Velocity 2014 competition rewards creatives who think differently

Workstation firm Scan and chipmaker Intel are running a competition that’s not as much about what you’ve created as what you’d like to create next. To enter, you need to submit a video where you explain what your ideal next project would be – plus a sample of your best work to date – to by April 30.

The Velocity 2014 competition is a welcome change from those ‘competitions’ that ask you to design a logo or other branding or marketing materials for a company, with a cash prize for the one person chosen. Velocity 2014 sees you competing with your ideas to get one-on-one training and help from leading creatives – plus some of over £30,000 of hardware and software from Scan, Adobe, Blackmagic, Canon, GenArts, GoPro, Maxon, Red Giant and more.

“We want to reward and inspire creatives,” says Matt Aindow, pro video consultant at Scan, “so we’ve joined forces with our partners [including] Oscar-winners Framestore, Red Digital Cinema, Dedolight, Ableton and RODE to share real-world skills and knowledge and provide artists with kickstarter opportunities.”

Win for motion graphics, photography, film and video

The categories most of interest to Digital Arts readers are likely to be the motion graphics/HDR photography and film/video.

In the motion graphics/HDR photography category, the prizes include a day a MediaCity-based VFX firm Space Digital – whose work includes Doctor Who – with their head of VFX, mentoring by Adobe Master Maxim Jago and a two-day Cinema 4D R15 training course (with a copy of the 3D suite to boot).

Head judge for this category is After Effects guru Trish Meyer of Crish Design.

In the film/video category, the prizes include a three-day REDucation video production course using Red cameras at Pinewood Studios, mentoring by Maxim Jago, Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve colour-grading software and the Reflectmedia Deskshoot Lite Bundle.

Head judge for this category is DoP and filmmaker Philip Bloom.

Scan and others are also running a series of events alongside the competition that aim to help creatives improve their skills. These range from live webcasts – from the likes of award-winning DoP Jonathan Harrison, Blackmagic, Rode – industry ‘speed dating’ networking events and an ‘ask a pro’ online session with Framestore’s Head of Nuke Russell Dodgson.

More info on the Velocity 2014 competition and events can be found at


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