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Dakota + Adam by matt wolfe [cc]

Congrats to Dakota & Adam on getting hitched!

I don't think I've ever seen a groom give a Christian gospel presentation before, but Adam pulled it off. It was a very sweet wedding, indeed.

Music: "Dance (Accoustic) by Tim Halperin (via www.musicbed.com).
Shot on Canon 5Dmk3 and C100mk2. Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Macy Cate + Austin by matt wolfe [cc]

Congrats to these two fun kids on getting married: Macy Cate & Austin! Filled to the brim with baseball players and sorority girls and a lot of rain, the day was quite entertaining to say the least.

Video by www.mattwolfe.cc
Music: "Celeste" by Les Enfants (via www.TheMusicBed.com). UPDATE: Les Enfants is now Ezra Vine (www.ezravine.com). They changed their name, but The Music Bed still has them listed as "Les Enfants". 
Location: Ligon Chapel at Huntingdon College and The Alley Station Ballroom.

Dad+Mom+Liam+Aiden by matt wolfe [cc]

Finally got around to finishing Aiden's birth video... But it turned into something completely different...

When a second or third kid shows up on the scene, it's just different than when it's the first. I'm not saying it's not any more or less special, rather it's just different. So in light of that, I decided to turn the Aiden birth video into a "new" (again) family video.

Civil Wars "20 Years" video contest by matt wolfe [cc]

Made a video to enter into the contest to be the official music video for The Civil Wars "20 Years" track. Will we win? Meh, who knows, but I had a lot of fun shooting this video - and it was all guerrilla style, too. 

Equipment list:
Canon 5Dmk3
Canon 24mm f1.4L with Fader ND
smallHD dp4 monitor
Gearbox GB-1 cage
1 prop camera from a pawn shop

Thanks to Ben and Carley (of Ellington Way) for being in it.

UPDATE: I thought I might try an explain the video, now as the competition is over, so here are the director's notes.

I'm not sure if I really pulled off what I was intending, but part of it was a subtle narrative. All the other entrants had very linear stories, and when I think about past moments, they're never really linear. Yes, maybe I can remember a beginning, middle and end, but usually at the end I'm already remembering something new about the beginning or middle. So I wanted to try and put forward something that was slightly jumbled, but more symbolic than straight forward.

Also, initially, I wasn't going to show the faces of the guy and girl, at all. But two shots wouldn't have worked without it, so I just let them sit.

  • First, I framed the first three scenes with the last three scenes (apart from the camera crank shot of the last scene). Beginning: Girl looking out window and holding curtain, Guy walking away from barn - right to left, Girl walking in field - following; Ending: Girl walking into barn - following, Guy walking on railroad tracks - right to left, Girl looking out window and letting go of curtain.
  • In no scene do guy and girl touch except near the end when they sit near each other; they are really close in another scene, but it is indiscernible whether or not they are actually touching
  • Every following scene is identical location to guy and girl: guy into barn (at the beginning), girl into barn (at the end), guy in field (center tree), girl in field (center tree); guy near bush, girl near bush
  • Every following scene is differentiated in that the follow cam is rocky with the guy, but smooth with the girl
  • In the beginning note writing scene, it is the girl, at the end, it is the guy - the song never really says who is writing the note --- so I kept the trend of ambiguity. Who wrote the note? Maybe they both did. Maybe nobody really did.

And ambiguity seems the point of the song as well. So I tried to keep the video there. What happened in the video? Well, you don't really know for sure. What happened in the song? Well, you don't really know for sure. You know something happened, and it has an element of shame, secrecy, and the desire for redemption...  So I tried to put a video together that might could hold that vibe up as well.

[BTS] Wes Roberts shoot with Warehouse Performance by matt wolfe [cc]

Gearbox GB-1 with smallHD DP4

Tagged along with Wes as I wanted to try out a new DSLR cage (Gearbox BG-1).

Rigged it up with my 5Dmk3 and a smallHD DP4, and took it handheld to shoot what was going on around Warehouse Performance.

Fun time with Wes and the folks of Warehouse Performance and Primetime Crossfit. 

And not too shabby for an $80 DSLR cage.

CGM Intern Video by matt wolfe [cc]

Finally finished up shooting and editing the Common Ground Montgomery Summer Resident Mission recruitment video.

 Originally started shooting in June, when the interns first arrived at CGM. Shot the last interview with Bryan Kelly yesterday afternoon (needed a :45 second tag line from him), inserted the interview, graded it, and finished about 1:30 A.M.

The hardest part was finding music, but Kevin King provided that through his contacts, yet it was necessary to find a "hip hop" flavor to the music. Since hip hop doesn't necessarily speak to my soul, that was probably the biggest challenge to the whole video.

I used three different color grades (technically four, but the last two only have a slight exposure difference with a little more focus on natural looking color temperature, but is probably indiscernible when the change occurs. The first minute or so, with all the slow slider shots was graded to appear as if historical. The first hip hop song has a desaturated grade, and then as soon as the interviews start, the final grade begins. It's all pretty quick. 

Shot on a Canon 5Dmk3 and 7D, edited in Premiere Pro CS6.