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TECHNICAL FORUMS => Film & Photography => Topic started by: Caver Keith on March 05, 2018, 10:00:37 pm

Title: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 05, 2018, 10:00:37 pm
February proved to be quite a month in Caver Keith World. I was featured in an article in the Birmingham Mail, I was interviewed on local radio, had a video featured on LABBible and almost 5 seconds worth of clips from my videos were shown on The One Show. Oh, and the icing on the cake was my YouTube channel clocked up its 3 millionth caving video view!

All of this has led to a small amount of fame, a slight increase in video views and loads more comments on YouTube and Facebook asking for tips, what cameras I own, what lighting I use, camera mounts and such like.

Meanwhile video seems to very much a minority interest on UK Caving and also the number of entrants in the Hidden Earth video salon last year was disappointingly low. I can't help but wonder why this is as dozens of caving videos are uploaded to Facebook every day. As a forum UKC is ideally positioned for videographers and budding videographers to exchange tips and critically review each others work. Would anyone be interested in forming a video workshop/video tips/video review/equipment/top tips thread?

I have been thinking of perhaps offering to do a video talk at Hidden Earth this year but at the moment I'm struggling to find anything worthwhile to say. I'm hoping that if this thread gets off the ground then it will be a source of inspiration for me, will encourage more people to record their underground adventures at 30 frames per second and increase the number of entries in the Hidden Earth video salon.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Kenilworth on March 06, 2018, 12:52:15 am
Keith, I am one of the many who enjoy most of your videos, and if I cannot congratulate you for your fame I can sincerely commend you for your work. If cave videography was discussed more thoroughly here I would read with appetite.

I am very interested in video as a documentary tool, but I have little to no artistic talent, severely limited technological skill/interest and a fairly small budget. My videos are, predictably, crap. A lot of reading has helped some, but working in a cave seems to be especially difficult and I would welcome some basic cave-specific training.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: nearlywhite on March 06, 2018, 06:58:26 am
I think the entry problem at hidden earth is more due to apparent lack of interest at the event for the work done, mixed in with the sentiment best encapsulated in the caving version of original lyrics of Going Underground 'what's the point and what's it worth, you'll never win at Hidden Earth'. i.e. Caver Keith has the winning entry likely sown up already, why bother compete?

I think there's a good way to get around this:
1) have the video competition online a week or so before the event. People often don't have the time to go to the video salon at HE, it's often a 'working' weekend for a lot of attendees and I know I'd much rather network my way onto an exped than watch a video in the inevitably out of the way video salon.
2) have different categories like in photography. This could be done in a variety of different ways e.g. best new comer, best go pro type footage, comedy/documentary etc. There's an argument it will dilute the prizes but that's not the motivating factor for most artists/cavers - recognition is nicer.
3) have a song competition too... This one's entirely out of self interest and doesn't relate to the rest of the post.
4) have a filmography weekend and invite loads of people along before the summer expedition season. I reckon you could fill a caving hut for a weekend, drum up some interest and share tips with budding creatives etc. You could even add the other art categories into it. You could call it the Caving Refined Art Party, or just CRAP for short.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 06, 2018, 07:25:07 am
I am very interested in video as a documentary tool, but I have little to no artistic talent, severely limited technological skill/interest and a fairly small budget. My videos are, predictably, crap. A lot of reading has helped some, but working in a cave seems to be especially difficult and I would welcome some basic cave-specific training.

A very useful (and I would suggest, essential) thing to do is to have editing software and a computer sufficiently powerful to run it and to become acquainted with a handful of its features and become adept at using them: unedited video is, in my opinion, borderline unwatchable and dull. I probably over-edit, certainly at first, and the ratio used to be 1 hour of editing per 1 minute of finished video. The magic is in the editing was a slogan that came out at a former Hidden Earth workshop on cave videography.

Being adept with editing means you can create pretty good short films by ruthlessly selecting only the half decent bits of footage grabbed with (say) a point-and-press handheld video-capable ruggedised camera: the somewhat more tedious approach is to set up shots and use tripod, multiple lighting sources/directions and because of the time spent in setting up these shots less editing is necessary back at base.

In my experience one of the worst things you can do is have helmet-mounted videography because it induces a feeling of sea-sickness, does not provide an overview of what's happening other than purely POV which is often confusing, and to select out half-decent short segments from an entire caving trip requires hours of tedious and hawk-like attention while watching and taking notes from the footage. Helmet cam / GoPro footage can be fabulous, if used sparingly, but I do mean sparingly.

Perhaps a good starting point is to use your camera at home at night with a flood light and perhaps some side lighting and wander around a bit, up and down the stairs, and then create a 20 second video edit. That should provide some useful insight into how to get the shot (try various views - handheld, place camera on a static platform, perhaps pointing up or down, back-lighting the person, flood v spot etc.): because handheld cameras do not have great sound you can overlay the footage with ambient sound (foley) and/or music.

Hope this helps to enthuse.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 06, 2018, 09:41:54 am
I am very interested in video as a documentary tool, but I have little to no artistic talent, severely limited technological skill/interest and a fairly small budget. My videos are, predictably, crap. A lot of reading has helped some, but working in a cave seems to be especially difficult and I would welcome some basic cave-specific training.

Chris has made some excellent points. The skill is much more in the editing than the filming and this really does take time. Some of my videos languish in a state of half-editness for months before they finally get uploaded, many more never get uploaded. One has to be really ruthless when selecting clips for the final edit. The first edit of my Ogof Rhyd Sych video was over twice the length of the finished version. It was all fairly good stuff and I was reluctant to throw any of it away as it was one of the most difficult environments I have ever taken video in. If you've ever been there you will know why. However as I snipped out more and more the video got better and better, it had better pace, it stopped being repetitious and it kept the audience's attention for longer.

