The above video was a recent job I did here for the Sothebys Realty group. I was generally pretty pleased with how the video came out but more importantly the client was happy.
Like just about all the jobs I do, I look back at it and think about the things I would have done differently! The brief was to show a modern architecturally built home and the view/location from the home.
It was all shot on my Canon 80D with a slider and edited in FCPX.
The property was situated in a fairly dense residential area surrounded by much older and generally pretty average dwellings so the agent (and probably rightly so) didn’t want drone footage. However I think I could have snuck in a few drone shots that would have helped with the exterior shots and perhaps the amazing views to the lake.
Also its mid-winter here and the property doesn’t get good sun so I was always fighting the very blue (cold) shadow areas and I had to try and warm up a few shots in post production. I did this mainly by subtracting a bit of blue in colour correcting.
The agent also didn’t like a couple of the detail shots and the shot of the media room which I removed for their final edit and it was a case of trying to bargain off shots I liked for a visually pleasing edit and trying to please the client.
For those of you interested the property is selling for approx NZ$5.5 million.
Thanks for the background Grant. The final viewers seldom have any idea of the hurdles most shootings entail, both the photographic ones and the restrictions imposed by the client. We in California are right in the middle of our parched and brown season while you are in the middle of the frozen back season. We have to wait forever for twilight while you can miss it if you take too long over morning coffee. I love the video. As always a lovely balance of timing like a ballet.
Yes it’s always too easy to judge the final videos people put up (and I’m guilty of this) as like most things in life there is always a lot going in in the background that we as the viewers don’t know about. Cheers
Hello Grant. Great job as always. I love your detail shots. One quirk; the car reflection in the window at the :05 second mark. Yours? The agents? Anyway to remove it without too much trouble?
Yes good spotting, it was my car and it annoyed me as well that I didn’t spot it when shooting. If I had more time in editing I could have tried to remove it but would have been a bit tricky as the shot was moving. You can get a motion tracking masking plugin for FCPX which would be good to try. Cheers