This week I’ve been working on a video for a couple whose wedding day wasn’t ideal for me as their videographer. Despite my most persuasive efforts, they opted to not write each other letters and to keep all toasts at the rehearsal dinner (which I did not attend). Obviously I’d like to have those options to beef up the video, however, today’s post is an excellent example of how, with a little craftsmanship, clips from a traditional ceremony alone can really sustain a video all by themselves. Not to mention, depending on what kind of packages you offer (ie if you have some that don’t include a full ceremony edit separately), a video like this may be exactly the kind of highlight your clients want to see.
Video courtesy of David and Camera Films
Gear: Cameras – Sony FS5, a7sII, and a7rII, Lenses – Sigma Art 20 mm, Sigma Art 50 mm, Sony 85 mm, Sony 70-200 mm, and Tamron 70-200 mm.Read More »
Here at the blog I’m always trying to post easily consumable content (ie in the three to five minute range), cause I know you people got things to do. However, I’m also fully aware that a lot of the work we in the wedding film community do does not fit into that time frame. Today’s post provides excellent inspiration for more long-form wedding filmmaking. Throughout its eight and a half minutes, we’re guided to different locations and moments, but the film never loses its creative voice. You really get to experience this couple’s entire wedding day through an artist’s eyes. Props.
Video courtesy of Mike Dalton Films
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From my perspective, one of the coolest things about this blog is how it unites the global wedding videography community. We’ve posted work from dozens of countries, but for some reason we seem to have particularly big followings in the UK, Germany, and Australia. Shouts out to you guys. It’s been a while since we’ve posted something from down under so I’m happy to be sharing this entry from FOCUS Imagery. This film has several things working for it (The couple’s own words really connect us to their personalities. The use of slow-mo feels intentional, highlighting candid moments instead of just artificially building drama), but the thing this film really does better than many is utilize its posed, portrait-session shots well. You know the footage. You might get something nice at a first look or more likely between the ceremony and reception while the guests are at the cocktail hour. These are your money shots; bride and groom, front and center. Because these shots don’t revolve around an event (except for maybe a first look), they tend to have a more ethereal quality to them. They don’t typically establish a location and the editing doesn’t have to communicate a sequence of events as much as a feeling of intimacy between the couple. That disconnect from time and space allows these shots to be placed just about anywhere in your timeline. But this film doesn’t just randomly slap these shots down and call it good. It opens with the couple out on those sand flats. Then there’s the reverse transition back to the prep. Now we’re in the “real” world watching the day unfold in “real” time. Things progress normally up through the ceremony. Then all of a sudden the couple kisses and we’re transported back to this fantasy world of ocean waves, sunlight through the trees, and two joyous newlyweds. The music shifts, we hear applause, and we’re back with the couple finishing their kiss at the ceremony. Finally, we watch the couple party the night away. That careful crafting of the edit makes the film more engaging on a subconscious level. Great job.
Video courtesy of FOCUS Imagery
Gear: Panasonic GH4 and Canon 5D mk III with Canon 50mm f/1.2 and 17-40mm f/4. Nikon D810 with Sigma arts 50mm f/1.4, macro 105mm f/2.8, and Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8. DJI Phantom 4.Read More »
I’m operating on only a few hours of sleep so I’m going to keep things short and sweet today by listing some of my favorite things. Love the intentional use of nat sound when we hear the bride say “I feel great” at 01:10 and “my husband” at 03:50. That long profile shot at 01:13 is such a fresh way to introduce the groom. The match cut at 01:36. #books at 01:52. But for real 02:52 is why we do what we do, right? Fantastic. Also, 03:04. Why are we so quick to cut away from shots like that? Excellent patience in the editing.
Video courtesy of Two Rings Wedding Videos
Gear: Canon C100 MarkII, 5D Mark III, and 7D Mark II. Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 70-200mm f/2.8, 24-105mm f/4, Rokinon 24mm T1.5, and Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar.Read More »
It’s always cool to see a filmmaker intentionally spurn popular aesthetics because they want their films to accomplish something unique. When Christian Morgenstern submitted this video, he said up front that he was not interested in going down the road of epic ambient music, sweeping landscapes, and slow-mo ronin shots. Instead he wanted this film to feel more intimate. It was a small wedding with a few family and friends in the farm country of Brandenburg, Germany so intimacy is an absolutely appropriate mood to aim for. But this film doesn’t just aim for intimacy, it totally nails it. The tasteful handheld camera work and the singer-songwriter music work together to create a rustic, hand-made feeling. But more importantly, the opening focus on the ceremony and the great amount of face time the couple gets really helps us connect with them on an intimate level.
