Video Production Company Durban – Property filming part 1

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from Durban’s no 1 video production company in Durban.  Today lets talk about filming properties.  We at GCV Productions have been filming properties for about a year now.  We call it a video walkthrough.  We use the DJI Osmo and a Canon DSLR for the photos.  The idea of a video walkthrough is for the property to be viewed by a potential buyer looking at photos and video.  I believe the photos are the first sell.  If a potential buyer likes the photos they will then move onto the video.

And obviously the photos and video must show the property in the best possible way.  I will attach some pics and a video of a recent property we filmed and photographed in Cowies Hill KZN.

 

The exterior of the property including the swimming pool, A nice and clean pool always adds attraction to a property photo

‘Time of Day’ can be very important when filming a property.  What is the sun doing at the time of filming or photographing.  Are harsh shadows developing, is the outdoor light too bright creating a silhouette?

Make sure all lights are turned on in the property (if possible) and toilet seats placed down.

Lets have a look at a few photographs taken last week.

These pics are of a 3 bedroom house for sale in Cowies Hill.  Time of day was about 10:30 am.  About 20 photos taken overall and a video showing the property.  A canon dslr is used to best show the property.  We could use a wider angle lens to possibly show off the size of the rooms.

Main bedroom.
Very open plan lounge with dining room, bar area as well as kitchen. An office is attached

SA Hollywood Directors

Hi, welcome to another blog from no 1 Video Company Durban.  Today lets talk about 2 very big Hollywood Directors…Gavin Hood and Neil Blomkamp.  Gavin Hood is on a very good role directing top films in Hollywood while Neil needs to prove himself with his next venture…Robocop.

Official Secrets is Hoods new film, here is a short synopsis…”Based on the book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War, Official Secrets tells the true story of British secret-service officer Katharine Gun, who during the immediate run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq leaked a top-secret National Security Agency memo. The memo which exposed an illegal U.S.-U.K. spying operation against members of the United Nations Security Council proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war.”

We are looking forward to Neills attempt at another Robocop.  This movie will skip all the sequels that followed after the firs Robocop.  It picks up from Robocop 1 which was my all time favourite.   But it is make or break unfortunetly as Neills last film, Chppie was a bit of a flop, although Neill insists the audience didn’t understand it.  His claim to fame was definitely “District 9” a Oscar nominated movie.

Hoods claim to fame was Totsie, and this film won Oscar for best Foreign Movie.   It was an excellent movie, well shot, good acting and well directed.

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Tsotsi - South African Oscar winner feature film

If you have not seen this film make a plan to watch it, its excellent and well deserves the Oscar.

It really did put South Africa on the map

 

 

 

Thats the end of part 1.  Please join us in the next Blog for Part 2

If you have queries regarding video please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions guy@gcv.co.za, www.gcv.co.za 

 

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Durban Video Production Company – the video interview part 3

Hi guys, welcome to the 3rd part of the video interview from Durban Video Production Company.  Lets talk about directing the interviewee.

  1.  Relax the person, make sure they at ease.  Understand it is difficult for them to talk on camera as they become very aware of what they saying and hoping what they say makes sense.  Seat them down and tell them to forget about all the goings on around them.  Know there will be lighting, sound and camera people getting equipment ready for the interview.  Make sure a glass of water is ready for the “dry mouth”.
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The video interview. Lights, sound, camera and crew make it very tense for the person being interviewed

All the activity on a video set can be very daunting.  It is very important to make the interviewer comfortable for filming.  Nothing happens straight away, it can be up to an hour before filming actually happens.  Be a good baby sitter and keep the environment calm.  It depends on you whether you want to show the questions beforehand.  Sometimes the interviewer would prefer to not reveal the questions.  Personally we always show questions, we want the best answers possible.  Brief the interviewee that retakes are possible.  Mistakes will happen and this can relax the person.

End of part 3

For further information regarding filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions email:  www.gcv.co.za  email: guy@gcv.co.za

Durban Video Production Company – the video interview part 2

Hi guys, welcome to the Durban Video Production Company 2nd part of the blog regarding video interviews.  Last blog we looked at the microphone.  This blog lets look at the framing. and operating the camera.

