Whenever I watch this film, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m on summer vacation. Opening with guys hanging out at the lake naturally primes you for that relaxing vibe, but it’s more than that. I think the color grading actually plays a big part in maintaining that feeling throughout the film, and here’s why I think it’s effective. Colors look best when they have complementary colors to be contrasted with. It’s not enough to boost the yellows in your shot if that shot is a bride standing in front of a white wall. Then all you’ve got is a bride in a yellow dress in front of a yellow wall. Notice how much of this film takes place in the woods. We’re really able to feel the warmth of the shots because the yellow colors we’re seeing are bouncing around all kinds of green shades. For me this is a good reminder that color grading begins as soon as you hit that record button. As wedding filmmakers, there are many places we will have to work in (hotel rooms, event spaces) that won’t always have the most dynamic color schemes. And while we won’t always have awesome woodlands at our disposal, we can at least keep our eyes open to nearby locations that might offer more to work with in post.
I went more technical today than I was expecting so I feel like I have to throw this out there too. Obviously the primary reason this film is so good is because the couple and their love for each other are on full display. Beautiful colors without heart is not good wedding filmmaking. Props to Bella Hill for nailing both.
Video courtesy of Bella Hill Wedding House
Music: “I get to love you” by Ruelle licensed via MusicbedRead More »
I absolutely love the first couple minutes of this film. Don’t get me wrong, the ending is incredibly strong as well (you simply can’t beat a groom pouring out his heart to his bride in front of all of the wedding guests). However, in the first two minutes we’re given so much information about this couple in such a captivating and interesting way. By juxtaposing two interactions with the mothers of the bride and groom (assuming that is the groom’s mother singing) we really see the beauty of the two cultures these lovers are coming from. We’re primed to then feel the emotional weight of the couples’ vows and the groom’s beautiful words that close the film. Add to that numerous shots with fresh, provocative perspectives and composition and you’ve got a fantastic little film.
Video courtesy of Alper Tunc Films
Music: “Secret Place-Instrumental” by Chad Lawson licensed via Musicbed
After finishing this video for the first time, I had two immediate conclusions. 1) I’ve got to start booking weddings in Italy. 2) Sometimes less is more. There seemed to be a real clarity to this film. At first I thought that it was due to a slow pace in the editing. To be sure, there are several money shots that the filmmaker camps out on. However, I noticed after a second viewing that many of the shots don’t stick around for more than a couple seconds. I realized it’s not necessarily a slow pace that makes this film so easy to consume, but it’s the actual composition of the shots. I love a dirty frame as much as the next guy, but a dirty frame doesn’t have to mean busy. There is a simplicity to a lot of these shots (the bride’s shoes, the bride standing in a field, all the 2-shots of the couple during the ceremony) that really enables our eyes to immediately find what they are supposed to be looking at right away. Without the stress of “keeping up” with the film, we’re able to rest and enjoy the beauty. Great job.
Video courtesy of Angelo La Torre
Music: “Leaving Earth” by Jordan Critz licensed via MusicbedRead More »
Let’s face it, we live in a world where we’re vying for potential clients’ attention, and there are precious few minutes that we are given as a chance to grab it. There’s something to be said for not “saving” your best shots for later in your videos. However, on the flip side, if a film doesn’t live up to its attention-grabbing start, then it starts to feel like a bait-and-switch. In the first thirty seconds of this film I was hooked. By seeing great shots of the couple throughout the day, I knew a beautiful, well-crafted story was coming. The next four minutes simply delivered on that promise. Hearing the couple read their own words to each other made me feel like I really knew them. Great pacing (music change/use of toasts) and interesting shots (how cool is that dance floor/skyline shot at 04:08!?) gave the film an energy that kept me watching and enjoying all the way to the end. Bravo.Video courtesy of Snowshoe ProductionsGear: Sony a7S, Sony FS700, Sony RX10 II , Sony 16-50mm f/2.8, Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art, Rokinon 35mm, Rokinon 85mm 1.5, Tamron 70-200mm 2.8, Canon 17-40mm 4.0Read More »
How’s this for some pre-Thanksgiving deliciousness? My time is short cause of holiday plans, but I will say this: the filmmakers nailed the exposure in this film. The sun is utilized so well and the color grading blends those shots perfectly with the tungsten lights at the reception. Everything is so warm and gorgeous. Fantastic job!