Video courtesy of Christian Morgenstern
Music: “I Like You” by Jake Etheridge feat. Olivia Rudeen licensed via Musicbed
Gear: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Canon 5D Mark IIIRead More »
On the spectrum of documentary-style wedding films and more art-driven, abstract wedding films, this entry is dives head first toward the latter. There is definitely a time and a place to celebrate excellent photojournalism in wedding filmmaking, but today we’re just going to soak in the striking beauty of this piece. It’s not so much about what actually happens in the video as it is how the video makes you feel while you watch it. There’s even a dip into a little surrealism(!) at 03:06. Never heavy handed, this film captures the essence of two beautiful people in a beautiful place.
Video courtesy of C2 Films
Music: “Violence (ft Chantal)” by Alaskan Tapes licensed via Musicbed
Gear: Sony A7s, Zeiss 35mm and 50mmRead More »
Have you ever considered the difference between happiness and joy? If you look in a dictionary (like I just did) you’ll get caught in an endless loop of “happiness is indicative of joy” and “joy is
Video courtesy of Angelo Le Torre Films
Music: “Absolution – Instrumental” by Gyom licensed via Musicbed
Gear: Sony A7sIIRead More »
Watching this video alone in my office, my out loud reactions included: 1 holy smokes, 3 oh my GOSHes, 2 whaaaaaaats, countless grunts, and 1 fit of maniacal laughter. This blog exists to celebrate the best in wedding filmmaking. I firmly believe that a great wedding video can be made in any location. But sometimes you’ve just got to get out of the way and let a gorgeous location speak for itself. The little town of Portofino on the Italian coast is one such location. Now, get ready for the the line I always give whenever we have videos from the dreamiest of locations: a great wedding film is nothing without the couple at the center of it. Even while the filmmaker, Alessandro, shows off the magical beauty of this place, the people are never far away. I found myself desperately wishing I spoke Swedish. Think about that. While my eyes were drooling over the Italian coast, my heart was totally with the couple. This film balances the grand and majestic with the tender and intimate so well. It really feels like we are experiencing this beautiful place with the couple. (btw if anyone speaks Swedish, hook us up with some translations). Alessandro, thanks for blessing us with this submission. Bellissimo.
Video courtesy of Alessandro Bordoni
Music: A Broken Explosion (Instrumental) by Keen Collective licensed via MarmosetRead More »
Growing up, we’d go on ski trips in Colorado, but to get there we had to drive through flat parts of eastern Colorado and western Kansas first. There was always an initial excitement to see the Rockies on the horizon even though we knew they were still nearly 100 miles away. I loved the feeling that would come as we drove closer and closer. There is this humbling weight that you can almost feel physically. This big, silent presence just overwhelms you, and you can’t help but just stand in awe. This film takes place a bit north of Colorado in the Canadian Rockies (Canmore, Alberta to be precise), and every element works together to create something bigger and more beautiful than it would be on its own. It’s like the cinematography, the pacing, the sound design, and the music were all meant for each other. The filmmakers create so much space for the audience to just take in the beauty of the couple’s commitment and the beauty of their surroundings. That tone perfectly enhances the aesthetics of the location. Bravo.
Video courtesy of Parfait Productions
Music: “Treeline At Night” by A. Taylor licensed via MusicbedRead More »
Today’s film tells a standard, light-hearted story of two high school sweethearts, but with some fresh twists. Obviously we love it when couples write notes to each other and read them on camera. When I start editing a highlight film where that’s the case, I almost always start with those clips somewhere early in the timeline. My justification is that those moments in real time were happening earlier in the day anyway, but more importantly it’s one of the best ways to immediately engage with the couple on an intimate, personal level. I stand by that reasoning. However, because this couple’s history dates back to their high school years, they’ve got a rich community of family and friends that’s maybe a little more intertwined in their love story than most wedding parties would be. Thanks to those anecdotes and the couple’s goofiness, I felt like I got to know them pretty well without directly hearing from them. BUT THEN. When we do finally hear the couple sharing their heart in the third act, it just ramps up the intimacy even more. Thanks, the Cinematic Age, for not being afraid to mix things up from the norm.
Video courtesy of The Cinematic Age
Music: “In the Morning (with Oohs & Ahhs) – Instrumental” by VOWS licensed via Musicbed
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