June 26, 2014

Wedding Films

Travis & Sarah Covington

Cinematographers: Robert J. P. Oberg & Sunny Zhao
Art Direction & Edition: Robert J. P. Oberg

Photography: The Nichols
Venue: Wild Onion Ranch, Austin, TX
Makeup: Face Kandy
Hair: Danielle Barr
Florist: Unexpected Elements
Photo Booth: Hotdog Photo Booth
Band: Texas Unlimited Band
Wedding Coordinator: WHITT

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to shoot Travis and Sarah’s wedding. We broke the record here in being booked just two or three days prior to the wedding. Since it was an out of town event we didn’t have a chance to meet with them until the rehearsal day. Regardless of the short time we had to prepare, Travis and the wedding coordinator (WITT) were incredibly helpful with everything we needed… and… when I say incredibly helpful I do mean it. I believe a huge part of making wedding films has to do with preparing and planning well for the day, so shooting just two days from being booked means that everything was quite perfect in the production schedule …

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June 16, 2014

Tips

The Importance of Audio in the Edit

As a wedding cinematographer, I spend more time editing the footage I shoot than actually shooting it. Most people do not know all that goes into editing, but like a fellow video producer said, “this is the kind of job where you work eight hours to get two minutes of work done.” Those two minutes, however, are incredibly rewarding when the product is finished. I am self-taught in editing, as well as in every other aspect of filmmaking, so my learning curve has been longer than others. I wish there had been someone to give me some kind of guidance; it would have saved me a lot of headaches and time. So… I would like to share some insight into the editing process.

 

The single most important thing that I analyze when I’m starting an edit is everything that was spoken through a microphone. With that, I also mean planning before the wedding day and being ready to capture what will build the story in the editing stage. Here is basically how I use the audio recorded:

 

Audio from the Ceremony – makes …

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April 16, 2014

Wedding Films

Wedding Films Reel – April 2014

I’ve put together a short reel with some weddings shot last year. This had to be done for a small workshop I am giving in wedding cinematography as part of my almost-finished graduate degree, but I would like to share it with you.

While editing this I realized how lucky I am to be a wedding cinematographer. Not only do I get to play with cameras, which I enjoy, but I believe my job is making a difference. To record happiness and to help couples relive one of the most important days of their lives is incredibly fulfilling for me as an artist. It is challenging, but well worth all my efforts. I continue to learn, I continue to improve my craft, but believe me… doing wedding films is amazing.

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March 17, 2014

Tips

Wedding Film vs Wedding Video

I had originally written about two pages for this blog post, but for the sake of simplicity I decided to make a short video explaining my key points. Wedding Cinematography (also called Wedding Filmmaking) is a relatively new industry that many people do not know a lot about. It was just until about six years ago, with the dSLR video revolution, that we were capable of providing the production value and amazing storytelling that we now can give in our Films. 

If you are a bride I encourage you to watch this clip for information on what is a Wedding Film and how it is different to a traditional Wedding Video. In my opinion, and having a Wedding Videography background, I believe that Wedding Cinematography and Wedding Videography are two different things, apart from the fact that both are dealing with moving images. Of course we still do a form of video, and we get called videographers all the time, but Wedding Cinematography has gone a step further than the commonly thought.

Here is the most recent Wedding Feature Film for you …

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March 12, 2014

Wedding Films

Josh & Hannah Hemby

Cinematographers: Robert J. P. Oberg and Sunny Zhao
Art Direction & Edition: Robert J. P. Oberg

Photography: Elisabeth Carol Photography
Venue: Community Life Church, Sunnyvale, TX

A beautiful wedding from a lovely couple. We have crafted this Highlights Film focusing on the touching moments of Josh and Hannah’s day, our last wedding of 2013. This wedding caught us by surprise since we had no plans to shoot on that day and we were booked just a week prior to the event. Regardless of the short time, Josh and Hannah were very helpful on listening our advice, following our requests, and helping us work smoothly throughout the day. Their wedding felt to us as if we had planned it for a long time, and it was such an amazing time of us to witness so much happiness and love between this couple.

There were so many special moments on their day and so many beautiful words spoken that it was easy to find the story of their Wedding Film Feature. It was a memorable occasion and a pleasure to work for a couple so …

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February 17, 2014

Tips

Making it Personal

Like mentioned in the last post, every wedding has unique story to it. Maybe every wedding will have a cake, a first dance, a ceremony, similar vows, a bouquet toss, etc. As a wedding cinematographer and even more, as an artist, I want to be able to identify the emotional expression flowing through it. Attention photographers! You may also want to look for this in your work. Attention brides! You may want to hire vendors that connect with you past the camera or tools of trade.

On regards to Wedding Films: it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words… how about a picture in motion? If you realize the importance of well-captured audio, creatively shot angles, continuity in footage sequences, and a carefully edited piece of art, then you may start to understand the potential of a well-crafted wedding film.

Photography is a wonderful way to see and share a wedding day, and I agree in the importance of it, but with a wedding film (which is frequently underrated) you can now have moments that last more than …

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February 14, 2014

Tips

The Importance of the Wedding Story

I remember the first time I was asked to do a wedding video, . I had never helped anyone take video at a wedding or event before. While I had done a couple of movie projects for school, and I loved filmmaking (I still do), it never occurred to me that a wedding could be shot and edited like a real film.

What is one of the main characteristics of film productions? They have a story as a foundation for every element.

My first wedding video, regardless of the thousand or more mistakes I made, ended up not being so bad. I made a short and exciting highlights video from it, and it actually brought me requests for more wedding videos, and that’s how the whole thing started. I would always try to cover every moment and edit in a somewhat exciting way. Life was good like that… until I realized the potential of finding the story in a wedding, and telling it with professional film production techniques. 

I found that rather than just shooting videos, I wanted to make films: stories that …

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February 13, 2014

Wedding Films

Tom & Nhu Nguyen

Cinematographers: Robert J. P. Oberg, Sunny Zhao, and Yuta Matsui
Art Direction & Edition: Robert J. P. Oberg

Photography: Hoang Vu Photography
Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Richardson, TX
Venue: Caravelle Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant

Last December I shot some weddings that I didn’t have in schedule, but nevertheless I was more than pleased to attend. I edited the story of this film not only around Tom and Nhu, but also around their friends and family members. A beautiful element that I noticed in this wedding was the spontaneity and the warmth given from everyone around the couple. This started from the rehearsal, and continued all throughout the wedding.

I am thankful to Tom and Nhu Nguyen for letting me and my team shoot their special day. It was great to have Fr. Gan Nguyen as the ceremony officiant, his personality definitely warmed us all up in the midst of the cold day. Also, it was a pleasure to work side by side with photographer Hoang Vu, he was very helpful in communicating and cooperating with our team to capture every detail of …

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