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  1. Thank you for the warm welcome, everyone! I like the idea of doing some video structured around intended VFX, it sounds a lot less stressful than what I've been doing so far (getting hired to fix things not originally intended to have VFX, which often makes my job way trickier). Agreed that a lot of what used to be considered VFX is now the new normal.
  2. Hi Matt, Thank you for the speedy and thorough response! I would never have known the sun / sky were VFX, very smooth! I can tell the steam only because that's a favorite effect of mine as well (it still looks fantastic though). What effect do you typically use for that kind of sun effect? (if you don't mind sharing). I doubt I'd need it for my skyscraper projects but it's perfect for residential. You make some good points and I appreciate you sharing the commercial undeveloped property video too; it's good to see that folks ARE interested in that kind of work. It sounds like I need to expand my portfolio to include something along the lines of a commercial property project. I especially enjoyed your outline of the acreage, I know how tough that particular effect can be without any shaking or jitters. Do you use After Effects or another program? This is the only video I've created along those lines and it was using free stock footage that wasn't great. Since it was my early work I think it could use an update as well. I do think I'm hampered by not doing the videography myself - I'm reliant on drone operators needing my skills and not minding that I'd be cutting into their profit margin, but hopefully I save them enough time to make it worthwhile, or they can use my work as an excuse to upsell more than I cost. If anyone in the thread has a real estate project they're working on I'd be happy to do a small project gratis in exchange for being able to show it in my portfolio (I would make it clear that I only do the effects). Buying footage just for my portfolio is wildly expensive, so I'd rather do work that actually helps someone out.
  3. I'm new to the forum but spent quite a while going through all the posts in this thread and it's been really interesting seeing everyone's skills and techniques improve over the last couple years. @JBR LIFE Photography, your work and @Av8Chuck and @Talon Six Aerial are all consistently high quality so I feel you know the industry quite well. Since this thread is about the future too, what do you (and any others active in this thread) think is going to be next? I live in downtown Chicago so clearly the scene is very different from Maui (most shots are of a specific condo or commercial building rather than a single home), but drones are already a norm, virtual tours seem to be everywhere... what's next? For example, I haven't been in the game too long, but I've already noticed an increase in requests for motion tracking and random VFX cleaning up videos; requests like having floating text that's revealed behind a building, or removing objects from footage to make it look cleaner. Here's an example of what I'm talking about (footage is not mine, just the VFX): I'm curious where I should be focusing my professional development as I seem to be getting increasing real estate work. What VFX and motion graphics are people interested in for these videos? I know a large skyscraper is going to have a larger budget than a normal homeowner, but I suspect homes in the multi millions are likely to have some wiggle room in their budget as well. Side note: I'm excited to be part of the forum! Apologies for writing a book and definitely let me know if I inadvertently violate any rules (for example is it normal to call out posters directly or is fine to assume most active members are following the topic?). I had a lot of fun reading through the thread.