20 Piermont Place, Raby Bay, Queensland, AU: This video was shot by Christine Bickley who has been shooting as a professional real estate photographer/videographer in the Brisbane, AU area since the beginning of 2012. Her husband, Graham is an agent. It looks to me like Christine is doing an outstanding job for having been in the business for just 11 months.
4455 Glen Falls Lane, Vail, CO: By John Nilsson. John and I had an interesting discussion about mixing stills with video. I'd not really thought much about why I don't like stills mixed in with videos but Johns video helped me get in touch with the potential elegance of seeing a quiet scene in video. The movement in property video, even though it is slight, can pull your attention into the scene. The winter creek scene near the start of John's video is an example. The water sound and slight movements are delightful. Then as you get inside the flickering movement of the fire or slight movement of the vegetation and clouds seen through the windows adds to the experience. But when video switches to a Ken Burns still, I notice it immediately feel cheated! The switch from video to still is particularly noticeable if the white balance of the stills don't exactly match the white balance of the video or if the image editing is slightly different. All these small details may seem nit-picky to some but in the elegant homes that John is shooting with just a music background where you don't have someone talking to distract your attention, I think it makes a difference.
How do you feel about mixing stills and video?
Jamie Hill a voice over artist: I was commenting to Malia Campbell this last week how much I liked the voiceover work that Jamie Hill did who narrated her Mercer Island video that I featured last week. Jamie's voice always stands out to me when I hear it because she narrated the video that Malia shot for the rental my wife and I sold earlier this year in Snoqualmie, WA. Besides sounding great Malia says Jamie is great to work with. So if you are looking for a voice over artist check out Jamie.