Pamy + Jake || You Know What? I'm Gonna Do it

If it wasn’t already obvious by my indistinguishable European-mashup of a name, the fact that I live my life void of any real discernible style or flair, combined with the absense of any accent – I am Canadian. 

No, like seriously Canadian. 

Not only was I, my parents and both sets of grandparents born and raised here, but when I ask my Grandma where her family was originally from she says ‘Canada’. Every. Single. Time.

“No, for real Grandma, they had to come from somewhere! What are we?!”

… “We’re Canadian!”  

“No, you know what I-” 

“Canada!”

So there you have it. I love being Canadian, but its all I know! Which is probably why I am so fascinated by other peoples cultures. 

Lets be honest here everyone, - of all the cultures I’m pretty sure Canada has the LEAST number of traditions. Especially in weddings. What do we have… Cake cutting, bouquet toss aaaand garter toss (which is weird right? Where did that one come from!) And that's… it?

Now look at Indian wedding traditions. Can they be counted? Not by me. I will guess there are a thousand. 

Combine Indian traditions with our (3-ish) traditions and you get SUCH a fun wedding! I LOVE fusion weddings (that's what people tell me they are called) and in theory, I would like to have one! - Except I’m already married, and to another plain ‘Canadian’ (who I love so very much – Hi Mac!)

Pamy and Jake's wedding was no exception to the fusion-fun rule. And can I just say, the quality of the guests at this wedding was off the charts. Everyone was beyond lovely to Mac and I and we truly felt like guests with cameras. 

-Erin

 

Photographer: Our amazing friend Sachin Khona! Such a wizard behind the camera. We had an absolute blast getting to work with him as usual!

Venue: Bodega Ridge - This was our first wedding at Bodega and it blew us away. Can't wait to go back! Oh BC how we love you.

Disneyland in 4k || Shot + Edited with the iPhone 6s

It's that time of year again! Our busy season of shooting weddings is behind us and so Erin and I took a quick trip to Disneyland to relax and have some fun. I recently picked up an iPhone 6s (as I am a shameless tech geek) and we thought since the camera has had a major upgrade that we should do a repeat of last year and test it out in Disneyland! I honestly think it's one of the best places to test a camera given all the different settings/lighting situations. Plus you have tons of fun in the process! 

Unlike last year, this time we decided to shoot AND edit the film on the iPhone. It's so crazy that you can capture 4k video, edit it, and colour it all without removing the footage from the device or going through a computer. If I told my 8 year old self that one day you'd have a device that could do all of this and it fits in your pocket, I'm pretty sure I'd poop my pants. 

The whole film was shot using the Filmic Pro app. I had never used this app until our trip and I have to say... it took a bit to get used to. The most recent update seemed to be pretty buggy (I needed to re-install the app like 5 times to get it to configure footage), but in the end it worked great. The main reason we shot with this app is so we could use the 2.39:1 ratio and to shoot in 24fps (which the default camera app does not allow). Filmic Pro also gave us the benefit of shooting some 4k time-lapse footage which was perfect for low light scenarios. The whole film was shot handheld with the exception of the static/time-lapse shots which we used a little pocket gorilla-pod. 

The editing was done in iMovie for iOS. At first I was pretty hesitant to use this app for the film. The learning curve wasn't very steep but I'm pretty set in my ways when it comes to my editing workflow. But when it comes to straight forward editing to a song, iMovie works a treat. We also used Chromic to add a little colour touch up.

All in all this film was super fun to shoot and we hope you enjoy the film and some Disneyland goodness!

A huge thank you to Jonny Dylan Hughes for letting us use his incredible song “Riches & Honour” from his instrumental project Branches for this film. Buy the track here!

-Mac

Allie + Dave || Life Defining Love

Its OctOBER?! How did THAT happen?! Whats happening to time?! Remember when you were a kid and you were given mandatory ‘quiet time’ and had to play in your room for an hour? And that hour took forrrrrevvvverrrr? Now it seems an hour isn’t enough time to do anything! It certainly isn’t long enough for a decent ‘quiet time’…  

So summer happened. And it was solid - not only did we hit the jackpot with our couples this year, but we worked with some seriously fun vendors! Over the past 9 years, I’ve fallen hard for quite a few of my vendor-friends and let me tell you, working with amazing and super fun vendors can take a wedding day from ‘Wow! That was such a nice day!’ to ‘OMG THAT DAY WAS THE BEEEEST!!!’ And one wedding that was "THE BEEEEST’ was Allie and Dave's!

