“It has been exactly 532 days since I asked you to marry me” | Taylor & Mitch by Shutter Dream Studio
Enjoy your weekend folks. We’re off in Boulder, CO for an awesome wedding on Sunday – hope you have a great time wherever you’re shooting.
This trailer should provide some food for thought – it’s chock full of beautiful words and even more beautiful shots. Love it.
Trailer by Shutter Dream Studio
Music licensed from The Music Bed (can anyone ID it?)Read More »
Back to normal programming today with a trailer that can only be described as utterly charming. Those Canadians, eh? They’re a little bit like us Brits, but they have even funnier accents and they may be even politer.
They also – at least on the evidence of this trailer – write amazing wedding vows, deliver moving wedding speeches and shoot beautiful wedding films.
Trailer by Driftwood
Music: Elation by Isbelles, licensed from The Music Bed.Read More »
We’ve been working on this one a while, and we’re a little annoyed with ourselves that it’s taken so long, but better late than never, right?
The Movi M5 has been of huge interest to almost every wedding filmmaker since it was announced, and we were super curious about whether it was something we should invest in, both for weddings and for the commercial work we do.
You’ll have to watch the review to see how we feel it performed. No spoilers here.
A few caveats about this review that we had to cut from the video to stop it becoming a 10-minute monster:
- LensProToGo did not have an Android tablet for us to use with the Movi, so we weren’t able to tweak any of our settings on the fly. I’m fairly convinced that if we had, the issue we felt we had with the footage looking “robotic” would have been mitigated or taken care of entirely. But we can only really talk about what we did experience, which was a certain jerkiness when the Movi panned or tilted in Majestic mode
- We were only evaluating the Movi in the context of weddings. We shot two Newport weddings over that weekend, Charlene & Max on Saturday at the Chanler, and Ina & Matt on Sunday at Regatta Place. We would have loved to have tried it out on a commercial shoot, but the timings didn’t line up. But we definitely think the Movi would be killer for a ton of the commercial work we do, and we’re pretty tempted to buy it just for commercial work
- We know a lot of people use Glidecam for weddings without a vest, but we use the Steadicam Pilot which only works with the vest. That’s just our personal preference, and that’s what we were comparing the Movi to. So, sure, the ability to grab it for those ceremony shots is something you can do with the Glidecam, and sure, the fatigue problem also affects Glidecam, but those were big differentiating points for us, as we’re used to the Steadicam Pilot
- In our studio, both Megan and I use the Steadicam Pilot (and if we’re both out shooting different weddings on the same day, one of us uses a Glidecam) and we’ve invested a ton of time (and also a fair bit of money) in Steadicam as a solution for our moving shot requirements. We’ve both spent a ton of time building up our skills, which for Steadicam is essential.
- The Movi M5 you see in our talky bit of the review belongs to our brothers-from-other-mothers, Christian and Chris from Brighter Lights Media – thanks for letting us use it for the shoot, guys!
Huge, huge thanks to everyone at LensProToGo for the loaner of the Movi (Ben & Meg – you’re the best) and for being generally awesome. If you’re not already using them you’re crazy. Whenever we’re thinking about buying a new piece of gear our immediate first thought is ‘can we rent it from LensPro first to make sure we like it?’ And their customer service, attention to detail and love for what they do makes them a joy to deal with.
Thanks also to Charlene & Max and Ina & Matt for letting us try out new toys at your weddings.Read More »
What better way to kick off the weekend than with this nugget of joy from the fine folks at Kessler Films. It’s full of sunshine and kissing, and who doesn’t like that?
Coming up next week is our very own review of the Movi M5 3-axis brushless gimbal stabilizer, brought to you through the generosity of LensProToGo, so look out for that one.
