o you want to take your shot composition game to the next level? This film is a great resource to start with. I know how easy it is to get stuck in the rut of having couples "walk over here. Okay now kiss. Okay now walk over there. Okay now kiss." And there's nothing intrinsically wrong with those shots. But if you want to keep your work feeling fresh and creative, you've got to start moving your couples around within your frame. Let's break this film down a little bit. I would have preferred the couple be introduced a little bit earlier. Forty-eight seconds in felt a little late to me, but I mean... hashtag Venice, right? If I got married in Venice, you better believe I'd want to see a crap ton of shots of that place in my video. So I can't really fault the film there. Once the couple is introduced though, the camera isn't bound by typical, eye-level, medium/close shots. Notice how small the couple is in the frame in the first shot of them on the bridge. Then we match cut to the other side of them, now extremely close; to the point that they are fighting against the right side of the frame. Next comes a great, low-angle hero shot of the guy. We hear his voice and our brains make the connection that these words are his thoughts. That by itself would be fine, by-the-book filmmaking. But then BAM! some disembodied hands reach over his shoulders and this shot has just become vastly more interesting. Again we cut to the reverse, this time moving further away instead of closer. These shots might take a little bit more planning and really specific direction for the couple, but the payoff is worth it. This film feels like we're looking through the portfolio of a photographer, but with moving images. One of my favorite shots comes at 01:13. For many of us, getting so far away from the couple might be really outside our comfort zones. And it's pretty risky putting two people NOT your couple so prominently in the foreground even if they are out of focus. Our eyes definitely land on that closer pair first. But after just a couple seconds, our eyes look for what's in focus and we find our couple. The shot becomes so much more satisfying because we had to work just a little bit to see what the filmmaker wanted us to see. One thing that helps this kind of framing to be so effective is a nice, slow pace. If your audience's eyes are going to be moving across the screen, make sure give them time to find what you want them to find. All in all, bravo, White Story. White Story "For Mateusz and Ewelina's video I was inspired by work of Ala Vidal - Imaginale / The Heart Knows. Her video is delicate, soft and in my opinion has perfect connection between voice over, music and picture all together. One of the obstacles in editing was color grading because I shot on Sony A7s II using SLOG-3. I was trying to achieve a cinematic look, but I was struggling with 8bit footage in SLOG-3 so it wasn't as easy as I thought at the beginning."
hat up, Love24fps fam!? Tim here and I want to address a couple things before I get to today’s bangin’ film. First, you guys are the best. You’ve probably noticed that things have been on somewhat of a hiatus lately. Even so, we’ve continued to get steady submissions and the site has continued to grow. Thank you for sticking with us! Second, Mitch is the best. Even though I needed to take a short break from writing for to deal with some personal business stuff, he’s worked so hard to turn the site into these beautiful, clean pages you see now. I’ve said it privately, but I want to say it here too: you rock, man. Alright, let’s talk wedding films! Kriha films is also, you guessed it, the best. Let’s start with the look. The longer I’m a wedding videographer, the more I’ve seen my own personal style move from a bright, blow-out-the-background look to a darker, expose-for-your-subject-and-crush-the-heck-out-of-the-blacks look. Of course you never want to go too far in either of those directions, but there’s just something about the darker tones that have a richer, more cinematic feel to them. This really lends itself well to incorporating the spotlight dance shots early like the filmmaker does here. And I mean what’s the point of the MOB wearing such a sparkly dress if you’re not going to put her and her daughter right next to a window so you can get a shot like the one at 03:45? So fun. You know what else is fun? Bringing the audience’s attention directly to the nonlinear timeline with the clock transitions. Wedding filmmakers have been mixing up the day’s timeline since wedding films became a thing, but for this wedding, where the timeline itself has an added layer of significance because of the date, giving the time such prominence works oh so well. Also, the clock transitions highlight the holiday without letting it take center stage. Instead, the new marriage is what’s celebrated. Bravo, Kriha Films. Thanks for this beauty. From the filmmaker: "We were filming in a super small town in Nebraska so our goal was to make it not look like a super small town in Nebraska. Angles and light and doing creative things while shooting and also jazzing up the edit with the song and the time lapse we felt really turned what could have been a boring wedding in the middle of nowhere into something we found quite beautiful. I believe you can find the beauty in anything. You don't have to be in some gorgeous city on the other side of the world, although it's nice and certainly helps. All you need is some creativity and knowing how light works and how to frame your shots to get the most appeal out of them. We were so honored to film Alisha and Brad's day and witness all the love. "
