I know, I know. I can hear you now. “Seriously, another Iceland video?” I get it. It feels like in just the past couple of years Iceland has blown up as the premiere hipster wedding destination for artistic types. But hear me out. The thing I love about this video is that it doesn’t really throw Iceland in your face. This is simply a great wedding film. It just happens to be set in Iceland. Even more so than some of the other Iceland wedding videos we’ve posted on here, this film really keeps the couple at the heart of the story. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the bride and groom are actually wedding photographers themselves (Shout out). Of course their vows would knock it out of the park. From the filmmakers: “We knew this multi day wedding was going to be special, because Iceland + Wedding photographers. But their vows, just blew us away. We really felt the lump in our throats filming the ceremony, so sincere, so genuine.”
Also don’t skip out on the ending. Love that superimposed shot with the water in the couple’s silhouette.
Video courtesy of Maru Films
Music: “Actors” by Still Parade used with permissionRead More »
The opening minute of this film does two things so well: it grabs your attention and introduces you to the couple. Just like any filmmaking technique, interviews with the couple can be effective or ineffective depending on how they’re used. It works so well here though. This is from the filmmaker himself: “I really connected with Ruby and Armand. Their wedding was so much fun, the only thing I felt missing was a little audio from them. They didn’t do their own vows, or write letters or do a speech. So I decided to go to their home and interview them a few weeks later. More of an informal chat really, justing finding out more about them and how they felt when they met. In the end its the characters that really make the weddings unique. I don’t want the interviews to take over, just help things along. My aim is that a stranger can watch the film and feel like they got to know that couple just a bit”. Boom. Mark, you definitely succeeded. After watching films like this I feel like I just made new friends. Thanks for introducing us. That is the kind of above and beyond effort that will take your films from good to great.
There is so much more to this film that you might miss if you only watch it once. First, those drone shots are exceptional. Pairing them with that dreamy music puts you right inside a fairytale. One thing that makes the drone shots so effective is that the movement in all of the non-drone shots is so crisp and smooth that they blend perfectly together. Check those tracking shots of the bride at 00:45. You feel like you’re gliding along with her as if you were flying.
One last thing: I really like that when the music transitions to the faster song at the end, the shots didn’t immediately go to crazy dance floor shots. That is often the logical move, but it can be a bit cliche. Here the tone and pace are changed in a fresh way. Again the smooth and dynamic camera movement is effective. This time it creates a unique atmosphere for the dance floor. Notice as you glide through the party, the filmmaker doesn’t resort to mixing in blurry or disorienting shots to convey that party feel. The information is clear and easy to take in, but you still feel that dance floor magic. Thanks again for the submission, Kismet Creative. Bravo.
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It always seems so hard to pack all the best parts of a wedding day into a 4 to 6 minutes. But then I see a film that does it in half that time and am always humbled. This film jumps right in with a nice prayer and quickly hits you with a super emotional ceremony. I think when you’re making an extra short film like this, you are forced to eliminate so much footage that all you are left with are the most intense clips. Take note of the shot composition. The filmmakers create layers of depth that just draws your eye deep into the frame. There are some great examples at 00:35-00:49, but other great shots are sprinkled throughout the film. As a matter of personal taste, the song near the end comes close to being too dramatic and the lens flare transitions are a little heavy handed, but we’re still left with this resonant feeling of awe and appreciation that cannot be overcome. Thanks for this one Florescio Films.
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Don’t you just love it when couples really add something totally unique to their wedding days? In this case the groom’s family has tradition of putting two bottles of wine and two love letters into a box that they will then read on their first anniversary. Then next year they’ll re-fill the box with two new bottles and two new letters for the following year etc. How cool is that!? So like a boss, Todd from EVERMARK Studios totally pounced on the opportunity to inject a ton of personality into the opening of this video. A lot of people go for that dream-like feel, but this video nails it better than most. There is one big reason why it’s so successful here. Yes, the cinematography is great. And yes, the visuals get more and more layered as they go. However, the layering that truly takes you into that dream feel begins with the audio. After you watch the whole thing, I would encourage you to go back and just listen to the first minute and ten seconds. Notice the sound of the pencil writing and the slight reverb that’s added to the bride and groom’s voices. Caring about little details like that will take your videos from good to great.
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If, in the first 3 clips of a wedding film I feel like I’m watching a movie… it’s all over.
One thing I would like to talk about is the last slo-motion clip. At first it threw me way off. My instinct was to reject it as poor quality. However, after pulling my head out of the rule book and watching it with fresh eyes it was surprisingly refreshing. Fitting in perfectly with the flat colors and sad music, it gives it an extra vintage feel to it and leaves me hanging on wishing there was more, in a good way.
