Live Picture Studios was working with SoundSurge Entertainment at the Bridal show in Secaucus, NJ. It was a pretty big show and there were a lot of Brides who attended. However, there were a lot of confusion with regards Videography and Cinematography. We would say about 90% did not know the difference. However, when looking at our Cinematic Wedding Highlights, they clearly can see the difference in what it’s about. It’s just they don’t know what it entails.
So this is how we explained to our potential clients of what Cinematography or a Cinematic wedding is versus a Traditional Wedding. Cinematic wedding is about telling stories in a very cinematic filmic form. It’s a different way of shooting and we do a lot of pre-production work before going into the wedding day as oppose to Videography where it’s like a reality show. Videographers brings a camera and follows you around like a reality series. There’s not much thinking involve besides trying to stay steady. At in the edit, it’s just “cross fades” of your day. Sounds boring and that’s not what Live Picture Studios is about. We are filmmakers looking to make films for our clients. We strive to make your wedding day an unbelievable and unforgettable story that can last forever. That’s a Cinematic Wedding!
This was a film where New Jersey collaborated with New York for a beautiful modern / traditional chinese love story. Setting took place at the Castle Oheka in Long Island where we had the opportunity to work with fantastic photographers. Having great photographers to capture your day makes our job easier when building a story. The photographers are like your directors for your wedding day.
When Live Picture Studios arrived at the entrance of the Castle Oheka, we knew exactly the story we were going to create. We stayed outside for an hour capturing the beautiful scenes. They have this gate that opens up and behind the gate is this amazing road to drive through. The scenes was what made this cinematic wedding unique. When we got inside the castle, another wow of amazement. Then we met the couple who were just fun and a talkative bunch. It made the story so much worth telling!
We have to admit, it was a very long day. A modern Chinese wedding isn’t your typical american wedding apparently. We don’t remember if there was any break time. We went from scene to scene to scene capturing everything that we can think of. It was exhausting, but it was exciting as well to know that the footage we are capturing are beautiful.
People ask us how we shot the Penny and TJ wedding especially the introduction “Red Carpet” entrance. First off, this was done 2 weeks prior to their wedding. We spent about 1.5 hours shooting it, but 16 hours of planning the shoot. We treated this as any film we would produce. We started with a concept/idea and then moved on with getting permission to use the locations. After that, we storyboarded the whole introduction from beginning to end.
What do we mean by storyboard? We animate the characters and make sure we complete a blueprint of our shots and how the story was going to pace. Once that is completed, our director would have a base to be creative on the day of the shoot.
The reason why we don’t want to post our rates up is because this isn’t something you go into a store and buy a “story”. It’s not like a photographer’s package where you can pick the albums, the amount of pictures you want edited, and etc. The way Live Picture Studios operate is by getting to know you! Our service is to understand who you are and figure out a beautiful story to tell. Yes, there are some technical things that goes with our service such as if our service comes with a highlight film, same day edit, engagement shoot, film length, and so forth. Those are explained after you pick up the phone and we start introducing one another. We figure out what exactly intrigues you and then figure out what the best options are for your budget. It’s more important to us that we have some interaction before we get down to the technical things. We like you to get to know us as well!
If you are bride looking for video, but don’t know what to go for, maybe Live Picture Studios can help with your decision process. A Cinematic Wedding is a storytelling film. Whether the storyteller tells your story through images or the mix of speeches, images, and music. The film is shot very differently where the Cinematographer will more than likely shoot in short clips. Why the short clips you ask? It’s because they are shooting to tell a story, not just document every single minute of your wedding day.
We at Live Picture Studios consider ourselves very different from other companies. It’s sad to say that for most other wedding companies, it is a business transaction. You put the deposit down and you don’t hear from them until 1 or 2 weeks of your wedding. It sounds discouraging but it’s unfortunate that most places run their business that way. They sell you on their products, emotions, and make you put the deposit. Once that’s done, it’s like a personality change. How many of you wedding couples looking for photography or video have experienced that?