We hope that you enjoy this trailer from Mary Ann and Joseph Fanning’s wedding film. Mary Ann and Joe were married on July 21, 2012 at St. Augustine’s Church in Hartford, CT. Their reception was held at The Grand Oak Villa in Oakville, CT. We’ve worked with Mary Ann’s family before and it was our pleasure to have been able to film her and Joe’s day.

 

~Marc Manzi

Senior Editor

This past weekend, I, Kaelyn the Intern, experienced my first wedding reception. I’m 19 and have never attended a wedding I was old enough to remember. Sure, my friends and coworkers have all been to weddings-Steve has filmed just about 1,000-but I didn’t really think I was missing out on anything. My formal event expertise was grounded in the three proms I attended in high school, each one more- I guess I’ll call it ‘economical’- than the last. I figured all formal events were comparable. A wedding reception was a three-hour dance marathon in what I assumed would be a gymnasium somewhere, right?
Maybe that’s the type of reception Mary Ann and Joseph Fanning would have had if they were nostalgic for low budget teenaged gatherings, but once I walked into The Grand Oak Villa ballroom, I realized that like myself, they were not. Instead of shot glasses filled with candles, the centerpieces were large floral arrangements with lit vases that shot off fireworks as the newlyweds made their entrance. The musical selection was, surprisingly, not a sociology teacher that DJ’d on the side, but The Guarnera Brothers Band from New York who did beautiful covers of songs dating back to the 50’s and even some songs in Italian.
The whole reception was beautiful. There was enough gourmet food to feed an army (a very sophisticated army, but an army nonetheless). A photo booth was supplied by Showstopper Entertainment for guests to take super serious, business-like photographs such as this:

Guests could then glue the photos into a book and leave the bride a groom a note (I think ours commented upon how gorgeous the film crew was).
Maybe weddings are a display of how much we’ve matured over the years. When we’re young we don’t care if the food is served out of cafeteria trays or if the decorations all came from a Party City clearance section. Maybe it’s when we’re older that we desire things that are more refined. As I watched Mr. and Mrs. Fanning on the dance floor with their 100+ friends and family members though, I realized that they would probably be smiling just as big and dancing just as hard if they were in a high school gymnasium somewhere. Maybe in the end all that matters is that you have the people you love the most around you. A pyrotechnic dessert table definitely helps though.

 

In this months feature, we chose Juan and Tricia Eslava’s reception video. The reception took place at The Barn at Gibbet Hill which is a beautifully restored 100-year old barn overlooking miles of rolling hills and lush scenery. We would like to thank Kahootz for putting on a wonderful performance that night.
We would also like to thank all that worked with us including the photographer, Justin Mott, and St. James Church.

This month’s feature, we take a look at the opening, pre-ceremony segment of Stephen and Danielle Meagher’s wedding film. Unlike many typical ceremony locations, Stephen and Danielle’s was located in a vineyard at Jonathan Edward’s Winery. Our crew had a fun time working in the sun alongside the photographers from Blue Diamond Photography and the DJ, J.J. Depasqua. Enjoy!

Their entire wedding film can be found in our movie gallery at http://www.stevenfowlerfilms.com/movie_gallery.html

-Tom

Hey guys, sorry we missed a couple Feature of the Month’s, but after a small hiatus here is our latest feature!

This month we will be looking at the bridal prep segment from Maria and Anthony Cartiera’s wedding on July 23rd, 2011.  Maria was at the Hilton in Hartford, CT before departing for St. Ann’s Church for the ceremony.  To see the whole ceremony and the wonderful reception at Anthony’s Ocean View, watch the entire wedding film, and others, on our website; http://www.stevenfowlerfilms.com/movie_gallery.html.

We had a fun time working with photographer, Sam Chinigo and the good people from After Hours DJ Entertainment.

 

Enjoy!!

-Tom Grenier

Choosing a wedding and event filmmaker for your special day can prove to be more difficult than you originally thought. Hopefully I can alleviate some of the stress of searching with some advice as a filmmaker to a future bride or groom so that you pick the filmmaker that best fits your needs. Most brides dream about their wedding day and every minute detail that goes into making that day happen, you want a filmmaker who will accurately capture all those little things that make your wedding day special.

Experience!

The first thing to look for in a filmmaker is experience. There are many inexperienced filmmakers starting out who promote themselves for weddings because they believe that shooting weddings are easy, which could not be farther from the truth. Not all wedding films are produced with the same amount of quality which is a direct result of the filmmaker’s skill and equipment. Notice if the filmmaker has won any local or national awards, this is a good indicator that they have competitively better quality and are respected in the event filmmaking community. Also meet the filmmaker at their place of business, notice the level of professionalism that goes on in their studio.

