Candice-May + Christopher || Between The Ocean & The Sky

For Maclean's birthday this year, we decided to go up the sea-to-sky gondola for the first time! This place is a must. see. A MUST SEE! Words cannot describe this view! Having spent my entire life driving the highway to Whistler, I had NO idea what I wasn't seeing! We invited some of our good friendsto come with us along with us - Shari and Mike Photographers and Jenna from Revel events (and Erica from Filosophi) and had SO much fun! Oh wait a second, my bad. Candice May and Chris invited all of us to come up because it was their wedding!

Either way this place blew my mind. Blew it right out of my head. And if you add to this view a gorgeous couple with a beautiful love story you get - one of my favorite wedding films yet. 

So happy birthday Maclean! Even though we were technically 'working', we got to witness something beautiful, create something amazing AND spend it with some of our favorite peeps. Pretty solid day.

Tanja + Tony || Don't make me cry

This past saturday I turned 23 years old. On Sunday I celebrated with my family by going to Five Guys Burgers and Fries (incredible), and also going to see Rango (awesome) at the Cineplex. The reason we celebrated on sunday is because on saturday, my fiancee and I had the honour of filming the wedding of Tanja and Tony. I can't say enough good things about this couple. One minute they can have you laughing and gasping for air and the next minute they can have you in tears. These two have such a remarkable story and it shows in their film. I first met Tanja a few months ago. We met over coffee and just chatted about life for a while. It was so cool to find out she works in the film and television industry and has for quire some time. She worked on the long running series Stargate among other projects. I was flattered to hear the reasons why she loved our work as she has a very critical eye. A few weeks later I met with Tony. I don't remember everything we talked about but I remember we laughed a lot. I love it when I meet with couples and we laugh, it's always a good sign. He then shared with me briefly a little bit of their story and I knew that this wedding was going to be emotional.

The wedding day couldn't have been more beautiful. The sun was out and everyone was excited. The ceremony was held at the incredible Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver. The perfect setting for these two to share their vows. The reception was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The breathtaking view of the north shore was the perfect backdrop for dinner. The speeches began and as you'll see in the film, their wasn't a dry eye in the house. Erin and I were so honoured to be apart of their wedding day. Congrats Tanja and Tony!

We also had the pleasure of working with Jeff from Stu-di-o. Check out their site!

Techy Stuff: Audio

Probably one of the most overlooked and underrated areas in filmmaking is audio. Audio is 50% of the experience and is often underestimated. Have you ever watched a movie on mute? Not even close to the same experience. Have you ever tried just listening to a movie? Eyes shut and just listening... you can still follow the story without much confusion. Audio is so powerful. Until I went to film school, I had no idea how much work went into creating the soundscape for a film. I thought I knew but it wasn't until I wrote and directed my own short film that I truly understood. Now obviously in the wedding filmmaking industry, we don't have the option of having an entire audio team come along on a wedding shoot. When we shoot, it's usually a team of 2 and we need extremely hi quality audio in a small package. Here are the tools we use and love.

||Shotgun Mics|| When shooting on HDSLR's, do NOT use the on board microphones. They are complete garbage. Yeah I said it, garbage. Trust me even if you think it doesn't sound all that bad, it does. It may sound ok on your computer speakers but remember all the different types of speakers and systems your film will be played on, the onboard mics just won't do. We use two different types of mics, the Senheiser MKE400 and the Rode VideoMic. Both of these offer superb localized audio. We tend to like the audio that comes out of the VideoMic a little better but they are both fantastic.

||Wireless Mics|| People often ask us how we capture the vows and speeches so clearly. The answer is wireless microphones. We use the Senheiser ew100 G2 system and an omni-directional mic. This allows us to strap a mic on the lapel of the groom and it captures crystal clear audio in about a 3 foot radius. Just don't forget to find the groom and set him up before the ceremony begins... that would suck.

||Recorder|| Now with HDSLR's you've probably realized there are no XLR inputs. There are systems out there that you can add to your camera that will give you XLR inputs but we find those systems don't work well for us. It ends up being added bulk and not great quality. Instead we opt for dual system sound. This is when the sound is recorded separately and then synced up in post. To do this we use the Zoom H4N. This little gem is just what we need. It allows us to record for hours on end without dying and easily adjust quality settings and audio levels. We highly recommend the Zoom.

||Post Production Audio|| Now since there is definitely no time to slate each shot you take during a wedding, syncing audio in post can seem a bit daunting. But have no fear, Plural Eyes by Singular Software will save you hours of time and headaches and is well worth the $150 price tag. This program syncs up all of your audio in your timeline for you. If your syncing audio manually, do yourself a favour and check Plural Eyes out.

