You’d be hard pressed to find a moment in which Carly and Mike aren’t blissfully laughing. It’s true — almost every shot in this film features a smile or laugh from either or both of them. That light-hearted energy lends itself to create a beautifully touching film. Just like their wedding day, Carly and Mike’s story is simply about celebrating their love and the people who stand by their sides supporting them. continue reading
One question we get asked by a lot of couples, planners, and other wedding videographers is how we adapt our style to non-English-speaking weddings where the language barriers could affect what we shoot and, ultimately, the story being told. This probably comes from the fact that, in 6 years, we’ve been happy to be the wedding cinematographers for many different cultural celebrations across Toronto; from Chinese to Indian, Sri Lankan, Persian, Korean, Jewish, Greek, Italian, etc.
So how do we know what to focus on when a speech or moment is unfolding in front of us in a language we don’t understand? It’s actually very easy. Emotions, tone and body language are all universal. You can easily tell what parts of a speech are important just by the way the words are spoken, by the facial expressions of those who are being addressed, by the way the mood in a room changes from quiet to vibrant or vice versa. By picking up on these subtle cues, we can quickly identify what to focus on and shoot all the elements we need to put together a couple’s story. This was the case for Sisi and William’s wedding day, where almost everything but the ceremony was in Chinese, and whose story and traditions were largely influenced by Chinese culture. continue reading
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.