Creating a Missoula Wedding Video

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In early July of 2016 Bonafide Film House was lucky enough to be invited to film Lyle Wiemokly’s beautiful wedding at the gorgeous Stone Tower Estate near Missoula Montana. Lyla found us through Twitter earlier that year. She had spent some time communicating with us, making sure we were the right choice to film her Missoula wedding. She expressed that she wanted a Missoula wedding videographer that would create a cinematic wedding video for her but also document the day with unobtrusive professional coverage. After speaking with her fiancé and also speaking with a few other Missoula Brides she decided we were the right choice for her wedding.

She expressed that she wanted a Missoula wedding videographer that would create a cinematic wedding video for her but also document the day with unobtrusive professional coverage.

One the wedding day arrived, Bonafide Film House got to Missoula very early to catch Lyla getting her hair done at a local hairdresser. After spending a bit of time there and catching the hairdressers doing their magic and the bride with her bridesmaids enjoy some champagne, our crew of Missoula wedding videographers headed to the venue: Stone Tower Estate.
Once we arrived, we started capturing time-lapses and aerial videography from the gorgeous venue. These shots are essential to keep the Missoula wedding video interesting. Once the time-lapses were established the crew started choreographing the ceremony, we got together with the wonderful photographers and planned how we would shoot the ceremony and not get in each others shots while we did it. Once this was all organized, the Missoula wedding videographers set up the audio equipment, put the lapel mic on the groom and got ready for the ceremony.
From here on out the rest of the day was a breeze. The beautiful ceremony was quite a fun one to film, there were tears and laughter in the same sentence, a gorgeous Montana breeze and more emotion than the guests were prepared for. At the end there were even fireworks, that one hasn’t happened since.

there were tears and laughter in the same sentence, a gorgeous Montana breeze and more emotion than the guests were prepared for

The team of Missoula videographers covered the rest of the day flawlessly, creating a very beautiful video in the end, that the bride and all of her friends absolutely loved.

If you are interested in hiring a Missoula wedding videographer for your special day, please check out our Montana Wedding page and get in contact with us.


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By Justin Kietzman

Justin Kietzman Headshot

Director and Editor at Bonafide Film House

Creating A Big Sky Wedding Video

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In early August we were lucky enough to be invited to create Mandy and Corey a beautiful Big Sky Wedding Video at Rainbow Ranch near Big Sky Ski resort here in gorgeous Montana. Mandy had found us through Facebook and was very excited to find a Big Sky Wedding Videographer that was willing to work with her and be flexible while they planned her gorgeous Big Sky wedding. After speaking for hours on the phone and going over every last detail of their Big Sky Wedding, Mandy decided that Bonafide Film House was be the best choice as a videographer for her Montana wedding. Her wedding was to be held at Rainbow Ranch just down the road from Big Sky ski resort. Most of her family would be traveling in from North Dakota, so in essence she had planned a beautiful  destination wedding right here in Montana!

Mandy had found us through Facebook and was very excited to find a Big Sky Videographer that was willing to work with her

A couple of days before her wedding Anthony Cohen scheduled a meeting with Mandy, something we like to do with all of our clients getting married in Montana, allowing her to become very comfortable with the videography crew. They were very excited to finally meet and had a lovely cup of coffee in downtown Big Sky while we discussed how excited she was for the big wedding day.

Anthony Cohen of Bonafide Film House filming a Big Sky Wedding Video next to the Gallatin River

When the big day arrived for her Big Sky Wedding, the Bonafide videographers were there bright and early. Upon arrival they went and introduced themselves. Anthony immediately started filming the hair and makeup, while Justin Kietzman started recording time lapses of the beautiful venue, Rainbow Ranch. Located right on the shore of the Gallatin River in beautiful Big Sky Montana, they couldn’t have asked for a prettier place to get married. As the day progressed, the wedding photographer and big sky videographer worked together very fluidly to create some beautiful images for Mandy.
As the ceremony approached, Justin Kietzman hid audio capture equipment in and around the arbor, making sure to not miss a thing, even with the roaring Gallatin River right behind the arbor. During the ceremony, the big sky wedding videographers gently moved around the crowd, making sure to not miss a single moment of the beautiful bonding that was happening on the side of the Gallatin River, having previously choreographed with the photographers made this part very easy.

