This past week, I was able to complete a video project I had been working on throughout November. You can see view it at the top of this page.
Working with Today’s Renovators, an Ottawa-based company, I shot and produced a video that showcased a home they’ve just renovated and are planning to flip.
You can read more about Today’s Renovators and the work they did on this 1950s home by clicking here.
From a video production perspective, this was my first time shooting a home renovation project. I used a lot of pans and tilts and made sure to keep the pace of the video elevated, with a new shot every few seconds. I also made use of the Ken Burns effect where video shots hadn’t turned out as well as I would have liked.
Lighting, as always, is very important in video. I made sure to bring a lighting kit with me to help the home look its best on camera. I feel it really payed off on the shots of the renovated hardwood floor.
After visiting the site and getting all my shots, I interviewed the co-owner of Today’s Renovators, audio only, and had him take me through all the work they did at the home. I parsed the 12 minute interview down to a quick and crisp two minutes and matched the audio up with the corresponding video shots, room by room.
I then visited freemusicarchive.org and found an appropriate piece of background music, added some simple graphics that featured the company logo and the video was complete.
With basic gear and a DIY attitude, I was able to put together a video that the client was more than satisfied with. Here’s a list of everything I used:
- DSLR camera (any camera that shoots HD video would work these days)
- $40 tripod (From Amazon)
- Four construction lights from Home Depot ($15 each)
- A shotgun microphone ($40 from China on Amazon)
- A sound recorder ($90)
Overall, a fun project, with positive feedback early on. Looking forward to doing more of this kind of stuff.
If you or your organization have questions about DIY video, don’t hesitate to contact me.