You want to book your wedding filmmaker as soon as possible. An experienced filmmaker will be able to help you with your wedding plans, giving you their opinion on vendors and venues as well as photographers. It would be a good idea to ask the photographers opinion of the filmmaker as well since they may have worked with them in the past.

The Demo Reel

A filmmaker’s demo shows his or her best shots cut together in a flashy way set to some upbeat yet touching music. Beware of the demo reel. This is a representation of the best that the filmmaker has to offer, so the demo may be misleading. Ask to watch a recently finished wedding. Then you can see an entire wedding film and be accurately able to assess the filmmaker’s quality of work. Don’t stop at one, the more wedding films you watch, the better you’ll be able to judge which filmmaker has the most consistent standard of quality. Another reason to watch a finished wedding film is to judge the audio quality. In a demo the shots are set to music and played in a montage, so it is impossible to know if your vows will sound crisp and clear, or if they will sound like they were shot in a wind tunnel.

Here are some things to consider while watching the video:

  1. Is the video in good quality (High Definition/Bluray)?
  2. Do the colors look bright and accurate?
  3. Is there fuzziness or graininess?
  4. Is the audio of good quality and is there any distortion?
  5. Do you like the titles and special effects?
  6. Is the editing smooth or choppy and amateurish?
  7. Does it look like something you would see on TV?
  8. Is there anything missing that you would’ve liked to see in the video?

The Crew

A successful wedding film needs more than just one skilled filmmaker with a nice camera, but rather a whole crew. Some filmmakers will only shoot with a minimum of two or three people, depending on the style you wish your wedding day to be captured in. If you want a documentary style video, then you may have one filmmaker, but if you want a cinematic wedding with dramatic cuts and artistic shots, then at least two filmmakers are absolutely essential. The work doesn’t stop when the cameras shut off, ask about the editing process as well, such as; is there a dedicated editor in the studio? Ask about your filmmaker’s crew and their experience. If you have a good crew, they will be able to feed off each other’s artistic abilities producing an exceptional video.

Price

It is hard to say what a good price for a wedding film is, but don’t be afraid to spend some money. The price will rely on such factors as what you want included in the film, what style you want your wedding filmed in, etc. Remember that a wedding film has longevity. It will outlast the flowers which will wilt and the top of the cake which will be eaten at some anniversary dinner. A good filmmaker will usually cost just as much as a good photographer. The film will provide you with not only images of your wedding, but voices, music, and scenes from your most cherished day. A wedding film can become an invaluable item that you watch over and over with friends and family, some of whom may not have been able to make it, or not even born yet; or it could be something you watch once and regret not paying a little extra for better quality.

Personality

The personality of your filmmaker is also important. You want to be able to get along with your filmmaker and feel comfortable around them. They will be with you on your most intimate day with your friends and family and although we filmmakers try to be as unobtrusive as possible, we are not invisible and need to know how to interact with others.

In summary, you want a filmmaker who has experience, good examples of their work, an equally professional crew, and a great personality. Hopefully this criterion helps you with your decision and you are rewarded with a wedding film that you will cherish from your first anniversary to your fiftieth.

 

Here is a link to our movie gallery which features our most recently finished wedding films in their entirety,  enjoy!

http://www.stevenfowlerfilms.com/movie_gallery.html

Also here are some testimonials from past clients.  Get a feel for what they liked about their wedding film.

The Feature of the Month for March is the ceremony scene from Eliza and Patrick Toffler’s wedding movie. Eliza and Patrick were married on May 28, 2011 at St. Peter’s Church in Higganum, CT. Thank you to Lam Photography for providing us with images to use within the movie. We hope you enjoy the scene.

 

~Marc

February’s Feature of the Month is Kristina and Josh Orlen’s wedding movie. Kristina and Josh were married on July 16, 2011 at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield, MA. Their Reception was held at The Hotel Northampton in Northampton, MA. Enjoy!

 

~Marc Manzi

January’s Feature of the Month is the Recap scene from Kristina and Josh Orlen’s wedding movie. Kristina and Josh were married on July 16, 2011 at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield, MA. Their Reception was held at The Hotel Northampton in Northampton, MA. The guys had a great time shooting alongside Dani Fine Photography during the event. We hope you enjoy the scene.

~Marc Manzi

 

September’s Feature of the Month is Tricia and Juan Eslava’s wedding trailer. Tricia and Juan were married on Friday August 26,  2011. Their ceremony took place at St. James Parish in Groton, MA. The reception was held at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton MA. I always enjoy when I get the opportunity to edit a wedding trailer. Steve, Kevin and Tom did a great job capturing the beauty of Tricia and Juan’s wedding. Our camera crew had a great time working alongside Justin Mott Photography and Boston’s Best Wedding Band, “Kahootz”. Thank you to Roy Ashen from Triple Scoop Music for providing the music for Tricia and Juan’s Trailer. Enjoy!

 

~Marc

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