The practice of being present as a filmmaker is about always being ready for what coming our way. We love filming weddings and live events because it pushes us to practice being present because each live event we work on is so unique. The practice of being present is integral to great filmmaking, but not always easy. With every project, there are always so many things to think about. If we’re not careful, there will be a million questions rushing through our brain the entire time. The real question is, how do we find a way to keep our focus on the present and the moment at hand?
The secret to being present, is to plan ahead and come prepared. When we’re filming, we arrive with a story and theme in mind. In this case, our work with Jane and Brad was all about immediate family and their love for the ocean. There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen, no friends or relatives. Jane and Brad wanted a wedding that was just for them and their families coming together in a place that was important to them. They started by renting out a small cabin in Ucluelet, BC. Jane had mentioned that the two of them had always felt at home near the ocean. A cabin on the water, where you can even hear the sound of the waves just outside, was the perfect setting for their wedding.
We arrived a day in advance and got a lot of great shots of them setting up the house for their celebration. We set up the drones and captured some really beautiful ariel shots of the rocks and the waves. The stormy weather that weekend did not hold back, but created a really beautiful tone for this video. That extra day gave us some time to settle in with our location, capture some great b-roll, and get to know the family better so they were more comfortable and natural with us when it was time shoot. With a lot of b-roll already filmed, we’re really well prepared to film the ceremony and focus on each moment as it came.
The ceremony took place downstairs. It was intimate and private. We’ve filmed a few weddings like this and always feel really privileged to be there. It’s fun because we can get a lot closer than we can with bigger weddings, because we’re not block anyone’s view. We were able to use a few of our wider lenses which allow their family to really jump through the frame, and we were able to around a bit more and get some different kinds of shots that can be more challenging at weddings with a lot of guests.