Monday, June 11, 2012

Angela ♥ Patrick ... SDE

The word paradise originally meant a walled in area created for gardening or hunting. Some of us roam the earth looking to know or possess all, and others content themselves with building a little piece of happiness, and staying within the boundaries of that perfect life. I don't know which is better, but I'd say that most of the couples I meet are the latter.

I'm not a great collaborator, but for weddings like this, I am forced to admit that I could never do it alone. Chermaine had the job of doing basically everything. That's a lot. But never does she get stressed or overwhelmed. She makes it possible for me to do what I do. Amish joined us today and acted as driver, consultant, and pretty amazing steadicam op for the motorcycle portion. Aside from his trunk door hitting me on the head at least 5 times, it was the perfect collaboration. Finally, it was amazing to work with photographers Raymond and Jesse again! Check them out; their work is beautiful and they are so fun and exciting to work with.

Angela and Patrick approached me just over a year ago, with the idea of including motorcycle footage with their wedding video. It so happened that soon after, we filmed Mei & Danny's wedding, with bikes galore. Their SDE blew Patrick's mind, but I told him we wanted to do even better with his wedding.

Alongside the footage shot from Amish's car - either with a camera mounted with a suction cup, or me sitting in the trunk with a steadicam - we decided to do some filming from land, to really get a sense of the speed and power of the bikes. I incorporated the sound of the bikes, which adds so much to the sense of being there. We also did some slomo filming to add that epic feeling of the intro. I am really happy with how it turned out.

Forming the rest of the slow motion intro are shots of the flower girl jumping on a bed. You'll notice fruits and sprigs of leaves bouncing around. This is a Chinese fertility tradition, which you can read about here. Interesting stuff. And hey, once you've found the right person, it just makes sense to raise the four walls and create your own paradise together.

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