As film makers we are often asked to reenact the couple’s proposal. So when given the chance to capture the actual proposal, we just love the idea.
At many of our weddings we ask your bridal party some questions about your the couple. We don’t ever refer to these as interviews yet rather as storytelling.
We see the opportunity to film a wedding as an opportunity to capture what is unique, interesting and different about the couple from the perspective of other couples. This is important to us because we feel…
– it makes the film more personalised for the couple
– it tells the story of the couple rather than being a music wedding video that is like every other music wedding video
– a story driven film has more relevance and longevity ( when was the last time you re-watched a movie with a bad story? )
– it can be shown to family, friends and future generations, displaying the deeper dynamics of the couple and families.
Storytelling in Wedding Films
Many top wedding film makers would agree that one of the biggest challenges in creating an amazing wedding film is content. When the editor or preditor ( producer-editor ) goes into editing the film if it is a storytelling film, the audio really is the backbone of the film. If there is a lack of good audio, or lets say a lack of engaging storytelling, then it will be much more challenging to create a moving film and story.
In the film below New Zealand based film makers Perspectives Photo + Cinema film the couple without the knowledge about the impending romantic proposal
CAPTURING THE STORY OF THE COUPLE
So what we tend to focus on in storytelling in regards to the couple is…
– how your personalities work together
– how your parents feel about the wedding
– how you met… the proposal etc…
So we have heard many stories about how a couple met and the proposal. One of the WONDERFUL opportunities we have these days is to capture a proposal with a short film. This is what inspired me to write this blog post about this particular way to propose, and we would like to encourage grooms or friends of the groom to contact us if you have any curiosity towards capturing your romantic proposal on film.
One thing is for sure, we as film makers are very supportive and passionate about the opportunity to film proposals so it should be something that should be discretely mentioned to our studio, as we will usually capture the proposal complimentary or at a very affordable commission that removes any reason not to capture it if you feel it would be something you value. Imagine being able to look back time and time again on that moment when he (or she for that matter!) proposed.
So that brings us to the subject of this post… the most creative ways to propose! Well, I guess it should be no surprise that proposing as part of a personal portrait film, is without any doubt in our mind, the best proposal idea for those that like and feel comfortable with the idea. As you can see in some of the example films, the couples are very much themselves and happy which comes down to the experience of the film makers.
The film below incorporates the proposal by Sydney based film makers Paper Cranes
WON’T HAVING A CAMERA AT THE PROPOSAL BE WEIRD?
There are various options about how to go about capturing that moment when your other half proposes, yet here are some ideas… – be discrete when enquiring with the film studio. – the proposal can be filmed as an unannounced moment in a portrait film. Portrait films are another film piece that are gaining popularity as an alternative to the very traditional portrait photograph.
Below is a portrait film of a couple from New York perhaps taken a few weeks before their wedding and shown at the wedding filmed by Stillmotion
Listen to Jack talk about why we love weddings in this short video: