Thursday, October 21, 2010

Let's talk cinematographers

When I got engaged I knew right away that I had to have the best photographer my money could buy. To be honest, I had never thought about getting a cinematographer. The reality is that I hadn't seen that many wedding videos. When I thought about it I just figured that my wedding video was just going to be the video that my husband would accidentally tape over in 10 years, leading to a huge fight that would quite conveniently be resolved in 22 minutes... Yes, I watched a LOT of sitcoms and yes I recognize that we do not have (and will never again have) a VCR.

Moving on... I don't really have a TV so I miss out on a lot but eventually I did stumble across the Subaru Outback honeymoon commercial:

It was really game over. I've been stalking wedding videos for about a week now...

Here are two videos that really touched my heart, gave me chills, an just flat out brought tears to my eyes.

April + Adam's Xcaret Wedding Highlights Film from Joe Simon Films on Vimeo.

Literally everyone one of the videos on this website really takes my breath away. I love the combination of music and actual words from the ceremony.

When I spoke to my photographer to see if she had worked with any fabulous cinematographers she told me that she hadn't made any real connections in Costa Rica but that she loved SharkPig. I mean who wouldn't love a company called SharkPig!!

Then I saw this video on Once Wed and knew I had to post it! Doesn't this video remind you of the Wonder Years or that video of Vada's mom in My Girl.

James & Tiffany Super 8 from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

Turns out, I love the feel of Super 8 Film. It also turns out that it's super expensive... sigh. Champagne taste on a tap water budget :(

I couldn't figure out how to post the rest of the videos so here are a list of other cinematographers that I love:

* Paper Tape Films
* Hello Super 8
* Lola Video

So here's the question: Obviously a GREAT cinematographer is SOOO worth it, but if you can't afford a really great (Super 8 Film, in my case) cinematographer should you just put the money towards something else? Maybe more hours with your photographer? Or is any video better than no video???


  1. I absolutely love Shark Pig. These videos have a nostalgic quality to them. It's funny I thought the same thing when I started checking out 8mm videos it totally reminded me of The Wonder Years. Wow, James & Tiffany's Super 8 made my heart super warm and fuzzy. Thanks for sharing these. I say No wedding video is better than a mediocre/generic wedding video. Yes, more hours with the photographer! Good luck.

  2. My fiance and I decided at the beginning that having a wedding video would be cheesy (for the same reasons you mentioned at the beginning)... but once I saw a bunch of them, I changed my mind. But now it's too late to work it into our budget, so there will be no professional videography at our wedding. We will probably have a friend just film the vows and the toasts (my friends all work in television, so they are good with cameras), but it won't be the same.

  3. Aww, these videos make me want to take a loan out for them!

  4. @Monique - I totally agree. I think that we may just book a few more hours with the photographer to make me feel better!

    @ Kelly - I spent the last two days trying to find the money in our budget for a cinematography but its just not possible (assuming we want all the guests to get food... and Mr. seems pretty convinced that we do!)

    @ Miss June - Hehehe.... sigh. I totally know the feeling!

  5. This is good info! Where else can if find out more?? Who runs this joint too? Keep up the good work.
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