Ok, ok….I confess. I’ve been holding out on this one. It’s been up on vimeo hiding for almost 2 months. Why? I’ve been at a loss for words. I couldn’t figure out anything clever to say to match how epic I felt this piece was…so I’ll just stick to the story :). I had the pleasure of shooting alongside my personal mentor in the wedding cinematography world, Michael Y. Wong and arguably one of the best editors/storytellers in Hawaii, Joel Campos. This team was put together the last minute and was the personification of a “clutch team”. They both pulled thru for me and I wouldn’t have been able to get this same day edit out to the level that I was able to push it without their lightning fast rough cutting, skilled shooting + story telling, and my 100% peace of mind that the reception was being shot perfectly while I chopped away at the computer. Please visit the vimeo page if you’d like to read more on how I put the edit together.
Now on to the lovely couple!
Pamela and Bronson were originally from Hawaii and now reside on the mainland. From the moment I met them, I was happy to discover that “aloha” had never left their hearts. The thing I really loved about this couple was that they had ZERO pretension. Very down to Earth and laid back…epitome of Hawaii :). They wanted to do a first look…but not the “cheesy type” as Pam put it. After some quick brainstorming during the rehearsal, I asked her if they were doing cards to which she affirmed. Logistically, it was going to be tough shooting the exchange as once I leave the groom’s room, I stick with the bride until first look / ceremony time. We came up with the brilliant idea of exchanging the cards during the 1st look and killed two birds with one stone. Gotta love MYW’s EPIC wide shot during the approach ;).
WIthout further delay….It is with great pleasure I share this piece with the world.
Photography – Frank “Da Man” Amodo
Venue – Lanikohonua
Planner – Merryl Iraha / Vows in Paradise
I’ve known Melody for over 15 years. We attended intermediate and high school together. And not only is she a great friend and fellow Mililani Trojan (w00t!), she has been following my work since I started Colour Craft and is a fan. Needless to say, there was quite the pressure to perform when she contacted me to be her wedding cinematographer ;).
Melody and Joel tied the knot at the intimate Ocean Crystal Chapel and celebrated their reception at Aloha Tower Water Front. I’m a huge fan of non traditional venues (as you can only shoot a hotel so many times) and I was quite excited to shoot at the water front. The bridal party was pretty style’d out, a reflection of Melody and Joel’s own abundance of swag and stylish tastes…gotta love them socks. From the comedic story telling of Greg Hammer to the great 90s beats played by Dj Yogurt, I was glad to have been able to film my fellow Harry Potter lovers’ special day. Love you guys!
Photographer – L’Amour Photography
MC – Greg Hammer (HILARIOUS dude…seriously.)
DJ – Dj Yogurt
Ceremony Site – Ocean Crystal Chapel
Reception Site – Aloha Tower Water Front
ps. 10 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!!!!!!! ;D
Hey true believers (it’s a Stan Lee quote if you’re not a comic book reader :P ),
Super short update.
We’re still alive, don’t worry ;).
I’ve been getting emails upon emails wondering why the blog hasn’t been updated. Simply put, been buried under a pile of footage :). Working hard to get these final edits out to couples as well as continue to service new ones. In this industry, it’s always a balancing act between editing, shooting, signing new clients, and keeping the previous ones informed/happy. I do my best to personally answer all the emails and inquiries within 24 hours, except for the days when we’re off island shooting, so for those waiting for an email, it’s coming! Just returned from the outer islands so playing catch up again with the pile of emails in the inbox. In regards to blog updates, stay tuned for some new wedding films in the coming days as well as some industry insight into what gear I use and recommend. I also have a few corporate films that I’ve shot in collaboration with a california based ad agency that has finally been cleared for display. (woohoo!)
In the meantime, I’d like to share with you an article I wrote for the event filmmaking industry’s leading magazine, EventDV! Here’s the link!
crazy fun day! :)
Short back story : Grace was referred to me by a wedding cinematography colleague who was unavailable to film her wedding. After replying to the initial consultation email, I get a reply that said, “RANDY?!??”. I was a bit taken back and was like, “Uhh…yeah?”. LOL. It turns out that Grace was a friend of mine that I met during her graduation from trade school and only realized after I emailed her back who I was. I didn’t know it was her either as all this time I thought she had a different last name, haha. I told her in passing that I shot weddings and this was my career, but seeing as how we didn’t talk very often, she forgot my website address and didn’t know how to get in contact with me. Errrrrr….. Well after catching up, meeting her fiance Jason, and talking about what she was looking for in a wedding film, the rest is history.
Grace and Jason tied the knot overlooking Waikiki Beach at the Hyatt. The wedding was a well executed affair thanks to the tireless efforts of Taryn Magalianes from “A Touch of You” Event planning and Grace’s brother Brandon, who makes a cameo during the same day edit film preparing the centerpieces for the gorgeous looking reception. I want to say publicly to Taryn : THANK YOU for all the help in the months leading up to the wedding and especially on the wedding day! I’ve worked with great planners and not so great planners and Taryn is definitely in the GREAT category :). Great job to Erin and Brian who pulled thru and helped me pull off this super time constrained SDE as well as the photographer Brian Jones from iDream Images for always being a class act to work with. Here’s the photo from the wedding : Grace + Jason Wedding Photos
Back to the wedding info, the girls are all in the beauty field and are very knowledgeable in Hair and Makeup. So naturally they would all end up being each others makeup artist. It was quite a site seeing Grace play both vendor and bride at the same time. She actually said that she felt like she was working rather than feel like she was getting married. And of course I couldn’t put her doing makeup and hair into the SDE as she wasn’t wearing any at the time. I’m also sure she would kill me if I did, LOL. To make the day more
stressful interesting for this time constrained editor, she was also fashionably late to the 1st look + photosession ;). Thanks Grace, haha.
Well enough babbling, here’s Grace and Jason’s Same Day Edit :
Home sweet home..Touched down back home in Honolulu a few days ago. Whew…what a whirlwind of a wedding season! It’s been 20k miles of driving + flying in the past 2 months, it’s great to have a bit of time to catch my breath :).
Now onto details about the film!
Eunice and Prince got married at the beautiful Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico. It was a nice, intimate event with about 30 of their closest friends and family. They had a number of unique elements to their wedding : From Eunice’s stylish veil and Prince’s “Tiger Woods” performance on the links, to the epic processional on a..well, I won’t spoil it ;)…this wedding will definitely be one for the record books. My favorite part of the wedding was the music. A departure from the usual wedding cinematography musical choices, Eunice requested for some deep, soulful house as the backdrop for the P.SDE. It was a little different editing to this type of genre yet refreshing as it presented a fun challenge to still hit the usual high points and pacing but still keep the vibe that house music generates : chill, relaxed, and fun.
Although this wedding film flies under the Colour Craft Media banner, it is actually a joint venture between red Bicycle Media and CCm. James and Brian took the long journey to Mexico with me and it was quite the adventure. Brian Jones from iDream Images was also part of our crazy entourage. Here’s the wedding photos : Eunice + Prince Wedding Photos. We had quite the fun time traveling back from Cancun with the 4 hour layover in Mexico City. All I’ll say is sombreros & prank jokes and I’ll leave it at that. lol
Enjoy Eunice and Prince’s Premium Same Day Edit!