16 Jun Umang & Shivani – Same Day Edit

I have been doing wedding cinematography for over 9 years, but before every wedding - I'm naturally really nervous. I have many years of experience under my belt, however, each and every wedding I approach delicately and carefully. I prepare myself and my team with a challenge - we want to make sure we create an amazing memory and a masterpiece for each couple. Umang and Shivani's wedding was no exception.I met with Umang and Shivani a few weeks prior to their event, got to know them and their story a lot more, scouted the venue, talked in detail about their event and even chose the garage that I will be editing my Same Day Edit in. During the 3 days of wedding events, we filmed 96 hours collectively as a team capturing their beautiful wedding story. We challenged ourselves to include the couple's first dance into the Same Day Edit - something that was way too close to the premiere. I finished editing the Same Day Edit ten minutes before showtime in the little garage and took the exported file to the reception tent to play on the big screen.I'd love for you check out Umang and Shivani's Same Day Edit....

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22 Dec Amer & Ozma – Same Day Edit

I love filming weddings and I love it even more when we get to travel with our team to new, beautiful places and capture the love stories of different cultures and religions. Ozma & Amer had their beautiful four day Pakistani wedding in Los Angeles, CA with the final day wedding reception at the gorgeous Hyatt Hotel on Huntington Beach. Our team packed up an SUV and headed to LA to film for four days. This was definitely an epic trip for us as we got to meet many friendly Pakistani people, got to try delicious new food, and got the privilege to work with an amazing couple who not only trusted us with filming their wedding but challenged us to edit and show a film of their wedding weekend on the wedding reception. Here is what we produced....

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10 Sep Arun & Nishi – Same Day Edit Reveal – Sacramento, California

We have recently been filming more and more Indian weddings and by now we have really fallen in love with their colorful, rich culture. When Arun & Nishi initially met with us and wanted to do a same day edit video for their wedding reception, we were very excited for this challenge. Then they pulled out a little bigger challenge out of their pockets...

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06 Aug John & Priya’s Short Wedding Film

We had a chance to spend 3 days in Bay Area to capture this beautiful couples wedding. Their wedding was a mix of Indian culture and Chinese culture. It was amazing to be part of their wedding day capturing their story. Watching both families come together and hug was heart warming.It was a hot day in San jose and all of our cameras gave us overheating warning sign. I believe we did an amazing job with all of our team capturing all the footage we possibly could get in some of the roughest conditions.We created a short wedding film so you can enjoy their wedding story.Song choices: Linden (Licensed with The Music Bed)Photography: You+We Photography Cinematography: Aperina Studios Wedding Venue: Saratoga Country Club Reception Venue: Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel We are an Indian Wedding Videography company that works closely with you to make sure that we capture your special days with intricate attention....

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12 Jun Mandeep & Roop’s Next Day Edit

Starting out with the initial meetings to filming for 6 days and photographing for 7 days, our relationship with Mandeep and Roop was simply amazing. Over time we became really good friends and as the bride wrote to us after the wedding, we kind of became part of their family throughout all the events. That feeling made our job so much more enjoyable as we worked closely with them to make sure that we capture their special days with intricate attention to all the details that surround an Indian wedding. We brought home over 1TB of footage and over 21,000 photos in the end. It was a definitely a challenge in many aspects which made us try harder and be more creative, but we loved every second of it. I am very lucky to love what I do!Even though we had a busy schedule during the days of their events but my brother and I decided to surprise the couple and all the guests with a Same Day Edit video to show at their reception. The feedback we got was 'speechless'. Roop, Mandeep and many of the guests came up to us after the wedding reception and couldn't stop talking about the short film they just saw...

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21 May Vlad & Diana | El Dorado Engagement Session

As soon as I met Vlad & Diana, we became good friends and working with this beautiful couple became more of a pleasure rather than work. When we were deciding on an engagement shoot day and location, we didn't foresee the fact that our chosen day would be so cloudy and rainy. This did not scare any of us as the couple saw my previous work and knew that I have dealt in unforeseen situations before and have always come up with great results. During the beginning of our photo shoot we went to the Palladio in El Dorado Hills, CA and found some shelter from the rain using umbrellas and any covering we could find. Once the rain calmed down and the beautiful huge clouds became visible, we hunted for a perfect field, climbed over some barbed wire, stepped over some cow dung and finally reached the top of a beautiful hill with a perfectly placed oak tree at the top of it. Enjoy the results I got from this beautiful El Dorado Engagement Session....

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19 May Jared & Sarah’s Same Day Edit

My brother and I strongly believe in constantly improving and modernizing our company to provide the best service and the most beautiful final product we can to our lovely couples. Two weeks before filming Jared & Sarah's wedding at the beautiful Scribner Bend Vineyards, we spontaneously invested into a DJI Phantom Drone and got it delivered a couple days before the wedding. ...