Trailer by Kessler Films
Music: The Best is Yet to Come by Us & Our Daughters, licensed from The Music BedRead More »
When you open a trailer with a big pop of music, you let the music set the tone. When – as with this awesome trailer from Nick Miller – you open with wedding day sound, whether that’s vows, the homily, a speech or, like here, a letter reading – you let the wedding set the tone. There’s nothing wrong with the first approach, but this is a great example of why the second approach works so well. By the time we’re 14 seconds in, we already feel an emotional connection with Christopher as he struggles to keep the tears at bay, and that’s fine storytelling.
Trailer by Nick Miller Films
Music: Soul Birds by Ryan Taubert, licensed from The Music BedRead More »
There’s tons to love here – really, really great storytelling being a big standout – but they all kinda pale in comparison compared to the grading in this piece, which is the best I’ve seen in maybe any wedding trailer I’ve ever seen. There’s a smidge of low contrast without it looking like that really obvious, hey-look-at-me low contrast, and a texture to every shot that you can almost reach out and run your fingers over. Ridiculous. So good I’ll forgive the Ben Rector song.
Trailer by Justin Peay
Music: When I’m With You by Ben Rector and Dwell by Tony Anderson, both licensed from The Music BedRead More »
We’ve been getting a lot of submissions lately that, for one reason or another don’t quite make the cut to be featured on love24fps.com. I wanted to take a moment to give a few pointers so everyone submitting can maximize their chances.
So here are the top few things we see that are likely to adversely affect your chances:
1. Not following house rule #1: you must only use legally licensed music, and it’s super helpful if you can tell us the artist / song name / where you licensed the song from.
2. Not following house rule #3. Ideally we’re looking for pieces less than 5 minutes long, with a hard limit of 8 minutes. Your 15-minute masterpiece might be great but we don’t want to feature it.
3. The thumbnail is one of those ones made to look like a Hollywood movie poster. Sorry, we just think it’s cheesy and does you a disservice. You’re not making a feature-length movie for theatrical release, you’re making a wedding film. Embrace it. Don’t try to be what you’re not.
4. Poor sound. To an extent we can forgive poor exposure, poor white balance and other visual issues, but if that Best Man speech is full of hiss and noise, or if the music steps all over the homily, we’re probably going to say no.
5. Beginner visuals. When everyone starts shooting, they overexpose and they don’t always nail focus. If you’re going to include those shots in a trailer, it should only be because you need those shots to tell your story. If not, leave them out.
6. Ben Rector. Seriously. There’s just no need. That’s not to say we won’t feature your work if you use Ben Rector, but know that you’ll be starting from a position of weakness. And White Dress might be an automatic lifetime ban.
7. Showboating. We’re looking for trailers that give us all of the feels, not make us feel like we’re watching you show off whatever new toy you’ve bought or technique you’ve learned.
I hope that helps give you some guidelines – happy submitting!Read More »
Tomorrow we get to do something awesome, namely shoot the wedding of someone we knew and cared about before they hired us. Pretty excited.
Today we get to watch this bitchin’ trailer from Foundation Films. Get ready to get teary.
Trailer by Foundation Films
Music: Building Houses by Wesley Jensen licensed through Marmoset MusicRead More »
I’ve got to admit: I recently went to Seattle for the first time and totally fell in love with it – not least the ability to hop on a ferry and explore an incredible nearby island. I’ve also got to admit: I don’t usually like interview pieces delivered straight to camera as part of a wedding film – but there’s just something about the bride and groom interviews in this piece that work incredibly well.
Pair that with incredible candid moments – and candid sound – plus the natural beauty of the location and you have a killer trailer.
Trailer by Red Filter Films
Music licensed from The Music Bed
I love the extended overture this trailer has. It’s almost like it takes us to one side and whispers in our ear: “here’s what this wedding was like” before then looping back to take us through the day once more.
Note to wedding planners: please don’t schedule speeches at times when people will be eating (and therefore clanking silverware) and remember that ceremonies in front of big windows with a great view probably won’t look so good in the wedding film.
Trailer by Love MadlyRead More »