Sunday 9th April is our first wedding of many for 2017 and off over to England we go and are looking forward to another busy year ahead.
But whilst its been quiet I have been honing and perfecting my filming technique and editing skills attending Shadows and Light cinematic course at the New College, Oxford with some of the best U.K and international wedding film makers.
I met some new friends and came away total inspired and cant wait to take our wedding business to the next level, so to all our brides for 2017/18 I am looking forward to your wedding day.
Gareth is also in his last few months of his University degree studying Film & Media, he has worked extremely hard over the last 4 years not just on his course but working for Gemini wedding films, I know he will do well.
Here are a few pictures I took of The New Collage and what a stunning place it is.
Todays Wedding was in the lovely Welsh town of Crickhowell. In the heart of the Brecon Beacons and with a fantastic sunny day this is surely going to be a lovely wedding video.
The venue for the day was The Old Rectory; A small golf course and lovely country hotel, this was the first time we visited and only the second time the hotel has staged a wedding in their new marque! The host Cameron worked very hard throughout the day to ensure a very smooth running wedding for Nicola and Neil. The venue from start tot finish was outstanding with a lovely room for preparations and a very modern marque venue with fast turnaround by the staff and importantly for us videographers, it had no bouncy floor!
Just 4 minutes away by car were the stunning Brecon Beacons, where we managed to get some amazing aerial footage. This wedding was a bit of a sad one for Gareth as it was his last with his beloved Panasonic GH4 cameras as he moves to the Sony As7 but it was a good send off with a gorgeous sunny day and plenty of lovely outdoor shooting of a very happy wedding party. We hope to shoot this venue a gain soon as it really does provide a great location and top notch service.
As technology improves then so do our wedding films. We are constantly learning new techniques and keeping up with the latest equipment to ensure we are always providing our couples with the best wedding video possible and of course at a great price.
I've updated our showreel page so that we can show you our latest work instead of just our past videos, Our latest work shows a better example of our quality and style at the current time which is great when couples are looking around for a wedding videographer.
You can still see some of our older work on our Youtube and Vimeo pages is you wish, this might be good to look at if we have covered a venue that you have booked and you wan't a taster of what the film may look like or even inspiration for your own wedding.
I hope you enjoy our new simpler showreel page layout and remember to keep checking back on their to see our latest work.
Claire & Richard
This stunning Wedding started on a very cold and frosty winter morning. We headed over to Swansea to catch up with a very excited bride to be and her massive entourage of bride’s maids! Dad was lost in the crowd and was struggling to find things to do to keep busy so he was sent out to get the pasties.
Claire and Richard met on the school bus in high school and twelve (yes twelve!) years later it was their big day. It wasn't an easy Wedding to organise, they had both moved to Bristol so that Richard could start a career ‘colouring in’ (The best man’s words, not ours.) and the Wedding of course was to be held in West Wales!
After a lovely festive ceremony at St Michael’s church in Swansea with Christmas trees and carol singers we moved on through fields of rushes and sand dunes to the spectacular reception venue at the Oxwich Bay Hotel in the Gower.
The hotel was very impressive with its cosy log fires and its rustic feel, it was decorated fantastically and felt very intimate and of course it was right next to the beach which made for some cracking photo opportunities. We even managed to get our quad copter in the air for some great aerial video. Claire did a fantastic job with planning, even remembering to bring her red wellingtons!
It’s always hard to get up on a cold winter morning but to celebrate with such a lovely couple on their big day makes it worthwhile. We wish both Claire and Richard all the best in the future as husband and wife and know they will enjoy watching their wedding video over again to relive this fantastic day for years to come.
Over the past month we have been delighted by the number of enquiries we have been getting from couples right across Britain. It’s very humbling to hear all of your lovely comments regarding our work and we hare extremely honoured that so many of you have chosen to contact us about your wedding video from outside our normal South Wales & West areas.
Booking a wedding videographer is of course a decision that shouldn’t be rushed. Here at Gemini Wedding Films we encourage you to spend a lot of time comparing different wedding videographer services to find videographers who you are comfortable working with and a quality of video that you will be pleased with. We are very clear with both our pricing and the quality of Wedding Film that we produce and this we encourage such research.
Once you have decided on a wedding videographer that you think offer the service you require then you should try and act as quickly as possible to secure your booking.. Getting the news back that your date is available will be of great relief but it’s important to note that with most wedding videographers your date will not be confirmed without a deposit being paid.
Here at Gemini Wedding Films we will never push any couple into booking our video service, we will offer as much information as possible to help couples try and make a decision but we sadly cannot ‘Reserve’ a date. We cannot confirm any dates until the deposit has been received.
We hope this information is useful and outlines the importance of acting quickly to confirm a specific date for your wedding video. We are one of the only wedding Video companies who offer the ability to see our calendar online and to offer online payment services so customers can quickly secure a date, along with our extensive collection of online show reels and equipment information we feel this shows our commitment to excellent customer service.
As usual if you have any questions then we are very happy to help.
