As with most people, I have always loved watching movies. My true love affair with the cinema began when I was fifteen. I saw a movie called ‘Medea’ at a film club in a small art house cinema. This 1969 classic film by Pier Paolo Passolini intrigued me with its convoluted plot, psychedelic music and minimal dialogue. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t understood much of the movie, but its dark and weird nature was enough to spark my interest and inspired me to dig deeper. I soon rejoiced in the works of directors like Jean Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci and Federico Fellini. In a way non-conformism of the Nouvelle Vague and the European Arthouse directors fitted well with my rebellious nature in my teenage years. I also found much needed serenity and escape in the empty-ish movie theatres.
Since my adolescence, my love for films never ceased but our relationship kept evolving. More recently I started focusing my attention on cinematography. The work of cinematographers has a huge influence on my photography. I constantly steal their light, composition, angles and sequencing. Here are few of my old and recent favourites:
The Tree of Life, cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki
Lost in Translation, cinematography by Lance Acord
The Man Without a Past, cinematography by Timo Salminen
Twin Peaks, cinematography by Frank Byers
Nymphomaniac, cinematography by Manuel Alberto Claro
Under the skin, cinematography by Daniel Landin
Ida, cinematography by Ryszard Lenczewski & Łukasz Żal
I'm not going to even attempt to single out any of Robert D. Yeoman's breathtaking work - the cinematographer behind most of Wes Anderson's films.
So while modern cinematography is thriving, how does the wedding industry compare? I guess there is even more stigma attached to wedding videos than there is to photography. Cringeworthy staged poses, awful soundtrack and 4-hour long boredom feasts spring to mind. Thankfully, although those associations might still be quite vivid in our memories, the future is hopeful. So today I want to present you with the work of four adorable gentlemen who have been pushing boundaries of what wedding cinematography could and should be. I will start with some local talent and then move onto the rest of the world.
Disclaimer: This list is completely subjective and may or may not have been created under the influence of personal charm and obvious bribery.
Roldolphe / Best Day Productions - Half romantic, half sceptic with an eye as sharp as a knife.
Michael / Story of Eve - All you need is love, love is all you need.
Brian & the team / Shark Pig - If this guy fails to make you smile, I don’t know what would.
Tim / Velare TV - Your video will probably get an Oscar nomination.
I hope this helped you a little bit with your wedding homework and if you haven't had enough of my movie stills, you can view some more on my Pinterest board.