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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #1
thoughts on raj + carolyn's sde
Patrick Moreau Patrick Moreau is offline May 25th, 2009, 11:09 AM

at reframe we spoke on really immersing yourself in the shoot, forming connections with the couple, and letting their story emerge. one of the biggest things we tried to share was about taking the time to breathe before you shoot.

when it came to raj + carolyn's wedding, we had something very unique. a short rehearsal dinner friday night, a catholic wedding all day saturday, and an indian wedding all day sunday. those who have shot indian weddings know just how intense and jam-packed they are. add to that having footage from the day before to also go through and prepare in the couple hours we had in the evening, it was quite the challenge and oppurtunity to be a part of this wedding.

we wanted to share this piece as it really exemplifies everything we tried to get across at reframe, as well as the art of wedding cinema talk we are doing at some local videographers associations. by taking the time to breathe, even amid the chaos, by connecting with the couple and feeling what this was about to them, and by putting thought into the frame, the shot, the sequence, and the whole piece i feel we were able to create something very special to us.

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shot mostly with the MKII with lots of primes.
used the pegasus and steadicam flyer for movement, and the cinevate 5d rig for support on the 5d.
shot in 30P due to timing issues to get the 24P conversion.
the garba and reception footage is 5D on the flyer.

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stillmotion photo + cinema blog // emotive art - speechless // raj + carolyn's sde (trackback link to this post)

vimeo:
raj + carolyn // same day edit . TN on Vimeo

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Old May 25th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #2
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Wow......I wish I was able to stop by and see you guys bust'in a move in Cape May.I live there:) The southern mansion is an amazing place and you guys have really out done everything that was ever filmed there.AMAZING.....i know you like those kudos;)


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Old May 25th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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That was utterly crap! I think you guys have taken a few steps back in your work and are becoming so self indulgent that you have lost the real reason why we do these things. Where was the storytelling? Where was the connection to the couple? Where was the vision you were trying to relay in this piece? I didn't see any of it. You should just pack up your gear and do Ford commercials from now on. Next time leave the weddings to the rest of us.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #4
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That piece was good! It was different from much of your other work which gave a good ol' Still Motion spanking of heart racing steadicam moves and crazy neat-o shots. This seems reflective of a new still motion style where you're tying to get away from the overuse of steadicam shots and focus more on clean compositions with stunning content, though I'm not saying your previous work didn't have that, it's just that your previous work made me not care so much for the couple in the shot as much as for the shot. This made me focus alot more on the couple.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 02:54 PM   #5
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Hey Patrick fantastic job. Good solid way of telling the couple story through the 5D. What was the mm of the lens for the wide outside shots? This job really shines as one of your best yet. The 5D imagery is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #6
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awesomeness! Check your email

Hi P. I love it.. and please check your email for my message - thanks!

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Old May 25th, 2009, 05:09 PM   #7
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That was utterly crap! I think you guys have taken a few steps back in your work and are becoming so self indulgent that you have lost the real reason why we do these things. Where was the storytelling? Where was the connection to the couple? Where was the vision you were trying to relay in this piece? I didn't see any of it. You should just pack up your gear and do Ford commercials from now on. Next time leave the weddings to the rest of us.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 06:27 PM   #8
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Yeah, I agree with Jason..
Patrick its time for you to rethink your career.. you know, find something your good at and that you might enjoy. Nice try anyway!
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Old May 25th, 2009, 06:34 PM   #9
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ridiculously good Patrick!

boy do i wish i could have made reframe...i'm fortunate enough to have heard all the great feedback from mintyslippers's danny.

really great transitioning and filming etc etc on this clip....and it really does show that you connected with the couple...brilliant stuff
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Old May 25th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #10
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Hey Patirck,

Outstanding work as usual. Love the (gliding) transitions between the two events. Awesome first (ring) shot. Hopefully no antes are harmed in making of this SDE :-). Keep on inspiring.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 07:15 PM   #11
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I like the fact that the better you become, the less fancy shots you produce and just focus on story telling and classy shots like slow steady movements and minimal focus pull.. very very very very top class production.

its like the "lord of the rings" version of wedding video..

I won't say Titanic cause it would sound too cheesy eventhough its love story..

but yeah.. unbelieveably.. epic..
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Old May 25th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #12
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That was utterly crap! I think you guys have taken a few steps back in your work and are becoming so self indulgent that you have lost the real reason why we do these things. Where was the storytelling? Where was the connection to the couple? Where was the vision you were trying to relay in this piece? I didn't see any of it. You should just pack up your gear and do Ford commercials from now on. Next time leave the weddings to the rest of us.

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hey jason,

as always, i appreciate your honesty :) we will certainly need to try harder next time.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 08:00 PM   #13
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That piece was good! It was different from much of your other work which gave a good ol' Still Motion spanking of heart racing steadicam moves and crazy neat-o shots. This seems reflective of a new still motion style where you're tying to get away from the overuse of steadicam shots and focus more on clean compositions with stunning content, though I'm not saying your previous work didn't have that, it's just that your previous work made me not care so much for the couple in the shot as much as for the shot. This made me focus alot more on the couple.
hi david,

thanks for the comments. i think all of our work recently has been much more purposely and the shots have much more motivation. the idea is not for the imagery to take a step back, but more so for the story to take precedence and let that dictate how it is shot. i think it says a lot if you can show a well shot piece to a community of videographers and they get lost in the story, so thanks for sharing that.

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Hey Patrick fantastic job. Good solid way of telling the couple story through the 5D. What was the mm of the lens for the wide outside shots? This job really shines as one of your best yet. The 5D imagery is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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hey monday,

we use the 16-35 a lot and really play with the distortion, and we also use the 24 f1.4. not sure what shots in particular your referring to. i think this piece is our best yet, and what excites me is that it is an sde to boot.

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ridiculously good Patrick!

boy do i wish i could have made reframe...i'm fortunate enough to have heard all the great feedback from mintyslippers's danny.

really great transitioning and filming etc etc on this clip....and it really does show that you connected with the couple...brilliant stuff
connecting with the couple + connecting the shots + connecting the environment to your shot all seem so trivial but can add so much. you should come hand out with us in AUS, you would love the experience i'm sure.

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