At the end of a VERY long and winding road through the forests of Central California, at the base of dwarfing granite slabs, sits a small chapel. This was the perfect setting for two people that adore each other, to make promises that are as strong as the mountains that surrounded them. There is so much meaning and story behind Becky and Eric's unique wedding in the valleys of Yosemite National Park. Seven years of growing together and serving God side by side, culminated into one day of excitement and emotion. All the details of the wedding were a direct reflection of who they are, and the experiences they have been through. It was an honor to witness the vulnerable vows this couple shared; they were completely transparent. We didn't force them to read their cards from one another (which we never do), everything that we were able to capture was 100% authentic. For Becky and Eric this day wasn't about the flowers and the dinner menu, it was about them, their love and God. SO RAD!
We took advantage of the opportunity not afforded very often, of shooting in Yosemite National Park. We woke up earlier than roosters to head out into the freezing cold, and get morning time lapses and scenery shoots. It was rad to have that opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and capture some of the most amazing creations on the earth. We knew that this location was so important to Becky and Eric and we wanted to do our best to incorporate its vast beauty into the film that they would treasure for a life time. You often don't see a lot of "establishment" shots in our films. When a wedding is held in a hotel or other venues that don't have as much meaning to the story, we feel there are better ways to show who the couple really is. However in this case... the scenery compliments the couples story and who they are perfectly.
There was so much meaning and emotion behind the conversation that happened throughout the day that we picked a sound track from Tim Halperin that would match the emotion and pacing of the days of events. So not distract in anyway from the dialogue of the day, we used both the instrumental and lyrical track for the song. Both of these are licensed through The Music Bed. Using both tracks gave us the ability to use only instrumental during the dialogue heavy parts of the film, and then bring in the lyrics to break it up and fill in where there is not as much dialogue.
The chapel was extremely dark with yellow lighting. Lets just say that New Blue FX, color fixer plus saved our tushies on this one. We were able to take extremely under exposed and yellow footage and make it look more natural and radtastic.
We can't thank Becky and Eric enough for letting us be a small part of their lives...
Music Licensed by TheMusicBed.com
"Memories on the Ground" Tim Halperin
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Gear used in making this film;
3-Canon Mark II's
35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.2f, 100 macro f/2.8, 135mm f/2.0, 70-200mm f/2.8
Cinevate Atlas 30 Slider
Manfrotto 561 BHDV-1 Mono-pods
Manfrotto 055x Tripods w/ 501 heads
Zoom H4N field recorder
Sennheiser G3 Wireless
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
Arri lighting kit
Final Cut Pro
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