Revised 2021. We present the video finalists in our pet video Dash Kitten Video Challenge.
Why are we launching on 6th September? Well, today is the anniversary of Dash’s passing and we want to celebrate with more than tears. Dash was a helper, encourager and enabler. The tradition continues…..
The first #DKVideo Challenge was to encourage pet owners, and pet bloggers, to jump in and try their hand at creating video. This is one of those challenges to do by yourself, or with a friend or family member. Whether it was shooting a first time pet video. Or editing a movie, and using a specific technique to capture a moment. All entries were welcome for our general and relaxed theme ‘A Pet in All Seasons‘.
Each of the pet videos here marks a new experience for the maker, and this is important to remember. For some this was a big step into a new creative area which can take courage. Pet owners are often stepping into the technological unknown. Each of our cat movies, and dog movies shows a real willingness to jump in, take a chance, and learn!
We all have a list of challenges to do. Please take the time to watch all seven of our entries. You will be impressed.
YOU CAN MAKE A PET VIDEO
The Tabbies were first off the mark with their video. It is a genuine achievement, making a video on their phone long before we hit the pet video trail.
The Tabbies Mom Taken on August 16 2014
“I used the cell phone, an IPHONE 4s. The video features tuna of moon and is titled; “the most exercise he had in his life??” I have a very good friend who I “met” when we were still at the catster site who makes Calvin Collars; named for her boy Calvin, in his honor. Proceeds from each collar sold go to Best Friends. She sent this to tuna for his gotcha day in the hopes he would wear it.
Having gone nekkid his entire life; he was none to pleased to suddenly be wearing neckwear! [Note This video may take a moment to load.]
(2) Mary Di Tosto and Sadie from Your Designer Dog
My video is a slow motion compilation of a game of catch with my dog, Sadie the Yorkipoo. During the Dog Days of Summer when it’s too hot to play outside, we need to make our own fun indoors where there is air conditioning. Sadie’s favorite game to play inside is catch. She can sit on the nice, cool, leather couch and only has to jump up once in a while to snatch the ball out of the air. Then she can squeak the ball at her leisure, before rolling it off the couch so I can toss it to her again.
(3) Cathy Armato and Icy from Dogs Luv Us and We Love Them
This is my very first Edited video! I wanted to do a video for a sponsored blog post, and I needed a way to join two videos that were shot on different days. I also needed a way to transition between them and explain what happens between the two video segments. The first segment illustrates the issue I’m trying to solve. The second segment shows the positive result, after using their product.
I’m so excited that I learned how to edit out sections in the middle of a video. I have learned how to join two videos together, how to add a transition slide, and how to add a text slide. This was a huge learning experience for me! Thank you so much for all the information in your wonderful e-book. And in your blog posts, but most of all thanks for the encouragement to push myself and tackle video editing! My video isn’t fancy, but I’m really proud of my accomplishment.
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(4) Brian Frum of Brian’s Home
Here’s a peek into the not-so-secret lives of some of the 11 ferals we care for at Brian’s Home. We love them all.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t talk with my pets. Through the expression on their faces, the look in their eyes, the wag of their tails…they listen. Without saying a word, our canine companions speak volumes…and fill a place in our hearts that lasts forever. So when Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I played a game of fetch recently, we had our own “happy talk” together that we captured on video and then set to music.
We hope you’ll take a break with us and “catch” these feel-good messages we’d like to share. OH, and wait for it…don’t miss the silly blooper at the end. Thank you!
Our learning challenge was to create a video using the iMovie application for the first time and on a MacBook Pro. Our media included two different videos and still images taken with an iPhone and then uploaded to the program. Then we put together the final action video using the movie trailer template.
It took several attempts to figure out the best clips to use from the two base videos and the order in which to use them for best effect. It was also a challenge trying to figure out the best starting and stopping points of each action clip or how to create a continuous clip sequence.
Valentine the black Persian kitty sees an opportunity. He peers in the the box of Townhouse flatbread crisps that is conveniently sitting out on the table unopened. He peers in the box to spy it’s contents. He’s thinking it’s snack time and finds a tasty treat within his reach. But, the salty one is sneaky and keeps trying to slip away! Valentine is up for a challenge and it is not long before snacky cracker is taken down.
(7) The Chirpy Cats
As usual, Sly Pie, the youngest of the Chirpy Cats crew, is up for a game of patty cake but Mr. Jack just wants to sleep. Mr. Jack suggests to him to go somewhere else to find amusement. Sly Pie does just that and goes off to create his own joy! This is the first episode in our new segment called Caturday Voodles, created in iMovie and includes voice over with subtitles. We hope you enjoy it!
Now you have seen our fantastic pet video entries
We know that you will be inspired to make your own videos. We have plenty of tips and tricks in our blog posts and want you to go and grab your smartphone, or DLSP camera to make movies with.
Check out these posts:
- Tips and tricks for the absolute beginner movie maker.
- Five great smartphone movie editing apps
Remember, slow and steady is the best tip for any movie making novice.
Now, what are you going to make as your first amazing movie?
Marjorie and the Dash KittenCrew
Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.
She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.