“Driven Creativity” Competition Winners Announced

November 22, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions | 1 Comment |
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G-Technology has announced the grand prize winner and individual category winners of its 4th annual Driven Creativity competition. The overall winner is Stephen Murphy, who won the grand prize for his role as director of photography on the film “Coward”.  Entered in the Professional Short Film category, “Coward” tells a touching story of two Irish soldiers who leave their homes to fight in World War I.  It balances the truth and the hardships they endure, while delivering a compelling cinematic approach to storytelling. In the Photography category, the amateur and professional winners are Christian Meermann for his image Thinker (above) and Clair Anderson, respectively. You can view Stephen Murphy's winning video after the jump.

"COWARD" from Stephen Murphy - Cinematographer on Vimeo.

G-technology Press Release

G-TECHNOLOGY® NAMES GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN ITS 2013 “DRIVEN CREATIVITY” COMPETITION

Stephen Murphy Wins €5,000 and a G-Technology G-DOCK ev™ with Thunderbolt™ for his Film “Coward”

LONDON, Nov. 19, 2013 - G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the creative professional market, today announced the grand prize winner of its 4th annual Driven Creativity competition. The competition, which celebrates talent in short film, photography, animation, GoPro® active film and music, drew in more than 1,200 entries from across Europe.

The competition’s overall winner is Stephen Murphy, who won the grand prize for his role as director of photography on the film “Coward”.  Entered into the Professional Short Film category, “Coward” tells a touching story of two Irish soldiers who leave their homes to fight in World War I.  It balances the truth and the hardships they endure, while delivering a compelling cinematic approach to storytelling.

"The creative team behind ‘Coward’ is thrilled to have been chosen as the winner of the Driven Creativity 2013 contest,” said Cinematographer Stephen Murphy. “Our film represents over a year’s work, with more than 100 technicians helping to bring it to the screen, so the recognition this award brings is truly satisfying. The €5,000 prize will be shared between me, our Director Dave Roddham and Producer Dave Komaroni. The G-Technology G-DOCK ev™ will house all of the digital assists belonging to the film, and the prize money will be invaluable in helping us with our next project - developing ‘Coward’ into a full feature film."

Murphy collected high scores from each member of the judging panel, garnering unanimous praise for his work on “Coward”. Nino Leitner, filmmaker and a G-Technology Driven Creativity judge, said, “’Coward’ has incredible production values and is very, very well executed. It looks like a major Hollywood production.” Fellow judge John Aizlewood called Murphy’s film “a thing of undeniable beauty.”

“While our premium external storage solutions are an important part of the creative process, our Driven Creativity competition gives us a chance to connect with our customers in a different way – to showcase and celebrate their talent,” said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology. “The amount of entries and the quality of the entries this year were amazing, and I’d like to thank all those who participated.”

The People’s Choice and category winners in this year’s Driven Creativity competition are:

The People’s Choice

·         Mario Scala for his song “Somewhere Unique and Awfully Chic”

Short Film

·         Amateur:  Joe Cottrell-Boyce for “Treasure”

·         Professional:  Stephen Murphy for “Coward”

Animation

·         Amateur:  Marc Zimermann for “Start Watching”

·         Professional:  Patrick De Carvalho for “Premier Automne”

Photography

·         Amateur:  Christian Meermann for “Thinker”

·         Professional:  Clair Anderson  for “Untitled”

Music

·         Amateur:  Dave Greening for “To Find a Girl”

·         Professional:  Rat-Patron for “Oradour-sur-Glane

GoPro Active

·         Osika Hervé for “Aeronavale - Flottille 12f - Les Lascars”

A jury panel of G-Technology G-TEAM members and industry professionals judged the shortlist of candidates to decide the winners in each category; basing their decisions on the uniqueness, quality, creativity and the resourcefulness that went into achieving the end result of each category winning entry.  The G-Technology Driven Creativity judges included Portrait Photographer Tom Barnes, Director and Filmmaker Philip Bloom, Photo Journalist Genaro Bardy, PhotographerDavid Partner, Director of Photography Sebastian Wiegärtner and Author and Broadcaster John Aizlewood.

A full list of the judges, category winners, and runners up can be found at http://www.g-technology.eu/competition.

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#1 Christian Meermann

It's 10th February today and I haven't received the promised prize yet. Right now I am still waiting for G-Technology to comment on why I haven't received the prize yet and how this matter can be settled.

10:00 am - Monday, February 10, 2014