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Andrea + Eric Engagement

I’ve been holding off on writing this post for TOO LONG! In my defense, writing is probably the hardest thing in the world for me. Funny story - many moons ago while applying to grad school I had to take the GRE. On it is a ~40 minute writing section, during which I think I wrote maybe five sentences. Seriously, that's it. However, those were some of the best sentences ever written. But Andrea and Eric deserve more than five sentences. Not that I’m going to write a novel or anything, just a nice hearty blog post. Because they’re awesome.

I remember our first meeting to discuss their engagement film and Andrea saying something along the lines of, “Okay, I hope you don’t think I’m a weirdo, but I have this entire video already planned out in my head.” Andrea, I told you this then and I’ll tell you again now: No way you’re a weirdo. You’re a wonderfully creative person! Hold onto that and never let it go. In the words of that one Bachelor contestant, “Don’t let anybody take your sparkle.” (Disclaimer: I never really watched that show by choice.)

Logistically, we couldn’t recreate everything in Andrea’s vision so we had to make some tweaks and get creative in our use of metaphors. For instance, instead of showing Eric’s early-on pursuit, we chose to shoot him running after her (which is super-accurate to their relationship because they completed their first marathon together in December!). The video was helped along by having Eric narrate for some context, and much of his lines were pulled from a Christmas letter he wrote Andrea in those early months.

Now I said I procrastinated with this post, and boy does time fly. It’s April right now and our first day of shooting was back in October! That initial day started with an early sunrise shoot at the Henry Clay Estate. The script called for donuts, but that’s probably because we knew we'd be able to eat them after we finished the scene. After the breakfast date it was off to Raven Run Sanctuary to shoot the running/hiking scenes, followed by a visit to Talon Winery (their wedding venue!) for the final scene. We also got together over the holidays to film at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. The whole process was an absolute blast.

Goofing around at Raven Run. 

Goofing around at Raven Run. 

Their picturesque wedding venue - Talon Winery.

Their picturesque wedding venue - Talon Winery.

In closing, I cannot wait to be there when these two get married this summer. Andrea and Eric have developed into great friends - the kind of friends who sneak in extra candy for you when you go to the movies with them (so, the best of friends). I'm so excited to create a wedding film for them that reflects all the joy and happiness they both have together and bring to others. Stay tuned!

P.S. If it wasn’t obvious, my entire goal with this post was to make Andrea & Eric laugh........*Holds hand to ear*.....What’s that faint sound on the wind? It sounds like…giggles? Oh, that must be Andrea.

~Carl

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Logan + Clark Engagement Film

I’ve been holding onto this post for quite a while now, and finally being able to share it makes me go, “BOOYEAH!” Please just picture me saying that in the coolest, least embarrassing way possible. We didn’t want any of Logan & Clark’s guests to accidentally see their Engagement Film on my social media page before having the full experience of seeing it on their wedding website. Now that all of the RSVP’s are in and their wedding is THIS SATURDAY, I’m sharing this puppy!

I worked with Logan and Clark from spring into summer to conceive and create their Engagement Film. After meeting with them and getting to know their personalities, a Ferris Bueller-esque, breaking the 4th wall sequence popped into my head. I pitched them the idea, hoping it wasn’t too off the wall for their tastes, and it wasn’t. In the following months we worked on a script, storyboard, and production schedule to make things come alive.

Hey, don't laugh at my drawings. So long as they convey the framing that's all that matters!

Hey, don't laugh at my drawings. So long as they convey the framing that's all that matters!

Shot list & production schedule

Shot list & production schedule

Shooting and filming everything was an absolute blast. Lots of bloopers, snacks, and wine would be a good way to sum up the weekend of filming. I was a one-man crew for this shoot (with the exception of my wife, Rebecca, who drove her car while I stood out her sunroof with the Movi. Thanks babe!). There’s certainly a reason you have a larger crew for narrative work. Doing all the of the lighting, camera operation, sound, and directing at the same time was tricky, but I'm glad I was able to pull it off. The first day of shooting was a long day, but not nearly as arduous as the production schedule makes it seem (again, see reference to snacks & wine). Some cool BTS shots:

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Part of the Engagement Film commission included a custom website to showcase it. All of the relevant information for their wedding was also included on the site that I built for them (ceremony location & time, links to hotel accommodations, activities in and around Lexington, Kentucky, and an RSVP form).

Their Wedding Website

Perhaps my favorite thing about Engagement Films (apart from how fun they are to create), is that in the process I learn so much about the couples I work with. I see Logan & Clark as friends first and clients second, and getting to know them and their relationship will be invaluable in creating their wedding film after this weekend. Stay tuned for their Highlight Film!

~Carl

A big thanks to Michler’s for letting us film on their grounds & in their greenhouse! 

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