2017 Here we come

Here are the best bits from a fantastic 2016.  Thanks to all our wonderful couples for trusting us to capture their special day and the suppliers we worked with to achieve this.  This year is going to be our biggest yet and we can’t wait to start.

New website!

Well as you can see i’ve finally got around to designing a new website for the wedding arm of my business.  For a few years now i’ve just had a scrappy page on The Motion Farm site which i’ve neglected for too long.  I hope you like this new modern design and find it easier to see my work.  Really looking forward to pushing on this year and filming some great weddings.

Melissa + Andy


When I went to meet the lovely Melissa & Andy in their holiday cottage a few days before their wedding, I could tell straight away that their big day was going to be fun & relaxed. They were very welcoming and totally open to any ideas I had for their film. They just said ‘Do what you feel on the day’ which, as a wedding videographer, is like music to my ears!

We were really looking forward to shooting this wedding as we hadn’t filmed a civil ceremony before. The wedding took place at Truro City Hall so my main concern beforehand was parking. There’s no carpark for the Hall, just double yellow lines and an unloading bay outside the main entrance, what with roadworks & eagle-eyed traffic wardens parading up and down made for a logistical nightmare to park and unload 2 vehicle’s worth of equipment.


We arrived at the venue for 10am, only to be told that it didn’t open until 12:30. No worries we thought, as we were scheduled to film Andy & Melissa getting ready. We split up to film their preparation separately with a plan to get back to the hall for midday, which would give us half an hour to unload, park the cars and get back to the Hall to setup & film guests arriving. I’m relieved to say the plan worked but if you were shopping in Lemon Quay on Saturday afternoon you might have seen a sweaty man sprinting from Marks & Spencers Multistory in order to get back to the Ceremony on time.

The Ceremony was lovely. Very relaxed with everyone looking great. It was a brief ceremony, which we love and the photo session on the grand staircase looked really nice. Linda Ellis was their photographer and she did a fantastic job putting everyone at ease. When the photos were finished we were faced with the same logistical nightmare as before, having to carry tonnes of gear down the huge stairs to our cars, load-up and get back to the reception at the Punchbowl & Ladle in Feock, about 10 minutes away.

Linda took the bride & Groom down to Loe Beach for some more photos and we followed. Tom managed to get some great steadicam shots whilst I sniped from distance. The evening meal back at the pub was lovely and the speeches were from the heart. As night fell the interior of the pub got very dark so luckily I had my portable LED light handy which we rigged up for the speeches, otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to tell who was talking!

After filming the first dance and a bit of the band we rigged up a video booth in a corner of the pub. We managed to entice about 8 groups of people to say something on camera for Mel & Andy’s video. We also got the Bride & Groom to sit down and record messages to their future selves which we think will be a really great way to end their wedding film! Stay tuned for the highlights trailer…

Lowepro Fastpack 350AW Quick Review

I’ve been using the Lowepro Fastpack Video 350AW bag now for a few weeks and I’m really liking it so far.  It has more than enough room for all of my main equipment when out shooting video.  The separation of compartments for audio and video is the thing I like the most about the bag.  It even has a handy compartment for a 17″ MacbookPro!  I can fit my Canon 550D body with 24-105mm f4 lens attached, Tokina 11-16mm, 50mm, 24mm, video light, GoPro, Rode Mic, LCDVF in the video compartment with a little room to spare, whilst in the top compartment you’ll find my Tascam DR40, audio cable pouch with Sennheiser radio mics, Headphones, cables & batteries.

When fully loaded this bag weighs a tonne.  It has waist & chest straps to help spread the load away from just your back though.  One of my only quibbles of the bag is that when it’s only your back you’re supposed to be able to sling it round off one shoulder for quick access to the camera.  I don’t find this is the case as the zip appears to open from the opposite side that is natural to me as a right-hander.  I’ve heard only people mention this in their reviews too and it’s slightly annoying.  Otherwise this bag is a great all-round solution to carrying kit on the move.

 

Clemmie + Charlie


On Saturday we had the pleasure of filming Clemmie & Charlie’s wedding day. The ceremony was held at St. Minver Church in front of 180 guests! The weather was perfect, watery sunshine with moody sky backdrops out to sea. It was the first North Coast wedding we’ve filmed and already we’re looking forward to the next one!

   

The reception was held near Polzeath, adjacent to St. Enodoc Golf Course in the most lavish marquee you’ve ever seen. Hundreds of guests were invited for afternoon tea then later on, cocktails and a beautiful 3-course sit down meal prepared by local caterers. It was a classy affair with aJazz band playing in the afternoon and a 5-piece in the evening. The speeches were great fun also, as too the first dance which was set to the theme from Shrek! We can’t wait to get our teeth sunk into this edit!

Dave & Lucy

  Filmed another cracking wedding on Saturday at Boscundle Manor for Dave & Lucy.  I was delighted to have Tom from Paramore Productions at my side to help capture the beautiful day.  We shot on 2 canon 550d’s with a 3rd NEX Sony camcorder for the wide ceremony & speech shots.  It was a gorgeous day, couldn’t have asked for better weather.  I took my 14ft jib along and managed to get a few high pans & reveals of the front of the venue.  Later on in the evening we got the Glidecam rig out and did some tracking shots of the Bride & Groom in the garden as sunset.  We also used it to fly through the manor house and follow some kids playing on the empty dance-floor.

Everything so far is looking great.  Congratulations to Dave & Lucy for a wonderful day.  I bet there were some sore heads in the morning as it was a free bar all day!

   

Red Arrows @ Fowey Regatta

Decided last minute to go see the Red Arrows @ Fowey Regatta Week and thought I’d take the 550D down to capture their show on my new Canon 24-105mm lens. We setup on the Polruan side of the river which I was told was the best viewing point as you’re literally at eye-level with the pilots as they dive down into the harbour. It was unfortunately a dull overcast evening and I was hoping for blue sky and ‘magic-hour’ sunlight to get that Top-Gun feel to my footage. I hadn’t filmed planes before so I had no idea how the footage would turn out. I decided to shoot from my Vinten Vison Blue tripod as I though handheld would be too difficult. I was not wrong.

The speed of the planes is so immense it was so hard to track them accurately when zoomed into the full 105 end of the lens, even with the tripod! I experimented with OIS turned on and off and it seemed that when it was off even the slightest knock or pressure from me panning the tripod quickly would make the image wobble. With OIS on sometimes panning too fast would cause the lens to get confused and compensate, glitching the image in an unwanted way. Keeping the aircraft in focus when they are hurtling towards you at 800 or so mph is very hard but this was probably due to the light conditions being low and me having to open up the aperture as a result. My cousin Josh also filmed with his 550D and 30mm sigma f1.8 handheld. I’ve used a few shots of his in my film too but most of it was too shaky to use really but thanks to him for taking some great snaps on the night.

The display lasted for about 10 minutes which was enough for me to experiment and get a few half decent shots to pull together this short film. I think next year I’ll have another go, hopefully with a new camera, probably a Canon 5d mk3 which should help with light sensitivity & motion jello issues. I’ll have a 70-200mm lens by then so we’ll be able to see right into the cockpit!

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