No 1:  Hold the camera steady or use a tripod.  An interview shot will go on longer than 15 seconds so make sure your arms are strong enough to support the camera.  A tripod is a safe bet, no need to have strong arms and more time to work on the interviewee and monitoring what they say.

No 2: Make sure lighting is good, don’t have an interviewee too dark or silhouetted.  Look at the background, avoid too busy or objects that may distract the viewer.  Book shelves may cause the viewer to see what books are being read.  Animals or sport in the background can be a distraction.  The background can tie up with the subject being discussed.

No 3 : Frame the interviewee so that the screen position is comfortable.  Make sure there is enough head room.  Don’t cut the subject off at irregular parts.  The screen position must be comfortable.

Have a look at the interview, this is a medium shot cutting the subject on the chest.  No need to be closer or further away, it is comfortable on the eye

That is the end of part 2, join us for part 3

video production durban blog – the video interview part 1

Welcome to another blog from Durban Video Production Company, today lets talk about the “video interview”.

Now with You Tube today and a lot of people filming their own interviews the biggest problem limiting a good interview is the sound.  Sound is always a challenge.  Whether a poor microphone is used, no microphone or ambient sound interfering with the sound.

Lets look at each part in detail.

Poor microphone :  Quite often the wrong microphone is used.  The best microphone can be a lapel microphone provided ambient sound is not too loud.

The Sony range of radio lapel mics are excellent quality used for interviews and tv.  GCV Productions has used a Sony lapel mic now for 10 years, never once filmed a poor interview.   However the lapel mic is not for every recording environment.  If an interview were to be filmed during a sports match the lapel mic could be lost in the crowd noise.  Never depend on the edit to try fix sound, it will not work.   Record the best possible sound on location, please do not rely on the edit suite to fix poor sound.  If a lapel microphone is to stay out of shot either you can hide the lapel mic under clothing or use a rifle mic.  Both work well but the lapel is designed for one person only whereas a rifle mic can record a conversation or a group.

No microphone:  There are so many videos on you tube using the camera mic to record.  This is generally bad quality unless the camera is close to the sound source.  “On board mics” as they call them or built in mics are generally poor quality with a tinny sound.  DSLR cameras do not have a microphone designed for good quality.  A mic too far from the sound source does not sound good.   You want to get the camera close to the source.

In part 2 we will discuss setting up the framing for the interview and how to film it.  Thank you for joining us.

For video information or filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions www.gcv.co.za or email: guy@gcv.co.za 

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GCV video company Durban update 2

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from video company Durban.  In the last blog we updated you as to what GCV Productions has been up to.  We have been busy in JHB filming videos as well as Durban.  The next couple of blogs we will update you guys.

Video number 2 was a short video representing finance department wanting to display their upgrade software that makes working with finances and suppliers more efficient and productive.  A video had been created using animation but this video belonged to another company.  We were to use same video but swap out the animation with actual footage of the staff.  Footage was filmed at the business Head Office in Sandton.

No challenges were faced except to get all the staff together at the same time to film.  The final video was then edited together and a voice over was included to swap out the

 

existing voice and to include a locally recorded voice over that will include the business name change.

Time was tight to get the video but worked in our favour was the structure of the video was in place because we were copying an existing video and therefore fairly simple to edit.

McDonald’s Head Office at 85 Grayston Street Sandton

 

 

 

Above is the location from where we filmed the video.

I hope you enjoyed watching the video.  Please leave any comments you may have and please contact us should you require any filming or editing.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have

Guy Crosbie

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Video Company Durban – Update

Hi everyone, welcome to another blog. What has Durban’s best video company Durban been up to.  It has been a busy 3 months with quite a few videos being produced.  I will list the links below.  GCV was in JHB producing videos for McDonald’s.   Some videos are still being produced so should hopefully be done soon.

video 1:  A team of 4 at Boxer requested their project be made into a video.  McDonald’s is looking at petrol free delivery vehicles.  Have a look at the video link for what we were able to come up with.   Below are pics taken from the video shoot at  Kyalami McDonald’s in Gauteng.   The delivery vehicle is a trike, runs on battery, no fuel, no exhaust fumes and very very quiet on the road.

Filming took a few hours with pics on a canon 60D, action movement filmed on the DJI osmo and a sony nx3 for the customer interview.

