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This Week In Real Estate Video #73 – Ethan Tweedie Does Property Video

Published: 31/08/2013
By: larry

Ethan Tweedie, on the Big Island of Hawaii is expanding into property video. Ethan uploaded his first property video to YouTube just last week. He said:

It took forever to get this done! It was like a very difficult homework assignment on top of all my normal work! It was a huge learning process, and I could not have done it without Malia's help!

Malia Campbell took a break from her shooting schedule in Seattle to help Ethan get up to speed with property video. I was kidding Ethan that I saw a couple of moves in this video that look like the ones Malia does, but Ethan pointed out that he's also doing a lot Steadicam sequences in this video that Malia doesn't use.

I think it's interesting how everyone has their own very personal shooting style. Great start Ethan!

16 comments on “This Week In Real Estate Video #73 – Ethan Tweedie Does Property Video”

  1. Wow. Pretty stunning job for the first video! This is one of the best, and most appropriate property videos I've seen. If it we're me, I'd probably do a bit less steady cam stuff and more on a track or dolly and shorten the whole thing by 30 seconds. But seriously, you got the lighting, music, angles and pace of editing and "flow" down really well.

  2. Well, at the risk of being stoned and black-balled, I will say I don't like this video. It looks like someone that went out and purchased a jib, a slider, and a Stedi-Cam and had to show it off.

    Video (movies) are about motion, not necessary camera motion! There is a lot to be said letting the subject do the moving while the camera is steady and not moving. The waterfall has tons of motion, the tub water has motion, the leaves moving have motion so why do we need to move the camera too? Anyway, the video made me feel like I was standing on a moving ship!

    Sorry not be one who waves the - 'I love the video' - flag, but watch some of the others here and you will see that that the camera does not need to move in every shot. Just my opinion (and it's only my opinion).

  3. Thank you all, I appreciate all the positive and negative feedback!!

    @Chet, your point about "It looks like someone that went out and purchased a jib, a slider, and a Stedi-Cam and had to show it off." Is more or less true!! All of these were brand new tools and it will take a while to learn how to use them and when to use them!!! Thanks for chiming in!

    Some of the technicals.

    Canon 1Dx and Canon 5D3
    Premier Pro CC
    Glidecam HD 2000
    Kessler KC-Lite 8.0
    Glidetrack 21

  4. @Eathan,

    I know one lousy comment can spoil the day! I hope you didn't take it that way! When I was in film school at college the professor once said that every frame of a movie IF stopped should be a great still photo. Actually, Alfred Hitchcock was the one who said that but I got the idea! The other main thing was 'let the subject tell the story'. Not really any different from a good RE still. The photo should tell the story! Video is very difficult to do....we all want to get carried away! It's takes great restraint to make a video (movies) esp. today with all the gimmicks. Hey, at least you didn't have the gyro copter fly-over!

    One of the greatest scenes every filmed was in the movie Psycho (not the shower one..haha), But the one where Marion is in the car at the stop light watching pedestrians walk in front and then she sees her boss and the other fellow. The camera was rock steady, yet the scene had tremendous impact and very high tension! All created by camera angle, subject motion and lighting. (ps, Hitchcock also walks by too, you got to be fast to catch him).

    Anyway, photographically your video great! I liked that part. Would have been interesting to see how that would have turned out with JUST using slow pans. Maybe one or two slider shots here and there and one or two jib shots. Bet you might have had a winner!

  5. Great stuff Ethan -- I'm all for trying out all the techniques you can in these types of videos!

    That's the great thing about this field of RE -- you can cut your teeth on video and you will soon get a feel for what works and what doesn't.

  6. @Chet I didn't take it that way!! Your points are well taken! Truly it was an exercise trying out all the tools. I spent the entire day at this house, thankful that the agent gave me free reigns!

    @Charles It is fun and very challenging! Thank you for the encouragement!

  7. @Ethan, I just took a look at your website. Your work is stunning! Maybe some of the best twilight photography I've ever seen. It's really WOW!! So now I know when you get this video thing figured out...it's going to be worth watching. I only wish my work was up to your standards!!!

  8. Really great start Ethan... I'm a fan of your stills especially resort, landscape and starscape work which is stunning. I also loved the timelapse of the milky way, really great and already the motion is on par with your great still work - Look forward to what you do next.

  9. Funny thing...I just watched Psycho the other day from beginning to end for the very first time.....what a great flick. You can learn a lot from watching old movies like this!

    The comment that everyone has there own style could not be more true. One thing I would also add about real estate videos - the idea that agents can create a market presence by being in their property videos is important (at least we think so). We have about 80 videos online and Laura is actually beginning to develop of reputation around our market for her work showing homes in videos online. That is something that can be exploited and market.

    Creating a freshness is hard!

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