Video courtesy of Better Together Cinematography
Music: “Leaving Earth” by Jordan Critz licensed via MusicbedRead More »
You gotta love it when couples’ siblings give awesome toasts at weddings. There’s nothing that helps paint a picture of the bride and groom’s personalities like stories from their first families. The thing I want to point out from this one: obviously the lighting wasn’t ideal in that location. However, the dudes at Kashmir kept things visually interesting by getting some cool over-the-shoulder shots of the couple. I think when it comes to the speeches, we tend to think “Okay, I need a good close up of the speaker and a good close up of the couple.” Most of the time, that’s a great rule to follow, but what sometimes ends up happening is wedding films have these toast shots with no orientation of where we are. If the angles or backgrounds don’t match, you just end up with talking head, listening heads. Here the OTS shots help us get our bearings. But even more importantly, by putting the couple and the speaker in the same frame, there’s a relationship that’s communicated. We more deeply feel the connection between sisters and brothers. Great job, guys!
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We sort of have an unwritten rule here at the blog to not post more than one video by any given company within the span of 3ish months. We want to make sure we’re keeping things fresh. However, even though we posted an entry from maru films about 6 weeks ago, I’ve got to break the aforementioned unwritten rule because man, oh man, did they just release a beauty. Rarely does a wedding film maintain such a strong uniformity in its voice as it moves from scene to scene. Every part of this film belongs with every other part. If you were to take anything out, it just wouldn’t feel right. Every time I watch it, I pick up on something else, but I want to point out the thing that gives me the most satisfaction each time I see it. There is a technique in screenwriting where you try to hide your setups so that when the pay off comes later it feels organic. I love how we see the groom with his back turned at the beginning out by the water. Because it’s simply a beautiful shot and he’s at an interesting angle, it feels like this is simply a cool shot to introduce the main man. Then at the end we realize that shot was setting up the first look. Seeing the bride walk toward him (has a more flowy dress ever existed!? gah) is such a satisfying payoff to the setup that we never realized was a setup. The effect is that this video captivating from the first to the last second. Bravo.
Video courtesy of maru films
Music: “Loss” by Phoria used with permissionRead More »
Apparently the theme of the week is videos that are simple and straight forward, but showcase the couple so well. At the end of the day, we don’t make films about places, fashion or decor. Those things are great – even important – but peripheral. We make films about people. If you’re shooting this weekend, don’t just film a wedding. Film a couple.
Video courtesy of Nick Miller Films
Music: “Fine Wine – Instrumental” by Quinn Erwin licensed via MusicbedRead More »
If you’re in the US, use this post as an escape from the election day’s sense of impending doom. If you’re not in the US, I’d like to preemptively apologize for whatever my country is about to do 😉
But for real, let’s talk about this film. I chose it because it does something really well that I feel like I’ve been missing both in my own work and in a lot of the submissions I’ve seen lately. Namely, it puts the couple front and center for the whole video. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several clients this year book me for rehearsal dinner coverage on top of their wedding day. Because of that, I’ve naturally been able to capture way more location footage than I normally do on wedding days alone. A few weeks ago I was editing one such wedding and I knew everything looked great, but something still felt off. Then it dawned on me that I was establishing the crap out of the locations, but it was over a minute before we ever saw the bride or groom. Today’s featured film is relatively simple, but you can’t say it doesn’t connect the audience with the couple. We’re introduced to them right away and we stick with them throughout the whole day. But it’s not just the amount of screen time that’s important, it’s the way the couple is shown too. The heavy use of close ups makes this film feel so intimate. Future clients care about that sense of connection as much if not more than your dozen+ location beauty shots.
Video courtesy of Kriha Films
Music: “Birds” by Pilot Rouge licensed via MusicbedRead More »
Happy Thursday, folks! Sorry for the lack of postings lately. I’ve been on the road quite a bit, but I’m back today with a fantastic film. Notice how much intrigue and anticipation is built in that first minute. When you find out that this wedding was done by a single shooter, that makes the work that much more impressive.
Video courtesy of The Perfect Pear
Music: “Never Be” by Message to Bears licensed via MusicbedRead More »