I am absolutely astounded by the quality of work that was submitted this month, it was a pleasure just watching each of the videos for my own education as a fellow videographer. As you all have seen, it’s a tough call to choose just one, especially when there are so many interesting approaches here to consider, but when it came down to it, Hamish’s work is in every way a top notch professionally executed production, following a format that works for marketing almost any luxury good. In fact it reminded me a bit of what I’ve seen from many luxury goods companies lately, and certainly a style that will bring in consistent work on high-end projects. Thank you all for sharing your work with us, and congratulations to Hamish Beeston!
Allan, Patrick and I ranked the top 4 videos as follows:
I've added all the entrants names to their videos in the Video Contest Flickr forum.
Here are Hamish's comments:
Wow, thanks so much. I'm really chuffed to win this month's contest, especially in such a strong group of films.
It seems to me that real estate videos are a lot less common in the UK than in the USA or Australia - certainly I know of only a few of us specialising in the field - so it's fantastic to take part in a contest like yours, where you get to see a wide range of work from other professionals. There's so much to learn.
Of my fellow competitors this month, I was particularly taken with Charlie Dresen's Steamboat Springs film. Using the young son from the current family to front the piece is genius and Charlie has elicited a particularly charming and natural performance, beautifully illustrated by the property shots. We make lots of regular house tours, just set to music, which are fine in themselves, but I think having a good, authentic narrative can really lift a film.
I also learnt a lot from Barry Fisch's Circa de Tierra film. I have only used a UAV a couple of times for filming and my instinct (similar to using a full size helicopter for shooting say a country house) is always to get it way up high to capture those big landscape shots. But Barry's low level UAV work is amazing - glorious sweeps over the pool and just hovering a few metres above the drive - really lovely stuff.
So, once again huge thanks for voting my film the winner. It was a lovely project to do and that rare thing of an amazing property with a proper length of time to film it (2 full days on location). If anyone is interested, we did a blog piece on our Beeston Media website about how we went about making the film.