Photographer Promo: PerspectivEye Photography

It’s finally here. For a while there, I wondered if it would ever happen. In June of this year I was scheduled to fly out to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to film the promo video for Gabe McClintock’s studio, PerspectivEye. Due to some passport issues (i.e. I didn’t have a current one and they wouldn’t let me board without one, despite the consulate’s office saying at the time that US citizens didn’t need one to cross into Canada. But, please, don’t get me started.) A lot of time and money was lost as I had to turn around and head back home that day from the Atlanta airport.

Finally, in late July, passport in hand, I made it, only to be stopped at the Calgary customs office. I guess they didn’t take kindly to an American shooting a video in Canada—taking business away from those poor Canadians I suppose. (Note: if you’re traveling from the US to Canada to do work, lie!) Heck, as many wedding videos as my friends at StillMotion do in the states, turn about is fair play as far as I’m concerned! 🙂  Anyway, after about an hour’s wait, Gabe convinced the customs agent to let me across (I think he had to promise his next born child or something.) It probably helped that the customs agent must have thought I was a complete basket case and needed the help. While at the Calgary airport, she asked me where the person I was visiting lived. I told her, “I think he lives in Alberta.” Yes, geography was not my best subject in school.

Then as we were filming the next day at one of the beautiful parks (which you see in the opening scenes), it started to pour rain! Was someone up there trying to tell us something?

However, not unlike the struggle a butterfly goes through to break out of its chrysalis, through the struggle to get this promo made, a beautiful video was born. So here it is. Gabe’s promo. And it’s our first, 100% 5D Mark II photographer promo. Enjoy!

16 thoughts on “Photographer Promo: PerspectivEye Photography

  1. Great job! I dig the fact that you focused more on story and did not let the effects get in the way. I noticed you chose not to add motion to the photographs. This works well with your simplistic approach. I personally would have added some slight movement to the stills. Not too much, just enough. It felt a little slow without it. I can see why you didn't though…

  2. Thanks for the compliments Tim. Normally I do add motion to photos. In factI think most filmmakers would have. However, it was very important to theclient to preserve the full aspect ratios and not cut off any of the photos.So we removed the motion at his request. It's also in line with how hepresents his photo slideshows. Just the photos, no motion. It's a subjectivething I think.

  3. Wow Susan. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I'm sure Gabe will be gladto know that his promo is hitting on all the right emotions. Thanks forsharing your thoughts.

  4. Looks great Rob! Glad Gabe had you take out the motion in the photographs…good photographs speak for themselves. You really touched on what Gabe feels makes himself different…connection and did a nice job of telling the story around that. Every photographer should go through this process…to better understand what makes them special and how to present it.

  5. Hey J. Thanks. It's interesting to get a photog's take on the Ken Burnseffect. And thanks for the compliment on the video.And you can call me Ron. 😉

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