Archive for the ‘Wedding Concept’ Category
As if it wasn’t already evident, the experience of creating this concept film was too epic to contain into a few “extra features”. I think the latest Pop-Up version does a wonderful job at presenting plenty of interesting fun facts about the production, but now you get to see and hear from the people behind the camera about what it was like to accomplish this feat, which is personally my most ambitious wedding concept production to date.
This is the story behind the “story”. Please enjoy.
Now that you’ve seen that, let’s have a little more fun with the outtakes!
Happy 1-Year Anniversary, PB & J!
Wedding concept films are a way for me to make use of my storytelling skills in the event industry. Growing up, I made my love for videomaking evident (with a huge VHS camcorder on my shoulder all the time, it was hard to hide!) and I was constantly being asked to shoot cotillions and weddings. I didn’t have too much interest in shooting the events themselves, so I found myself inviting the celebrants or future brides and grooms the opportunity to make fun videos that they could showcase at their parties/receptions to entertain their guests. They were short and sweet sketches and spoofs but they were always a big hit!
After coming back from film school, the demand only grew and with my freshly developed skill set, I began to produce much more polished, professional productions that pushed the envelope each time.
I LOVE the whole process of creating a concept film, from script to screen, the most rewarding part being the big premiere at their wedding receptions and witnessing everybody’s reactions to all the hard work we put into it.
There is so much that happens in the making of a film that it can prove difficult to explain the experience in a short amount of time. So recently, I have been shooting detailed interviews with each of my previous couples and diving back into ALL of their footage. And after skimming through hours upon hours of interviews, the final edits, the outtakes, the behind the scenes, and more, here is my attempt to narrow down the immeasurable experience into one short clip:
Special thanks to Hannah Masbad, Ricky Afuang, Antonio Galvan, Mike Nunez, Kris Yulang, and Jennay Villaluz for your assistance in making this production possible.
Even though we shot their video several years ago, it’s great to know how the memories are still near and dear to their hearts.
The experience of shooting the interview for Chris and Saki’s behind the scenes video was as entertaining as making their concept video Flash Forward! Please enjoy.
It has been almost 5 years since I shot Mr. and Mrs. Ballesteros, a concept video for Rich and Cheryl. So it was great to see them again and catch up on everything, as well as reminisce about our time on set.
Special shout out to @rickya for holding it down with the interview!
Here is a new video I edited that reveals some of the experience behind the scenes of Jay and Mie Mie’s concept video.
If you want to learn more about their project or watch the original film, click here.
In our brainstorming of interesting ways to reveal the stories behind the production as well as some fun facts, I was reminded of the Pop-Up Video series on VH-1 and thought that would be perfect for the music video-themed concept production. What’s exciting is while planning this out, the series has come back on the air with fun stories about the latest videos out there.
Creating all the pop-ups was a collaborative process with the couple. We dug deep to find interesting fun facts and cherished moments about their whole production. Julia is a gifted designer herself; she created all the Pop-Up graphics and icons.
If you want to learn more about this production and see the original concept video without pop-ups, click here.
These days, before I pursue any production (particularly narrative), I try not to move forward without locking the “storyboard template” first. It essentially serves as the guide for a shotlist and keeps the production as efficient as possible.
Basically, I create rough sketches (or take still frames/videos from the original we are spoofing) and edit them the way we envision them to play out on screen. This works well because it allows me to not only get a better idea of how a video will play out, but also, helps me refine the production approach itself. It gives me a really good idea of what works and what doesn’t before the first shot of production even takes place.
I took this approach with Crystal and Louie’s “Everything I Do” concept video as well. It’s a fun way to see how much the originals inspired us to re-create the mood and feel of each video.
With Patrick and Julia’s video, being a destination shoot in New Jersey and limited to three production days, it was absolutely essential to create it so that I could get a really good idea of how the final film will play out (and therefore, shoot accordingly). As you’ll see, we did a great job of sticking to our script but also allowed for some fun and improvisation for the talent.
It had been several months between the time I finished the storyboard template and when I finished the final cut. When I first put these two videos together, side by side, I thought to myself, “Wow, we planned this to the T!” It’s rewarding to see how all those hours of meticulous planning and preparing for the shoot paid off.
Much credit to my very talented and hard-working cast and crew; every single person involved (on and off set) worked their butt off to re-create Patrick and Julia’s favorite videos as accurately as possible with the resources available.
And of course, special thanks to the ORIGINAL artists who served as the inspiration for this video. Your music and comedy have become a huge part of Patrick and Julia’s love story and life.
You can read more about this project and see the full concept video here.
My latest concept video won a “Finalist Award” in the Concept Production Category at the WEVA Expo 2011 in the Creative Excellence Awards. I’m excited and humbled to be mentioned amongst the industry heavyweights. Borat Storytime – the PB & J story was a long labor of love and it’s great to be recognized for all the hours of hard work we put into it.
Thank you WEVA for this opportunity and to my talented cast and crew for making this happen!