It has been since Jan when I last posted a sample for review (my first Wedding Day Highlight
aka my "Hail Marry pass" showcase piece for the wedding show to save my business, or go out in a burst of glory trying).
This is the piece up for review
. It is actually from a wedding shot before the wedding day highlight wedding, before I had use of the Glidecam, AT1820 UHF system, and a second "real" camera (I only had GL2 - GS320, where as now I have GL2 x 2 + GS320).
So go watch the video if you want to cut to the chase, or you can read below for some background info ......
This couple is near & dear to me and my family (they are friends of both my wife and brother) so naturally they got a screaming 1/2 off deal on their video (they wouldn't have had one unless I did it and they couldn't afford it unless I did it for a bargain). And since I was going to the wedding any way, I opted to write off the trip for the biz, charge my 1/2 fee and use it as a practice session (and to help refine the two cam op coordinated shooting that my wife and I need to practice). I think we are getting better, but there were still many times in the ceremony when both cams were moving so I have yet to find the best solution for this situation. Now that i have three cams, I will always shoot with 3 even if they only paid for 2, because I am finding 2 cams still restrictive in the edit. I suppose with better cam ops this might not be necessary, but I still think 3 (with one un maned as aisle wide) allows for the ideal protection against accidental simultaneous movements.
I tried to be "slower" in my approach for the edit, at least for the first few scenes. Partly to match the laid back bride & groom, and partly to try to match the music used for this section.
This is frame for frame the "Introduction" to their wedding video. The very next scene is the start of the ceremony. So don't expect a "Wedding Day Highlight" style production or a Wedding trailer, teaser, etc. I don't have the time to cut a highlight or trailer for all my clients (unless they pay me to make it).
This finished video will actually only involve songs from one artist (which is the bride & groom's favorite). This will be challenging to find enough variety in the repertoire to match the various moods of the wedding day and pieces of the video. I've not yet finished the edit, so the verdict is still out on a) if this is possible to do well and b) if it is a good idea to even attempt it.
And finally, I'd really like to know:
1) How ya'll think I'm blending the GL2 and GS320. Any guesses on when I switch cams in post? Which is GL2 and which is GS320? This was filmed with 4x3 in camera and a 16x9 crop in post. A wedding I filmed in Feb09 was filmed with all in cam 16x9 and I just am not convinced about which is the best way to shoot with my cams.
2) Any thoughts on the colors? I'm not "grading" them as much as I am striving for vibrant accurate colors. I still haven't the foggiest idea about how to apply a "colour pallet / look" or even what to choose.
3) Technical camera work thoughts. I only had a MultiRigPro & my tripods (craptastic though they may be). Future edits will showcase the use of glidecam starting this weekend for my first ever double header weekend.
As always, thanks to DVinfo for all the input, creative advice, and technical tutoring these several years. I'm almost running a viable business, so hopefully by next year I'll be in the black enough to pay the mortgage and be sustainable.... just in time for a switch to AVCHD (possibly) cams in 2011-2012 when I'll have to sink $10k into cams..... :-(.
So take a look at Ben & Christine's Wedding Introduction