I often despair at the abysmal quality of photographs and video turned out by a section of the current crop of self proclaimed "professionals", those who in reality are simply pretenders who base their entire new found career on a couple of "Likes" from relatives and mates on Facebook. And in certain region they seemingly abound: patronising men of "a certain age" who strut and swagger, boast and brag, and form themselves into exclusive cliques amid much self aggrandisement and mutual basckslapping: who demonstrate their superior expertise by uninvitedly critisiing, denigrating and at times vilifying anyone who they see as competition or a threat to their standing: who make it obvious women are only to be used as models or actresses to add sex appeal to their projects, make the coffee, and boost their egos.
And then after weeks, months, and sometimes years their masterpiece is released to the world, usually only on facebook: to the embarrassment of all who dare to view it is invariably a rat-arsed travesty: an unintentionally hilarious comedy of (fundamental) errors, and so low in quality it would not even make the cut for "Funniest Home Videos".
But at least a ray of optimism occassionally cuts through the anguish, despondency and melancholy.
And such is a recent multi prize winning video effort of a group of film students and actors: the majority between the ages of 10 and 18, busily working away and quietly achieving greatness: excellent acting, beautiful camera work, imaginative editing and cutting, beautiful settings and authentic costumes, impeccable attention to detail, and the most essential lingredient of all a very imaginative and creative treatment and storyline.