Monday, March 4, 2013


As far as motivation goes, if this doesn't get you pumped up... you need to get your heart checked.

One of NICHOLAS & KEATON's favorite films is ACT OF VALOR. One of the main reasons we love this film so much, is because it's shot from a "real life" perspective. In addition to that, here are a few reasons why this film is so AWESOME...

  • It's shot entirely on DSLR. Yep, the trusty Canon 5dMarkII. I'm not kidding. Yes there is fantastic post production and extra gear attached to the main rigs, but nonetheless it's shot on DSLR.
  • It tells a FANTASTIC story. It really gets in and shows you HOW the Navy Seals work. I could write all day about this part alone, but you just need to watch the movie to see it.
  • The used LIVE BULLETTS. No, again, I'm not kidding.
You're probably asking yourself.... "what the heck does this have to do with wedding cinema?"...
Actually, it has a lot to do with it. ACT OF VALOR shows you...
  • It doesn't matter what camera you use. It's the cameraman behind it that makes all the difference.
  • They shot live fire. We shoot live fire at weddings. It's a "one shot and done" approach. You either get the shot or you don't. One chance...
  • They capture the true essence of being a Navy Seal. We try to capture the true essence of being at the wedding day. When you're watching it on film, you should really feel like you're there.

In the first video below you'll see how the crew worked around the live fire ammunition. You'll also see the DSLRs the crew was shooting with...

In the second video, you'll see the finished product. 

I promise, this video will get you PUMPED and ready to accomplish anything this week. YOU CAN DO IT. Hard work and dedication will allow you to accomplish anything.

If you get a chance to TURN UP THE VOLUME on the second clip... DO IT. MAKE IT LOUD!

Watch the final clip here... it's INTENSE. The 15 minutes leading up to this scene are the best part of the whole movie. It truly captures what Navy Seals do on a day in and day out basis. Truly incredible.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Behind the Scenes... Photograhers Harlem Shake

So we get a TON of questions about how we go about shooting, framing, etc...

Stuff like...

How in the heck did you get that shot?
Do you really love bacon as much as you say you do?
Were you using a crane or something?
That's so cool!.... how'd you do it?

So, we thought we might discuss a little bit about a recent shoot we did at The Believe Workshop. We had a bunch of awesomely crazy photographers, a truck full (literally!) of random props (lifejackets, lamp shades, a duck, a strangely large umbrella, a watergun... yes the list goes on and on...)... so we couldn't pass up the chance to do the Harlem Shake! Joe Atkins, with JOPHOTO, brought the idea to us and we were like "ummmm yeah... FOR SURE....".

The video, which was shot at Smithview Pavillion in Maryville, TN, seems to be shot from "up in the air", as if we're looking down at the photographers. Many people think you need a crane, a really expensive ladder, or some other sort of insane filmmaking tool to accomplish this look. Well, we're here to tell ya YOU DON'T!

Be creative! Use your surroundings! When you think an idea is too crazy, DO IT ANYWAYS! You never know what outcome you're gonna have...

So, in the hills of East Tennessee, EVERYBODY has a truck. I (NICHOLAS) have a full size Nissan Titan. So, why not put it to good use! We backed that baby up right into the middle of the pavilion and Keaton shot the whole production out of the bed of the truck. Yep, we simply put a tripod in the middle of the bed of the truck. So simple, yet so effective. We got the shot we wanted, and we never had to setup a crane or ladder or anything else. Check it out!

A huge shout out to Jimmy Phillips with Perfect Capture Photo for getting these super cool shots of KEATON filming the Harlem Shake!