Chris is also spot on with his comment on helmet mounted camera footage. This is a particular dislike of mine.

Finally a large budget and expensive equipment doesn't equate to good movies. My videos have always been made on a very small budget. The old adage holds true for caving video - It's not what you've got it's what you do with it that counts.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 06, 2018, 10:19:05 am
'what's the point and what's it worth, you'll never win at Hidden Earth'. i.e. Caver Keith has the winning entry likely sown up already, why bother compete?

Oh, if only this was the case!  :lol: Most of my entries in the video competition over the years have sunk without trace.  :'( However in the discussion following last year's competition an item of feedback (source unknown) was that the video competition was very elitist. I've no idea why anyone should think this, but it is obviously a perception and one of the reasons I started this thread - to show that it isn't.
As the winner of last year's competition I have been asked to produce the opening video for this year's conference. I thought this was an accolade but apparently it's standard procedure. ::) I'm still largely at the head scratching stage and I've no idea how it will turn out, or how it will be received, or whether it will be of sufficient merit to enter it in the competition. So I hope that no one is holding back thinking it's a forgone conclusion.  :doubt:

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1) have the video competition online a week or so before the event. People often don't have the time to go to the video salon at HE, it's often a 'working' weekend for a lot of attendees and I know I'd much rather network my way onto an exped than watch a video in the inevitably out of the way video salon.

For the last 2 years the entries have all been uploaded a week before the competition and judged online before HE. I think making the entries open for public viewing is a great idea and would allow an online public vote. I will pass this on to the organisers. It would have the added benefit of effectively disqualifying the opening video from the competition as it wouldn't really work as an opening video if everyone had already seen it. I could live with this.  :thumbsup:

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2) have different categories like in photography. This could be done in a variety of different ways e.g. best new comer, best go pro type footage, comedy/documentary etc. There's an argument it will dilute the prizes but that's not the motivating factor for most artists/cavers - recognition is nicer.

I know from the organisers that this is already being considered and it would get my vote.  :thumbsup:

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3) have a song competition too... This one's entirely out of self interest and doesn't relate to the rest of the post.
  :lol:

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4) have a filmography weekend and invite loads of people along before the summer expedition season. I reckon you could fill a caving hut for a weekend, drum up some interest and share tips with budding creatives etc. You could even add the other art categories into it. You could call it the Caving Refined Art Party, or just CRAP for short.

We've already done this. It was in January at SWCC, and it was advertised on UKC and in Descent, and it was very well received, and we will do it again.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Maj on March 06, 2018, 10:37:02 am
Bear in mind that the Media Solons aren't just competitions. The competitions within the salons are in addition to the opportunity to display your Artwork, Photos, Videos & Surveys. Think about it more as an exhibition where not all submissions need to be competition entries.


Maj.


Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Badlad on March 06, 2018, 11:00:37 am
Film making cavers could think a little bigger and show their films on a wider platform.  Films are a great medium not just for cavers themselves but to promote caving to a wider interest.  Obviously a lot more than just cavers are watching Caver Keith's YouTube channel.  Last year at the Kendal Mountain Festival, Paul Diffley's Ario Dream and Mark Burkey's photo of the 'stunning' Calf Holes won the peoples choice awards.  There is wider interest out there why so not consider entering your film at Kendal.

http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/filmentry2018

It does cost £25 to enter but the rewards for caving, not to mention recognition and prizes, are greater too.  Your film could end up on the world tour!!
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 06, 2018, 11:59:43 am
Film making cavers could think a little bigger and show their films on a wider platform.  Films are a great medium not just for cavers themselves but to promote caving to a wider interest.  Obviously a lot more than just cavers are watching Caver Keith's YouTube channel.  Last year at the Kendal Mountain Festival, Paul Diffley's Ario Dream and Mark Burkey's photo of the 'stunning' Calf Holes won the peoples choice awards.  There is wider interest out there why so not consider entering your film at Kendal.

http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/filmentry2018

It does cost £25 to enter but the rewards for caving, not to mention recognition and prizes, are greater too.  Your film could end up on the world tour!!

I did enter a film last year. It was rejected. The Croatian Speleofilm Festival didn't rate my stuff either. It's difficult to guess what different judges are looking for.  :confused:
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Badlad on March 06, 2018, 12:08:20 pm
Good on you.  It does say that they have around 300 entries and reduce that to 70.  If at first you don't succeed.....
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Pegasus on March 06, 2018, 07:07:39 pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) are holding a great value 'Film making for the Curious Traveller' workshop in Kendal at Kendal College later this month.

If you're a budding filmmaker, check it out...

http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/In+your+region/North+West.htm
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 06, 2018, 11:13:51 pm
As an example of a short and not complex edit, here's 1m36s of footage of our cave dig:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlQKmKT4BJ0

Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Kenilworth on March 06, 2018, 11:28:06 pm
Keith and Chris
Thank you for the advice. I do not own a pc or device capable of editing video at this time, but continue to collect footage and hope to improve where possible. Hopefully something rudimentary like MovieMaker will suffice when that time comes. I struggle with lighting, angles, length and shape of shot, knowing when/how much/how fast or zoom or pan etc. I tend to forget everything I think I've learned once I get into the cave, so practicing in the house may be helpful.

Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 06, 2018, 11:59:44 pm
Here's one I'm quite happy with in terms of length, edit etc. All taken as 'snatched' footage with a point-and-press camera during the normal course of a caving visit, without it interrupting the flow of the caving*: the editing was actually relatively 'clever', with reverse shots, slow-mo, freeze-frame etc.. Because the camera audio was poor it was ditched and overlaid with audio, with footage edited to sync.

