December 1st, 2015
Congratulations to Hamish Beeston of Bristol, UK who the video jury has voted PFRE videographer of the month for Oct/Nov. Click on the image to the right to have a look at Hamish’s winning video.
Hamish has the distinction of being the first contestant ever to win both the still photo contest and the video contest in the same month. Great work Hamish!
Here is the ranking results of the jury’s voting. To view the videos click on the entry numbers below and then click on the video link in the description field of the entry:
- #11, Hamish Beeston, Bristol, United Kingdom
- #9, Ryan Fletcher, Big Island, Hawaii
- #13, Matt Van Emmerick, Kelowna, British Columbia
- #12, Allan MacKenzie, Mooloolaba,Australia
- #8, Jim Barnes, El Dorado Hills, California
- #2, Jeff Griggs, Folsom, California
- #3, Lyndon Davey, Perth, Australia
- #1, Daniel Saboune, Sydney, Australia
- #5, Matthew Stallone, Woodbridge, Ontario
- #14, Justin Grafton, Astoria, Oregon
- #7, Vic DeVore, Clermont, Florida
- #10, Peter Daprix, Ojai, California
- #4, Steve Loos, California
- #6, Jennifer Arnett, Canton, Michigan
This was an amazing set of videos this month. Be sure to check the jurors, comments in the Video Contest Flickr pool.
Here are Hamish’s comments on his video:
Huge thanks to all the judges for your votes this time. I’m really delighted. Congratulations to all the other contestants too – there’s a fantastic range of styles in this mix and the standard gets better and better every time.
My main impression this month is how well aerial shots are now being integrated with the regular footage. Instead of the traditional chunk of really high aerials, then the ground footage, some of the films here have an amazing seamless mix throughout the piece, with the aerials at all heights and angles.
It’s also really interesting to see two excellent and different approaches to using people (actors / owners?) as non-speaking characters on-screen. I’ve always found it tricky to strike the correct (non-cheesy!) balance when doing this, so it’s great to see it done so well here.
Huge thanks also to the team behind the very special London mews house which features in this film. In particular, the design / finish / architectural detailing is way better than a lot of places I shoot, which means that you can really go to town on the close-up images and there are lots of nice symmetrical lines to exploit.
Finally, thanks to my assistant Billy Bolton, who shot second camera on this project and also did a chunk of the editing. Top work.
Some notes on the film:
- The main filming day was 12x hours on location in which we shot property footage for the video and c50 stills. We also spent 2-3 hours on another day filming the local area park and street shots.
- Main camera was a Sony Fs7, using S-log3 picture profile at 3840×2160. Lenses were Canon L-series 16-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm, mounted on Metabones Speedbooster adapter (which makes the Fs7’s sensor effectively full-frame).
- Grip equipment was tripod, Wally Dolly track system and DJI Ronin (with a Sony A7s on board).
- Edited / colour-graded on Premiere Pro. Mastered to 1920×1080 .mp4 master file.
Re the format of the film, the brief from the owner / developer was to produce a piece to celebrate the project, as opposed to promote it for sale. Hence the more-in depth interviews that included not just the architectural designer but also the special water guy and the neighbour across the street. Interestingly, once we had delivered the film, the client asked for a shorter version too, without interviews, which you can see on a link from the video page.