his is the perfect video to balance with Tuesday's post. Last time we saw how you shouldn't be afraid to slow things down because a slow paced film can just as effectively connect you to a location and a couple as a fast paced one. But what if the bride and groom come from a long line of adventure seekers and they have a destination wedding complete with all kinds of excursions with their friends? Could long takes be effective? Maybe. Would they be the most effective technique? I would argue no. In today's film there is an energy to its editing style that enhances the adventure-seeking personalities of the couple and the vibrancy of Guatemala. The antithesis I was arguing against on Tuesday was an all-too-prevalent style that resorts to quick cutting out of laziness. Or maybe more specifically, a style that allows for lazy shooting because so many more shots become usable when you're only going to show 15 frames of them. I hope it goes without saying that today's post is anything but lazy. In fact it is the opposite of lazy filmmaking. The care that went into this film is truly remarkable. I mean that sound design. Holy smokes. And I'm not just talking about the voice over (but for real, that voice over! Holy smokes!). Take an extra three minutes and give this film a second listen. It's worth it. One other quick thing. Of course we always want to strive for excellence in our work, but life (ie weddings) doesn't happen in a vacuum (ie on a set). We've got to stay humble enough to sometimes get the best shots we can get with what the circumstances give us. Last month I landed in Jamaica only to discover the threading on the camera I had rented did not match screws on my quick release plate. I probably gave myself a concussion from the face palms. So instead of using my fancy shmancy $1000+ fluid head tripod, I used an aluminum one I borrowed from a local that probably cost $10. And you know what? It was fine. I got some great stuff. I love that this film includes bits and pieces from GoPros and iPhones. Again, the quicker editing pace serves the story. Being able to sprinkle those shots in amongst the gorgeous 1DX mk II shots enables the filmmaker's to add an element of authentic personality to the film. All in all a beautiful little highlight. Thanks for the submission. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a voice over to go re-listen to.
Video courtesy of Bride Film
Music licensed via Marmoset