I have been busy shooting over the past month and had the opportunity to put together a quick piece for a friends’ constuction company. They built one of the most gorgeous custom estates I have seen and were looking for a piece to showcase the homes beauty. Here is a look at the final video and a bit more behind the scenes details below.
The shoot itself went fairly smooth. The client hosted a party with their closest friends and we simply filmed it. Occasionally, I would pull the guests aside to film quick parts and, direct them when to laugh. I filmed with the Sony FS7 and the Sony A7S mounted on the Ronin. This gave us the ability to switch between shots with movement and closeup shots rather swiftly. We also achieved several drone shots with the DJI Phantom 3 Professional. One of the guests arrived in a beautiful, red vehicle. We immediately realized it would be sleek to include it in the piece. For the opening shot we arranged for the owner to arrive at the house as we pushed in with the Phantom. We also were paying attention to the setting of the sun as we had to make sure we grabbed all our outside shots before it went down. This means we had to Plan The Shoot, Shoot The Plan. We knew that we would film all our exterior shots first while we had the beautiful low light. Then we moved everyone down to the basement for the interiors. This made the entire night relatively stress free and I didn't find myself afterwords 'missing specific shots' in the edit.
The one tricky shot was capturing was the water falling from the ceiling into the master ensuite bathtub. The walls were white and we didn’t have a strong enough light source to backlight the water. Without this backlight the water was hard to see in camera. I ended up contacting a friend who does visual effects and he added more water, digitally, in order for it to be seen clearer, as it falls into the tub. Other than that we didn't really have any other dilemmas or obstacles and overall I am pretty happy with how the piece turned out.