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2010 UPVA Creative Excellence Award Winners

We had a great awards night last night! Thanks so much to all those that participated. Listed below are the award winners:

Corporate Production
3rd Place–Doug Larson of Pointe Digital, for Pioneer Crossing
2nd Place–Castlebridge Films, for Forevermore Events
1st Place–David Perry Films, for Africa is Life Changing

Wedding Highlight Production
3rd Place–David Orgill of Pointe Digital, for the Martin wedding
2nd Place–Castlebridge Films, for the Fowles wedding
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions for the Cheng wedding

Wedding Reception Production
3rd Place–Giant Brothers Films, for the Hronek wedding
2nd Place–David Perry Films, for the Davies wedding
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions, for the Swarbrick wedding

Wedding Demo Production
3rd Place–Giant Brothers Films
2nd Place–David Orgill, of Pointe Digital
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions

Wedding Trailer Productions
3rd Place–David Orgill of Pointe Digital, for the Armstrong Wedding
2nd Place–David Perry Films, for the Murray wedding
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions, for the Shaw wedding

Date Video Production
3rd Place–David Orgill of Pointe Digital, for the Rowley wedding
2nd Place–Liquid Vision Films, for the Knight wedding
1st Place–Nathan Pickett Films, for the Jones wedding

Bride & Groom Productions
3rd Place–Nathan Pickett Films, for the Dahle wedding
2nd Place–Chris McClain Productions, for the Hogenson wedding
1st Place–David Perry Films, for the Young wedding

Post-Ceremony Production
3rd Place–David Orgill of Pointe Digital, for the Elmont wedding
2nd Place–David Perry Films, for the Young wedding
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions, for the Anudez wedding

9th Annual Creative Excellence Awards–Call for Entries!

We are now accepting entries for the 9th Annual UPVA Creative Excellence Awards.    We are excited to have a new category, Wedding Highlight Production.  A full description of this category is included with the entry form.  Please be sure to read through the rules and category descriptions.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  This competition is open to all videographers in Utah, not just members of UPVA, so please spread the word.  This is also a great time to renew your membership or join UPVA for the upcoming year.  All entries must be received by January’s UPVA meeting (January 5, 2011). Thanks for all your hard work, we’re excited for another successful competition!

Download 2010 Entry Form Here


UPVA 8th Annual Creative Excellence Awards Winners!

CEA's-09We had a great time last night honoring our awards winners for this year. We have lots of great talent in this state, here’s a list of the winners:
Corporate Production
2nd Place–RB Studios Video Production, Remember the Word
1st Place–Pointe Digital, Central Utah Cancer Clinic

Event Video Production
3rd Place–Remember When Films, Bingham High School Dance Company
2nd Place–Giant Brothers Films, North Summit Midgets Football
1st Place–RB Studios Video Production, PVHS Theater Dept-Brigadoon

Wedding Ceremony Production
3rd Place–Giant Brothers Films, Passaro Wedding
2nd Place–Remember When Films, Viella Wedding
1st Place–Pointe Digital, Call Wedding

Wedding Reception Production
3rd Place–Giant Brothers Films, Mecham Wedding
2nd Place–Pointe Digital, Yeganeh Wedding
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions, Gardiner Wedding

Love Story Production
3rd Place–Kale Fitch Productions, Erickson Wedding
2nd Place–Remember When Films, Richards Wedding
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions, Sherwood Wedding

Wedding Demo Production
3rd Place–Giant Brothers Films
2nd Place–Pointe Digital
1st Place–Chris McClain Productions

Wedding Trailer Production
3rd Place–Liquid Vision Films, Wallis Wedding
2nd Place–Chris McClain Productions, McDonald Wedding
1st Place–David Perry Films, Nate & Maren Wedding

Bridal Spotlight Production
3rd Place–Liquid Vision Films, Sydney Wray Wedding
2nd Place–David Perry Films, KayCee Stroh Wedding
1st Place–Remember When Films, Wendy Halterman Wedding

Date Video Production
3rd Place–Pointe Digital, Beckler Wedding
2nd Place–Kale Fitch Productions, Harris Wedding
1st Place–Giant Brothers Films, Romney Wedding

Post-Ceremony Production
3rd Place–Pointe Digital, Day Wedding
2nd Place–Chris McClain Productions, Duncan Wedding
1st Place–David Perry Films, Carson & Ashley Wedding

Bride & Groom Production
3rd Place–Chris McClain Productions, Dean Wedding
2nd Place–Giant Brothers Films, Olsen Wedding
1st Place–Remember When Films, Thomas Wedding

Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks to everyone for your participation and help in making last night happen. Now let’s keep making some great videos for next year’s competition!

UPVA members stand out at WEVA EXPO 2009

UPVA members were busy at last month’s WEVA expo in Orlando, Florida. WEVA’s Creative Excellence Awards were held the first night of the Expo, and for the first time ever UPVA swept the Post-Ceremony Production Category!

Here’s how they were handed out:
Gold Award—Pointe Digital, Williamson wedding
Silver Award—David Perry Films, Kulisch wedding
Bronze Award—Giant Brothers Films, Seguin wedding
Denver Riddle from HD Cinematic Films (who presented a few months back) received a finalist award in the Love Story category and David Perry Films picked up another Finalist Award in the Wedding Demo Production category. David also shows he has great editing chops, as he won WEVA’s Battle of the Videographers – Editing Styles!

Along with these great accomplishments , Mike Nelson of Remember When Films was honored with the Bob Lebar Vision award. This award recognizes WEVA members who have demonstrated innovative and unique methods that have been instrumental in advancing our industry to a higher level. David Perry studied hard and became the newest Merited Professional Videographer (MPV)—only the second in Utah, and 17th among WEVA members. The MPV represents the accumulation of training, experience and knowledge as a videographer.

