It’s not often that I get the opportunity to shoot in a big city but I love every chance I get. Urban settings give me a different perspective with composition and movement than we typically get in the south. I love the backdrop of skyscrapers, cars zipping by, and everyday people walking in and out of the frame. Julia & Nathan were absolutely in love with each other and I feel the intensity of this film reflects the day perfectly.
One of my favorite things about shooting Super 8 has nothing to do with film at all. Yes, it is fun shooting with an analog medium, but what I love is the fact that there is no sound. A few years ago, I used to shoot some digital video at weddings. Because I didn’t want my voice to be over top of all of the footage, I didn’t say much on the day of the wedding. I couldn’t control situations or engage with the clients for fear that I would mess up a great shot with something I audibly said.
With Super 8, I don’t have this problem. I am able to engage and interact with brides and grooms and create situations where true emotion can come out. For example, I can tell a bride she looks beautiful and get a genuine smile from her which translates wonderfully on film.
Moreover, I can tell a groom to get in a close, grab his wife and “give her a smooch.”
Most of the time, the subjects themselves are relieved to know that there is no audio either. They know that they can say whatever they want and act as natural as can be without fear of sounding ridiculous and having it captured forever. Knowing this sense of relief, we make a point to tell them this as we are shooting and almost always get a reaction. “By the way, there’s no sound so you can say whatever you want!”
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Sarah & Billy
Tessa & Marshall
This past summer I had the opportunity to shoot at the lovely Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. There is a calmness and beauty in that place that seems to transcend this world. With the endless gorgeous backdrops, it’s no wonder Charlotte & Gabe decided to come down from New York to get married in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. I feel like this film reflects the serenity of the day and has quickly become one of the my favorite films I have ever shot.
Bonnie & Joe booked the Homemade Films kit to take along with them on their honeymoon to Lake Como in Italy. Strangely enough, my wife and I had stayed in the exact same small hotel on the lake just three months prior. It’s interesting to see the difference in perspectives and shooting styles between their trip and ours.
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This past summer my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Italy for three weeks. Our time was spent eating incredible food, seeing breathtaking scenery, and experiencing an absolutely beautiful culture. Neither of us had been before so we took the Homemade Films camera along with us to document our trip. I shot and edited this film very differently than in the past. I wanted to create a great snapshot of the 22 day trip but also, and more importantly, remind us of how we felt.
This is without a doubt my proudest and most beloved film to date. I hope you enjoy.
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