We first met Allie when she was a bridesmaid at Claire + David’s wedding last year and we were so excited when her and Dave (not Claire's Dave) reached out to us about creating their film! 

We touched base with Allie + Dave last year over a skype call but we didn't get as much time to talk as we would've liked as they are both Doctors (almost) and have seriously crazy schedules. How they planned a wedding through it all I'll never know ;) We didn't really get to sit down with them and get to know them until a few days before the wedding. Luckily, we hit it off immediately because they're so relaxed and easy going. All day we kept saying to eachother that we felt like guests watching our friends get married and we just happened to have cameras. The best!

It's always a pleasure to work alongside such talented vendors. This wedding was seriously stacked. Check out these amazing people...

Event Planners: Filosophi

Photography: Shari + Mike

Venue: North Arm Farm

Band: Side One

Catering: Savoury Chef

Officiant: Modern Celebrant

Guestbook Photography Booth: Adam + Kev

Decor: Delovely Creative

Hair + Makeup: Nadia Albano

Diana + Kerry || Pinky Swear

You ever meet someone and after like a half hour you forget you haven’t been best friends with them your entire life?! Me either. Until we met Diana and Kerry. We sort of fell in love with them at our very first meeting and since then basically had a countdown calendar on our wall just waiting for their wedding to come. 

Well the day came! Remember hearing about that insane storm in Vancouver in August? Yup –it was that day. Crazy wind, torrential rain – Kerry didn’t care – he went swimming. Power and hydro out in Diana’s house – she didn’t care - she didn't stop smiling for one second and just… held it till the ceremony ;)

I have never experienced a wedding with more rain. Oh I forgot, also it was mostly outside. I have also never experienced a bride and groom who were LESS worried about it than Diana and Kerry. They just wanted to be with their friends and family – they just wanted to be married! Them being ok with the storm made everyone else ok with it and so the wedding was just as awesome and fun underwater as it would have been in the sun :)

I knew we fell in love with them for a reason – they’re the BEST! 

As always we had an incredible time shooting with our friends Shari + Mike who are amazing! We also had the pleasure of working with The Man About Town who had the dance floor going until we were kicked out. A truly awesome weekend.

Jessica + Christopher || Be Gentle With My Heart

About a year ago we had the privilege of filming Chris’ elaborately planned proposal to Jess - and by elaborately I mean CAPSLOCK OMG!!! He set the bar reeeeeal high.

            Chris,

            Thanks a ton!

            Yours truly,

- All boyfriends of girlfriends who have watched your proposal and now have impossibly high expectations                                                                                                                                    

Click here to see what we mean.

Ever since, we have been so excited to film their wedding! And it didn’t disappoint. These two are so much fun, kind, creative, and impossibly organized (thank you again Jess for all the spreadsheets and diagrams – there are few things in life I love more than a good spreadsheet!)

I feel a little bit sad that after having these two in our thoughts and on our calendar for so long that it’s over! They’re married now. And I’m so happy for them! But maybe… an elaborate vow renewal is in your future? Chris? We’ll keep in touch ;) 

We loved working alongside the absolutely awesome Jeff + Cat of The Apartment Photography! Can't wait to work with you two again! 

Jacquie + David || No Turning Back

Going into any wedding, you have your own idea of how you think it will go. You see the day mapped out in your head and from that you anticipate what will happen – how the day will unfold, what parts you think will be unique, important, fun or even tricky to shoot. Sometimes you go into a wedding thinking it may be difficult logistically, or maybe you’re worried because there are a lot of variables you can’t pin down. Other times you go into it be-yond stoked because everything looks perfect on paper and you love your couple and its going to be the best day ever. 

But you can never know for sure. We are constantly surprised. 

Sometimes when you think its going be really tricky it ends up being the smoothest day and the couple says a thousand awesome things and the light is good and your table has a bread basket (that is actually how I judge the quality of any wedding).

