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Congratulations to Andre Mckenzie - PFRE Videographer of the Year for 2020!

Published: 29/12/2020

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Congratulations to Andre Mckenzie from Toronto, Ontario, Canada; PFRE Videographer of the Year for 2020! Andre won the March 2020, July 2020, June 2019, and February 2019 Videographer of the Month Contests and has gone on to share his passion and knowledge for his craft with hundreds of real estate photographers/videographers from around the world.

Here is what Andre had to say about the win:

Wow, this just made my entire year guys! I am so proud to be a member of PFRE. Thank you very much to the judges and the entire PFRE community for voting me as the Videographer of the Year 2020! It’s humbling to receive this recognition amongst a community filled with so many talented individuals.

There's so much to say about 2020, and so much has happened. With my business, I have been very fortunate to have had one of the best years to date, having the opportunity to shoot some spectacular properties for some of the most recognized real estate professionals here in Toronto, Canada. I’m extremely grateful and appreciative that they continue to trust me to deliver for them and their clients. 

I was very lucky this year to not have been affected negatively by all that transpired. All in all, it was a very smooth year, and while the COVID-19 pandemic challenged me to maneuver around it, everyone that I had the pleasure of working with was so accommodating and cooperative while we all navigated this complicated situation.  

This year, I was also lucky enough to be invited by Brandon to speak at the PFRE 2020 virtual conference, where my session covered “Getting Started With Real Estate Video”. I hope those who attended all had a chance to view my talk and were able to get some value from it. If anyone has any questions about how to get started with real estate video, please reach out to me on Instagram @SilverHouseHD 

For anyone just starting out, my advice would simply be to not get hung up on the gear and equipment you're using. You don’t need the best and most expensive gear to get started. If you have a camera that shoots video, just start by filming your own house, editing it to music. Two important things to keep in mind are: 1. Fully understand how to use your camera efficiently which will become muscle memory allowing you to work fast and efficiently. Focus on mastering your exposure for any given interior room. 2. Learn how to compose your shots for real estate video the best you can, a simple straight-on symmetrical one-point perspective shot in video can be very dynamic if the room is staged for that type of shot. Following the rule of thirds for composition can also prove to be one of the most useful and easiest techniques to compose in any room.

I should also mention that I am producing a full length course on “How To Shoot Real Estate Video” which will be available in Q1 of 2021.

Thank you very much again PFRE for the recognition and award and special thanks to Brandon for hosting an amazing PFRE 2020 Conference. I’m proud to be a part of this community and am constantly learning and growing from the outstanding skill, expertise, and knowledge that is shared. Many thanks again, and wishing you all a Happy New Year and much success in 2021!

Brandon Cooper