The big sky videographers made sure to not miss a moment and Justin Kietzman jumped right in the river with the photographers.

A couple of hours after the ceremony, the bride and groom had decided to get in the river with their entire bridal party for their magic hour photo shoot. The big sky videographers made sure to not miss a moment and Justin Kietzman jumped right in the river with the photographers. All in all it was one of the most fun weddings that Bonafide Film House had in 2016 and we will never forget Mandy and Corey!

Justin Kietzman filming Mandy Edwards at Rainbow Ranch

If you are looking to hire a Big Sky Wedding Videographer to create you a gorgeous wedding film, please don’t hesitate in taking a look at our wedding video page and getting in contact with us!

By Justin Kietzman

Justin Kietzman Headshot

Director and Editor at Bonafide Film House

 

Part 2: What I learned from starting a Youtube channel using nothing but GoPros. by Justin Kietzman

After work one day me and my previously mentioned co-worker decided to head out to the Lower Madison River near Bozeman Montana. Armed to the teeth with every piece of fishing equipment we owned and two Go-Pro Hero 2’s, with cut up cases so I could stick Panasonic Stereo mic’s in them; which completely removes the waterproofing (I don’t understand how I never destroyed one of those cameras).

We were amped and ready to catch fish.

We got to our fishing spot at Red Mountain campground, a location we had caught many fish at before, put on the Go-Pros and hit the water with our fly rods. Not-so-luckily for us, there was a screaming drunk person on a float going past every 2 minutes, spilling beer in the water and making as much noise as possible. So after about two hours of fishing and one complete set of Go-Pro batteries, we decided to hang up the graceful touch of the fly rods and move down river to faster water and break out the spinning rods.

Once there, I realized the battery situation was more dire than I had realized. The battery on the Go-Pro I was wearing was at 50% and I only had one spare for my co-worker. So the rest of the day was nothing more than me occasionally switching on my Go-Pro when I thought I was about to catch fish, then forgetting to switch it back off, draining my battery even more. Luckily my partner that day, caught a few fish while his was running, scoring us some decent very shaky footage.

Go-Pros are the most reliable cameras on the market.

If you treat them well and follow the rules, they will work. As long as you have a fast enough memory card, you will never get a file error, especially in Protune. They can record video for constantly for the life of the battery, they will not shut off on you like most DSLR’s. The batteries run for two hours only, the primary complaint I hear about Go-Pros is the battery, these are primarily from people with little camera experience. Besides one Canon camcorder I owned, the Go-Pro has the longest single battery life of any camera I own. If you need the camera to run longer, they sell battery backpacs, or you can use an external charger, upping your time to 4-6 hours.

Next week I will talk about my editing workflow with the Go-Pro footage.

 

Stay Tuned

 

-Justin Kietzman

Leftovers – Behind the Scenes

Leftovers

Leftovers was a pet project of Justin Kietzman. As 2015 started to wind down Bonafide Film House found that we had a huge collection of time lapse shot from over the past year shot with a variety of cameras. These time lapses while all decent each have a small flaw in some way, They may have been bumped or something unusual happened in frame. For one reason or another these pieces where not used in our final projects.

Justin took these and ran with them using a his creative flair he was able to piece together a final product that shows the power of a time lapse. The completed film was edited using a variety of productions suites including Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2016, Adobe After Affects CC 2016 and Go Pro studio.

These time lapses where shot on a variety of different camera’s including:

Filming Locations:

  • Bozeman Montana
  • Ventura California
  • San Diego California
  • Sarasota Florida