Wedding film inspiration - Diego Serrano

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.

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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.

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Great work Diego, way to raise the bar!

Beachside Muse

I have a fun and exciting opportunity to shoot some beautiful beachside scenery while on vacation. I'm really excited about being creative with my camera and just having fun doing what I love. I watched a few minutes of, "The Tree of Life", and screen grabbed inspiring visuals. Beauty is everywhere when you work hard to find it. 

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The Tribe Men's Retreat

I had the pleasure to attend and document the, "Unplug, Unwind and Recharge Retreat", in Troy Wisconsin, February 2015, with "The Tribe Men's Group" 

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Source: http://thetribemensgroup.com

Kawehi - A musical wake-up call.

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Last night I discovered a musician that blew my mind. Her bio from Kawehi.com says (in its entirety):

"what you don't know won't kill you."

 

Music is one of my big artistic blind-spots. I had fun playing around with guitars as a teenager, I know a few Blues licks on a Harmonica and I can listen to Radiohead until the cows come home, but now music is something I'm either not paying attention to, or I'm stressing about what song to use in a video.

This wonderful and talented woman figuratively slapped me in the face and said, "Hey! This is art, enjoy it!"

With all praise and accolade for Kawehi stated above, I also want to sing the praises of the directors, cinematographers, set-designers and editors she uses in her videos. This is top-notch filmmaking. The next time I book a music video, I will be looking back on this work for inspiration.