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More Real Estate Videos!

I have had the pleasure to work with Merrill L. Thomas Inc. recently doing more real estate videos for some amazing high end properties!  Most are edited to music and are done mostly for social media use and promotion.  (All of them live on the website for that properties listing too).  Some however are more like mini-documentaries, telling the story of the property from a first person perspective.  With my documentary background from working at PBS for 11 years, these are right in my swing zone!  Below are some examples of both types that I have made with Nick Politi of Merrill Thomas.

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The Stagecoach Inn – Lake Placid, NY

This is a promotional video I recently made for a beautiful Inn dating back to the early 1800’s. Decided to try and do it more “Documentary style”.  I actually shot the couples first visit and then at the end of the stay did an interview to capture their feelings about it. Was meant to be mostly from the female perspective. It really is selling unplugging, relaxing and reconnecting with a spouse as much as this particular place. That’s a little different than most promo videos but I think it worked overall.  It tells a story and that is more interesting I think than just having a narrator tell stats and scripted material about the property.  I also wanted it to be told mainly from the woman’s perspective, finding the song was a key part to giving me the idea on how to put this all together.

The owners of the Inn are friends of mine that I got to know by filming their wedding in lake Placid in 2010!  The couple visiting are also friends of mine that didn’t know the owners or had ever stayed at the Inn before.

Tech details:  Shot with the EOSHD Pro Color 3.0 Picture profile for the SONY A6500 and a SONY A6300 on a Zhiyun Crane gimbal. Also used a edlekrone motorized slider for several shots.

 


“Living and Working in…” regional tourism videos

Last summer I had the pleasure to work on this series of videos for Northern Adirondack Board of Realtors.  It was also a chance to work with my former colleague Kari Hoffman, who was the Producer on these.  The idea was to highlight what select towns in the region are like to live and work in for potential home buyers.  We shot the vast majority of it, but some select shots were supplied by ROOST.  Kari did the rough editing in FCPX to flesh out the story lines, then I did the final edits by adding music and effects, B-roll and all graphics etc.

 


“Grace Guitarz” promo video

Nothing I like better than making a promotional video for a small company doing great things!  Grace Guitarz is just such a company.  It consists of two people (and their dog Bullock) making world class guitars.

Tom and Tracy are some of the nicest folks you could ever hope to meet.  They converted their old garage into a wrokshop and formed GRACE GUITARZ.  Their work is impeccable and if you get some time check out their website for some more information and high resolution to their work.

This was filmed over almost 8 months of time, thus the winter and summer footage in the same short video!  Sometimes it just takes a while to make it come out just right.  We were waiting for one of their house concerts in the summer to really show that they eat, sleep and breathe music!

For those who are into production details, I used my Canon C100 for the interviews shooting in Clog profile.  Then I used my Sony A6300 shooting at 120fps for the broll.  This allows for those super slow motion shots seen throughout the film.  I think slow motion is sometimes overused lately.  However, I felt it really showed the detail and craftsmanship of what they were doing.  I noticed things when playing it back in slow motion that I just didnt catch in real time.  The bits of dust coming off the sanding block, the particles floating in the air during the cutting of the wood… all microscopic details that show when you can alter time!

 


Epic Great Camps in the Adirondacks!

Been having the honor and pleasure of shooting some fantastic camps/homes in the Adirondacks that are for sale.  My friend Nick Politi of Merril L. Thomas Inc. asked me to shoot some of them.  The first two here were just set to music.

This third one however the owner agreed to be interviewed for a more documentary styled video.

I hope you enjoy them and if you decide to buy one from seeing it here first…I’d be more than happy to come stay and film some more!  🙂

 


More Cumberland 12 Movie Theater policy videos!

These are always fun to make!  This summer we made three new policy videos for our local movie theater.  These run before the movie and are a lighthearted way to remind people to not bring in food, be annoying with your cell phone etc.

My friend and colleague Todd Brunner and his family were again used as “the annoying ones”.  I also had many friends, neighbors and some theater employees help to fill out the crowd.  Everyone was trying to keep from laughing as Todd and his antics are quite hilarious!  The manager has said he has seen real results from the “Dick and Mary” spot we created last year, with fewer people talking on their phones during the movies.  That’s always great to hear!


SUNY Plattsburgh Music video!

This was an incredibly fun project to work on!  When Paula Bachman of the SUNY Plattsburgh admissions office started to talk about making a music video for incoming accepted students, I was excited and nervous at the same time.  The idea was to show the students and staff of the college dancing and singing to the song but also to show as much of the campus “in the background” as we could. With the possibility of hundreds of participants, and as much as 30 locations for a 3 minute song, it was a little unnerving to think about pulling off.

Luckily Paula would handle the coordination with all the students, groups and faculty and try to schedule them in as few days as possible.  (She is AMAZINGLY organized)!  We then mapped out the locations of the campus we wanted to include, then what parts of the song would be lip synced and what parts would be danced too.  Then as the list of participants came in, we decided who would sing what parts.  We used a small bluetooth speaker for location playback off of an iphone.  It was difficult to pre-plan much beyond that as we never knew how many would show up or what they had for props etc.  We also had to think fast to design the shot for each as most people only had 15-30 minutes.

Everyone was really into it and made shooting fun!  Usually once we nailed the “action” we would rewind that section of the song and then shoot it several times.  I used a 11-16mm wide angle Tokina lens on almost every shot so we could see the campus “in the background” and did the entire shoot handheld to give it the energy and drive it needed.

The biggest challenge was clearing the rights to the music!  It took SUNY Legal over a year to do it!!  The music industry has GOT to make that easier.

Anyway, please enjoy this video, 3 minutes…and several weeks of work to make!