LATEST UPDATES - 2012 international educational schedule will be constantly updated in the upcoming months (bottom of post). thank you.
added boracay, philipines july 2012. mayadacademy.com/
ok wow its been a while (yet again).
this wedding was one of my first 2010 weddings (yet another one which prevented me from partying the weekend of my birthday *ROAR*) but nonetheless it was an incredible experience having met, befriended and worked with paulina + michael.
paulina is a romantic at heart and from the onset having met her i knew that their wedding story would be driven strongly by voiceovers and a more heartfelt and slower soundtrack.
this more traditional approach which most of my couples (or the industry for that matter) has been opting against these past few years; has almost become obsolete in the international circuit of wedding films.
but i find that by being challenged by a different style and approach, it forces and teaches one to be become a more flexible, discrete, yet refined storyteller.
one must have to look deeper into the day, the couples emotions and feelings vs relying on ridiculous cinematic destination wedding visuals to maintain audience interest.
and while it's impossible not to notice the bride (you too studly michael), the stunning paulina has been modeling for over 14 years, and is currently is represented by NEXT Toronto. You may have seen her face across international and domestic ads for buffalo jeans, coors light, le senza, jacob, dentine gum, winners, etc eTC ETC EC across north america to as far as japan, ny, taiwan spain etc etC ETC ETC. it was super kewl when talking to paulina as i do remember seeing her in the 7up super bowl commercial that played a few years back.
enough rambing; watch, inhale, learn, enjoy + cry as you wish.
TECHNICAL + PRODUCTION TIDBITS for my industry friends and colleagues.
shot with the freshest of the fresh socks out there, my polish brother and best friend konrad czyswtoski with help from the youngest film prodigy of all time; mark a klassen.
2 Canon 5dmkii's for most of the day
2 Canon 7ds for the ceremony bride and groom angles.
everything shot in 24p mode, unless I was running steadicam in some cases where I deliberately slowed things down to 30p -> 24p 80% for a more dreamlike look + feel for certain shots.
this wedding was shot before employing ultra flat low contrast and desaturated profiles for our 5d's. hence i reluctantly admit that color correcting this piece and matching 5ds+7ds was more of a pain in butt then usual; due to a more saturated and crushed images from the camera.
COLOR CORRECTION via combination of fcp rgb balance, 2-way + 3-way colour correcter + newbluefx + modified ancient mb filters.
i seem to be creating more and more custom profiles as I go along to accommodate different exposure/lighting situations that we sorely have to face in the world of event filmmaking.
i will be EXTENSIVEly ripping into and breaking down the topic of color correction at every workshop I teach this year. camera matching, defining what is a 'solid' image and how to achieve it; the WHY, WHY NOT, and equally importantly HOW and HOW ELSE will be addressed in painstaking + meticulous detail. I'll try to throw up a sample on thefilmfoundry twitter tonight.
my glass used:
-zeiss 35/2 zf,
-zeiss 50/2 makro zf,
-zeiss 21/2.8 zf,
-zeiss makro 100/2
-canon 24-70 2.8 on the steadicam pilot
-canon 14mm 2.8 rectilinear on the 7d for fake balcony wide shots.
-canon 70-200 2.8 IS V1
(i stupidly sold my zeiss 50 1.4 around this time before having to buy it back)
konrad's glass used:
-canon 50/1.2 L, canon 24/1.4 L II
-canon 70-200 2.8 IS V1
STABILIZATION tools were handled cinevate atlas 30, manfrotto monopod 561hdv (this is an INCREDIBLE tool) at the BEST price ($300), the 561 serves as a tripod, a fake slider, a fake crane, a fake car/boat mount etc etc etc. just use your imagination and the sky is the limit with this badboy.
STEADICAM; my Steadicam abilities (or lack off) performed the steadicam duties for the photosession on my trusty almost 3 year old (ALREADY) steadicam pilot.
this film is the revised sde, i'll be posting a the reactions from the couple for the sde on the wedding night in a day or two from now.
as always, thank you so much for watching, reading, emails, well wishes across the various forums and online community in these past months, and THANK YOU LOL from the industry who tell me they visit my vimeo all the time to look for my new work(s) and and those whom FB me to tell me to post something new. =)
i swear i have like 200 films hidden on vimeo; just sooooo many different projects to juggle.
can't wait for a wedding and a workshop in Honolulu; hawaii; really really need a vacation.