I wanted to do a follow-up post that addressed Hamish Beeston's (one of the PFRE video jurors) comments on Jared Saulnier's winning video.
For those who didn't see Hamish's comment on the video, here it is:
"Wow. A film that oozes quality from the start with those amazing rich aerial shots. And adding the waves sound fx as well. Never heard that before in a coastal film but it works so well (and is kind of obvious too - why don't we all do it?). Great music track too and pacing. Good mix of CU details and wide shots. Careful, smooth gimbal shots. Things to improve? Well for me it is a little too long. I'd be interested in seeing a 3-4 mins version and think I would get the point in that (or maybe even less time). The other big issue this film raises is the old PFRE video favorite of how to shoot rooms with views on video. It's so hard to balance the bright light outside with the dark interiors. How to get around this? Is it OK to add some stills of key rooms with their views properly balanced? I see the logic of this but for me, it does bump me as a viewer out of the moment. This is a beautiful house in a beautiful location, beautifully shot, and then to bump in a still can kind of break the magic. It's obvious that some filmmakers manage this issue way better than others. Is it equipment? Time of day of shooting? Not sure of the answer."
Hamish raises a great question. I think it is interesting that in Jared's winning video, he uses several of the techniques (1, 3, & 4 stated below) for controlling window brightness. Here is my take on Hamish's question:
How do you keep windows from going too bright in your video?