* Personally I've long been a fan of point-and-press ruggedised cameras on the grounds that it's possible to immediately get video footage of things as they happen without having to ask people to wait for a shot to be set up: the requirement, though, is that you do need to be able to ruthlessly edit the clips, with slow-mo to extend short sections etc..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W48nXR7fAMg
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 07, 2018, 12:14:43 am
For fear of over-egging things and being a bit me, me, me,... here's another technique: namely interposing still photography with live footage, this time with the remarkable shots of Mark Burkey and incidental footage 'behind the scenes', overlaid with audio because sound on-camera was poor (FWIW this is better done on an independent kitten-covered MP3 recorder).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hdrEw0eyBE
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 07, 2018, 05:12:25 pm
Keith and Chris
Thank you for the advice. I do not own a pc or device capable of editing video at this time, but continue to collect footage and hope to improve where possible. Hopefully something rudimentary like MovieMaker will suffice when that time comes. I struggle with lighting, angles, length and shape of shot, knowing when/how much/how fast or zoom or pan etc. I tend to forget everything I think I've learned once I get into the cave, so practicing in the house may be helpful.

The early Caver Keith videos were all edited in MovieMaker and I think it's a great piece of software for anyone starting out in video editing. I wouldn't worry too much about most of the other things. A lot of my stuff is taken very quickly without much setup. People are far more willing to participate in filming if they're not asked to hang around and get cold. Consequently most of the stuff I take ends up on the cutting room floor and it's marvellous what can be achieved in the edit.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: mrodoc on March 08, 2018, 07:01:46 am
I think the point has been made several times but I will say it again. It is nearly all in the edit. We all have a tendency to put in lengthy segments because we like them where a second or two might do. Just watch any wildlife documentary. I have a vast number of clips now both underwater and underground sitting on my hard drive because the thought of putting something together is so daunting!
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: JoshW on March 12, 2018, 12:59:19 am
There will definitely be more entries in HE video salon this year. Well at least one more. Currently finalising the trailer. Will post up here when completed.

In terms of the overall issues I think a lot comes down to the time. People don’t have the time for video. It takes just as long to film if not longer than to take photos, but much much longer to edit and has a much smaller audience to interest. It’s also difficult to get the tone right I think. Caving struggles in the media with just being shown as a dangerous sport or as a squalid ‘why would you do that’ sport, and showin caving in it’s true light is difficult. It’s not got the glamour of climbing or any other GoPro/red bull sports, and I think it’s difficult to do it justice. There may be an element of this as to why people don’t even try  :-\

Retaining some sort of storyline/planning is where I think most videos (caving or general outdoors) fall down. It’s mostly just drone shot after drone shot, and a lot of this is in the editing. I think it’s fair to say that it’s easier to reach a wider audience with photos as a single trip can yield 10-15 different high quality photos where it may take 10-15 trips to get the footage for a decent video.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 12, 2018, 06:58:55 am
Good to hear there's at least one more video in the pipeline from JoshW but also some points raised which might do well to be addressed, namely:

* Don't give up hope! .... Red Bull/GoPro DO have overlap with caving but it's generally beyond mainstream UK caving so may still lack relevancy, for example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g24Sbg9jyNY

and

https://www.redbull.com/int-en/into-the-light-climbing-out-of-a-cave-in-oman

... being just two easily found examples.

* Agree regarding plot but disagree about the number of caving trips required to make a video: pretty nearly all of mine have been made off the back of a single cave trip, but here's one I had a hand in which involved a mere two trips (and a drone!), which also hopefully has some kind of plot or storyline and provides a degree of inspiration for people new to caving (filmed by Jonathan Da'Casto and Andy Horeckyj and edited by Jonathan Da'Casto):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQb_6cewP80

* Talking of inspiration and drones, here's a social media advert that definitely worked for me, firstly insofar as after watching it we booked a visit to see the caves in the film and secondly because it gave rise to the idea of taking drone footage in Wookey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW6XmnLG3_0

* People do have the time for video editing, if they make time for it: instead of watching TV or irritating the internet for an evening just do editing - about an hour per finished minute and it's rather addictive and satisfying when it turns out nicely.

* Lest I drone on, here's one more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FJiYss1B4g


As mentioned at the start, don't lose hope!...
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on March 12, 2018, 12:16:07 pm
I've had a Youtube channel for yonks (since 2006) I've recently cleared a lot of rubbish out of it and begun adding to it again. A lot of stuff is not relevant to caving/mining but although I wouldn't say I know what I'm doing at all it is possible to produce something that people will watch using Moviemaker and your phone.

It's getting easier to film underground, years ago my nephew and I tried to make a film using a DV tape camera and a light box made from a bank of 50w halogen spotlight bulbs mounted to the front of a plastic case stuffed with fire alarm batteries. We dropped it in the water near the end and the whole thing fizzed and hissed somewhat alarmingly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EvXfcl3ISA

A couple of weeks ago My daughter and I made something much better using one of those LED rechargeable site lights. It's not up to any standard I'd enter into a competition, Keiths are of course way better but it didn't really take that long to set up the camera etc. underground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGC3obm556E
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: footleg on March 12, 2018, 10:03:35 pm
Just came across this gem. Awesome short film Chris! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MahfXyp6DL0
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: tamarmole on March 12, 2018, 10:26:37 pm
Just came across this gem. Awesome short film Chris! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MahfXyp6DL0

Absolutely mental  :bow:
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 13, 2018, 06:33:51 am
Shucks; fanks! *blushes*
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 14, 2018, 08:29:45 pm
Just came across this gem. Awesome short film Chris!

