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Old February 15th, 2008, 03:38 PM   #1
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A Dynamic Wedding Clip

Please take a look at short wedding clip, edited to a non typical wedding music.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 03:39 PM   #2
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Sorry forgot to post the link
http://olegkalyan.ru/reel/juliaartem.html
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Old February 15th, 2008, 07:34 PM   #3
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Non typical indeed!!!

When I clicked the link, first I thought my damn spyware re-directed me to a soft porn site ;-) Then I realized it is the right clip.

I like your technical work. Shooting and editing are great. Seems to fit the music well. But the whole explicit thing, I don't think it will fit well with the wedding indusrty. Then again it all depends on the country, culture and more importantly the couple. If B&G are up for it, then I don't see a problem. And in this case, they seems to be very open minded so it might work out.

I wish my brides are like this, although my wife won't allow me to shoot weddings if they are ;-)
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Old February 16th, 2008, 12:35 AM   #4
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Ram, thank you,
you know this clip was just a non typical approach to editing, and is a part of a long wedding film, I see this clip as sensual, playful, loving, all that reflect this particular couple, and my directorial approach to storytelling.
The wedding took place at a rebuilt castle Maindorf, just outside of Moscow.
Original material allows me to approach this film differently, and allowed me to be maybe a little more original.

Regards, Oleg!
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Old February 16th, 2008, 03:38 AM   #5
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Now this was refreshing! I really liked the way you approached it. Think I saw some flashlights and so on during the shoot, did you get some help with the lighting? What camera did you use? How did you compress for the web because your clip looked razorsharp.
Sorry for so many questions but I would be thankfull if you could share some of your shooting and editing secrets. :)
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Old February 16th, 2008, 08:18 AM   #6
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Oleg:

I liked it. Sometimes you just have to push the envelope a bit. I liked you creative use of light.

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Old February 16th, 2008, 09:50 AM   #7
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Brilliantly produced. Technically excellent, but as to "storytelling", I don't see it. There's really no narrative; it's more of an image montage, and at that I got tired of it about halfway through. It really seemed like an assemblage of transitions rather than a piece with actual substance. In my opinion (and it is only this, my opinion) it's all about style and vrtually nothing about content. As a memento or keepsake for the couple, I'm sure they'll LOVE it, but I don't think it's the kind of thing that has an appeal for other audiences.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 10:57 AM   #8
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WHOAA! love the technique and the concept. not for everybody but I sure as hell liked it.

thanks for sharing.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 01:04 PM   #9
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I absolutely loved it...would love to know your editing techniques and "how to's" of how you did that...what editing software, etc.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 04:15 PM   #10
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Thank you, Everyone for your comments, and support : )

The piece was shot one camera Canon A1, 50i Pal, HDV, edited 16/9 DV in
FCP, used FCP plugins and Boris Continuum Complete,

I used Compressor to make a web clip, H264, 1200 kbs
There was a photographer working at the same time, with the help of his assistant, I had some portable light going steady and moving during the shots.

As far as editing goes it was not meant to be a story rather a clip, sort of a music video, not having a narrative, rather mixing things up, so it's "reality, dream and imagination going all at the same time", if this explanation makes any sense
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Old February 16th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #11
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Brilliant!! refreshing, creative, stylish, erotic... i'm not convinced however that they'll be showing the future kids or in-laws, LOL

and i'm telling you now, if i came home with footage like that, i'm not sure i'd be in a relationship anymore :)

so is the girl in that an actress? she's very natural infront of a camera...

to those that think this clip is just plain rude, try watching it in reverse!

seriously though, great encoding and overally just very different and refreshing
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Old February 16th, 2008, 10:34 PM   #12
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Hubba Hubba, he's a lucky man!
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Old February 17th, 2008, 01:11 AM   #13
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Thanks again,
The Bride is not an actress, she could be one, couldn't she!

When we were shooting that particular part of the wedding B&G opened up for the camera...at the beginning they were skeptical about that particular part, and me talking about the shot inside covered bed...the room, furniture allowed some creative, intimate fantasy, so I explored that, and they went for it, we had a great deal of communication, trust.

I agree that the Groom is a lucky man, just like all of the Grooms on the Wedding Day!
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Old February 17th, 2008, 11:05 AM   #14
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First: Its different. I love different. Different is good. If I see one more sequence of slo mo clips with the bride in salon chair intermixed with the groorm standing at the alter with a VO: "I met Jenny in high school..." I'll just barf. I make money of that style but I still barf

Second: Technincally you put some real work into this. Image quality is very high. Shot composition is solid as is camera movement. Technically the editing is tight

I have no problem with a non linear editing style. Sometimes we get too "boxed in" with our wedding timelines

My only issue is that the music and the technique may not match the content and the shooting style. I may have started with music that was a bit slower, more sensuous and let your nice camerawork just flow from one shot to the next for a bit, building that sense of mood and sensuality, then transitioned to the faster paced, fast cutting that you do. Also, maybe a bit of over kill with the effects, you have good quality images you can let them speak for you

Overall, though, you have something distinct and individual and I am always for that
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Old February 18th, 2008, 04:42 AM   #15
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Victor, Thank you!

Could you suggest the music that you think will fit.
I can certainly change the pace, the music I've used doesn't suggest a build and dynamic, emotional change..

Cheers!
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