Other times when you think its going to be a flawless day, nothing goes quite right. You have to make concessions on just about everything and guests constantly ask you to take their picture during cocktail hour (“it's a VIDEO camera” you say, but they don’t hear you. They pose anyway and sometimes you just give up and pretend you took a photo).

And sometimes you’re right. Sometimes – very rarely – the day turns out exactly the way you thought it would. This was one of those times. Jacquie and Dave’s wedding had all the makings of being incredible – and it delivered.

The location was stunning. The couple was perfect. The plan of using the cards and groomsman speech to help tell the story worked out as we’d hoped. No one asked me to take their photo at cocktail hour. And I got my bread. 

-Erin


Michelle + Michael || Home

Sooooooooo.... you notice anything new around here...? We've got ourselves a shiny new blog! Nice eh? We dig it. For a while now we've been wanting to create something a little more stripped down. A more simple place where we feel comfortable to post both personal escapades along with our latest work. It took longer than it should have (switching platforms is tricky), but it's finally here and we are extremely happy.

With that out of the way, we wanted to share a new film with you!

This summer has been incredible so far and we still have a ways to go. But at the beginning of the season we had the great pleasure of flying out to Calgary to film Michelle + Michael's wedding. These two are awesome. Seriously. Michael is a professional Hockey player in the NHL (Arizona Coyotes) and Michelle does amazing work with the team’s charities. Also, Michelle is tall like Erin, so Erin liked her extra ;)

When we Skyped with them last year, we instantly noticed their laid back attitudes and kind personalities. We were also pretty impressed with how much traveling they do! They're constantly on the go from home in Arizona, travelling to see family, and often in a new city every couple of days during the NHL season. How?!?! Its so much time away from home! But these two make it work because their "Home" is not a house or a city, but really is whenever and wherever they are together : )

We knew that we wanted this to be part of the story for their film. Take a look!

Juelie + Andre

Many speeches given at weddings tend to focus on either inside jokes between the speech giver and the bride or groom, or be more of a list of adjectives that describe the bride or groom. This is nice! And I know I love hearing how great I am in a carefully selected string of descriptive words - but I realized that its sort of rare to be able to hear the story of a couple and how they met from attending their wedding! If it wasn’t obvious until now, Maclean and I are big fat fans of ‘story’ (have we said that before?) So we were super jazzed (yes, jazzed) to be able to hear Juelie (Joo-elle-ee) and Andre (Dre)’s story through many different people while at their wedding. And their story is funny! Which makes sense because these two are hi-LARIOUS. Each time we met with them Mac and I would laugh our pants off! I asked Mac after our final meeting before their wedding “Can I just film Juelies face the entire day? Cause she’s TOO funny! I don’t wanna miss anything she says!” (We later decided that maybe we should film other things as well, but that it was a good idea).

Moral of the story (see what I did there?) - its fun to be able to tell a story of a story! Does that make sense? It will – watch it and see!

juelie + andre || my camp crush from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.

PS A HUGE thank you to Jarusha Brown for not only being an incredible photographer, but also a flat out awesome human. Check out her work!

-Erin

Haleigh + Jordan

Mac and I love Palm Springs. You may think you love Palm Springs, but Mac I REALLY looooooove Palm Springs. We go a little too often, but every time is the best time. Its so beautiful! The sharp brown mountains against the clear blue sky and palm trees silhouetted everywhere – its just gorgeous! So when we met with Haleigh and Jordan (who we already knew we loved – not just because Haleigh is Mac’s cousin, but because they are generally just awesome people) and they said they wanted to get married in Palm Springs we said “YES WE’RE AVAILABLE YAAAAAAY!!!!!”

We knew we would love this wedding from the start. Haleigh's vision for the day was "I just want it to feel like a Sunday brunch". This really influenced our approach to the day and in telling the story. We not only wanted to portrait the intimacy of the wedding, but we wanted that feeling to carry throughout the entire story.