I agree. It is a fantastic short fillum. I think one of the best criteria when judging a video is how long it is before I click the stop button or I feel the need to watch the video at faster speed. This video passes the test with ease. The tension and drama held me until the end. As has been said before - mental. This video is 6m 11s, the average view time for my caving videos is 1m 43s.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 14, 2018, 09:45:56 pm
Something a little different from Caver Keith Videos - a product review. The team has always struggled to get good video in large cave passages so we tried out some 3800 lumen FD65 focusing torches from Fenix. The torches were able to light up some of the largest passages and proved to be absolutely brilliant for video. The range of light settings and the fact that at flood focus there isn't a trace of a hotspot make them ideal caving video lights. A longer edit of the video we took with the torches will appear on YouTube shortly eventually.

http://youtu.be/uW6vFX_df5I
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Speleofish on March 14, 2018, 11:21:12 pm
The single scariest 'caving' passage I've ever read (I was 8 at the time) remains the bit where they go sumping in the Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and it can still give me a degree of rectal uncertainty. This was right up there with it. Enormous respect!
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on March 27, 2018, 02:30:50 pm
Here's a longer edit of Fenix Lighting The Way looking at the potential of using Fenix FD65 focusing torches as video lights.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/793/40156727465_8c6d704d03.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24bvJ36)What's going on here? (https://flic.kr/p/24bvJ36)   :bow:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/791/39240951420_457cecd68b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22MA8HW)What's put a smile on Chunky's Face? (https://flic.kr/p/22MA8HW)   :lol:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/882/40156730405_7e8ca81f58.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24bvJUM)Who's Chunky's friend? (https://flic.kr/p/24bvJUM)    :hug:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/793/39240954610_0aa8ca31ea.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22MA9EW)What tune are they playing? (https://flic.kr/p/22MA9EW)  :-\

 :thumbsup:  To find the answer to these questions and find out how the lights performed watch the video.  :thumbsup: Go on, go on, go on, go on. You know you want to.  :tease:

http://youtu.be/JzmARFPQrNo
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Pegasus on June 15, 2018, 01:08:17 pm
Chris Higgins: 'Join a group of cavers as they take rafts on a one way trip through one of Tennessee's best caves! A first decent and the first trip of its kind!'


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGnA4ZCLGY8&feature=youtu.be
Title: Wild Wookey
Post by: Caver Keith on June 19, 2018, 02:24:34 pm
It's a bit like proper caving.

http://youtu.be/6S47CptLW38
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: JoshW on June 23, 2018, 08:26:57 am
Looking at some of my old videos and came across this from a couple of years back. Technically not a cave so might not be allowed! Just as fun though!

https://youtu.be/W7ZckDUpzQg
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: retrika7 on August 24, 2018, 08:08:49 pm
 :) Hiya...I'm an Amateur Caving Video/Photographer...got some kit....If I can help I will....Let me Know.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: JoshW on September 01, 2018, 11:25:39 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYZ8XZfX2mc

So I've finally got round to start putting together my entry for Hidden Earth video salon this year. Here is the trailer to get you all excited!
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Badlad on September 01, 2018, 01:34:25 pm
The Oreo Dream?
 ;D ;D
Does Professor Watson eat them all in his sleep and wake up to find the pillow gone? 

Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: chunky on September 03, 2018, 10:22:02 am
Yum, I love it already!

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Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on September 03, 2018, 10:59:37 pm
Entry forms for the Hidden Earth video salon competition are now online and ready to use at https://hidden.earth/salons/video-salon.php

The entry deadline is 11pm on Saturday 15 September. Entries must be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes in duration (including titles).

In addition to your main video file, entrants are required to prepare and upload a separate file containing a 30 second trailer that includes the title of your entry, the name of the creator(s) and some edited summary content that will attract delegates to view the full version during one of the timetabled showings of the entries.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on November 29, 2018, 04:00:22 pm
An increasing number of quality caving films and lectures are appearing online. To make life a little easier in tracking these down, a new page on the Descent website has been created at https://www.wildplaces.co.uk/content/166-caving-films.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on December 27, 2018, 09:07:24 pm
Cwmorthin Slate Mine. A Dudley trip from earlier this year.

https://youtu.be/PwMP0e_nlsg
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on January 06, 2019, 06:12:23 pm
For the last 6 years I have produced an annual roundup video. 2017's film 'Best Extreme Caving Video Moments 2017 with Dudley Caving Club' was my most successful by far. It has been watched over 1.6 million times.
I’m a little behind schedule this year, but I have been beavering away over the last couple of weeks and 2018's offering is now ready for release. I've decided to experiment with YouTube's new premiere feature. If anyone wants to see how this works then you can sign up using the link below.

https://youtu.be/ocxCCeBj6mw
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on January 08, 2019, 11:06:52 am
Oops. I found a typo so have re-uploaded the video. It's now at:

https://youtu.be/ixhjkGc3f-Q
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on January 09, 2019, 09:53:54 pm
It premiered on YouTube this evening at 7pm to a packed house. It was great fun knowing that I was watching at the same time as my army of admiring fans, watching the comments ping up in real time on my screen and seeing the 'like' counter go into overdrive.

It premiered on YouTube this evening at 7pm. On a couple of occasions during the showing the audience briefly reached double figures. There were a handful of comments including one from a troll. Perhaps I'm not quite well known enough for YouTube Premieres - just yet anyway.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on January 17, 2019, 03:51:13 pm
The second most watched caving video on YouTube

I made this video in February 2016 when I couldn't go caving due to injury and it's just hit 5 million views!  ;D

It was inspired by the Red Bull video 'This 60-second clip makes you feel claustrophobic' although my version lasts 85 seconds. It's made up of clips filmed between 2010 and 2015 mostly of cavers negotiating some snugger cave passages. To make the film feel exciting I cut the clips to the beat in a piece of dramatic music. I would like to think that it demonstrates the massive importance of editing in making caving films watchable to cavers and non-cavers alike.

