Creating The Perfect Montana Wedding Video

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If one thing has changed since the days of shooting on film, there is no mystery. Now you can look in the viewfinder of your Sony mirrorless camera and see the shot you just took, reliving it over and over, reviewing it instantly. Noticing the errors, the smallest flaws, a missed focus pull, and slight underexposure; letting you instantly see any problem and letting you fix it right away. If there is one thing I can say about Colton and Freya’s amazing wedding at Sky Ride Ranch near Missoula Montana, we never had to review a shot, there wasn’t one mistake made, everything went perfectly.
It was Bonafide Film Houses last wedding of 2016. We were exhausted and relieved, but excited to be seeing some old faces. The first Montana wedding video we ever created was with Carrie Anne Photography; she is a wonderful woman, who takes wonderful pictures, with a wonderful assistant. She was the photographer at Freya’s wedding and we were ecstatic. We were also excited to be creating a Montana wedding video at a venue we knew well, Sky Ridge Ranch is located near Ronan Montana, located in the foothills of the beautiful mountains, it is the wedding venue girls dream of. We were at a comfortable venue with people we were comfortable with.

We were also excited to be creating a Montana wedding video at a venue we knew well

Having lodged in Missoula the night before the Bonafide Film House Montana wedding video crew was well rested and ready to get to work. Arriving early, Anthony Cohen was dropped off at the house Freya was staying at and Justin Kietzman headed to the venue to get started on the time-lapses and aerial videography. From here on out the day was a beautiful breeze.
The first look was a Montana wedding videographers dream. Taking place in a aspen grove with beautiful mountains in the background, a series of beautiful wide shots were taken as Freya walked up to Colton. He was blown away by his beautiful Montana bride, standing in the middle of beautiful golden trees, the two of them posed beautifully for one of the nicest first looks I have ever seen. Staging in the lovely lake at Sky Ride Ranch, Justin lined up some very lovely aerial shots, that worked out great in the final piece.

The first look was a Montana wedding videographers dream.

After the first look was over, they headed to the field closer to the mountains and took beautiful group photos with the snow capped range in the background. Having the bridesmaids and groomsmen join them, they posed for some very fun and lively group pictures.
From here on out the day was a breeze, the ceremony was gorgeous, with extremely touching vows from Freya. Heart felt speeches from the family and a lovely fire out back in the pit closed off a wonderful day with a relaxing evening. This is a wedding that we will not soon forget and neither will Colton and Freya.

If you are interested in having a one of a kind wedding film created for your wedding, please check out our wedding page and get in touch!


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By Justin Kietzman

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Director and Editor at Bonafide Film House

 

 

Two Days at Sky Ridge Ranch: Creating Kristie and Jordan Browns Wedding Video

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Two Days at Sky Ridge Ranch: Creating Kristie and Jordan Browns Wedding Video

A long time ago, on April 2nd 2016, the Bonafide Film House crew sat in Wild Joe’s Coffee in downtown Bozeman Montana and met Kristie Smith and Jordan Brown. In the small private back room of this popular coffee shop, the group of us sat and excitedly discussed how we were going to produce her wedding video at the beautiful Sky Ridge Ranch near Ronan Montana later that year. As Anthony took notes in his moleskin, the plan for the wedding days started to come together. For a fly on the wall it would have been difficult to differentiate these five people meeting enthusiastically to plan a Montana wedding video from a group of old friends discussing a screenplay for a love story.

We really enjoyed that day, after the meeting we headed towards the Bridger Mountains, stopping at the small park near Drinking Horse Mountain to film their engagement video. With the gorgeous spring weather, blue skies and green grass, we were able to film a short piece for them that we knew would turn out great. They discussed how they met, what bonds them together and how excited they were about their marriage. After a lovely day, we parted ways, knowing that we would be seeing each other again very soon, to film their wedding day.

84 days later we were lucky enough to be watching her walk down the aisle. All of their lovely family had traveled out from across the country and they had many guests that had traveled the world to arrive at this beautiful wedding.

84 days later we were lucky enough to be watching her walk down the aisle.