So Palm Springs, Haleigh and Jordan, and brunch. Best. Ever. We hope you enjoy the film!   -Erin

As always, if you have any questions or thoughts that you'd like to share, please leave us a comment :)

Hello Tomorrow Q&A

Over the past while we've been receiving a slew of emails, tweets, comments, and courier pigeons asking us questions about filmmaking. So much so that we've decided to start a little Q&A series on the blog. We love that people are inspired by our work and want to learn more, so we thought we'd bring the conversation here to the blog. Recently we received this email from Alex...

My name is Alex, and it's been so exciting stalking your website and blog as of late. Not to start off creepy, but your work is very inspiring and empowering to me who is trying to jump in fully within the industry myself. I have been doing weddings and any other sort of commercial work I can scavenge along the way for about a year now. I recently (like yesterday) left my job, and hoping to follow my passion within this industry (film/video, storytelling, weddings, etc.) I've taught myself everything (which isn't much). I learn from other film companies (such as yourselves) and latch onto bits and pieces to help grow and challenge myself in my skills. I caught onto Stillmotion awhile back, and they have mentioned some of your stuff in their blogs, and that's how I stumbled upon your work.

My wife and I live in Tennessee, and we got married this past May. I'm 24, and ambitious about seeking this new gift I have found, or think I have found. I know I have a lot to learn, but I wanted to introduce myself to you to see if you had any tips or thoughts on how you started and what set yourselves apart from the rest. I do see you put a lot of your skills in not only finding the story, but determining "who" it is that is involved in the story and what makes them who they are. Very awesome. I would love to connect better with my clients, and from the product of your work, you guys breathe that in every film.

Best, Alex

We replied to Alex's email, but this has been something we've wanted to expand on in a post on for a while now. So thank you Alex for getting us going! :)

When we were first getting started, we were passionate and eager to make compelling and exciting films. We wanted to move people emotionally, to change how they looked at the world, and to leave a lasting impression. We quickly realized that that doesn't just mean cool shots and an upbeat song. Story had always been important to us, but in the beginning it wasn't what we put first. It wasn't until going to film school that it really sunk in that Story is king. It's one thing to say, but another to truly realize it.

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On our site we talk about the importance of story and how it should always come first. A lot of people don't know exactly what this means. Story is often thrown around as a general filmmaking and marketing term, but to us it is much more. A story is made up many different parts such as plot, narrative, structure, rising/falling action, and of course character. Character is a huge one for us. Here's what Martin Scorsese has to say about character...

"The films that I constantly revisited or saw repeatedly held up longer for me over the years not because of plot but because of character, and a very different approach to story."

When we approach a story, be it a wedding or a commercial project, we want to find out about the main "characters" that will be in our story. For weddings, this is often but not always only the Bride + Groom. These are real people. No not just "Man in suit" and "Woman in dress", but real people. We want the films we make to be unique to the couple and the only way you can truly do that is to get to know them. An example of this is Robyn + Joe.  We don't live very close to Robyn + Joe, in fact we're not even in the same Province, but we didn't let that get in the way of us learning as much as possible about them. Through hanging out with them on Skype, emailing, and meeting them in person the day before the wedding, we went into the shoot having a clear vision for the story and the characters that would drive it. We find this to be KEY in telling a unique and personal story. Like Alex kindly said in his email "...determining 'who' it is that is involved in the story and what makes them who they are."

robyn + joe || one hundred & two from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.

The important thing to remember as a storyteller is that YOU are the one telling the story. Your perspective is unique. No one else has it. A common mistake is going online, seeing what's popular and then mimicking that in your films. It's OK to be inspired by what you see others doing but don't imitate, innovate! Push yourself. Find your own vision and follow it. These are things we often remind ourselves of.

Another mistake can be getting sucked into all the latest gear and equipment and saying to yourself, "Oh man, if I only had this camera then I would make great films!". Sorry but that is not even close to true. Story is king. Not the gear. If you're a storyteller, go out and tell your story. You don't need a RED, just grab an iPhone or whatever you can get your hands on and get to it!

Photo by James Moes
Photo by James Moes

Apologies for the super long post, but this is something we're super passionate about and have been wanting to talk about for a long time :) Have thoughts on this post or questions for a future Q+A? We'd love it if you would leave a comment below.

-Mac

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