Thanks to generous prizes from RED, Zeiss and Adobe, our 7th Annual Emerging Pro Contest was a huge success. The contest was groundbreaking. It was the first time we’ve run the Emerging Pro with our sister publication HDVideoPro magazine, and it was the first time we’ve invited participants to submit either a series of still photographs or a short film. As more DPP readers experiment with motion capture, we were particularly excited to see such a strong group of motion submissions.
The contest was conducted in two phases. First, we had an open call for submissions. From that group, we selected the top projects, both still and motion, to create our group of 10 Finalists. Each of them received a RED camera outfit with which they were tasked with shooting a new project. The timeline was very tight, so the Finalists had to be efficient and work under an inflexible deadline. From the 10 Finalists’ projects, Maria Burns’ film, Onus, was chosen as the winner.
Burns’ submission to the contest’s first phase was Tendance Brute, a stark short film that explores a human transformation as the subject evolves into a determined, elegant woman. Onus is an examination of the female psyche and the inner contradictions the protagonist confronts. Both are austere films, featuring dynamic movement, jarring jump cuts and a well-matched soundtrack. Burns’ distinctive style and use of the simplest of sets let the performances come through in both films.