I had an awesome time filming Andie & Tyler during their engagement photo shoot. They were kind enough to let me drag around all of my equipment while they were being photographed by Ramsey Ksar . Ramsey is very professional when it comes to shooting couples in an engagement session or a wedding. He did a great job assisting me in some of the shots you see in the video. I also had to interrupt his smooth photo session to setup some of my own shots but luckily Ramsey was cool (like usual) with me doing this to his workflow and we both ended up with the shots we wanted.
Now for the technical side of things. I lugged around my diy slider attached with a bolt to a smaller light weight bogen tripod. I also had with me a bag of lenses (fd lenses with adapter) so that I could quickly (more like slowly) change lenses to get the most amazing bokeh video images. I vow to eventually upgrade these fd lenses to real current state of the art lenses someday. Doing that would make things go WAY smoother and faster while trying to film as the sun is going down. I also used for the first time (purchased 2 days before this) a Glidecam HD 4000. Luckily I had 1 day to practice outside before this day because it helped me achieve some mostly fluid shots while trying to fly my T2i around on it. I have quick release plates on everything so that made it a breeze to setup everything but the lenses were another issue entirely.
This engagement session was shot at Wilder Ranch off of Highway 1 in Santa Cruz. Ramsey and I were lucky enough to get the same weather as we did the week before when we went scouting this location. We waited a few days because of some rain and found the perfect day (a little colder than we remember) again with the sunset. As for the couple, they were really fun to film and let us get all the shots we needed of them having fun together. And of course Andie had HIGH HEEL boots on the entire time. We forced her to hike all the way to the coastal cliffs in them and she made it look easy. Tyler seemed to enjoy all of the setup shots I made them do and occassionally you can see his “Cool” look (the bench scene). They both seemed to have fun the entire time and I want to thank them for being such great sports for Ramsey and I.
So, now for the video. Here it is. My first engagement video session. Save The Date ~ Andie & Tyler
It’s hard sometimes to be creative and to try being original when it comes to video making. After making my daughters 3 months and up video and then her Almost 9 Months video I feel like I am running out of ideas. I think that things sometimes just happen during the post production process that help tell the story. Whether it’s a new film look or style you stumble upon can totally change the way viewers feel when watching the video creation.
On another note I upload all my work to Vimeo.com because the community on this site is amazing. There are so many creative people out there making really cool, different, cinematic videos and sharing them with the world. I love connecting with others across the world and commenting back and forth on each others videos. Having great feedback is essential to making your next video even better. I have seen my own video grow in concept and creation. Also, I get a lot of really cool ideas by watching some of the best shoot their videos whether it be a documentary, wedding film, car racing, comedy sketch, and many others.
In the end it comes down to your own point of view and then your style will come out in every video you create. All I can say is keep up the creativity when making these amazing life stories and events.
Now that I finally found time to blog I wanted to tell you about this awesome program called Magic Bullet Looks by Red Giant Software. I heard about this little gem from an awesome filmmaker named Philip Bloom. His website is http://philipbloom.co.uk/ and the video which I was amazed by is called “Return to Dungeness”. He was kind enough to create a tutorial of how he stylized this video utilizing a laptop running Final Cut Pro and the plug-in/software Magic Bullet Looks. After watching his tutorial, which is really interesting and fun to watch, I was sold on it and made the purchase to use with the latest wedding footage I had shot in Hawaii. All I have to say is WOW! I love how easy it is to use and how fast you can create your own style. I have noticed however that when color grading needs to be done on every single clip it can be a little tedious.
The video clip that I am creating was all shot on a Canon HF100 using a JAG35st adapter and a Canon HF10. I did find the JAG35st to be an awesome addition to my creative shooting. After a lot of use this last few months the adapter seems to be holding up to all my travels. It is scuffed up but working quite well with all of my Canon FD lenses. There is one small issue with the ground glass in the static adapter. When facing a lit subject I can see a small circle or ring on the ground glass. This only seems to be most visible in well lit areas but I am pretty sure I can purchase another ground glass from Mr. Garcia. I am sure all of his products are as awesome or better than the JAG35st that I purchased.
I will have a video posted here shortly once all color grading is done along with my company logo animation using Motion software which I have never used before.
The Hawaii wedding shoot was a complete success! Thanks to all of you who watched online and participated in the chat. The videos on u-stream were also recorded so that others can watch it at anytime. The entire setup with photos and video will be posted once we all return home and edit everything.
Thanks for a beautiful wedding put on by Grace Adkinson-Spencer and Michael Spencer with amazing decorations. And an awesome location provided by Bud and Flora Spencer.
Congratulations to both Donald and Kandice Reeb!
I am currently preparing to shoot my little sister’s wedding in Hawaii on Saturday May 30, 2009. The video camera setup will include: 1 Canon XL1s, 1 Canon HF100 with 35mm adapter, Canon FD lenses for the 35mm adapter (main lens 50mm f/1.4), MacBook Pro for Live streaming of the wedding, 2 tripods, XLR wireless Sennheiser microphones, and many other accessories for this shoot. I plan on using the Canon XL1s and connecting it to the laptop for a U-stream live setup but I am not sure exactly how this is going to play out in the end. My HF100 is an HD camera utilizing a Jag35ST and Canon FD lenses so I will be shooting a run-n-gun style with this setup. While I am shooting this wedding with my video camera setup my brother-in-law will be shooting with his professional DSLR carmera a Nikon d700 with both a 24-70mm and a 50mm lens. With both of us experienced wedding shooters we should have a great turn out in both pictures and video along with a live streamed wedding. The event will be located on the big island of Hawaii on the Kona side of the island.
If interested here is the wedding URL which will be LIVE May 30th @ 3pm or 6pm PST:
There will also be live video streaming on the ustream site showcasing the “Growing Up Years” slide show prior to the Live event if interested.
This video was shot as an unofficial video for my cousin’s wedding day. I was testing out the quality of the canon HF100 and looking for higher quality detail in each shot. This camera is not a professional camera by any means but it was the easiest one to carry and shoot randomly at the wedding.
Adding a Letus35 mini to this setup would allow for selective DOF (depth of field) shooting and would also give each shot a cinematic look other than a plain video look. This would allow a greater variety in telling the story of someone’s special wedding day while giving the footage shot that day a much more movie like image.