This is an editing competition based on a set theme where competitors are supplied with the same footage and asked to solve various editing challenges. (specially appointed judges)

Ray Jennings Challenge 2016-17

Challenge:  an editing and "cut to music" exercise in which entrants were allowed to choose their own music. The competition was held on 28th February 2017 and was judged by members.

Because some film-makers had entered more than one film, members comments covered all the films submitted by each film-maker rather than about each film individually.

John Howden


My next door nieghbour had an extension built onto his house and froma landing window I had a perfect view of the activities.  So I set up a cmaera and shot the progress of the building over the two months it took.  Amongst the clips I took some time lapse footage.  The music for this video was a bit of a nightmare until I remembered the Barn Raising number from '7Brides flor 7 Brothers'.  Add to this the roofing guy had a glamorous assistant dressed to make the eyes of the Sikh builders come out on organ stops.  I also attempted to fit the wellie boot stamping to the beat of the music.  You will have to decide whether it iks successful.  The film was shot using a Sony HXR-NX3 and a Panasonic HC-X920 and I have done a little white balence correction and some grading.

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Ray Jennings Challenge 2015-16

Challenge:  an editing and "cut to music" exercise in which entrants were provided with 4-5 video tracks from different cameras of a group "Crossover" performing a number of songs. Competitiors could choose the songs(s) they used for the video which also had to include some promotional logos provided. The competition was held on 23rd February 2016 and was judged by members.

Don't Stop Believin'

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Ray Jennings Challenge 2014-15

Challenge:  a "cut to music" exercise in which entrants were provided with music to which they could add any video of their choice. The competition was held on 24th February 2015 and was judged by two internal judges.

Strings Attached

What’s that un-PC expression about two birds and one stone?

Well in chairman Barrie Gibbard’s case it certainly proved correct when he competed in the club’s Ray Jennings, the annual cut-to-music competition (February 24 2015).

As Barrie explained after his entry Strings Attached outperformed four other entries to win the judges’ vote in the annual technical challenge: runner-up was Brands Hatch 1969 by Robin Garton, and third Measuring up for Lunch, Paul Desmond.

The results of the members’ vote were: first, Holiday in New Zealand by Peter Noakes; second Strings Attached by Barrie Gibbard; and third Measuring up for Lunch, Paul Desmond.

We interviewed Barrie after the competition to see how he went about meeting the challenge:

Q: What gave you the idea for that particular treatment?

A: It was a simple question of need! I needed to restring my guitar plus I needed to shoot something for the Ray Jennings competition. It was simply a question of combining the two.

Q: How did you go about filming yourself?

A: Quite a lot of preparation was involved. I knew our coffee table made a good surface for the job as I had used it before, covered with a soft 'throw' that just happens to be a nice deep blue, which was a perfect backdrop against the light and dark woods of the guitar. A cushion under the headstock kept it all nicely supported.

I knew this was a one-take video exercise: I wasn't about to restring the guitar three times to get the shots! I set up three cameras on tripods: my Canon AF100 aimed end-on to the guitar body; my Sony NX5 opposite me and as high as I could get it for the GV; and my Sony RX100m3 (which is actually a stills camera that takes fantastic video) set up as close as I could get it on the headstock where I figured most of the interesting action would be.

Because the cameras were to be unmanned, I had to set them up to get a good balance between close-ups; for points of higher interest but also to account for the fact that the guitar had to be lifted and turned over and I couldn't always guarantee to put it back down in exactly the same place.

So I didn't go in too tight on the basis I could always cut into the footage if I had too much but couldn't add anything I didn't have. Also I had to be careful not to include any parts of the other cameras, tripod legs (most difficult) or stands. Not that easy!

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