LJ AND JIM: SDE from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.
It's no surprise if you follow my blog that I love wedding videos, especially those from the Philippines. They're breathtaking and polished with an easy elegance about them. This video is no exception. Its style embodies features of wedding videos I admire. Three years ago, I wrote about my personal rants and raves about videos in my wedding planning blog (it's reposted below). I'm glad that I'm finding more great videographers out there now but, as a whole, American wedding videography has a long way to go.
Wedding video: what's hot and what's not
As far back as the late 80s, I remember my family featuring slideshows and videos at our parties. They've been at parties for weddings, graduations, retirement parties, and even funeral anniversaries. Maybe it's a Hawaii thing? Or my family is weird like that? So I'm super picky about what I want for my wedding video. I'm the first client of my videographer's to make such requests so I hope's he briiiinnnngsss it! Here's my list of what's hot and what's not in my book of wedding video:
Hot: Theatrical orchestral music or classical music with techno beat or electronic guitar e.g. Pachabel's Canon in D with electronic guitar.
Not: Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder wannabe ballads. I'm not mentioning band or ballad names but they're all over the radio these days.
Hot: Music continues softly in the background while person talking e.g. during vows . We need continuity!
Not: Music...stop. Person talking... stop. Music restarts.
Hot: Enacting how your relationship started and developed.
Not: Enacting how your relationship started and developed. Some people need to leave the acting to those getting paid the big bucks in Hollywood. Maybe avoid having people do a whole dialogue and creatively edit the re-enactment instead?
Hot: Changing pictures/video according to the song rhythm.
Not: Fast forwarding through video when fast songs are playing. People look like they're speed walking through the video. Not cool, people. Not cool.
Hot: Transitioning by simply showing the picture.
Not: Transitioning with side effects like a checkerboard, phasing in and out, picture turning as if it were a page, flying pictures across the screen.
Wish me luck!
On another note, on top of being drop-dead gorgeous and touching, this outdoor wedding ceremony included Filipino wedding traditions. It's the first time I saw them done outside of a church setting. Congratulations to this beautiful couple and a round of applause for Jason Magbanua.