Alan & Gareth.
In June 2013, Queen Elizabeth II opened the BBC’s new Broadcasting House, in her speech she recognised how broadcasting was enriching people’s lives and said that she was ‘struck by the sheer pace of change that has transformed the industry’. The transformation of modern technology has revolutionised the way media is both produced and consumed. These changes offer both threats and opportunities to the industry; and while I think the industry was initially slow to embrace this technology, in recent years there has been a clear shift in the way content is produced to appeal to the new ‘social’ audience.
The major benefits of the internet to the media industry are clear to see, producers can now reach much wider audiences and new markets, they can target content at specific audiences and receive feedback on products almost instantly using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Social media has seemingly offered a major shift in power and is one of the creative challenges faced by producers today, media companies increasingly have to come up with innovative original content that will hold the attention of an audience who are no longer limited to a small number of outlets or particularly loyal to a certain brand.
I think the greatest challenge facing the media companies today is the audiences shift from being just passive observers of texts. Audiences now want to interact with their media in ways they have never done before and it’s this demand for change that has brought challenges for media companies. Early forms of interactive media came with digital television notably with the use of the ‘red button’ where the consumer could choose different aspects of a programme to explore; while the ‘red button’ is still popular, audiences now have a vast array of ways to consume a text and instead of choosing one device such as a television, they now require that all their devices work together to give them a more immersive experience. An example of this new multi-platform consumption is highlighted with recent sports programming. Sky Sports F1 encourage viewers to interact, offering applications tailor-made for tablet devices which enable the consumer to view additional information, features and statistics while following the Formula One races from a number of different technical angles (such as from the pit lane) or using computer generated graphics to show the cars’ positions on the track - as well as using the interface to interact with social media.
Creating this new immersive form of media generates some problems for media companies. With audiences given a vastly wider choice of channels and platforms, traditional revenue from advertising is smaller meaning that large media companies have had to streamline production to lower costs while still trying to satisfy this new interactive audience. Producing this multi format programming requires the ability to share ideas and media across a number of different companies such as applications developers, website designers and social media moderators. The larger production companies are also facing new challenges created from the social media revolution and the new concept of ‘crowdsourcing’. Independent film makers are finding it much easier to produce content on low budgets and without the higher overheads of the larger production houses; smaller production companies can sometimes offer better value for the customer and are thriving in this tough economic environment.
Although there are challenges for media companies, these are far outweighed by some of the benefits. The internet and multi-platform opportunities have encouraged the growth of online services and with the drop in traditional advertising revenue, subscription based services such as Netflix, LoveFilm and Now TV provide an alternative and more reliable form of income. One of the challenges for media companies is to persuade audiences to use these services instead of opting for piracy. Subscriptions services offer better protection against piracy thanks to Digital Rights Management systems that are incorporated into distribution software while offering consumers faster access to latest products.
The effect of these challenges on the current audience is purely beneficial, the audience generally now dictate to the media industry where in the past this worked in an opposite way, they now have the ability to watch content at any time and in almost any place. Production companies have to compete to gain audiences using more innovative ways of storytelling and collaborate with with other industries to create seamless multi-platform applications.
Gareth Croft January 2014
Kelly Clarkson has recently uploaded a small sample of her own Wedding video. Kelly and her partner Brandon Blackstock recently got married. In the video the couple share kisses while surrounded by the stunning surroundings of the Blackberry Farm in Walland Tennessee. Perched on rocks in the middle of flowing water we think this is a great example of how a wedding film should look.
The wedding video was produced by Weiss Eubanks Films and also features Kelly & Brandon rowing a pretty boat in the lake at the venue.
We'd love to know what you think of this video and how you think this compares to our own wedding videos which you can see on our showreel page.
As the main Wedding Video season slows down it's an ideal time for us to work on other projects. Today I've been working on a music video project as part of my Media Production course. Myself and tow others have been tasked with creating a music video, we are trying to create something really emotional, a real tear jerker!
We are re-creating the Eric Clapton classic 'Tears in Heaven' , the narrative will see a young father trying to cope with the loss of a child and remembering the good times they both enjoyed.
Shooting is taking place over Two days. Day one (today) was all indoor, we had to dress a set to look firstly like a girls bedroom, then later the room had to be transformed into a Christmas scene. This was very strange at the start of November, we looked like nutters putting up a Christmas tree! The whole set-up up and take down took around 5 hours including filming and we will use about a minute and a half of the final footage in our finished music video. You can see some pictures below in a slide show which show you how the room changed throughout the day.
Tomorrows shoot will be onlocation with a large jib arm crane, a larger version of the one we use on our wedding video shoots. We will be filming in Tredegar House, Cwmbran boating lake & the Sirhowy valley park which is near Crosskeys and Risca (great for mountain biking too!)
I will post some more pictures tomorrow of the shoot outdoors and keep an eye out on our blog to see the finished music video in a few weeks time! Also if you have any questions then leave a comment. I will gladly help if I can.
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