I’m a BIG fan of Comic Books. Grew up reading them and still have my collection to this day. When I heard we’d be driving to the city that was used as Gotham for the movie The Dark Knight, I was excited :).
This is another collaboration with rBM. I was in the hot seat this time cutting up the Same Day Edit as well as shooting and flying steadicam. I had a nice challenge from Brian to top the SDE he crafted for Jenifer and Henk the week before. Barry Connor joined us from New Orleans to join in on the fun (supposedly we were humping 150lbs of gear through about a mile and a half of walking during a heat wave, so yes, fun! ;) ). Another crazy day in the adventures of Wedding Cinematography. This wedding was different than any other wedding I’ve shot because it included many indian traditions that I was not familiar with up until a few days ago of reading and educating myself on what would happen. The two most favorite things that I loved about this wedding? The traditional clothing with all it’s incredible detail and design and the meeting of the Groom’s and Bride’s family!
Pritee and Vivek are in love with the Steelers. I mean in LOVE. Their wedding gifts to each other centered around that as well as lots of the details of the wedding day, from the henna on their hands to the cloths being swung around during their reception grand entrance. I’m not too into sports but just being around them wanted me to start cheering for the steelers, haha.
The day after the wedding, we got to do some sight seeing of chicago. What sights you say? Well none other than the filming locations used during production of the dark knight movie :). Took quite a bit of pictures but ehh…here’s something you’ll enjoy even more :
Posting this from red Bicyle Media’s, my sister studio, home base in Ohio.
This past weekend, almost a year to the date, we pulled off another double SDE day. One thing I would like to comment on is that rBM has the same philosophy as I do in that we REALLY get to know our couples and build a friendship, which in turn creates a better wedding film as the couple is more relaxed, comfortable, and natural in front of the camera. They see us more as friends attending the wedding rather than a cinema team filming their wedding. When meeting the couple for the first time at their rehearsal / dinner, I immediately felt a part of their family. Dave, the father of the bride, was also a fan of our work and we thank him for the trust and support he put behind us on the wedding day. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to work with couples and families who know the value of a well crafted wedding cinema film. The same day edit reaction from the couple and the heartfelt hug I got from Dave made the sleepless nights (trying to adjust to a 6 hour time difference in two days ain’t happening, lol) and brutal travel totally worth it.
This piece also marks a momentous occasion as Brian Marks from rBM cut his first full same day edit. We’re very proud of the job he did with the story telling in this piece. I flew steadicam and was doing a lot of the shooting and it was great to just have the job of obtaining imagery and not having to edit like a madman. ;) Jenifer and Henk also have a SICK e-session snowboarding film, you can find the link here : Jenifer+Henk Save the Date. It was a pleasure collaborating with rBM again. We still have quite a bit more wedding films coming up so stay tuned.
It’s Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. Be it long life, healing, or success. In regards to weddings, it is said that the folder (or folders in this case) is wishing 1,000 years of happiness and prosperity to the couple. Needless to say, I’m always impressed and taken aback by the site of the paper cranes as I just imagine of how much time was spent as a labor of love folding all those birds.
Brandi and Reid were fantastic to work with. Knowing them and how gracious they are, it’s no surprise that they had a quite a number of people show up in support of their union, around 300+ at their reception! I wish I had more time to fit all the amazing things that happened during the reception in the same day edit, such as Reid’s surprise performance to Brandi with a song that brought the house down as well as the words of wisdom from their friend Jen who was a great officiant :). Her UH football to a wedding analogy was very well received, lol. To Brandi and Reid, from the team and myself, thank you for your hospitality throughout the day and for choosing us for your Hawaii Wedding Cinematography needs :). This was also another collaboration with James Pizarro from my sister studio on the east coast, redbicyclemedia.com. Always a pleasure having you.
Without further delay, here’s their same day edit that we displayed for them at their reception. ENJOY!
Posting this wedding all the way from San Diego, California!
First some tidbits about the day: Being a Hawaii resident, I had no idea where the heck I was going when driving around SoCal. It’s a good thing I had James Pizarro from our sister company red Bicycle Media with me. Not even 2 weeks after we filmed a wedding in Hawaii, he caught wind of me covering a full wedding alone in California and flew out ALL THE WAY FROM OHIO to help. Thanks again for that bro! I couldn’t have pulled off the SDE to this level solo :). Now with the help of our phones giving us directions and James’ excellent navigational skills (lol), we were able to make each location punctually.
Now fast forward to the reception and SDE showing time. We almost did not get to show this piece. It wasn’t a question of being done, I was done editing it quite early, it was the fact of some weird equipment issues. We usually use our own projectors as we can trust them and know what it takes to project with them, but we were at the mercy of the DJ’s projector, which needless to say gave us quite a few headaches. We ended up figuring out a solution, with the help of Keshia’s brother Nick who saved the day by driving to an electronics store MID RECEPTION, and we were able to show the SDE at the end of the night. Whew…..It was a great recap to a wonderful day.
To Keshia and J.C. : You were such a joy to work with, CCm was proud to be your cinematographers for that day (even though the MC kept calling us your wedding videographers, lol). It was a joy to film your wedding day and be a part of it. Congratulations!
ps. For you eagle eyed viewers of my blog, Keshia’s name is spelled K-E-S-H-I-A, not K-E-I-S-H-A. ;)
Enjoy their SDE :
FIRST WEDDING OF THE YEAR!
Katrina and Ryan were quite the opposite of each other, her being more relaxed and him being more of the serious type. Their union really proves the adage, opposites attract. They had their ceremony at a beautiful and intimate church right in the middle of chinatown and had a grand reception at the Dole Cannery Ballrooms. A big highlight of the night was Katrina and Ryan’s SURPRISE first dance performance! During the interviews, Ryan spoke of how Katrina inspired him to be more artistic and more creative. Her impact on him was quite apparent with the awesome standing ovation they received at the end of their dance.
I had the pleasure of having a few superstars shoot with me on this wedding. James Pizarro from my sister studio on the east coast, red Bicycle Media, along with Bruce Patterson from the award winning Cloud Nine Creative lent a hand during the reception while I cut the P.SDE. Special shout out to Joel Courtenay for all his help throughout the day as well.