Madia + Adam — We have fun together.

You’ll often hear us talk about loca­tion and how inte­gral it is to sto­ry, but may­be even more impor­tant is the time of day you shoot at that loca­tion. Light can change dras­ti­cal­ly through­out the day and film­ing at just the right time can ren­der a bland loca­tion beau­ti­ful, or make a great loca­tion even greater. Not to say we can take full cred­it for just how stun­ning the cin­e­matog­ra­phy in Madia and Adam’s wed­ding film is. When they told us they want­ed to shoot a seg­ment at their cot­tage, we sim­ply sug­gest­ed that they build a bon­fire at dusk.

Light can change dras­ti­cal­ly through­out the day and film­ing at just the right time can ren­der a bland loca­tion beau­ti­ful, or make a great loca­tion even greater.

What we didn’t know then is that we would cap­ture the most strik­ing spec­ta­cle as the sun dis­ap­peared behind the hori­zon, colours blend­ing into each oth­er and chang­ing as the sun’s rays shone through and part­ed clouds, flocks of seag­ulls fly­ing across the water in a scene of Nation­al Geographic-esque pro­por­tions. It was utter­ly mag­i­cal. con­tin­ue read­ing »

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Christina + Thilakshan — You’ve given me the world.

Christi­na & Thi­lak­shan are adven­tur­ers. It’s some­thing we picked up on very quick­ly as they told us of their many and var­ied shared expe­ri­ences — from shark-cage div­ing, to hik­ing through Banff and trav­el­ing across Thai­land. We thought we could relate by let­ting them in on what was then our soon-to-be flight on a tiny plane with Jen­ny and Neal, but then they told us they had also sky-dived togeth­er off of a small and very ques­tion­able plane them­selves. Like we said, Christi­na and TK are adven­tur­ers.

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It was an aspect of their rela­tion­ship that we want­ed to high­light in their film. Through­out our first few talks and into our first face-to-face meet­ing with them (once they found them­selves in Toron­to), we talked about why wed­ding cin­e­matog­ra­phy was impor­tant to them and what they envi­sioned for their wed­ding video. For one, they want­ed a sto­ry that reflect­ed “them” draw­ing upon their wed­ding day and ele­ments out­side of it to paint a full por­trait of who they real­ly are. Anoth­er impor­tant aspect would be their Sri Lankan Hin­du cer­e­mony, which would have so many intri­cate rit­u­als. Both of the­se com­po­nents were right up our alley and we wouldn’t dream of mak­ing a film — wed­ding or oth­er­wise — that wouldn’t reflect our sub­ject. con­tin­ue read­ing »

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Jenny + Neal — I’d fly with you anywhere.

There is no short­age of places that our por­trait shoots have tak­en us on. We’ve ven­tured into cou­ples’ kitchens and their cot­tages, have ran along lakeshore and hiked through the cliffs of Tober­mory, but we nev­er imag­ined that one would take us up in the air on a plane pilot­ed by a groom.

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For as long as Jen­ny and Neal have been togeth­er, Neal has owned a sin­gle engine air­plane. It’s been some­thing they’ve enjoyed through­out the years, fly­ing to the U.S., the Caribbean, or even just up to Tim­mins for pou­tine, but we were par­tic­u­lar­ly hooked when we found out Neal pro­posed to Jen­ny on one of their flights. Neal men­tioned he want­ed the wed­ding video to be epic and with a cer­e­mony at St. Paul’s Basil­i­ca, a recep­tion at the Arca­di­an Court and Loft, and the fact that they were char­ter­ing a fleet of street­cars to trans­port their wed­ding par­ty and guests to all the­se loca­tions, we knew it’d be just that — but we also knew that there’d be noth­ing more epic than to go fly­ing with them and work that ele­ment of their sto­ry into their film.

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Sharon + Scott — I get lost in your sight.

Loca­tion is a huge part of every wed­ding film — or any film for that mat­ter. It plays a large role in set­ting the over­all tone of the sto­ry and has the pow­er to reflect the character’s per­son­al­i­ties, emo­tions, and inten­tions. Such is the case for Sharon and Scott’s film, in which the Ancast­er Mill’s atmos­pher­ic nat­u­ral set­tings and warm, mod­ern archi­tec­ture provide the per­fect back­drop for their small and inti­mate cel­e­bra­tion.

We found our­selves grav­i­tat­ing towards the pow­er­ful water­fall that rips through the grounds, flow­ing through every major space at the Mill, and thus every scene.

The Ancast­er Mill had actu­al­ly played the set­ting for two of our ear­li­est wed­ding films. Hav­ing grown a lot as cin­e­matog­ra­phers, film­mak­ers, and sto­ry­tellers since those first few years, it was inter­est­ing to see which ele­ments stuck out to us now and how we want­ed to cap­ture them to enhance Sharon and Scott’s film. Beyond the beau­ti­ful green­ery, we found our­selves grav­i­tat­ing towards the pow­er­ful water­fall that rips through the grounds, flow­ing through every major space at the Mill, and thus every scene. Like­wise, when estab­lish­ing the water­fall, we want­ed our shots to flow and move slow­ly through each set­ting that the water pass­es through, build­ing antic­i­pa­tion as the music climbs and the edit sto­ry kicks off.

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Ethereal Styled Shoot at District 28

Back in ear­ly May, Alexan­dra from Blush & Bowties approached us to do a wed­ding styled shoot at Dis­trict 28. She had gath­ered an amaz­ing team of Toron­to wed­ding ven­dors and want­ed us on board to shoot some cre­ative ele­ments while doc­u­ment­ing how it all came togeth­er. There were so many things we loved about the project from that first talk — the blend­ing of indus­tri­al and ethe­re­al ele­ments, the incred­i­ble “white dome” room, and the sim­plic­i­ty of the con­cept, which would real­ly let the spaces speak for them­selves — so we set out to cre­ate a short piece that high­light­ed the­se ele­ments while telling the sto­ry of the shoot itself.

District 28 Wedding Style Shoot Outside In Studio on the Canon C100 Wedding Stationery Toronto

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