I've uploaded a couple of things recently to show what I've been working on. Here's a highlight version of a recent wedding I filmed for some dear friends to commemorate their special day.
I had a blast filming, editing and scoring this and continue to appreciate and refine my own filmmaking techniques thanks to wedding videography. Some things that spring to mind:
- It's fast paced. There's no second takes of the ceremony, the first kiss, the first hugs from friends/family and the speeches. I won't lie, there's pressure to nail these moments, but that all adds to the energy of the day. It forces you to think on your feet and be constantly on the look out for the happy little moments of the day (as well as the happy big moments of the day!)
- You have the same freedom as other filmmaking areas when filming/editing to tell the story in a variety of ways to suit what your clients would like to have; be it fly on the wall, interviews, set pieces or non-linear. In that sense I'm always thinking about how best to tell the story.
- It's just generally a really awesome feeling to be around people genuinely celebrating a happy occasion, especially when you're there to capture the memory and bottle up a small part of what it felt like to actually be there on the day.
Also I recently entered a short film competition ran by NASA/CineSpace. The challenge was to create a film (in any style) that uses at least 10% NASA footage. The themes were "the benefits of space to humanity" and "the future of space exploration". I had the idea to interview friends and family to ask them what they thought of those things. What I received back was some incredible, well thought out and beautifully emotional answers. I was pleasantly surprised at how diverse yet thematically consistent the responses were. Here it is below! Fingers crossed!
As I finish these videography and indie video game soundtrack projects, I'm aiming to consolidate all the things I've learned over the last couple of years and challenge myself to make something longer, more intricate, challenging and even more personal.