It was initially used for a UK Caving competition sponsored by Warmbac. The entrants had to name as many caves as possible featured in the film. Thanks UK Caving and Warmbac for getting the video off to a running start.  :thumbsup:

This video was ripped off mercilessly during the rescue of the Wild Boars Football Team in Thailand in July last year, purporting to show the cave rescuers in action.  >:( I've had countless copies taken down by YouTube. Thank you YouTube, and thanks also to everyone that has watched it and made it so amazingly successful. ::)

http://youtu.be/lG0WJkmOwd0

PS. To win a starring role in a future CK Production PM me with the UK Caving username of the owner of the wellies featured in the thumbnail for this video.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on February 20, 2019, 07:54:00 pm
Ian demonstrates the best way to tackle the infamous corkscrew squeeze in Ogof Pen Eryr. As he says, "That was not easy. [Sigh, sigh]. I mean I made it look easy but it wasn't."

http://youtu.be/2UoXodn6X6o
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: chunky on February 21, 2019, 01:09:47 pm
Ian demonstrates the best way to tackle the infamous corkscrew squeeze in Ogof Pen Eryr. As he says, "That was not easy. [Sigh, sigh]. I mean I made it look easy but it wasn't."

I remember being stuck on the way out of there for 20 minutes with Brendan behind me. He said later he thought he was going to have to eat his way out  :lol:
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on April 14, 2019, 02:11:43 pm
Caving has been featured on UNILAD Adventure on Facebook. Here's the link - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=579116742603899
Oh no! It's The Dudley lot again!
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on April 24, 2019, 02:52:40 pm
A rather pretentious CK video from a couple of years ago that I've just uploaded to YouTube.

http://youtu.be/siu38a0kJSI
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on April 26, 2019, 12:43:30 pm
A recent one of mine made the weekend of the PDMHS AGM.

The underground bit starts at 7:10 if you want to skip the other nonsense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv1qeD4aZkY&t=436s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv1qeD4aZkY&t=436s)
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on April 27, 2019, 09:06:55 pm
Another one of mine in a mine.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdOcsPRtqAE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdOcsPRtqAE)
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on April 30, 2019, 12:35:43 pm
Also perhaps worth re-posting the videos I made of our trip to Mulu last year. A fantastic prize won at the '50 Years of Exploration' event. An absolutely brilliant place where everyone was so friendly and welcoming. We were so lucky to win this and Summer is still talking about it even now.  :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vImDA2sCkI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zDqbBKku3I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTnU3QAg3fQ
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: CavefestUK on May 04, 2019, 10:53:12 pm
I think a video thread on UKC is a wonderful idea. wheres youtube hogs the video posting rights, i believe here would be a better place for cavers to post their videos as it will give readers a better chance to interact with the videographers themselves on a more personal basis.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 11, 2019, 06:32:59 pm
I think a video thread on UKC is a wonderful idea. wheres youtube hogs the video posting rights, i believe here would be a better place for cavers to post their videos as it will give readers a better chance to interact with the videographers themselves on a more personal basis.
This is exactly why I started this thread.  :) However looking back through the posts there is very little interaction.  :(

I get far more feedback (both positive and negative) on my YouTube channel than I do on UKC.  >:(

I suppose YouTube attracts a global audience and my YouTube subscribers are both cavers and non cavers, or perhaps my videos appeal more to non cavers than cavers?  :-\

Also the Hidden Earth Video Archive (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKRIbxKeJFwalehHu5cX5QA) has only attracted 35 subscribers  :( and we need 100 subscribers to be able to apply for a custom URL. Please give it a sub.  :thumbsup: You know you want to.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ObviousSpectre on June 03, 2019, 11:02:21 pm
https://youtu.be/b8cXGdsoR0I
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ObviousSpectre on June 03, 2019, 11:09:24 pm
This has been my first video that has actually turned out well. Previous ones were poorly framed and poorly lit. Thankfully a new camera method fixed the former and a customduo insert along with the nice openess of Eldon hole helped with the latter. I apologise about my weird ramblings that you hear but I think the ambient noise is important to the video and blasting music over it takes away from the effect.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on June 07, 2019, 08:49:16 am
This was just a gentle amble to pass a wet day while Nikki did some studying in the van. Nice enjoyable wander though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pda9uWsTFig
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on June 20, 2019, 05:35:34 pm
There is a new cave videographer on the scene. This is the first in a series of documentary films which will be uploaded every week for the next 5-6 weeks.

http://youtu.be/qxo9CXRA0M4

PS The Hidden Earth Video Archive (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKRIbxKeJFwalehHu5cX5QA?sub_confirmation=1) now has 40 subscribers. Only 60 more required to apply for a custom URL.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on July 29, 2019, 08:52:21 am
I had a great time at the 2019 NAMHO conference, organised this year by the Cambrian Mines Trust. It's always a great weekend and this year was no exception. Many thanks to all involved in the organisation and running of the event.

Here are some of the highlights of my itinerary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSM6D9FgL4&t=756s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSM6D9FgL4&t=756s)
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Subpopulus Hibernia on July 29, 2019, 09:02:52 pm
Please enjoy this surreal film of the Marble Arch Caves made by BBC Northern Ireland in 1985, featuring Tim Fogg, a busload of schoolchildren, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and also the young Neil Hannon, later leader of the band The Divine Comedy.

