The video above was created by Quentin Bacon, with whom I’ve collaborated before. Be sure to click the “Full Screen” button so you can appreciate the incredible quality Quentin got shooting with the Canon 5d Mark II.
Your typical real estate video is pretty awful. Some guy rests a camcorder on his shoulder and walks through the house, giving you motion sickness (and a deep sense of dread as he approaches yet another stairwell). Worse yet are the ones where the real estate agent tries to become a TV personality.
Quentin’s vision was a little different. He left the house itself mostly to me (to capture with stills), and focused instead on lifestyle. If you take a look through the property website, you’ll see that many of my photos also feature people; a big part of the creative vision for this campaign was to showcase the lifestyle one has at this house. Video and Stills were planned to complement each other; there’s some overlap, but some things we felt were better suited to one medium or the other, so we didn’t try to duplicate everything. You’ll also see images made by my associate, Patti Chandler, who spent one long day shooting and assisting me on some of the key interior shots.
The video and stills were shot over a 3-day period, and a lot of coordination and planning took place to ensure that things went smoothly. A scouting trip had taken place a few weeks before, and Quentin worked up a rough schematic of the house and grounds and we planned our shots around that, figuring out ways to keep ourselves and our gear out of each other’s shots. We were also sharing talent, so that had to be figured in, too. Aerials happened on yet another day, and Quentin returned to the property some weeks later to pick up yet more footage and also to re-shoot some of the scenics of the surrounding hills, which had greened up considerably with the winter rains.
Shooting began each day pre-dawn, and continued until well after dark. Actually, it continued all night, since I was shooting star sequences for THIS shot. We went to bed pretty tired. But at the same time, I was always pretty pumped about the next days’ shot list, so getting up was no problem, either!
Below are some of my favorites from the project.