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Congratulations To Travis Rowan - July PFRE Videographer Of The Month

Published: 02/08/2014

TravisRowanVideoThe winner of the July video contest is Travis Rowan of Maui, HI.

Juror Hamish Beeston's says:

A lovely, classy film. Beautifully shot. Great light balance. Love the mix of wide angles and close-ups for textures / finishes, which real estate videos do so well. Also really good mix of slider and jib shots. My favourite shot was the through-the-waterfall one. Being really picky, there were a couple of shots where I would have been reaching for the rotate / distort features in the edit to make all the verticals bang on. But I am really anal about that and overall, it is a truly fantastic piece of work.

Juror Andy Carlson's says:

Beautiful. Good music choice and the editing is nicely timed with the music. Fans on low ads so much. I love the inside to outside move from closed to open doors at 59 sec. Hope you don't mind, I will probably attempt that one if the opportunity presents itself. The color looks spot on throughout. All of the movements are slow and subtle and make it very easy to watch. Love the underwater shot! This is just an all around pleasing video to watch. Well done.

Allan was off the grid, out in the bush, hunting boars during the voting so I voted for him this month. Here is how we ranked the top four videos follows:

  1. Travis Rowan 17 pts, #5 -Maui, HI  - Travis's video
  2. Josué Aton 12 pts, #7 - London, UK  - Josué's video
  3. Benjamin Secomb 6 pts, #2 - Brisbane, AU - Benjamin's video
  4. Heath Cowart, 5 pts, #3 - Asheville, NC - Heath's video

I'm in the process of scheduling a live google hangout, like we had this month for the still contest, to discuss Travis's winning video. I will announce the date and time when we get that decided. I will likely be the end of next week 8/8 or 8/9.

Here is Travis's notes on his video:

First off, thanks to everyone for the recognition and comments and a big thanks to Larry for building this community where we can all inspire and learn from each other. Andy, that's two in a row for Hawaii! Josue, awesome look to your video. I love the style, grading, titling and music. I'm a fan, thanks for your comments.

This is the second home I've shot for these sellers. The first was three years ago on a very different style of home. I was hired to shoot stills and offered to put a video together as another product. At that point, I had never made a video so it ended up being a cheesy slideshow with a few really bad video clips from a Nikon D300s. (If you dare: ) The stills and video were a hit with thousands of Youtube views and ultimately a bidding war on the property that ended well above asking price.

Fast forward three years and hundreds of videos later...I'm pleased with the progression but I know there is still much to learn. I was very grateful for the opportunity to work with these owners again on their latest creation. Their style and sense of design is really inspiring. I spent 1.5 days on location. I normally knock everything out in one day (Stills+Video) but I wanted to take a little extra time on this one. I find that shooting a great subject is easy, but doing it justice is the real challenge. I wanted the video to be dramatic rather than a "feel good home tour". I wanted it to look and feel expensive and seem important like: "Stop, you need to see this" The music really helped drive that emotion and the sellers and agent were blown away with the final product. Let the bidding war commence.

My video equipment: Panasonic GH3 shot flat at 1080 30p for most sequences and 60p for the water sequences or anywhere I want to slow down, Lumix 7-14mm, Lumix 12-35mm lens with Fader ND for most of the video. I may have used a Nikon D800 for a few of the evening clips while I was capturing stills and of course a GoPro Hero 3 Black in the pool!
Support Gear: Cinevate Atlas FLT slider + Aviator Travel Jib on a Manfrotto 755xb with 501HD head. All grading and editing in FCPx on a Mac Pro.

I just shot a new project yesterday with the GH4 and have a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera on the way...Can't wait to integrate these new tools into my work.

Larry Lohrman

11 comments on “Congratulations To Travis Rowan - July PFRE Videographer Of The Month”

  1. Fantastic work. But a huge shout out to Josué Aton. I found his video to be fresh inspiration and a masterly achievement of storytelling. The grading of the footage is spectacular. The camera movements and shots are well thought out and the soundtrack works flawlessly. I love the grading changes in the footage from the exterior shots to the crisp interior detailed shots. I also felt that I was given a tour of the home and it made sense. But more importantly, this dreamy video makes me want to see more. Like Quentin Bacon inspired me a few years ago, Josué has fueled my fire.

  2. Crongatulations Travis ! You deserve to win since your previous entries in those contest. You master your camera and your grading tool for both video and photography. I am really impressed about all the details, exposure and true vivid colors in all your single videos, the movements are really smooth, regular and elegant. I really like the shots in the swimming pool, i'm sure you got wet in certain shots which is not a problem in your location !
    Charlie, thank you for those kind words ! I really appreciate it ! I gave more information about my grading on the flickr video contest, as here it is more Travis space. Cheers.

  3. @jon & all - I just updated the link to Travis's video. Vimeo just notified Travis that they were making his video on his Vimeo Pro account private because it was real estate. So he had to put a page on his site that is not private and embed it.

    A large percentage of the RE videos submitted to this contest are using Vimeo Pro... apparently most don't realize that you are not allowed use Vimeo Pro for real estate video! I sure didn't.

  4. Hey Travis great work, it's awesome what you're producing with the GH3. We are inspired!

    It would be great to hear about your particular settings in the upcoming contest discussion 🙂

    +1 for the opening doors at 59 seconds. We had the opportunity to try out your move the day we watched your video and we managed to pull it off OK.

    We have the 'Ken Burns effect'. Perhaps we could dub your shot the 'Travis Rowan effect'?

  5. Congrats Travis, your video quality always seems to improve each time and really sets an industry benchmark, u r da man! And fantastic videos by all other contestants too.

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