Have a look at the video below :

We hope you enjoyed the video above.  The video went on to win best presentation.  Well done Anesa and her team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading my blog.  We will keep you updated to all our news in KZN

The vehicle you will be seeing on the roads soon delivery your ymmy Mcdonalds order.

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Durban video production – Matching video cameras

Hi guys, welcome to another great Durban video production blog.  Lets talk about matching camera settings for filming a project.  What goes into picture settings?  Often video projects will require more than 1 camera to cover the event.  What you want is cameras all recording a similar image in screen size, colour and attributes.

  1.  video format.   You want all cameras to be filling the same amount of screen, in other words make sure all setting match eg HD or 4K.  Set your cameras to HD 1o80i or 1080p.  Interlace vs Progressive.
  2. White balance. Make sure your colour temperature is matching. Check white balance settings which is…outdoor, indoor, tungsten, shade etc…
  3. ISO   if possible film with a low ISO and avoid automatic settings.
  4. Match shutter speed as much as possible
  5. ND filter. Check ND filters are matching.

What settings above can be adjusted in the edit?

  1. An HD size video can fill a 4K screen but there will be quality loss.  An untrained eye will most probably not see the difference between 720 and 1080 HD
  2. White Balance can be adjusted in Colour Balance effect.  Reds or Blues can be added to a video image.  But please be careful that the extremes are not too much.
  3. ISO cannot be fixed in the edit. Grain in your visual is not going anywhere.  Please check ISO settings befor efilming.

 

the cameras below all have different looking visuals.  The cameras can blend in to look very similar if a bit of work is done in the edit.  The DJI has a flat sharp image, same as drone looking.  Very clear.  No focus issues.

 

Video company Durban – A Message to Students

Hi all, welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video company Durban, we talking to students going out into the video or film industry.

A question I have looked at very carefully is…was it worth studying video, is someone at an advantage with 3 years of film school behind them?  Personally I have never been asked to provide a CV except to lecture at DUT and Damelin.  How do I differ from the video guy that buys a nice camera and calls himself a cameraman?   I did learn a lot at DUT Video Technology but I do believe a youngster can learn just as much assisting at a video company or a cameraman.  Video is practical, all the theory cannot get you ready for the shoot that happens live or a wedding that you have one shot at getting right.

Studying video / film / TV gives the student good exposure to the different aspects of production.  Careers are created from writing scripts, looking for talent, recording sound, editing  and video marketing.   Its not all about filming and editing.  Imagine the career of a Focus Puller, his job is to adjust the focus of a camera during filming…that’s it.   But it is a very important job because if it is wrong you cannot fix it in the edit.  Focus and over exposure are generally two things you cant fix in the edit.

Personally I don’t believe video needs 3 or 4 years of study.

Get good experience working in the industry assisting the cameraman or editor or location manager.  Don’t believe if someone tells you you must study or get some sort of diploma or certificate.  You can learn so much involving yourself in the work or a company of what it is you want to do.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding video.

Regards

Guy Crosbie

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Video company Durban – Can I shoot a movie on my phone?

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the no 1 video company Durban.  Today lets talk about making movies on your phone.

“Can I make a movie on my phone?”   The answer is Yes. But remember the most important thing when making a movie is the story.  You can have the best movie equipment in the world but it wont matter if your story is flat.

I have seen movies shot on very expensive video gear but the acting was so poor I could not carry on watching.  So please bear that in mind.

Lets say you have a good story.  Now you want to film using your phone.   You would have to really know how to use your phone well to use it for filming.  There will be no way you can record good sound.  Cell phones can record sharp HD or 4 K images but sound recording is very poor.  Recording sound would have to be done separately.

No I would also say other equipment will be needed for the phone.  Keeping the phone steady will be important.  A small tripod can be used or a gimbal.

The visual look the camera gives you will be very different to film.  Zero depth of field.  Images will appear flat but technology is improving so this will definitely change in the near future

Lenses are not interchangeable.  This limits the filmmaker to very narrow selection of shots.  I suppose there will be extras you can buy for phones to change this but they will be very limiting and gimicky which wont give your production a professional look

Phone footage wont allow for any grading in the edit, colours will look washed out with very little dynamic range.

GCV Productions is a professional video production company.

For further information please call Guy Crosbie on +27721281823.  email:guy@gcv.co.za