So that's it. Extremely high quality audio in a very small package. If you have any questions on how we use these tools or anything else please feel free to leave a comment, shoot us an email or talk to us on twitter.

Bring it on 2011

Tomorrow is 2011. I can't believe it's already here. It always seems to amaze me how fast the Christmas season goes by and how quickly we're thrusted into the new year. 2010 has been an awesome year. We've been able to film some amazing weddings with some incredible couples, travel to some awesome destinations, and best of all I got engaged. So to cap off 2010 I thought I'd do a fun blog post of some of my favourites things in 2010. Random movies, books, tv etc. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what your favs are!

Movies: (Being a film school snob it was really hard to narrow this down but here it goes.)

1. Scott Pilgrim VS. The World - This little gem did terrible in the box office but is an incredible film. You should see it asap. 2. The Social Network - Fincher at his best. 3. True Grit - The Coen brothers do it again. Simple and engaging. 4. Harry Potter - I'm a super geek when it comes to the books so it's a must. 5. Black Swan - Mind bender

Albums:

1. Arcade Fire - Suburbs 2. Tokyo Police Club - Champ 3. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Books:

1. American On Purpose - Craig Ferguson 2. When I Stop Talking You'll Know I'm Dead - Jerry Weintraub 3. Rebel Without a Crew - Robert Rodriguez

Websites:

1. www.vimeo.com - amazing community of filmmakers 2. www.berrics.com - skateboarding through and through 3. www.slashfilm.com - for all of your film geek news

TV:

1. Community - Incredibly hilarious and self aware. 2. 30 Rock - Classic 3. How I Met Your Mother - Single handedly keeping the traditional sitcom form alive. Hilarious!

ok and I need to let my techy geek side show for a moment…

Gear:

1. Canon 5D MKII - full frame glory 2. iPhone 4 - huge leap forward 3. Canon 50mm 1.2 - beautiful

Apps:

1. Pano - Shoots really cool panoramic photos 2. 8mm - Awesome super 8 mm camera filters 3. Instagram - Vintage toned camera phone

I'm Not Crying, I'm just struggling to breathe || Candi + Daniel Wedding Film

What can I say about Candi + Daniel? Probably one of the coolest couples I've ever worked with. Despite having met them on the wedding day, I felt like I knew them for years. Earlier this year we shot Bonny Jo + Joshua's wedding in Dallas Texas. After seeing our highlights film, Joshua's good friend Candi decided to book us. Whenever we can, we love to meet our couples and get to know them well before the wedding, but unfortunately this time it wasn't possible.

So a few weeks ago I flew down to Dallas for the wedding. It was so great to get out of the crummy BC weather for a few days and go somewhere warm. I arrived a day early so I was able to have some free time in Dallas which was awesome. I was able to hang out and catch up with Bonny Jo and Joshua and even see "Black Swan" (if you've seen it let me know how you liked it). I loved having a day to see the city but I was so excited to meet Candi and Daniel and film their wedding!

The next day I arrived early at the beautiful Bethesda Church to film some of the grounds. The wedding was to start after sundown so I was really pumped to get some shots of the beautiful scenery at sunset. I walked in the church and introduced myself to Candi. We had been talking over email so it was so great to be able to finally see her in person. I was immediately struck by her generosity and relaxed personality. She was so friendly and I could already tell that I was going to have a ton of fun filming this wedding. I then went over to meet Daniel who was getting ready elsewhere. This guy has to be one of the most naturally funny people I've met and his english accent definitely helps. I could ramble on about this awesome couple or you can check them out for yourself in their highlights film below.

Ceremony Venue: Bathesda Community Church Reception Venue: Fossil Creek Golf Club Photographer: Ashley Dupree

Christmas

So I'm looking at my calendar and it's only 3 days until 2010... 3 DAYS!?! Where did the time go? I trust you had a wonderful Christmas season. Mine was full of fellowship with friends and family and some amazing memories. I pretty much become a 10 year old around Christmas time. I inform everyone I come in contact with how many days are left until Christmas, I insist on watching every Christmas movie there is, and I love going downtown to see Christmas lights and do some shopping. I'm always a little down when the season is over, but I'm so excited for the new year. 2010 holds a lot of exciting stuff for Hello Tomorrow. Below is a glimpse of my Christmas with the family. I received a new lens for Christmas so I snapped a quick couple of photos. I'll be posting a new montage soon with my new lens for the Canon 7D. currently jamming to... The New Year - Death Cab For Cutie

PS If you haven't already seen Jason Reitman's new movie "Up In The Air" go see it!