Particular highlights include bad poetry, endless bars of meandering flute playing, and far too many choral performances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QYx4X7fwV4
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on August 20, 2019, 10:45:42 pm
I had another great day out at Wookey Hole Caves last week at the invitation of Chris and Becca, and we made another video of the Wild Wookey Adventure Caving route. Great fun!

http://youtu.be/iUfPofn_JY4
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: rhychydwr1 on August 21, 2019, 10:25:46 am
Nice touch, Imperial measurements.  Not sure that I approve of solo caving  ;D
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Fulk on August 22, 2019, 06:58:47 pm
A bit belated, ttexla2 – but I enjoyed watching your NAMHO video (we went on pretty much the same trips, but at different times).

What do you make of your new light (the latest (?) Fenix)?
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on August 28, 2019, 07:42:16 pm
Northern Lights in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. IMHO this is one of the Country's finest caving trips.

http://youtu.be/sfa17q23Rew
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on August 29, 2019, 08:42:56 am
A bit belated, ttexla2 – but I enjoyed watching your NAMHO video (we went on pretty much the same trips, but at different times).

What do you make of your new light (the latest (?) Fenix)?

Excellent, thanks. Would you believe I've not actually used the new light yet, although it may get an outing this weekend  ;D
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: richardg on September 21, 2019, 10:29:53 pm
Here is one for young speleologists to enjoy....

https://youtu.be/Ps0iSYW02E8

Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on November 15, 2019, 01:04:24 pm
This is the first of 3 behind the scenes videos in which I aim to answer a number of the questions I’ve been asked over the last few years concerning my work.

In this, part 1, I will cover the equipment I use - cameras, lighting, sound recording and so on. In part 2 I will go over some top tips for budding cave videographers and in part 3 I will look at the massive importance of editing your recorded footage.

http://youtu.be/Q6bnUome1SU
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on November 15, 2019, 05:13:13 pm
In my video I mention flickering evident in my videos from some Scurion lamps.

I've just has a message from Rolf and have learned something new. The flickering only happens when one or both LED's are on the super-low power level 1 of 4. It's very easy to avoid by ensuring that no lamps on set are on their lowest setting. Top tip! Thanks Rolf.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on November 19, 2019, 02:28:29 pm
EAT SLEEP CAVE REPEAT

Not one of mine but one I would have liked to make.

http://youtu.be/KwvaeezmX4w
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: christine on December 26, 2019, 05:44:55 pm
https://vimeo.com/374157702

Now available in public for the first time.

Also on Youtube (sorry, it won't embed here no matter what I do)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwwRFYksLSo
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: christine on January 14, 2020, 04:38:39 pm
We were fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks holiday cave diving in Mexico just before Christmas and as usual, I rarely go underwater without a camera of some sort.

I've thrown together this little AV to show off the types of cave and the diving out there.

There is no story, no talking, no horrible overlay titles....just beauty and some inoffensive music.

If you have 7 minutes, stick it up on a big screen, turn the sound up and immerse yourself into an underwater Otter Hole on speed  :lol:

I've called it 'Fairyland'.

https://vimeo.com/384664094
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on January 29, 2020, 12:25:11 pm
A very gentle wander into the top entrance of OFDII, the main point being to try and get the video lighting right. Fulk may be interested to know that the lamp on my helmet was the Fenix light I bought at last years NAMHO and I was using my old RF NAMHO as a seperate video light (by the simple expedient of wedging it between the legs of my tripod).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPS-nTTBuu8
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on January 30, 2020, 06:25:30 pm
Here's my traditional annual caving roundup video containing some previously unseen footage.
It’s not been the most prolific year for the studios in terms of videos completed but it has been a very good year in other ways. I’ve completed a couple of commissions, gone back to my roots, won a prize and an award, completed a behind the scenes video which had been in the planning stage for a couple of years and got my best ever viewing figures on YouTube.

http://youtu.be/3NQyN1FPyIg
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on April 16, 2020, 06:36:12 pm
Lockdown does have a silver lining.  As CK is in the COVID-19 ‘increased risk’ group, even when restrictions begin to be lifted he will be one of the last people to be granted freedom and no caving means no new CK videos! I can hear the collective sigh of relief from here.

Sorry but meanwhile I’ve been looking back through the video vaults and remembering the fun times I had making the videos and the great team of people from Dudley Caving Club who helped and encouraged me. I couldn’t help selecting my own personal favourites. I’ve picked 14 of them. They are not my most watched videos and they are not necessarily examples of my best work but each one has a very special meaning to me.

I aim to share one every five days or so. That should hopefully see me through this period of lockdown.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on April 17, 2020, 09:08:29 am
Lockdown Video No. 14. Ogof Craig A Ffynnon (November 2010. Views 32.3K)

This video was my attempt at story telling. It is my first video to be narrated and I reluctantly (as I do not like the sound of my voice) recorded the narration myself. It was my first video to attract a significant number of comments with most of them being positive and encouraging. It definitely marked a turning point in the success of my YouTube channel. It also introduced a little known caver by the name of Mark Burkey to an unsuspecting world. The lad’s done quite good and achieved some modest success of his own since this first appearance.


http://youtu.be/2sVr3Ze8h08
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on April 22, 2020, 08:26:34 am
Lockdown Video No. 13. Ogof Rhyd Sych (May 2011. Views: 17K)

I’ve only ever visited this cave twice. After the first trip I vowed to never enter the cave again. This video was taken on the second trip. It was the first video where I used the catchphrase, “Remember we do these caves so that you don’t have to.” Due to it’s highly constricted nature it wasn’t an easy cave to take video in. I was very pleased that what I was able to take really seemed to capture the essence of the cave. It was also the video in which I discovered that less is more. The more footage I ditched the better the video became. It’s pace and hence its watchability improved with every scene that hit the cutting room floor or was shortened. It’s also the first video in which I dabbled with editing tricks. Can you spot the clip which has been reversed? Next year it will be 10 years since I took this video. Now that the memories have dulled sufficiently for me perhaps I’ll give it another go, and I’d really love to take Chunky with me. I understand he's fitting ratchet straps to the caving corset.


http://youtu.be/EmKAbEdvIa0
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on April 27, 2020, 08:29:35 am
Lockdown Video No. 12 UK Caving Video Best Bests 2014 (December 2014. Views: 16K)

These videos are my personal favourites. They are not my most watched videos and they are not necessarily examples of my best work but each one has a very special meaning to me.

