the music and Thai fine-tuned edits to match the audio track.
Thai's final challenge was to marry all the various forms of media to create a sense of image continuity. Using Final Cut Pro's 3-way color correction filter along with a few other filters, he was able to balance the visual quality of each clip to feel as if they were all part of the same world.
Walliser's original project is a silent movie short based on an artsy dance film about the chase of love, but instead of modern dance, break dancing was used. Also, instead of the serious artsy love film, the flavor was turned into a comedy. The look was based on an old Charlie Chaplin film, and Walliser used Magic Bullet to create the vintage film effect. It was edited on Apple Single G5 1.8 with Final Cut Pro HD and shot with a Panasonic DVX100A camera. 24p footage was sped up to 30 fps to mimic the original classic 18 fps silent films. In the end there were 17 layers of effects on the footage and it took 26 hours to render.
Hunter 'Dj Hunt' Pearson, a colleague, composed the music, creating a completely original piece.
The film's break dancers, Ivan 'Flipz' Velez and Julie 'Lady Jules' Urich, are two of the entertainment industries top breakers / break dancers. Flipz credit include: You Got Served, Honey, Chicken Little, Be Cool, Reebok, Nike, Target and more. Jules credits include You Got Served, B-Girl, Nike, Nokia, and more. Another dancer, Steelo, is currently one of the four breakdancers dancing on tour with Gwen Stefani.
Judges for the contest were:
Torbin Bullock, Pixar Animation Studios. Bullock has been in post-production for the better part of 15 years working in Sound, Picture and Music departments. His credits include The Spirit of '76, Wind, The Secret Garden, Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. He is currently working as the Associate Motion Picture Editor on the upcoming Walt Disney Studios presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, Cars.
Rick Lupton, principal of i.solve Inc. With offices in Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver, i.solve is a multidisciplinary creative firm with top reputation for building interactive content for feature films, television, broadcast and broadband delivery. Its credits include Spiderman 2 and 3, Bewitched, Catwoman, iRobot, Charlie's Angels 2 and X-Men 2.
Max Paul Franklin, founder and president of IMS Productions. Located in Colorado Springs, IMS has been in business for 34 years. As one of the premier creators of compelling video stories in the world, IMS has made feature films, introduced a line of corporate jets from Brazil and told stories about the genocide of Rwanda and Kurdistan. IMS was recently selected to produce the first worldwide television commercials to develop commerce in Kurdish Iraq. Clients include Embraer Aircraft, Raytheon, Cessna, Lockheed Martin, Junior Achievement, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Black & Decker, Compassion International, US Space Foundation and many others.
Nathan King Miller, Kansas native whose pursuit of filmmaking led him to the USC's School of Cinema/Television. Upon graduation, he held an internship with Robert Redford's production company, Wildwood Enterprises. In the Spring of 2003, SoulSearcher Films was formed as a division of Ride Productions, becoming the impetus for short and feature films including EuroAmerican and Touched By Fire: Bleeding Kansas.
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