Pyper & Quaid's Disco Wedding
Truly a Celebration
This was by far one of the funnest wedding’s I’ve ever filmed! The eclectic venue was filled with disco balls, stage props, and strange antiques which really complimented this couples disco theme. Everyone was dressed to boogie along side the Bride and Groom. I felt so privileged to shoot such a beautiful couple and they made it so easy for me to film because they were just having fun and messing around the whole time.
I really wanted this video to reflect the disco glam in the 70’s so we decided to shoot their pre wedding footage at a roller skating rink. Filming on roller skates is actually a great way to keep your camera stabilized if you need to move quickly with your subjects. There were times during the reception that my camera was shaky because I was in a massive crowd and since I am only 5 feet tall I had to hold the camera above my head and just aim it at the couple. Luckily you can get away with camera shakiness on film, but on digital you’re screwed.
I love documenting a wedding the analog way because it is one of the few physical pieces you keep in remembrance of that day. You can view more of the Instax photos I took below the Super 8 Edits. I also used Instax black and white film for the first time which really fit the old-timey vibe.
It was nice to get the chance to experiment more with titling in post. I tried my best to replicate analog titling in old movies by moving each word ever so slightly, frame by frame, to make them appear like they are moving with the film strip. It’s also important to add grain, Gaussian blur, and unsharp mask to the letters to make them match the lower resolution. I currently have an undeveloped roll that I experimented double exposed analog titling on and I am so excited to see how it turned out.
If you want something to truly look like film your best bet is to actually shoot on film. I find it really tacky when people overlay heavy grain and dust to a high res video, I beg of you to not do that. If you are going to add artificial grain do it very lightly, and use real film scans if you can. Then export your video to a smaller file, re-import and enlarge, the idea is to actually lower the pixels and quality along with adding grain, noise and blur. In Pyper’s video I put a light dust overlay and added some noise to the digital and then I used real film scans for the crossfade. On a side note I think there is something so beautiful about crossfading a black and white clip with a color clip, it might not be totally correct to how real film used to be, but I love it too much to care.
In my opinion Analog effects are so much cooler than digital. Theres a part in the video when the disco balls have a kaleidoscope effect and I did that by spinning kaleidoscope glasses in front of the lens.