This one was my third annual roundup video. It was selected to be shown at the prestigious Kendal Mountain Festival in 2015. I really though I had hit the big time. I was invited to attend the Filmmaker’s Summit, all very heady stuff, but I’ve since come to realise that I’m not as good as I thought I was. As it turned out I couldn’t attend the summit as I was in the Major Trauma Unit of Southmead Hospital in Bristol recovering from a nasty fall . It’s still my favourite annual roundup video and it contains the Cavers’ Rocket Boots advert - an essential accessory for nervous climbers.


http://youtu.be/LbGkuaqTfx0
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: ttxela2 on April 27, 2020, 10:40:47 am
My last jaunt before lockdown was brought in. A thoroughly pleasant gentle weekend in some North Wales slate mines in good company. Seems like a distant memory now, if in reality not very long ago at all.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Vh81wmtHQ
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 04, 2020, 09:32:20 am
Lockdown Video No. 11 Wet Chicks in Black Rubber (August 2013. Views 5K)

Subtitle: Getting down, getting dirty, and having fun!

My advice to anyone wanting to build a presence on YouTube is choose to title that is intriguing enough to rouse curiosity and this title certainly did that. The view rate took off quickly but judging from the comments it wasn’t really what the viewers were expecting to see.

I plagiarised the title from an advertising slogan for a university caving club - ‘Wanna see hot chicks in black rubber?’ The video is a cut down version of my Shakespeare’s Cave film featuring just the female members of the party in their black wetsuits.


http://youtu.be/P2qSKCqLhFo
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: JoshW on May 04, 2020, 02:03:20 pm
Lockdown Video No. 11 Wet Chicks in Black Rubber (August 2013. Views 5K)

Subtitle: Getting down, getting dirty, and having fun!

My advice to anyone wanting to build a presence on YouTube is choose to title that is intriguing enough to rouse curiosity and this title certainly did that. The view rate took off quickly but judging from the comments it wasn’t really what the viewers were expecting to see.

I plagiarised the title from an advertising slogan for a university caving club - ‘Wanna see hot chicks in black rubber?’ The video is a cut down version of my Shakespeare’s Cave film featuring just the female members of the party in their black wetsuits.


http://youtu.be/P2qSKCqLhFo

That's categorically the most cringy video title I've ever seen.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 09, 2020, 11:54:16 am
Lockdown Video No. 10 So You Want To Go Caving? (April 2014. Views 340K)

Day 48 or thereabouts. My memory is fading. I think I was a caver once, or was it just a dream? Perhaps YouTube will provide the answer? Look there I am! It is true, isn't it, or is it just trick videography?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that caving is not  everyone’s cup of tea. Over the years Dudley Caving Club has had a number of people join but only complete a single caving trip. They usually say something like, “I’m glad I did it. If I had known what is was going to entail before I went I never would have gone. I’m really pleased I did it but I won’t be going again!”
In 2014 there weren’t many caving videos on YouTube for people who fancied giving it a try to watch. I made this video to show to potential new members of Dudley Caving Club so that no one else would get a nasty surprise when venturing underground for the first time. When it was first released it did get critical acclaim from the caving community but it will come as no surprise that the most frequent comment on YouTube is, “No.”


http://youtu.be/dB-4qX9zFVM
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 14, 2020, 10:39:35 am
Lockdown Video No. 9 What It Takes To Get The Shot (September 2015. Views 5K)

This video is special to me because it was my first competition winner, it was awarded first place in the video salon at Hidden Earth 2015. It was a collaborative project with the Club photographers, Brendan and Mark. This video really pushed my editing skills and the finishing touches were being put to it on the competition deadline day.


http://youtu.be/nxu780mKtkw
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Laurie on May 16, 2020, 07:46:00 pm
Love those sunset shots.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 17, 2020, 10:00:44 am
Love those sunset shots.    :thumbsup:
I agree.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 19, 2020, 11:01:44 am
Lockdown Video No. 8 The Dudley, Caving and Cakes (December 2016. Views 8K)

This cliffhanger serial wasn’t one of my most successful enterprises, but it was one of the most fun to make. It was released in 5 weekly instalments but this ‘box set’ edition not only includes all episodes, it also has outtakes and some behind the scenes stuff. Watch it to find out how the scene of Mark stuck in a squeeze isn’t quite what it seems.

http://youtu.be/CIUPrnunqko
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 24, 2020, 11:27:33 am
Lockdown Video No. 7 A Cave, a Pothole, a Pool and Eternity (April 2019. Views 4.5K)

I made this video, which is mainly a mash-up of two of my other videos, in 2017 to enter in the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. It failed the selection process. In the same year I also entered it in the Video Salon at Hidden Earth where it was not considered to be of sufficient merit to get an award. Neither of these were really surprising as it is a little pretentious to say the least.
Being somewhat despondent I decided not to upload it to my YouTube channel, but for the sake of completeness I eventually uploaded it last year as I was working on the Hidden Earth Video Archive project (https://www.youtube.com/hiddenearthvideoarchive).
I got this comment, “All this beauty makes me feel so humble . . . man is really the ‘blink of an eye’. I’m so grateful for this poetic video as well as I am for the most funny ones. Thank you Keith and co.!” and it made me look at it afresh. I quite like it. Perhaps it’s not too shabby after all?


http://youtu.be/siu38a0kJSI
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 27, 2020, 08:00:07 pm
I've recently uncovered and added a new video to the Hidden Earth Video Archive (https://youtube.com/hiddenearthvideoarchive) .

