So, what’s all this hype about?
With the newly released Canon 5D MK11 (a dSLR that shoots HD video) starting to get into the hands of consumers, samples of the quality of video this camera can shoot have started popping up all over the internet. In recent weeks this has sent waves of speculation throughout the industry. Some call this camera a ‘game changer’ with photographers now being able to shoot high quality video with the exact same camera body and lenses that they use to shoot photo. Many feel that this poses a serious threat to videographers, while some videographers are also looking at this as an opportunity to start adding on photography to remain competitive.
Our take on all of this?
The 5D MK11 is a remarkable and amazing tool, but ultimately like everything else we use, it’s simply a tool. While the ability to create stunning video are in the hands of more people than ever, we think it is prudent to remember that a film, whether it be that of a wedding or otherwise, is much more than just super shallow video.
We fundamentally believe that a strong wedding film is achieved primarily via character driven storytelling. It involves the creative documentation of real moments in a manner that always drives the story forward. Creative sequencing, colour correction and grading, sound mixing and editing, composition, lighting and music also play crucial roles. Of course, StillMotion fans will be the first to also recognize that a healthy balance of well motivated camera movement further heightens story as well as emotions.
While some certainly may be able to pick up a 5D MK11 and begin creating compelling and emotional films that we would all want to watch, it is important to remember just how much goes into a single wedding film and to not lose sight of the end for the means. Much like photography, cinematography is more than just pushing a button on the back of a camera.
So, our goal for this ambitious project was to create the most filmic wedding highlights clip that we could without touching the new 5DMK11. We spoke to Dennis at Cinevate, one of our sponsors, and he was more than happy to get involved and set us up with all the gear we needed (cameras and lenses). We were already heading down to Mexico to film a TTD shoot for Laura + Josh, so I called Laura and told her we wanted to come out for her wedding and try something we had never done before. Needless to say, she was incredibly excited to have us there for her wedding as well.
Our vision was to shoot this piece entirely with 35mm adapters - something that is a first in the industry, at least to this extent. Tony, Konrad, and I flew down to Mexico with 4 complete Brevis setups, a soon to be released slider, a steadicam, as well as a couple lights and tripods. John came along to film the behind the scenes for the wedding day, as well as the photography for the TTD.
Overall it was quite the learning experience, however we believe we created a very moving piece that tells the story of Laura + Josh. Our goal was to create the most filmic wedding highlights we have done to date but we want you to notice how the piece is so much more than just the imagery. While we do not deny that the tools can enable, ultimately it is the synergy and vision that brings it all together, creating something that is so much more.
PS - The music in this piece is ‘Gravel Lines’, used with permission from Amy Seeley. Thank you so much Amy!!