IOV Award winning film – or is that “films”?

I’m so chuffed at being able to call myself the producer of an award winning film! In fact, I picked up two awards this week and Twitter went #IOVAward mad for a moment!

IOV Award Winning Film - Kev in the studio
Trying not to look too excited about my award winning film news!!!

On the evening of Tuesday 13th November the IOV announced all the winners and runners up in the various categories included in this industry’s leading video production awards programme. A bit like a mini Oscars, the IOV Awards was brought about to showcase and reward the industry’s leading talents. Each year it attracts entrants from all the main production types – including corporate films, documentaries, music videos, short films and wedding day films – plus a whole variety of other entries within the Open Category.

As you’ll see from my previous blog I was pleased enough to have been shortlisted in both the Best Open and Best Documentary categories. To me that was my ‘award winning film’ moment. I’d seen the exceptionally high standard of entries I was up against so getting shortlisted was compliment enough for me. Discovering on the night that ‘Supadance – Shoes for Dance’ had been picked as the winner of the Open Category – and then find that ‘Bees & Wasps’ had achieved 2nd place in the Best Documentary – you can imagine I was stunned, ecstatic and bursting with pride. Yes – Video Artisan is now an award winning film company!!!

Supadance – Shoes for Dance

Winner of the ‘Best Open’ Category – Please click the title above to watch the film
I’m so grateful to Supadance for commissioning me to make this ‘award winning film’ (and the other three films I produced for them since). Without clients like them it would be impossible for filmmakers to practice their craft. There were some exceptional films entered in this category so I am more than proud that this was recognised as being the best.

IOV Award Winning Film - Best Open 2012
Left – IOV Awards Presenter, Philip Hilton – Right – IOV Executive Member, John De Rienzo

Bees & Wasps 

2nd Place in ‘Best Documentary’  – Please click the title above to watch the film
As a hobby beekeeper I’ve been longing to make some short documentaries about honeybees and beekeeping. This was one of the first ones I’ve attempted and to gain second place is just amazing – maybe not actually an award winning film, but one that I’m particularly proud of anyhow. Hat’s off to category winner Anna McPherson. I’m looking forward to watching her entry so I can beat her next time. : )

IOV Award Winning Film - Best Documentary
Left – IOV Awards Presenter, Philip Hilton – Right – IOV Executive Member, Steven Abrams

The making of an award winning film – tech notes

Both of these films were shot on my Canon 550D running Magic Lantern (loving it – though also loving my 5DMkii even more). Lenses – Canon EF 24-105mm f4, Canon Nifty-50mm cheapo f1.8 and Tokina 11-16mm F2.8. Edited on Edius 4.6.  Music by AKM Music