How I did it: My first video- It's Friday RE/MAX Remix

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executives VA0225060364, MD638478

Alot of agents asked me how I made my first real estate music video.

First, it started with an idea. A friend of my nephew's posted the original "It's Friday" video on his Facebook page. This singular action started my creative juices flowing. Within a day, I created the alternate lyrics for my song.

I contacted my nephew's friend and emailed him the lyrics and told him of my idea of a music video. He is a 20-year old college student named Mahadeo Persaud based in Cheverly Maryland.  He attends Montgomery College and in his spare time shoots music videos for friends and associates. Mahadeo is part of BMP Brothers, the name of his media design/production company.

First, you have to record the music that will be used in the video. We contracted the use of a small studio in suburban Maryland, run by another young associate named Mark Collins. In about 3 hours, the recording was complete. It would take a number of hours to produce the final version. We laid down three tracks of each verse and layered them on top of each other. Even though I really can sing, we used the Auto Tune software in an exaggerated manner in order to create the "artificial" effect of the original video.

Next came shooting the scenes of the video. Mahadeo uses a recent model Canon EOS camera. It shoots stills and HD video. We shot several scenes at four different locations. One is actually my own house. The other is my client's house. The other locations are two listings that I have currently. I used people that I know as actors- my husband, and client couple I have. They were all great sports.

The RE/MAX balloon belongs to me- a Christmas present from my husband. The car is also my own. It struck me as funny that I have the same model convertible as in the original too, thus furthering my idea of doing the parody in the first place.

The shooting took about 3 different days to do. Once the audio material was ready, we could do the shooting, and when you're doing a music video like this, you are basically lip-synching to the music that is playing while you shoot. While on the steps, the CD was playing on Mahadeo's laptop behind the balloon. While in the car, we had it playing on the car stereo.

After finally shooting all the scenes, the editing work was strictly all BMP Brothers. It took about a week to finish once all the shooting was done. I can't thank Mahadeo enough, he did a great job!


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Cathy Valdiviez Baumbusch, REALTOR. Licensed in VA, MD, and DC. 

Red Dress Realty at RE/MAX Executives

DIRECT: 202-630-2MOV 

8442 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, VA, 22152

2704 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22301

Cathy has lived in the DC Metro area since 1996. She currently lives in West Springfield, VA. Licensed since 2001 and serves clients in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Cathy's service area includes Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church in Virginia and Prince George's, and Montgomery County in Maryland., and of course. 

Cathy has an excellent track record getting short sales approved and closed. Cathy can also facilitate buying and selling real estate anywhere in the world. 

Cathy is a VHDA Certified Trainer and she has taught classes on buying short sales, HUD homes, and foreclosures and social media marketing classes through Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education Program. 

Cathy is a retired Army Reserve Major and an accomplished singer with a rock band. She resides in Springfield, VA with her dog and cat.

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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Cathy, thanks for sharing with us how you did your fantastic HIT video.  A lot of time and effort went into it for sure!  But the results, as we can see, were well worth it. 

We'll be watching for a follow up! :)

Jun 13, 2011 01:30 AM