Sky Ridge Ranch is a extremely beautiful wedding venue, just south of Flathead Lake, nestled in a gorgeous valley. We chose to take as much advantage of this as we could for Kristie’s wedding video, so we put the drone up multiple times over the course of the two days we were there filming. Knowing how the sensor prefers light on the drone, Justin decided to perform some low altitude aerial maneuvers during more hard light, closer to the water, during afternoon sun. Typically not the best time for filming, causing harsher shadows and brighter highlights, but this time it worked out well. As the editor of Bonafide Film House’s wedding videos, Justin also wanted to get a grand closing shot. So after putting in the last battery for the DJI quadcopter, he decided to take a risky move and remove the filter from the front of the drones camera, hoping it would give some nice lens flares as the drone flew over the venue at sunset. As he sat on top of a dirt mound from a couple of miles away, he saw through the remote that the shot had indeed worked out and was worth all of the risk in the end.

The Bonafide Film House crew had a absolute blast filming this wedding video for Jordan & Kristie and we wish them the very best in life.

Vendors we were lucky enough to work with on this project:

Venue: Sky Ridge Ranch

Photographer: Cluney Photo

Florist: Habitat Floral Studio

Bakery: Black Cat Bake Shop

If you would like Bonafide Film House to create you a gorgeous wedding video, please take a look at our wedding film page.

Creating A Montana Wedding Video: Andy & Megan Young at Holland Lake Lodge

Creating A Montana Wedding Video: Andy & Megan Young at Holland Lake Lodge

As a Montana wedding videographer you never know what kind of weather you’re going to experience, snow storms in July, hurricane strength winds and 50 degree temperature weather changes in less than ten minutes are not unheard of.

That being said the threat of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Andy and Megan on their wedding day. They both made it very clear that no matter what the weather did they were getting married. Lucky for them the weather cooperated and we were able to capture the beauty of this stunning couple on their special day. From start to finish we were constantly impressed by this couple and their loved ones. The intimate family-like vibe lended itself to capturing some amazing moments from the bride and groom sailing off in their own just married canoe to the touching and hilarious congratulations on there video booth this is one wedding we will not soon forget.

We instantly knew the day would be a good one

Arriving early at Holland Lake Lodge just south of Kalispell near Flathead lake, we were excited to be greeted by Carrie-Ann Doyle, maybe the most renowned wedding photographer in Montana. Having seen her work many times before, we instantly knew the day would be a good one. She told us that she had worked with a few Montana wedding videographer’s before, but few had set out to achieve the cinematic wedding video style that we produce, so she was excited to see our work.

One of our favorite ways to work as wedding videographers is to film at a similar focal length to the wedding photographer. This produces better results all around for the client. We can compose beautiful scenes, working with the photographer, bouncing ideas around and having a seamless working environment with the bride and groom. This was very true for Megan & Andy’s wedding.

While Justin was setting up establishing time-lapses and capturing aerial video of Holland Lake and Holland Lake Lodge using the drone, Anthony was working with Carrie-Ann, filming the bride getting ready all morning. As the day progressed on, the teams worked together to choreograph how the ceremony would be filmed.

At a moments notice about an hour before the ceremony was supposed to happen, the wedding planner from Holland Lake Lodge announced the ceremony was happening immediately, due to the weather clearing and the rain stopping. Luckily the Bonafide Film House wedding video crew had planned for this, by having cameras planted and lav mic’s on the groom ahead of time.

The rest of the day was a breeze

After a beautiful ceremony, the weather completely cleared up and the rest of the day was a breeze. The guests got to unwind and the bride and groom had a beautiful wedding.

Later that week, the Bonafide Film House wedding video crew edited together a gorgeous organic wedding video, that received wide complements abound. We had a absolute blast making Megan & Andy’s beautiful wedding video and we hope they have wonderful lives together.

If you are interested in having Bonafide Film House create a gorgeous wedding video for you, please feel free to take a look at our wedding packages on our Montana Wedding Videography page.

We were lucky enough to work with these amazing vendors:

Carrie Ann Photography

Holland Lake Lodge 

Riverhaus Productions

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

Transitions: Film to Digital By: Anthony Cohen

TransitionsMy first real camera was a 1980 Canon AE-1, I was 18 and in my first semester of college when I entered my first dark room. After only a week I experienced the magic of an image materializing on the page for the first time. I never looked back. Nothing is better then blasting some music chilling out and processing film after work.

If you have ever made the transition from film to digital, you lose some of the magic. Digital media is amazing; a marvel of modern technology; you get to take photos lightning fast and review them instantly. These are major bonuses but the finality of clicking the shutter is gone and photography becomes less special.