We congratulate these UPVA members on their accomplishments and recognition!

2009 UPVA Board of Directors

2009 UPVA Board

At our January Meeting we voted in the new Board of Directors. If you are interested at all in volunteering on any of our committees, or have an idea or sudgestions for the upcoming year, please contact a member of the board. Thanks for your support.

President - Spencer HaleGiant Brothers Films
President Elect - Chris McClainChris McClain Productions
Previous President - David PerryDavid Perry Films
Secretary - Dathan Hight – Simply Video
Public Relations Chair - Dustin TophamMotion Media
Membership Chair - Barlow EltonElton Film & Images
Finance Chairs - Ken & Linda SorensonLifelong Memories Films
Awards & Events Committee - Sarah AsayCamelot StudiosNathan PickettNathan Pickett Films

The Event DV 25


Every year EventDV, a incredible magazine (free to professional videographers by the way) presents a list of the top 25 videographers in the world. It is based on the votes of other videographers.

Right now, write-in voting is open for thier 4th list, and the polls will close on Feruary 9th. You must be a professional videographer to participate, and you can vote up to 25 times.

Please support professional event videography, around the world and within Utah by voting for your favorites.

Vote Here

More info here

you can read current articles and subscribe to Event DV Magazine  at:

December Meeting Recap

Thanks to Dathan Hight for typing this up:

December Meeting:

A big thanks to everyone who attended last nights meeting – we had more than 20 members show up for another fantastic lighting presentation by Steve Berlin.

Also – we wish to extend a thank you to the Sons of Utah Pioneers who have allowed us to rent their basement boardroom at an excellent rate.  This location is larger than our previous meeting spaces.  Not only does it allow us space for a classroom setting, we also have plenty of room to setup mock shoots and do hands-on seminars.

Thanks are also needed for Barlow Elton.  For the last few months Barlow has been gracious enough to slug around his HD projector and speakers.  But last night we took it to the next level when we brought in a Blu-Ray player.  Those that were there witnessed our first true HD peer review and it was glorious.   Even the standard definition DVDs were scaled up and looked amazing.  It’s exciting times in the world of HD.

The meeting started with an industry spotlight.  The video was an “Extreme Bridal” produced by Blue Skies Cinema in California.  The bridal video was shot over three days, at several locations using many different production tools, props and shooting styles. The end result was an award winning Bridal Video that bills out for over $10,000.  We’ll be looking at another award winning videographer in January. Following the industry spotlight, we were present with three peer reviews from UPVA Members.

Video 1:  Lifelong Productions presented a football highlight video for a local team.  It had some great time lapse effects and pacing/ editing. It’s also a reminder that when things slow down economically, there is work to be found.

Video 2:  Anonymous Temple Video.  This video was unique in that it was shot before the wedding day.  The clients’ personalities really stood out and the video had no slow motion which is practically unheard of for a temple video.

Video 3:  Barlow Elton Date Video.  The shots were clean, well constructed and nicely edited.  Barlow is one of the first videographers in Utah to incorporate a Cinevate Brevis into his filming.  The Brevis is a lens adapter that allows for greater control of depth of field and the results were positively noticeable.

UPVA Business:

UPVA Creative Excellence Awards.  The CEA’s are due by January 7, 2009.  Please visit the website for details.   The CEA Awards banquet will held in March with details to come soon.

Membership Fees:  Membership fees are due for the 2009 calendar year.  A discounted rate is available for members who pay by January 7, 2009.  Please visit the website for forms and payment options.

Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors will be reorganized soon and is need of nominations.  Members of the board are volunteers and are not paid.  There is typically a 1-2 hour meeting each month in addition to time required for any assignments.  If you are interested in participating on the Board of Directors please arrive 45 minutes early to the January 7, 2009 meeting or contact Spencer Hale.

Thanks to the 2008 Board:

  • President : Shay Bingham - STC Productions
  • President Elect : Spencer Hale - Giant Brothers Films
  • Secretary : David Hurst - Lifetime Productions
  • Finance : Tiffany Nelson - Remember When Videos
  • Membership Committee Co-Chairs : Ken & Linda Sorenson - Lifelong Memories Films
  • Public Relations Committee Chair : Dathan Hight - Simply Video Productions
  • Awards and Recognition Committee Chair : Mike Nelson - Remember When Videos
  • Webmaster : Jeremy Rasmussen - Deep Focus Studios

Tis the Season for Bridal Shows.  If you see new videography companies at any upcoming shows, please let them know about the UPVA.

The meetings main presentation was given by Steve Berlin on lighting for video.  Steve is highly sought after in the State of Utah for his lighting skills, especially among independent film makers.  He has a great understanding of both the technical and artistic sides of lighting for film.  Steve’s presentation included an overview of equipment terminology, uses, cost, and setup, as well lighting temperatures, effects, and moods.  Steve finished by setting up basic lighting stage for an interview.  Big thanks to Steve Berlin for an excellent presentation.

Next months meeting agenda will be emailed shortly

Happy Halloween from the UPVA

Yeah, it’s a little early but the stores have been selling the Halloween decorations since March anyway right?

In addition to this fancy new look we have fixed the server email issue. What that means is that new users will recieve the registration emails plus you will now be able to use the password recovery tool!

Happy Shooting (in a video kind of way)

Association of Personal Historians Conference – This Month


For those of you doing Family History/ Documentary Videos You might be interested in the Association of Personal Historians Annual Conference late r this month, October 29 – Nov 2nd in Salt Lake. Contact UPVA member, Dean of DB Digital for more info. or visit the associations conference website at http:// www.personalhis conference/ c2008/home.php