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07 May Roop & Mandeep | Indian Engagement Session in S.F.

San Francisco is one of the most gorgeous cities in the world and one of my favorite places to visit. When Roop and Mandeep told me that they wanted to do their engagement photos there, I could barely hold in my excitement. On the scheduled day of the photoshoot, as I was waiting in a Starbucks with my assistant for the day Olga to meet with my new friends and clients to carpool together to San Francisco, the rare California rain clouds came out of their hiding and started pouring the much needed water that Sacramento has been praying for. We couldn't reschedule the shoot because that was the only rare free weekend for me and for the couple, so we decided to still go ahead and face the unpredictable weather of San Francisco. The drive to San Francisco was a long one and a wet one. As we were driving and listening to Indian music, I honestly was brainstorming and trying to think of places with roofs where we can hide from the rain. With all the time that was put into Roop's traditional outfit, hair and makeup, we definitely couldn't just walk out and get everything wet right away. As we parked in Golden Gate Park, we took out our umbrellas and I started shooting the gorgeous couple under the roof of the Music Concourse in San Francisco's beautiful Golden Gate Park. I started shooting playful photos to loosen them up when all of a sudden the rain calmed down and we breathed a sigh of relief. That's when we put down our umbrellas, lifted our spirits and created some amazing photos with this gorgeous couple. ...

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15 Apr Mark & Lynell’s Same Day Edit

It was an honor for us to be Mark and Lynelle's wedding cinematographers. We were booked more than 18 months before the wedding and by the time the wedding came, we've gotten to know them so well that we consider them our friends. We worked with them a few times before the wedding, filming their love story and a few more things. Getting to know them on a personal level made me understand again how important it is to know our clients on a personal level and not just a "professional" level. It allows us to be a little bit more involved in the wedding and create a beautiful film. Mark and Lynelle really wanted a Same Day Edit so that the wedding guests can get to know them and their story a little bit more. As a leading Sacramento wedding videography company, we were able to pull that off really well.We were set to show the Same Day Edit at 8:30pm. I started editing the SDE at 4pm. Around 6:30pm, I was basically done. I've never finished a Same Day Edit that fast! I spent an extra 45 minutes Color Grading and tweaking the Same Day Edit. It was time to show what our team has been working on all day and I was nervous (for no reason). I pressed play and watched the bride and groom tear up from joy and laughter while watching their story. I knew I have created a memory for them and their guests. It was a really humbling experience for me and my team.I do want to thank the Bride and Groom for giving me the opportunity to create their Wedding Story for them. I would also like to thank my awesome cinema team. Without them, the Same Day Edit would not be possible.We were also able to grab a few behind the scenes shots during the wedding. Enjoy.And we were able to grab a reaction shot of the bride when they were watching their Same Day Edit. [vimeo id="92370155" align="center"] Song choices: All I Need Is You, You + Me, You are Mine (Licensed...

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03 Feb Tip 1 – Time Metadata

This is a powerful time saver in FCPX. This "tiny" tip will save you countless hours while editing in FCPX. Simply sync all your camera and audio time to one time. You don't have to be 100% accurate, but the more accurate you are the better it is in the long run. This will help you a ton while editing and organizing your project. In the example provided here, you can see where have 2 different cameras (cameras P and Camera S - odd names, but they work). Note that the shots from that mini-session of the bride are right next to each other. And more importantly, event he shots that were filmed at the same time from multiple angles, they are next to each other. This helps me as and editor (who has also filmed this wedding), to really be able to see the available shots I have from a sequence of shots. It really allows me to be able to see the FULL spectrum of what we captured as a team and tell a perfect story. This works even better (the video details it a bit) when you have 2 cameras and an audio track. It really does save me a ton of time as I always get to see what is available for me in Final Cut Pro. ...

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03 Feb FCPX Tutorial 1 – Start with File Organization

I've had a few friend ask me to make a Final Cut Pro 10 tutorial. So I decided to give it a try. Here is my first attempt at making a tutorial. So hopefully it's helpful. I will definitely be making a few more that are hopefully improved.This tutorial starts with my file organization/management setup that prepares the way for Final Cut Pro X and finishes with a FCPX project ready to start editing.Hope this helps answer some questions.Please comment if you have any questions (or if I missed some areas)....

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20 Sep James & Selina’s Short Film

When I first met James and Selina (via Skype), right away I wanted to be their wedding cinematographer! They were a fun and lovely couple - a perfect match.I love what I do. When the couple loves what we do as well, it makes me want to do so much better! That's why we came 1 hour early just to grab a few creative shots of the beautiful Venue. We loved everything about the wedding. The decorations, the flowers, and especially the Bride and Groom! We worked hard all day - telling their story through our cinematography. I hope you enjoy this short film that we have produced from James and Selina’s Wedding. Feel free to leave comments below if you enjoy the film and this amazing couple.
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