SG: Can you describe your editing
AM: This is my favorite topic to talk about!
The first thing I do when editing a wedding
film is to listen to the entire dialogue from
the ceremony and toast. I will then decide
the best sound bites that help convey the
story. After that, I put the structure of the
video together and from there, I choose
the best footage and match them with the
story so it makes sense visually. It’s kind of
like building your own puzzle from scratch
and putting the pieces together.
Every single clip and sound bite in the
video is carefully selected and perfected
to help tell the story. I’m kind of a
perfectionist with my work, and Vanessa
hates that! Overall, Brittany and Scott’s
video took about one week to complete.
SG: What do you think made your video
stand out to the WPPI judges?
AM: I personally don’t think our video
stood out because of how well it was
shot. Most of the footage in this video was
very basic, shot on tripods and monopods
(there was only one drone shot and a few
fancy creative shots here and there). I think
it was more of the emotional content that
made it stand out.
That night, after the Honors of
Excellence Award ceremony at WPPI,
people came up to me telling me how
touching it was and how it made them
tear up. No one really mentioned anything
about the cinematography, which is
okay with us because we like to think
of ourselves as storytellers first and
cinematographers second. Our main goal
has always been to highlight the story
and emotions first, making it relatable to
anyone watching. No matter the type of
wedding or culture, everyone can relate
Alexander Ma is based in L.A. and loves
working with couples whose top priority is
quality cinematography for their wedding.
To watch his and Vanessa's award-winning
video of Brittany and Scott’s wedding and
read interviews from other award-winning
filmmakers, visit rangefinderonline.com.
TIPS FROM AN AWARD-WINNING STORYTELLER
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