It is always great to work with other vendors that you know from previous weddings, but it rarely happens to know most of them and be friends with some of them too.
At Vivienne and Michael's wedding, I knew almost everybody :)
I've shot with Claudia Hung from claudiahungweddings.com multiple times and we always have so much fun!
Rhia (artistrhi.com/wp) is one of the most accommodating make-up artists that I've worked with. She knows the drill and she's super helpful when we shoot around her.
Add to that a great planner Melissa (etlofte.com) and Rev. David from Timothy Eaton Church in Toronto.
I've shot at this church a few times already. This time around, the priest actually told me after the ceremony, that we were the most professional and well behaved video team that he has ever seen.
I mean, c'mon. There were four of us there shooting with 6 cameras. Mike was running around with steadicam, we even walked around during the ceremony...
I guess my point is how you can really shoot a lot and move around and still not ruin it for the next cinema team that will work there next week. We got there an hour before the Mass, well dressed, set up neatly in the corner, approached the priest way ahead of the ceremony... and whatever moving around we did during the ceremony was done with respect, in quiet, without running.
Needless to say, when I showed up at the same church two weeks later, the priest didn't have to give me the typical "rules and restrictions" spiel that we normally get at different churches.
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We shot this piece with a crew of 4. Michael Y Wong, Mark Klassen and Troy Turgano joined me that day.
Mark and I shot bride preps in the morning as Michael shot groom preps.
Troy met us at the church, helping us set up all the audio and gear.
3x 5D mark II. 2x 7D, t2i
50 f1.2, 24 1.4 II, 35 f1.4 135 f2, 2x 70-200 f2.8
Michael also used his Zeiss lenses: 21, 35 and 50
4x sennheiser wireless mics
2x zoom h4n
In the morning, we also used Rode VideoMic Pro
Steadicam Pilot, Cinevate Atlas 30
I spent about 15 min and tweaked grading on some shots.
The story, timing and shots remained unchanged from the showtime version.
As soon as I saw what was unfolding in front me, when the bride-girl conversation started, I looked around to find Mark to help me shoot that.
It turned out he was right behind me, already pointing the camera at the bride.
I knew right away that this was the perfect intro, knowing how much Vivienne likes kids. I also knew that it would be a great opening for people to get into the SDE.
The edit is pretty straight forward and mostly chronological. There are a lot of going back and forth between the bride and groom.
I used the groom reading the message as a transition to the vows, which then are overlaid on top of bride and groom's journeys to the church respectively.