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 Practice of Being Present in FIlmmaking /// Jane and Brad

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.

The Practice of Being Present in FIlmmaking /// Jane and Brad

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 Practice of Being Present in FIlmmaking /// Jane and Brad

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.

The Practice of Being Present in FIlmmaking /// Jane and Brad

A lot of the weddings we film follow a similar sequence of events. Brad and Jane’s wedding was completely different, which is why the extra day and a good plan goes a long way when it comes to being present and prepared. We’re always keeping the key storyline in mind so we can focus on the shots we still need, and be ready for whatever surprises might come our way. It really shows how being prepared, present and open while filming can create a great story. There is something really honest and timeless about the way this video came together, and that’s just how Brad and Jane are. The light, the narrative, the fire engine red rain boots, and the over arching theme of the ocean while waves crashed in the background really make this video stand out for us. 

Find more wedding videos like Jane and Brad in our portfolio or on our Vimeo page.  If you’re thinking about having video for your wedding, we’d love to hear from you.

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