Now watch it again and look at the motion in each clip. Notice that almost every clip is effectively still! Not perfectly but with just a touch of movement. I had that feeling in my stomach when you become instantly inspired. It gives it a very cinematic feel like every frame is it’s own painting. That’s one of those styles that takes a lot of work to get right. Loved it.
Bookmark this one for sure.
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Is it just me or is “Hold Onto Hope Love” entering Ben Rector territory as for as overuse? Give it one more chance though cause this film from Belvedere Stories is fantastic. A couple things really jumped out to me the first time I saw it (besides the flat out gorgeous cinematography and the excellent, clean sound bites).
1) I love that a lot of the lighting is really dramatic without being overly contrasty. Look, I get it. A lot of prep happens in hotel-type rooms where there is one main light source – a giant window. I know what it’s like to feel like you have to choose between being able to see the subjects in the room and having blown out windows or having the people be more in silhouette and being able to see out the window. Take notes on this video’s prep sections. They definitely push more in a darker direction, but the filmmakers achieve a consistent richness to the shots without ever going into extreme silhouettes.
2) Another common obstacle wedding filmmakers face is getting good shots of the people giving toasts. In a lot of the videos I watch, the shots of the toasters are the weakest parts visually. You want to (and should) use a sound bite, and you want to (and should) briefly show us who’s talking so it’s not just a “voice of God.” Again, take some notes on the shots in this film. The people giving speeches are well lit, the cameras are at a good angle in orientation to the direction the people are facing, and the lens is long enough that we’re not distracted by anything potentially going on in the background of a wider shot.
Between those two things, it feels like the filmmakers were always in control of their shots instead of it being the other way around. It’s the little things that take a video from good to great. Bravo, Belvedere Stories.
Video courtesy of Belvedere Stories
Music: “Hold Onto Hope Love” by Amy Stroup licensed via MusicbedRead More »
The first segment of any film sets the mood and grabs the attention of the viewer. You only get one chance. Regardless of how good the rest of the film is, people will lose interest fast. Immediately Woolshed Imaging hits you with those first few notes of that song setting such an innocent and elegant tone. To be honest the song is not typically my style, but I soon came to eat those words. Everything was in sync and as I watched I realized that the song perfectly fit this couple and I continually found myself feeling more and more connected to them. If I came away from this video with one thing I’d say it was to always remember that regardless of our taste as a creator we always have to remember that our work is for, and represents, our clients. The truer our work is to them the more authentic it will be and the more people will connect with it.
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I’m reading a book right now called Originals by Adam Grant. I’m a little over halfway through and so far it’s been fantastic. I would recommend it to any entrepreneur in a creative field. However, in one early chapter there was a section that seemed so appropriate for the love24fps community that I had to share. . . . (more…)Read More »
Ich liebe this submission from Riccardo Fasoli and the folks at Kreativ Wedding. It has great pacing and gives you a strong sense of location (an absolutely gorgeous location to boot), but we can all agree that the vows are really the heart and soul of this video. The filmmakers captured crisp, clean audio at the ceremony and got plenty of b-roll of the couple writing their vows to further bolster that storyline. A lot of companies start out defaulting to a more photojournalistic approach; aiming to simply capture things as they happen on the wedding day. This video demonstrates the power of what can happen when a couple articulates what’s in their hearts into words. Find out if your clients are writing their own vows or not. If saying the traditional vows is important to them, that’s fine. But strongly encourage them to write letters to each other and then have them read those letters on camera. They may be hesitant at first, but you are working for their best interest. They won’t regret it, and neither will you. Danke shön, Riccardo and Kreativ Wedding!
Video courtesy of Kreativ Wedding
Music: “Jellyfish in the Sky” by Jo Blankenburg licensed by MusicbedRead More »
Paris, man. It’s one of those cities where even just the name evokes a flood of images. With such iconic locations that have been shot so many times in so many ways, it can be easy to slip into cliche. But I promise you this tight little film showcases Paris in a way you’ve never seen before. There is a ton of energy that comes from both the camera movement and the editing. After the tone is firmly established, the filmmakers bring the couple intimately close giving them the same charm and grace as the city they’re in. This video is glamorous. It’s sexy. It keeps you on your toes. I love using the couple’s shadows to transition the bride into that black dress at 01:58. Thanks to Bride Film for the submission. Bravo.
Video courtesy of Bride Film
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