I have to say mate was that was tough! Hawaii certainly is well represented with good talent and make the top 3 cut but just got taken at the finish line with the personal touch portrayed by the homeowners, they pulled it off excellently and sold the dream with all the right words in my opinion by some good clever editing and visual storytelling by the creative behind this video. Overall a great start and congratulations to everyone that submitted their videos.
Allan ranked the top 4 videos as follows:
Here is Patrick's part of this post:
I am absolutely thrilled to have one of my videos chosen! I've been building my business (Vantage Photography, LLC) in Santa Fe, NM over the past 3 years since I graduated from college. For its size, Santa Fe has a remarkable real estate market, with everything from tiny 100 year old adobe casitas to 10,000 acre ranches. So, even in that short time, I've been fortunate to have plenty of challenges to work through when anticipating a shoot.
In the case of the series of videos I put together for Grand Isle Resort & Spa, the challenge was undertaking my first international shoot, with the owners to be giving their testimonials on-camera. At the time, I didn't typically shoot testimonial style videos, and this meant one thing which usually isn't the case for me: no pick-ups, and no re-shoots. I did my best to be as thorough as possible in planning the shoot with my client. Considering things such as when I needed to be where to get the right light, which owners needed to be present and prepared for each scene, and all the b-roll that would be necessary in anticipation of the things the owners might mention in their testimonials. I now have even more respect for those who work as production assistants!
Fortunately, I didn't fall into the sea, or forget to turn any mics on, so everything worked out great! That reminds me, in case anyone is interested in the kit I brought along, I used a GH3 as my A-cam (love it for the 1080/60p), two hacked GH2s, a variety of zooms and primes (mostly used the zooms), a Konova slider, a Glidecam HD2000, a shoulder rig, a shotgun mic setup (never used it), a few lavalier mics, a few tripods for simultaneous timelapses, a few collapsable reflectors, and 3 1x1 LED Litepanels, which definitely came in handy.
The quality of work from the PFRE crowd seems to always lead to stiff competition, so I'm very pleased to have been chosen, and I can't wait to see what else comes from the contest in the coming months!
Another development in the video contest since my last post on this subject is that Wes Moore of iPlayerHD has offered to give each month PFRE videographer of the month one year of free hosting service (worth $360). This giveaway is void where prohibited by law, which is at least in RI and perhaps in some other countries. Thanks Wes for you generosity and support of the PFRE video contest!
I have posted all the video entrants names in the video contest forum. Also, I'll be adding Patrick's comments on his video to this post when I get them.