he first video clip starts at 0:09 and ends at 0:35. That's a 26 second clip. There are so many different styles out there and this one particularly spoke to me. The 26 second clips is slow, smooth, peaceful and happy. The second clip is a graceful fallaway shot that fades slowly into another dress shot which also fades away, etc. What does this all mean and why am I stating the obvious? Consistency! All of their shots are elegant. The length of their fade outs and crossfades enhance this style as well as the length of their shots. The song is mysterious and mystical and I find myself waiting to see the bride and grooms face. The beautiful shot at 0:47 pulls us into the intimacy of the couple. The following clip shows us half their face but more importantly what kind of couple they are. Loving, genuine, and playful, at least that's what I got. I've realized that lately I have been dissecting less of the technical side of how the film was created and more of the creative side. I feel as though most people can quickly learn the technical side of things but not everyone can see and/or understand the creative side. To find the subtleties of a film that make you feel happy or anticipate a moment. I often think people don't ask why enough. Why do their shots look so beautiful? Why did they not show the couples faces until 1:01? Why was their film only 2:46? If you are looking for inspiration and you watch a film that you like, watch it again. Watch it a third time too and each time as yourself why? Why do I like this film? What about it makes me happy or sad or connects me to the couple. Once you figure that out you can start to practice doing those things in your own films. The Big Day Productions did a fantastic job here and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of them. Christian - The Big Day Productions "...it was my first attempt as a solo-shooter. It was the wedding of friends of a befriended wedding photographer. I was pretty nervous as I have never been shooting alone before. I wanted to try something new. Reduce the equipment, focus on the couple! When the day started (it was the hottest day of the year in germany) I felt super relaxed, for I knew it was only gonna be me and the couple that day. Well, at least for the ceremony I would have loved to have a second shooter, because a steady angle of the officiant would have been nice for the longer edit. But nevertheless, I managed to shoot everything by myself pretty good. The couple was as sweet as can be. We didnt know each other before, but I felt like an old friend the moment I entered the room to meet the bride. When I met James at the church it was quite the same. They are lovely persons and definitely became friends after the wedding. The way I edit my films is to focus on the couple and that was super easy that day, as they were giving amazing vows to each other. When I've seen their vows in the film it actually made me drop a tear myself."
love finding videos that inspire me as much as this. I'm just going to start listing the things I loved. First, at 0:16 the flag is mirrored and overlaid for a series of clips. For me it added interest and the waving of the flag reinforced a calm, peaceful feeling. Take a look at 0:30 and notice how much of the shot is in focus. These guys nailed the aperture on pretty much every shot I saw. Everything of interest in every shot was in focus, no more and no less, from entire landscapes to the tip of a pen. Another HUGE thing to notice was the color consistency and simplicity. From 1:05 to 1:29 you pretty much see only 3 colors; white, turquoise, and brown. This is maybe one of the most important parts of filmmaking in general as the color palette directly relates to the mood of the film. Around 1:10 you can just barely start to hear a faint clicking noise. It is the start of a beautiful transition that fully comes in at 1:50 and is seriously perfect. It comes in and It feels so good! Alright so those are a few things I loved and I didn't mention the crystal clear speeches but the last thing I'd like to mention is the length. At only 3:16 it's on the short end but it's so consumable. It gives you its best and then it's done. Perfect for Facebook and Love24fps. A+ With Heart Films also "have a post about the wedding, where you can read more about the couple and their wedding and also see a list of all professionals involved" Stam & George - With Heart Films "Our approach in every wedding is to have fresh eyes and heart and discover the little or big moments that can beautifully tell the story that is unfolding in front of you. While filming we always try to use natural light while we have it and when it gets darker, light when needed only, to enhance the mood and ambient light. The biggest challenge we faced, was having two different kind of ceremonies back to back on different locations. Even if weddings are a live-event that you have little control on, pre-production always helps. So, we had already gathered all the info we needed, communicated our needs with everyone involved, scouted the locations beforehand and everything went really smooth. As we always film together, combining our shooting styles, we also edit together trying different things each time but always with the goal to create a film that is really about their couple and their story."
appiness is a journey. Seeing a Marine in uniform laughing as the snapshot of this film immediately had me hooked. I'm a sucker for the whole proud military man serving his country and combining that with a seemingly genuine, full hearted smile connects me instantly. It perfectly and subtly sets the tone for the film. There are areas of improvement that could be had such as the audio spikes at 1:04 and 2:13 and some of the shots could use to be smoother panning and/or focusing. Beyond that though this film does a few key things that really left me feeling good. First, like I mentioned, it sets the tone before I even start watching. We are all used to seeing a pretty picture of the couple as the snapshot and I never feel any different about it. Another subtle but paramount part of this film is that all the shots are relevant to the speeches. This may seem obvious but it's shots like at 1:00 when we see the best man standing and watching proudly as he talks about letting go. This subtlety may not have even been intended but it's there and that's what matters. The last thing i'll mention is the ending. It's not stereotypical and to be honest, at first I resisted. It was a so-so shot, the only slo-mo shot, and then... it froze. The fact that it was frozen released me from having to watch the people on the screen and I found myself thinking about the love that was represented there and I connected with that. These things may be just my interpretations and may not have been intended at all but if they were I'm glad I watched it and I will probably have a dream tonight in which I safe my lady from a fire breathing dragon wielding my Manfrotto XPRO. Goodnight.