Today on the Youtube education channel, we talk about our favourite lenses and how we use them. Lenses are probably the best and most important investment any cinematographer can make. While its simplest role is to focus the light from a scene onto the camera sensor, a good lens will significantly reduce flare and internal reflections, minimize distortion and chromatic aberration, all while boosting colour and contrast. Best of all? While your camera body may only last 2–3 years, good glass barely depreciates and, if cared for properly, there’s no reason why a lens shouldn’t last for 20 years or more. continue reading
Veronica and Derek’s barn wedding was a beautifully rustic celebration that fully took advantage of the Cambium Farms’ picturesque grounds. Veronica and the girls spent the morning decorating the carriage house and getting ready in the farmhouse before meeting Derek in the afternoon for their peaceful ceremony along the trees that line Cambium’s back field. Together as husband and wife, Veronica and Derek partied the night away with their friends and family under the unexposed beams and dangling lights of the centuries-old barn. continue reading
In our latest video on our Youtube education channel, we take a look at the Manfrotto MVMXPRO500US Video Monopod — the Swiss Army knife of wedding videography. As documentary cinematographers, we shoot in drastically changing environments and constantly need to change our angles and shooting height. The Manfrotto PRO500 lets us do just that, quickly and easily — giving us a tool capable of achieving beautiful movement and a small footprint.
The Mōvi M5 from Freefly Systems might very well be the best filmmaking tool in our entire arsenal. Used properly, it functions as a steadycam, a dolly, a shoulder-mounted rig, and/or crane in one portable, motor-driven package. Pair that with a Canon EOS C100 with Dual Pixel Auto-Focus and your creative possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Time and time again, we have come to the conclusion that there is no better gear combination for wedding, documentary, or commercial projects.
3 years ago, we made a tutorial as soon as the Mōvi M5 had dropped. Back then, gymbals were a fairly new concept and, in that video, we talked about mounting a C100 on an M5. Fast-forward to today, this is still our go-to rig and we’ve learned a lot of different ways to use it, putting together a rig configuration that allows us to shoot quickly and efficiently. Our inboxes are constantly flooded with questions about our setup, processes, thoughts, and how our storytelling has evolved with this tool. So today, we’re happy to share: The Ultimate guide to Flying a C100 on a Mōvi M5. continue reading
In our Location Tag series, we highlight the special places that make doing what we do easier. These inspired spaces provide a beautiful setting and an unmatched atmosphere for the events in our films to unfold, allowing our couples to focus on their celebration and us on our craft. As wedding cinematographers who care deeply about story this is of the utmost importance.
Sitting in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville District, The Four Seasons Hotel is one of our favourite spots to shoot in the city. The clean and elegant rooms provide a modern yet cozy place for brides and grooms to get ready in the morning, while the stunning reception space features floor to ceiling windows (natural light is a wedding videographer’s best friend) and a beautiful contemporary design. We’ve filmed at the Four Seasons many times, and yet each time we shoot, we find a new way to frame our couples and different ways to shape the light. That’s the beauty of clean spaces, they’re present but they let the subject shine. That translates into a gorgeous setting for our couples’ stories. continue reading