Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Laura ♥ Enzo ... In case I need to cry

On the morning of Laura and Enzo's wedding, we felt like we had walked into a movie. Enzo - THE most thoughtful and warm-hearted person you could meet - was directing traffic, ensuring all of the TEN (10) boys and men were on time with their preparations. The atmosphere was so perfect that pretty much anything we filmed looked great. Even Enzo mis-buttoning his shirt, which is not shown here ;)

You can see in the video what we witnessed at Laura's. It's a moment that was just made to be filmed. I didn't even know what was happening until halfway through. I got pretty close to the card and shifted focus to Laura's face, and at this moment an absolutely huge teardrop fell from her face. I didn't even realize it was a tear until watching the footage afterwards. This emotional reading became the main storyline for the video, connecting to the "Proteggi questa casa" plaque at Enzo's parents' place.

One of my favourite shots is Laura's sister putting the garter on Laura. You can't see what's taking place because of the sofa that is in the foreground. But that's what makes the shot so perfect: sometimes not showing something is the best way to show it.

The ceremony is shown with a small selection of longer shots, to convey the awesome space that is St Francis of Assisi, and to match with the mystique of the music and the priest's words to Laura and Enzo.

Supipi ♥ Simon ... SDE

I first met Supipi at a wedding in October 2008, where she was the maid of honour. It was great to film her own October wedding two years later. I've decided that "early fall" is my favourite time of year. Check out the amazing time-lapse near the end of the video, with some picturesque fall leaves in the foreground. Cedric brought his motion control dolly system and pulled off a kind of shot you won't find in a lot of wedding videos! The camera is moving DURING the time-lapse.

It's a funny thing that happens while I'm filming, someone looks right into the camera and it looks OK. There's something called the "fourth wall" meaning the gap between the people in a video or film and the people watching. If someone looks into the camera it tends to "break" the fourth wall. We no longer feel like we are watching something that happened, rather it seems artificial; we become conscious of the camera.

However, Supipi looks directly into the camera twice in this video, and these are two of my favourite shots. The directness of it and the feeling that she is in control of her own image is really powerful in my opinion.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dilshad ♥ Tim ... The Double SDE

Sometimes the stars align. I had a feeling that this was going to be one of those times. Dilshad and Tim booked two full days of filming for their two weddings. Yes two weddings. So, two wedding videos. I decided that two same-day-edits were in order, hence this 7 minute double SDE.

Both weddings were "full on," with every detail from Dilshad's sari to Tim's cuff links 100% personalized and loaded with meaning. Of course it didn't hurt that Tanya Peters/Milestone Events and Ellen Ho/Hong Photography were there!

Or that Tim and Dilshad were so into the video-making process and even rearranged their itinerary to show the video a bit later on in the evening. Showing this film at the reception was just unbelievable and was followed by a standing-O. Like I said, the stars were aligned.

Oh, and my collection of epic/cinematic middle eastern-flavoured music has been plundered so I welcome suggestions for more great tunes. The piece in the Indian SDE is Peter Gabriel's The Feeling Begins.

Have a look at Part I of Ellen's photos from this wedding, so so so beautiful.