This video was featured in a lecture at HE 2019 in Wrexham. It is Episode One of Deep Down Under - a documentary series made in the U.K, by a young British film-maker, caver and explorer, Elise Freshwater-Blizzard.

If any forum members can help me undercover any others videos featured at Hidden Earth please get in touch.

Thanks,

Keith

http://youtu.be/0BmiSdCWr_Y
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on May 29, 2020, 07:51:12 am
Lockdown Video No 6 Return To Daren Cilau aka The Corset Video (September 2012. Views 138K)

This video is very special to me for several reasons. It was the first video that I entered in a Hidden Earth Video Salon, it was such fun to make, it put Mark on the caving map (After it’s release he started getting recognised at caving events) and I still use it to end my caving talks. (Seeing the audience, mainly the women it has to be said, with tears streaming down their cheeks does wonders for my self-esteem as a film-maker.

And it still amazes me how many YouTube viewers think it’s all real!

http://youtu.be/Q_Xbyy3q9Y4

PS It got absolutely nowhere in the video salon and it’s not my only attempt at humour that has failed to impress the judges.

Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on June 04, 2020, 08:10:07 am
Lockdown Video No 5 Potholing - Where Big Men Get Into Small Holes (January 2017. Views 7.6K)

This is my version of a sketch from the Fast Show which aired on UK television from 1994 to 1997. It was filmed at Eldon Hole in Derbyshire. During the making of this film I managed to fly my drone into a tree growing out above the 200’ deep shaft and the drone made a rapid descent of the pothole. The drone was beyond economic repair but I did get £136 for the mangled bits on ebay.

It’s another example of humour that failed to impress the Hidden Earth judges. :shrug:

http://youtu.be/IhhBHXPFJbQ
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on June 09, 2020, 02:29:54 pm
Lockdown Video No 4 Caver Keith’s Back Underground (May 2016. Views 8.2K)

This is possibly one of the worst films I’ve ever made so why have I included it in the top 5? This was my come back video after my enforced 6 month layoff from caving. Brendan and Mark arranged a weekend at SWCC for me to include a couple of beginner trips. We hatched up the plot between us and had enormous fun filming it. After we had finished filming the quarry fall scene we re-attached Bob (my stunt double’s head) and left him sitting in one of the toilet cubicles. An unwary girl stumbled upon him and I’m told that her scream could be heard on the other side of the valley.

Happy times.

http://youtu.be/G72Fy-fyGms
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on June 19, 2020, 12:03:31 pm
Lockdown Video No 3 Hey, Hey, We’re The Dudley (October 2017. Views 3.5K)

I’m a member of Dudley Caving Club, a small Midlands based club. We’re often referred to as the Dudley lot or just The Dudley and this gave me the idea for this short video. I re-wrote the lyrics to "(Theme from) The Monkees” the theme song for the TV series The Monkees which aired in the 60s. This version was sung by Nige Atkins, who I owe a huge debt of gratitude to. In the video I attempted to recreate the zany antics of the Monkees which formed the opening sequence to the show. I used it as the first part of the 2017 Hidden Earth Opening Video.

http://youtu.be/GYZcUyIy274
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on June 29, 2020, 10:33:38 am
Lockdown Video No 2 Keith's Cavers in The Search for the Missing Potholer (September 2018. Views 8K)

According to the Book of Proverbs “Pride goeth before a fall” and this video undoubtably signalled the end of my success as a cave videographer, attracting comments such as “To use this as the opening AV for Hidden Earth was in my opinion an extremely poor choice.” In spite of this it is still one of the films I’m most proud of making. Out of all my videos it’s the one that took me the most time to film and edit. I’d love to make a sequel but if I do I will think twice about showing it in public or entering it in a competition.


http://youtu.be/CBfmV7s8NA0
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on July 09, 2020, 10:12:42 am
Lockdown Video No 1 The World of Caving (December 2017. Views 45K)

Here it is, my favourite out of all the videos what I have made.
It’s a rare thing for the CK studios to get a commission. However I was asked to make an opening video for A Golden Age of Cave Exploration, an event organised to celebrate 50 years of pioneering British cave exploration and scientific research.
I was flattered, but creating a new video from scratch with no clear brief in a mere 7 weeks was a very tall order, but I completed the video with days to spare. It’s yet another of my videos that has divided opinion but it went on to win best in show at the NSS convention in 2018 and almost always gets a spontaneous round of applause when I show it during one of my caving talks. The full story behind the video can be read at http://blog.dudleycavingclub.org.uk/2017/12/the-story-of-world-of-caving.html.


http://youtu.be/dkKuxRRIEvY
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Judi Durber on August 27, 2020, 07:34:59 pm
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1225784921094629&extid=hbQZC34jNAaWyJLX (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1225784921094629&extid=hbQZC34jNAaWyJLX)

Sorry can't find the original video.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: Caver Keith on August 27, 2020, 08:52:55 pm
Brilliant.
Title: Re: A video thread on UK Caving?
Post by: PeteHall on August 27, 2020, 09:13:19 pm
That's the best thing I've seen for ages Judi!  :lol: