Roy is a fourth year Finance student at the Sauder School of Business in the University of British Columbia.

This year he participated in the NAIOP commercial real estate competition and his team not only made it into the finals, but also brought home the gold for UBC.

I spoke with him shortly after his competition and we talked at length about the many late nights he spent on campus with his team to meet deadlines and the many sacrifices he had to make in the weeks leading up to the competition. This is the promo length interview. The extended edition with much more content is embedded below.

Roy’s enthusiasm for commercial real estate was apparent in everything he did. This is a young man passionate about his work.

He is also an exceptional speaker. This entire interview was completed in one near perfect take. He is — without exaggeration — one of the best interviewees I’ve ever worked with.

On the tech side I had the 5D Mark III as my main camera mounted to the Canon 50mm 1.2L lens. It gave me a chance to test out the new audio capabilities of the Mark III starting with the headphone jack. It works brilliantly and finally being able to monitor audio as well as adjust it silently during recoding is a such a joy. I had a Rode Video Mic plugged into the camera that provided very usable audio, if a little bit boxy sounding. The main audio was provided separately with my Tascam DR-40 recorder. This is the track you hear in the final film. It is excellent.

B Camera was provided by my Mark II mounted on a jib. Picture profiles were matched as well as white balance. Out of the camera, both footage looked very similar and entirely interchangeable. However, I did run into several problems in post. For starters, the EOS plugin for Final Cut Pro does not recognize mkIII footage so the Log & Transfer feature was unavailable. I tried to transcode to ProRes via Compressor but the transcoded footage turned out with a severe color shift to magenta. This most likely has to do with the mkIII’s switch to Rec 709 and the different color space.

I did get the transcode right when I used 5D to RGB app to transcode instead of Compressor. With the 709 Matrix selected and the full 16-235 range, I got identical output compared to my original files.

However, things did not end there. After my several hour edit, I happily exported to H264 for web using my normal routine (x264 encoder) and the output had shifted colors again. I have yet to find a proper solution. I will do some testing with editing the files directly off the camera. Since the MkIII now uses an All-I codec, those files should be easier for my iMac to handle.

A huge thank you to Faye Tong for operating my B Camera so expertly. I especially love the shot at the end.

Here is the much longer extended edition of the film, with more details for audiences interested in the NAIOP competition:


  1. John O'Rourke
    April 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm ·


    First off, I love the videos– but I do have a quick question for you. I just picked up a tascam dr40 and have been playing around with it a bit. I have a shoot coming up next week and would like to record it with my new tascam. Can you give me a lesson on what you did to achieve such great sound? Was this all recorded right off the internal microphones in the tascam? A couple of things that I’m not sure about, was this recorded Mono or Stereo? Were the levels adjusted manually or did you just select auto? If you have any other tips/tricks to help me achieve this audio it would be greatly appreciated! If you can reply to my email, that would be awesome. Thanks so much!

    – John

    • Sam
      April 30, 2012 at 5:02 am ·

      Hi John,

      Thanks for watching and for taking the time to comment.

      I used the Tascam in the default X-Y configuration using the on board mics. Stereo for sure. I set levels manually, and to find the correct setting I plug in my headphones and get the interviewee to say a few words to check my sound. As for placement, I like having it on a small mic stand just in front of the speaker and pointing upwards towards him. This works out very well with a natural stereo image. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.