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!

Vlog Re-Launch and new format

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.

-Shawn

Wedding Prep - Mark Keysor

Tomorrow I have my first wedding gig of 2016, and I want to start some new habits to keep improving my work. The first thought was, I should study the work of some peers the day before to note some ideas or techniques to try; the second thought was to document and share what those ideas were.  

I want to be clear and state this is not an advocation to stealing someone's style. This is about seeing what someone has done, and adding your own style to it.  

The video that caught my eye today was:  

Daylan + Dillan | Salt Lake City, Utah Wedding Video By: Mark Keysor

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Two things that jumped out to me as note worthy were:

Stylistic Closeups

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The simplicity of the shots 

 When I watch this video I spotted a single shot using a slider and no shots (as far as I can tell), with a glidecam or any other fancy stabilization. I love my fancy tools, but weddings are hectic, off schedule and the couple are being pulled in every direction. When I shoot solo, I really need to remind myself to simplify the use of my gear kit, and focus on just having a good spot, a monopod and a quick trigger finger. Even with just that at my disposal I still have: Zoom, Focus, tilt, pan and monopole swivel.