When it comes to wedding films, it is key to find a way to stand out from the lot. Creating something unique is what will set you apart from other production companies. One such company that has produced one of these unique films is Loudbyte Cinematography. We recently had a chance to talk to them about their film. Below is a portion of the interview.
Kessler University (KU): Tell me a little bit about your company.
Steve Gribben (SG): In 2009, my wife, Ton-Essa and I started shooting wedding films. Back in 2009, it was believed that only the photographer had the right to interact with the bride and groom. Many videographers would take a quiet background approach to shooting weddings. However, we didn’t like this approach so we created our own way of shooting and interacting with the couples. We wanted to take a more cinematic approach and capture the event in a new way. We wanted to give our viewers a real movie experience by constantly experimenting with new equipment and discovering new techniques. Our work is very personal, if it feels right, we do it!
KU: Tell me a little about the project.
SG: When Samira and Steve asked us to create a “Love Story” to premiere at their wedding reception, we asked if they would consider making a music video. They were initially apprehensive about the idea because neither of them have any musical background. When we told them how cool it would be, they decided to go for it. We found the music that fit their personalities, then re-mixed it to fit their story.
The heart of the music video is about a couple in love. The challenge for Samira and Steve was learning the music. This was a brand new concept and we were asking for their trust. So, we rehearsed with them and shot for 3 days. We directed Samira and Steve, who are non-actors, to really go for it and not hold back, not worry about what friends and family may think.
KU: You’ve created very unique piece with a very distinct style. What was your concept behind the film?
SG: We knew the look we wanted for the music video and figured out how to achieve it using our equipment. We used the Kessler KC-Lite to add a constant floating feeling to the frames. The crane is great for wide sweeping shots but it was also an effective tool for close-ups when we wanted the camera constantly swimming through the frame.
KU: I love how you used the Kessler gear to help tell your story. What was it like using the gear?
SG: Kessler products boosted our production value and we can still fit all of our gear in a hatchback! Often times, we are on a tight schedule and have to shoot fast. Assembling the KC-Lite only takes minutes and breaks down into a small case. We love the versatility of the equipment which allows us to get interesting angles.
KU: What’s next from you?
SG: In the last 2 years, we have expanded into commercials, short narratives, runway shows, music videos and full length feature films.
If you would like to see more from Loudbyte Cinematography, make sure to check out their website.