I have a checklist of things I think all brides and grooms should do. It includes things like: write your own vows; do a first look; get married outside if the wedding is somewhere nice weather is likely; ask people who are good at public speaking to give speeches, even if they’re not in the traditional speech-giving roles; and hire an amazing wedding filmmaker to document the whole thing so you can look back on it joyfully for years to come.
Rob & Jessica totally nailed it.
Trailer by Forward // Motion Production
Music: In The Waves by Bess Rogers, licensed from Music BedRead More »
So often when I watch a wedding trailer, it’s the audio that pulls me through the story – vows, speeches, cute things people say to each other on a wedding day…
So when you don’t understand a word of the language, you can judge how well the filmmaker is telling story visually. In this case, excellently, because the emotion of the piece is completely evident, even without words.
Trailer by Older Garcia
Music: Further Up, Further In by Tony Anderson, licensed from Music BedRead More »
Tell me if we’re featuring too many Italian weddings and it’s getting annoying how much you’re longing for the taste of fresh olive oil. I couldn’t resist this one – beautiful environment, sweet speeches, and some stunning shooting.
Trailer by Angelo La Torre Films
Music: Awake by Jordan Critz, licensed from Music BedRead More »
Creating truly unique work in the modern landscape where everything is shared and everyone is a creator can be tough. Which is why I’m so drawn to work like this engagement film by Riccardo Fasoli, which seems completely unique but still compelling, engaging and a joy to watch.
Film by Riccardo Fasoli
Music: Escape by Jordan Critz, licensed from Music BedRead More »
I’m a firm believer that the light is just better in certain parts of the world. Southern California is one of them, and I think – at least on the evidence of this trailer – that cnetral Italy – this trailer was shot in Tolentino, in the Marche region – might be another.
Trailer by Aberrazioni Cromatiche
Music: Well Kept by Ryan Taubert, licensed from Music BedRead More »
When the filmmaker and the bride both email you to submit a trailer, you hope that it’s a good one so you don’t have to say no to two people.
Luckily this was a corker, and really shows the value of good editing. When you have setups like a ceremony, and multiple cameras running, choosing which shot to go to any given moment can be tricky. All too often you can stick on whoever is talking, but just look at Steph’s face during Will’s vows at 1:18. For me that one cut absolutely makes this trailer.
Trailer by Dallas Wilson
Music: Breakthrough by Tony Anderson, licensed from Music BedRead More »
Not gonna lie: when this submission came in, I was all “yawn, baby, family, whatever, BORING.” And then I watched the film and it was pretty darn excellent. So that showed me.
Family film by Elizabeth Cayton Films
Music: Meant by Zach Winters licensed from Music BedRead More »
What’s a word for a vacation that you take, where you actually do the thing you do for a living, but you do it for fun rather than because you have to? Busman’s playcation maybe? Anyway, as I write this, I’m 30,000 ft in the air (thanks JetBlue Fly-Fi!) on my way to do exactly that for a week in California. Shooting, but with no client, no creative brief, no deadline. And to me, that’s probably more relaxing and fulfilling than a week at the beach…
But… damn does this trailer make me want to connect through onto the next available flight to Hawaii! I always think destination weddings are more fun to film because the place itself has novelty value for you, the filmmaker, and so you shoot more of it, which means you have more footage to establish a sense of place, and your storytelling benefits. What I like here is the range – it’s not just the outside of the hotel the morning of the wedding, we see sunsets, beaches, palm trees… the full Hawaii experience.
Trailer by Kessler Films
Music: Vona by Moncrief, licensed from Music BedRead More »
The temptation as a filmmaker is to see a backyard wedding as less glamorous or visually inspiring than some other weddings. But what this type of wedding lets you do is show much more of people and their story, by letting their home environment speak for them. In this trailer the indoor and outdoor spaces form the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding.
Trailer by Leigh Zeidner Pictures
Music: Multiplied by Need to Breathe licensed from Music BedRead More »