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Patrick Moreau, Toronto Vendor: Cinematographer Website: Still Motion About Me: For far too long, wedding videography has been seen as a medium with debatable value and little artistic merit. I think a wedding film should be fun, quirky, romantic, and really reflect two people and their coming together. It should grab you in the first few seconds, shake you throughout, and leave you with a lingering impression. I am 1/3 of the cinematography team at StillMotion, along with Michael and Konrad. With a background in psychology and no formal training in film + video, I've been completely self taught and look to use my background to add more meaning to our films and the experience of creating them. I hope our art can inspire you like our brides inspire us.
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Michael + Chrystalle

December 3rd, 2009 @ 5:11 pm by Patrick Moreau @ Still Motion

When it comes to wedding coverage, whether it is photo or cinema, why is it just one day? Wor obvious reasons, the wedding day itself has tremendous value, but why do we limit ourselves to just that?

We often cover the bride and groom preparing things, such as presents or their vows, the morning of the wedding. Something has always irked with the timing of it all. Let’s say Chrystalle decides to write her vows to Michael the morning of the wedding. That is something that we would certainly focus on and would potentially be a big part of their SDE or main feature (assuming it meant something to them). But what if Chrystalle decides to put together her vows the day before the wedding // does it not have just as much meaning? Does it not contribute to the story just as much?

There are so many details that go into every wedding, but we often only see them when they come together. Before the bride can put on the dress, she had to go shopping, choose the right one, and go for several dress fittings. Each and every detail has a similar story. As story tellers, we started feeling like we were only capturing the tip of the iceberg and leaving so much behind.

With that the idea of Michael + Chrystalle’s film was born. We always ask ourselves // what do we not see at every single wedding we shoot? As we look at our own paradigms, one of the biggest things we never considered was why we weren’t looking beyond the wedding day itself.

Over a tasty east Asian inspired Indian lunch, we started plotting with Michael and Chrystalle. The idea for their film was rather simple. The execution of it, as is often the case, wasn’t nearly as straightforward as we had originally thought.

The plan was to have five of us travel to New York for the week before their wedding. For the entire week we would cover anything and everything related to their wedding that would add to their story. That meant the flowers being made, trips to pick up the tux, finishing off the wedding presents at home, picking up the jewelry, the final dress fitting, the rehearsal, and so much more.

When we contacted some of our industry friends and told them about the film, we got some lovely reinforcements sent to our hotel. :)

Canon sent us a 14mm rectilinear lens for some amazing wide shots, as well as a 300 f2.8 to get super tight while staying at the back of the church (that’s 480mm on the 7d cropped sensor). Cinevate sent us their prototype jib (which Mark practically cuddled with the entire trip as he couldn’t get enough of it). And Tiffen/Steadicam sent us some lighting for all of our interviews with the key wedding friends (such as the coordinator, priest, florist).

Any questions about the project, just leave them in the comments and we will be sure to answer them in a follow up post with some behind the scenes.

michael + chrystalle // a wedding is more than one day from stillmotion on Vimeo.

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7 Responses to “Michael + Chrystalle”

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Leah T.

Looks like a great way to sell the idea of a lot more coverage (and $$) to brides! Brilliant marketing strategy…

 
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Sarah

What a great video! It captured some amazing and very sweet moments, well done! I also LOVE the song that is featured (it began playing at appoximately 1 minute in)! I was wondering what it was called and who it is by? Hope the hear from you! :)

 
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Mike

the song is actually “Knife Grey Sea” by Pilot Speed.

 
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RecessionistaBride (message)  5,018 posts, Bee Keeper

Your videos give me goosebumps & wish that a videographer was in the budget! Your work is incredible :)

 
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Sarah

Thanks Mike! I love it :)

 
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Mike

No problem! If you like that song, check out the whole album “into the west”. Cannot understand why these guys are not bigger.

 
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