That is when I received my second real camera a Sony a5100. To be honest I bought it for its amazing video, and have moved up through the line buying a Sony a6000 and a Sony a7s.  When I first got into video production I noticed some of the old magic coming back you have that one chance to capture a moment perfectly you can try an recreate it but its never exactly the same. You might argue that its the same way with digital photography, but I feel it more when I am filming something. From the calculated and controlled click of the record button to the hours it takes to edit and refine a video into a workable piece the similarities between shooting video or 35mm film are there.

When I started shooting live events the similarities became even more apparent just like using film you have timed shots you need to take your time and not miss anything but your camera can only be pointed in so many directions. There is a sort of adrenaline rush knowing you have one chance to get the perfect shot. Shooting video just like film just feels more personal.

 

I now mainly shoot on a Sony a7s and a a6000 but I do carry my old AE-1 around from time to time. I still get to use the dark room at the local university.

Cameras:

Sony A7s shooting in XAVC-S or externally

Sony a6000 to XAVC-S

Canon AE-1 loaded with Illford Delta 400 usually pushed to 1600

 

Programs:

Adobe Premier Pro CC 2016

Adobe After Effects CC 2016

Local dark room using Illford RC matte paper

By Anthony Cohen

Bozeman Winter Farmers Market – Behind the Scenes

 

On January 30, 2016 the Bonafide Crew woke up early, still exhausted from filming a concert for a documentary the night before. Luckily today was a easier, very pleasant job that didn’t involve carrying heavy gear through the snow.

Having prepped the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema the night before, it was rigged up with the 7 inch field monitor, Zoom H4 audio recorder, Rode Shotgun Microphone, 10,000 MaH external battery and the big memory card in the belly of the camera. It was mounted on the Manfrotto 60 inch tripod with the Manfrotto fluid head. Justin would be operating this camera today.

Anthony grabbed the Sony a6000 as the B cam, which he used for wides and zoomed cutaways. Due to the a6000 having a “Custom -3 -3 -3 mode” it can come close to the soft, desaturated image of the Blackmagic.

We spent about an hour at the event, starting by filming B-Roll of the hallways upstairs, while Anthony found out where the event is actually held (downstairs to anyone wondering). Once we made it to the farmers market, I started filming wides of the crowds while Anthony did some sniper shots on ceiling lights.

After a few minutes of that, we got a bearing on who was interested in talking to the camera. Luckily Justin noticed that there was something going on with the audio as the Blackmagic was showing no active levels, so we pulled the Zoom Recorder off of the rig and set it in front of people as they spoke. This caused a very high level of room noise, but was better than nothing.

After having some very pleasant conversations with quite a few of the vendors, we decided to head out.

Once home, both of the cards were dumped to our working drive. Since the Blackmagic records to ProRes HQ and the Sony records to XAVC S, no transcoding was needed.

A little over a week later Justin started editing in Premiere Pro CC. After cutting he chose a very warm soft color scheme, that matches the feeling of being at a farmers market. Very little After Effects CC work was needed, besides some warp stabilizing.

 

Cameras Used:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema
Sony A6000 Shooting in XAVC S

Software Used:

Premiere Pro CC
After Effects CC

 

 

Boxes of Bozeman – Behind the Scenes

Boxesofbozeman

If you have driven around Bozeman, Montana any time in the last year in a half you have seen them… electrical boxes wrapped in the beautiful art of local artists. A few weeks ago Justin and I where driving back from a shoot over by Whitehall, MT. We where brain storming about different local projects we could do and we stumbled upon boxes. What could be better? Not only where we producing something about art that bozemanites and and people from around Gallatin valley get to experience on a daily basis but we could showcase local artists and the beautiful works they do. So Boxes of Bozeman began.

We used the Black Pocket Magic Cinema as our primary camera for this shoot. Its high dynamic range and light weight made it the perfect camera for running around in the snow around town. Being a side project we mostly captured boxes between shoots as we saw them on the side of the road. Over the course of a few weeks we got enough footage to put together this piece.

All said and told we shot about 150 gb worth of footage in RAW on the Black Magic. Using a Konova slider, four foot Indy jib and a Manfrotto fluid head we where able to capture movement and make each shot more dynamic. The Time lapse was shot at night on a Sony a6000 it was set at f/11 to keep everything crisp with a shutter speed of 1.5 sec.

Once we had enough footage Justin put it all into Adobe Premier Pro cc 2016 and Adobe After Effects cc 2016 for final editing. He used high end color correcting techniques an a modern editing style to give the video a simple yet clean feel.

Cameras used: