A video made by stillmotion does enforces reasons why many photographers like myself moved from still images to moving hearts.
It’s not just capturing an image by anticipating it. It’s about writing the story for that specific audience. From start to end. To move and be moved. Live to tell your story, your vision, your excitement and your desperation.
About half a year ago, I caught a company in Singapore (yes, in Singapore) who took my friend’s wedding video as their own when they weren’t the ones who were hired for the job. The wedding highlights video which would have the actual company’s credits was removed and the audio came onto an abrupt stop without a fade off. Despite the video being uploaded by the company for more than a year, it was uncovered when I was searching around the wedding brides forum then.
Upon noticing the video being not the company who shot it, I notified the people who produced it and they gave a warning to the company who posted it. Trying to ‘steal’ someone else’s work and call it your own would probably invite more trouble to oneself than benefit. If the stolen work is better than what you can produce, you will be giving a false impression to clients that you are able to do something similar for them too. Bad publicity and reputation will be tarnished in the industry if the original producers intend to take legal action. In the above case, the producers of the video decided to let them off while thanking me for letting them know over a meal.
Do justice for your clients and yourself. You can copy camera angles, composition, color style and cuts but not steal their work. You may just be caught if your clients do google the names of the couple of a stolen video that you uploaded to ask for second opinion.
This is a post dedicated to my friend, Joanna who got married last Saturday and graciously invited me to her wedding reception at her church and dinner banquet at Novotel Singapore. I knew her when I was in Secondary School / High School and we were in the same class for the first 2 years. Even after high school, we kept in touch and I am glad she found her partner in life, Marcus. I wish them all the best in their marriage life and a great adventure ahead.
Here is a lovely video of the morning events done up by one of the teams at Alanmitchi which was played during the dinner banquet:
I was also delighted to meet my other friends who were the bridesmaids for Joanna.
Jacqueline, Me and Kaiyun
Me and Lee Wah
All four of my pretty friends have found their partners in life and 2 of them, have already tied the knot. As a wedding filmmaker myself, I am glad that they have gotten wedding videography or have engaged a filmmaker to document their wedding as it is something that they could look back when they grow old and something that their kids and grandchildren will watch together with them. To me, having any form of video capture for a wedding, be it good or bad capture, is better than no capture at all.
The Minicam mark5. A very compact and lightweight stabiliser with an arm brace to balance your camera for smooth video shots. I have tried it first hand when it was first release and although I do not personally own one of these or the earlier versions of the minicam series, I must say that it is especially good for wedding videography where you may need to carry lots of equipment if you plan to do fast cuts edits.
1. It is compact, the legs are able to fold up quickly and can be kept nicely within a lens pouch.
2. The arm brace helps the user to manage the minicam longer.
3. The total weight of the minicam is less than what you may carry in comparison to the traditional glidecam HD 2000.
4. The ends of the weights are round so that it will not poke and hurt people when gliding.
Two reasons why I am still using the glidecam pro 2000 stabiliser instead of upgrading to this minicam, the minicam is more sensitive on the fly than the glidecam as I am not used to it and it is in the price range of around S$900 which I can still survive on my existing glidecam pro. That said, if you do not own any glidecam or flycam kind of stabiliser equipment, do check out the MiniCam Mark5.
On a separate note, if you own a stabiliser of a different brand and you have the following issues,
1) Problems balancing your handheld stabilizer?
2) Problems getting smooth shots consistently?
3) Not sure if there is a systematic way to correctly balance your stabilizer setup under 5 mins, once and for all?
4) Unable to handle a handheld stabilizer to minimize fatigue?
5) Do not know why your stabilizer rocks like a pendulum when you change it’s direction?
https://www.facebook.com/MinicamSingapore is opening their studio for up to 5 participants on the 22 January 2014 for a free basic 2-hr workshops for users of handheld stabilizers. In any case the class is fully subscribed, do look out for future classes in 2014 at the facebook page.
I’m very much a Asian Chinese guy. I guess it is not about how my skin color is but however, I stay to remember the words, 饮水思源. It means to remember your roots. If you are a tree bearing fruits, you need to remember the roots that help to provide the nutrients and helped you grow the strong and mighty you today. It didn’t come easy but you made it to be the big tree.
I was asked a year ago and a few months back to join a couple of video production companies, one of which does events highlights videography and the other does primarily wedding videography. Both companies that approached me are doing well and offered me a salary with at least S$1,000 more than what I am earning now, probably close to what I was getting as a finance manager back in the days at the University that I used to work. If I can get paid at a higher rate and do what I like, why not right?
The reason is simple. 饮水思源. Remembering your roots. I believe in this and the brotherhood of gangs that you see in Chinese films like 大上海. I have learnt alot from the company that I am in and am doing well improving and learning each day. I am glad that I am a part of them doing our best to craft the finest filmography. Well, I guess when you remember your roots, it also does show how much loyalty or faith anyone can have on this one person’s character also. That said, if the current predicament is stagnant and I am not growing or happy, I would definitely need to look out for better opportunities and this goes the same for everyone who reads this. It is a kind of responsibility to myself and of course, to continue to pay tribute and gratitude to the people who brought me far.
If you think that you are not growing in the company that you are working for, and not being valued as you should be, make the smart move and move on. Don’t wait till everyone that knows you tell you to. This is your life and have no whatsoever regrets in the path that you choose to take. Live each day and grow stronger, knowledgeable into the better you. Only when you make decisions for yourself, you will start to love life itself.
Michael Cimino, well known American filmmaker aged 74 known for his Academy award winning film, The deer hunter. Not forgetting his biggest box office bomb after The deer hunter, Heaven’s Gate. I have yet to see the film, Heaven’s Gate but read reviews that it is not a bad piece like critics would have pinned it to be. Michael Cimino was written to be a dictator of a director and that there were killings of animals to make the 1980s film. The original cut was 219 minutes long and the revised cut which was aired much later at a cable TV was at 148 minutes which gave a better rating than the original.
What I found about the quote, “If you don’t get it right, what’s the point?” very true for us filmmakers be it in the wedding industry or any kind of work that we do. If you were to spend hours and hours to do something. Like in the case of Michael Cimino, he overran his budget several times to do a masterpiece which became a flop in box office. He stood by his beliefs at the cost of the ticket sales. Hence, to do anything right in the budgeted time span and cost, one has to first be good in his craft. If you are not good at what you do, why begin in the first place.
Pre-planning and accounting for the work to be done before execution is also important. If the budget given is only so much to make a film and there’s only XX hours to film it, make full use of it and try your best to make it as right as anyone could have make it to be.
Here’s ending off with a trailer of the movie, Heaven’s Gate.
Above video is an episode of an original song competition where aspiring song writers stand on a platform to perform their original pieces to 4 great producers to place in their CD. When the song ends, the producers that released the front panel will have to convince the song writer to join him/her to perfect their song.
So how does it goes back to editing a video?
It makes people cry.
One of the song writers, Zhou San did it, http://youtu.be/AMfP51PrZdM?t=34m5s . This song is quoted to be a simple song but if you were to listen it, it is full of emotions and you can fill it from the singer. The story of the song, the loneliness, the helplessness that was felt is enough to imagine in Tanya’s (one out of the four producers) mind.
It goes the same with editing a video or filming one. Have a story. Feel the emotions. And if yours is a sad one, please make us tear be it being a simple story. Even if a wedding is a simple one, if you can bring out the essence by editing it to a suitable song, I’m sure people who knows the couple will be touched in their hearts for the matrimony of 2 hearts. (: