These two interviewed video teams from all over the world. We were delighted when we were selected. I remember sitting with Paul & Karelea in Knightsbridge when they flew in from Switzerland to meet me. They explained their plans for the 12.12.12 wedding in Venice and it sounded ‘unreal’. As in not entirely believable. Then I researched Paul and Karelea online and realised that these two had a history of making things that most dream of, a reality. This was 100% happening.
This was an opportunity for me to do something really special. I put my 5DMKIII in video mode and worked out how we were going to fulfill the brief. “Make the video awesome”, were Paul’s words. Karelea is an experienced, published model and Paul is a well known and established Interior Designer. Wedding guests were to include 3 billionaires, a room full of multi-millionaires and those whom they love and care for. I hope this sets the scene for the pressure we were under.
We landed in Venice a day early and met up with our talented friend Adrian Wood who they had chosen care for the photography. Our gear filled the entire apartment as it was all checked by myself, Toby and Marta. We then spent the day walking through the written itinerary, but on location. This was going to be a little scary.
The reception was to be lit with hundreds of candles and we weren’t to have lights on our cameras. No problem for us as we used only the best EF primes and zooms on our DSLRs. The Canon 5DMKIII proved to be extremely useful, allowing me to push ISO’s to 10,000. On the steadicam, with no follow focus, depth of field becomes very important. Smaller apertures become very useful. Increasing the ISO on this baby was a life saver. If light was bad in part of the room, we just sent the MKIII in.
We arrived in Venice with a full compliment of gear. Canon 5D MK III and MK IIs. An arsenal of zooms and primes. 135 F2, 85 F1.2, 50 F1.2, 14mm 2.8, 24 1.4, 35 1.4, 20-70 2.8, 70 - 200 2.8IS. We used sliders and a Steadicam Pilot.
The logistics of the day were crazy. Travel was by boat and there were 3 locations. I literally had to run across Venice to set up a Steadicam for the reception.
To cut a long story short, I think we did good. I had a vision in my head for this video but I struggled to articulate it to the team. This short film took me ages to put together because I knew how I wanted it to feel and I wouldn’t stop until I got there.
As this was a VIVIDA special, I finished by grading the video in Davinci Resolve. I had reservations about using this alongside FCPX, but shouldn’t have. This software is absolutely incredible. I was using only the basic functions and still managed to create the feeling I wanted, to support the story. I have only scratched the surface with this software. Imagine this software with 4k footage! hmmm
I have to finish off by thanking Adrian Wood for being such a great tog to work alongside. Seriously, it’s tough not doing the photography and the video. On this occasion it worked like a dream as Adrian got a whiff of what were were in the middle of creating and provided us the space we needed.
Thank you to Paul and Karelea for allowing us to be part of this amazing experience and for the friendship that has followed.