Canon DSLR shoots filmmaker to Jessops top prize (update)
The contest, backed by Nikon and The Mob Film Co, tasked young filmmakers to make a short movie entitled 'The Shot'.
The top prize was awarded to David Schofield for his film about a photographer who meets a girl while taking landscape photos.
David, who scooped £5,000 in Nikon gear, told AP that he shot the film using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Pentax lenses, attached via an adapter.
He beat around 80 other entries.
Asked why he chose this particular camera David said: ‘Shooting in a harsh environment we were able to get high quality images... And you can shoot in really low light.'
Among the challenges was making use of a 'six-hour window' of available light, he explained.
Twenty cast and crew were involved in the movie, which was shot on the Woodhead Pass that links Manchester and Sheffield.
He said the Canon 5D Mark II proved an attractive proposition because it gave him the ability to use fast lenses. And its size and portability provided flexibility when shooting in a remote location.
Part of David's prize is a visit to Toronto, Canada to meet film director Paul WS Anderson who chaired the judging panel.
Commenting on the winning entry Anderson said: 'This film stood head and shoulders above the rest. The others were fantastic but this was something special.
'It combines good use of location, beautiful cinematography and very strong [acting] performances...'
Confirming that the competition will run again this year, Jessops marketing and ecommerce director Sean Emmett said that Jessops – which co-sponsored the contest – wants people to 'take their hobby or profession to new heights'.
The photographic chain is 'so much more than just selling cameras', he added.
The winner and runners-up were announced at a special screening held at the Covent Garden Hotel in central London.
To watch the winning film click HERE
All the winning entries can be viewed HERE