The average final run time of my produced wedding video package is about 2.5 hours of finished footage. Each second of that video contains 24 individual images. If you do the math, that adds up to over 215k images minimum! Lets talk about one.Read More
This is a weekly installment where I share a few standout frames from a beautifully shot film, and how they will influence my own camera work as a small/no-budget solo professional videographer.Read More
I have three weddings in the can for 2016, and many more to come.
In preparation I watched and took some notes on this amazing wedding video by Diego Serrano.
First two things I love right away are the length and the music. Many couples I speak with definitely want their highlight film to be over 5-minutes, and I get they are paying money and they don't want to feel as though they got less. But I think I will start pushing for couples to expect their highlight film to be contained within a single music track, at around the 4-minute mark. You can tell a lot of story in 4-minutes, as this video proves. Gotta sell it better!
As for what this video inspires me to consider trying more of, is 60 fps with glidecam (which means slow motion on a steady device). The opening shot, has a slow push in towards the couple, and Diego also does a similar effect @0:40 but pulling back instead, allowing the expanding frame reveal the subject. I really dug these shots, they fit in the beginning very well and feels like I'm getting to know this couple.
My final creative inspirational shot is this very quick dance floor shot. I like the angle, but most noticeably I love the feeling of the shot sped up at the in point and ramping down to real-time at the out point. He may or not have actually manipulated the timing, I'm not certain, but considering he had a very energetic party like theme at the end, this shot work great either way.
Great work Diego, way to raise the bar!
When I first went full-time as a videographer and stay-at-home parent, I launched a daily vlog. My idea was to release a daily video of my life, before my professional work started picking up. My goal was to develop a solid work ethic, as-well as getting a lot of practice with my tools, but quickly became an unrealistic work load for me sustain. I still kept making fun videos on the side when I could, but nothing of a consistent release schedule.
There was another benefit to that project that I did not realize until recently. While talking to some wedding clients, I realized some were looking at many of my videos, wedding related or not, and would then cite my creativity as a major selling point for choosing me over a studio or another independent videographer. I'm not saying that just to navel gaze, as flattering as those compliments are (please don't stop giving them), they also scare me. Lately I'm noticing that the more wedding projects I book, the more wedding-videos I study, and the more I think my videos have to meet their formula, the less creative I feel. I can't let success and expectations change the qualities that got my foot in this door.
Here is a wedding video I found that inspired me to keep staying true to the independent-artistic spirit.
Sara Dietschy shot this video with just one camera and no sound gear, and yet it has more style and creativity than some of the most popular wedding videos that I have found on youtube.
To keep my creative flame ablaze, I have decided to re-launch the vlog project with a new approach. First off, the vlog will not be an exclusive look at a day in my life. There will also be DIY-Tutorial videos about how I use my gear, what mistakes I have made/avoided and some behind the scenes of certain projects. The other change will be the release schedule, which will be every Monday. That is specifically for videos I label as "Vlog", other finished videos will simply be released when completed.
Right now I'm booking a lot of wedding gigs, and I'm really enjoying that kind of work. It is fun, creative and I get to tell a love story. It really is a great gig, and I sincerely feel artistically fulfilled by this kind of work.
It is also an industry with heavy heteronormative leanings. For a multitude of reasons, none more prominent than the legality of same-sex couples to marry; and for same-sex couples in a state/country where it was legal, how many of them have a supportive family helping plan and fund their big day in any comparable sense that many if not most opposite-sex couples have?
So far, all of my wedding gigs have been opposite-sex couples, and lately I find myself defaulting to language like, "Bride and Groom", more often than I wish. Which is perfectly acceptable when talking about a specific wedding experience, but then it becomes extremely problematic when talking in a more general sense.
For example, I was recently at a meeting with the organization, "Youth-Outlook" , which is an LGBTQ support group for young children. One of the people I met was a gay woman named Nancy. She shared a bit of her story with me, about how she was a homeless teenager who didn't think she deserved love or happiness until this organization opened its doors and showed her the love and acceptance she deserved.
During this meeting, I referenced my wedding filmmaking experiences in a way that defaulted to the terminology, "Bride and Groom". It didn't feel problematic or offensive at the moment, and the two people I was speaking with didn't visibly or verbally react to my verbiage. What I do know for certain is how unnecessary and dangerous it was to accidentally perpetuate a culture of exclusion. Intentional or not, that antiquated default is not respecting the value of someone gay, queer, trans* or, "Non-YA-BUSINESS!".
I have a responsibility to set an example in this industry that weddings are for all couples, of all variants of gender and sexuality. My language should reflect this, and the only assumption I shall ever make from this point forward, is that everyone has a unique love story, and I'm available to help them tell it.
Looking forward to working with all couples who are about to wed, and saved room in their budget for a beautiful video.