Why you should have a professional Film Maker capture your Wedding
Let me start off by introducing myself, I’m Jo and I run Jo Gendle Films
I create wedding films that reflect your personality. Colourful, quirky and contemporary you won’t have seen wedding videos quite like what I produce,
I have been making films since I first picked up a Hi8 Camera around 17 years ago, I never put it down!
After graduating from Staffordshire University in 2004 with an honors degree in Media Production I went on to have my films and documentaries featured in many film festivals across the UK and Europe.
I also won the BBC Guerilla Prize award for my camera work on a foreign documentary, which I am immensely proud of.
I decided in 2013 to set up my own videography business creating wedding video’s with my own unique take on it. I’d seen a lot of wedding videos that were very dated and a bit boring to be honest! I thought its about time someone put a modern edge to these films and injected some flare in to them, this being me!
Each film I create is as different as every couple I meet. I always incorporate all my clients requests regarding style, music and content.
I am a very relaxed person and I put people at ease as soon as they meet me, this is reflected in the way I film weddings allowing me to capture those natural moments which really show a couples personality.
So if your wondering how much work goes into creating a wedding video here it is!
After a couple decide to book we have an initial meet up where they can tell me all about their wedding day and what they would like from their wedding video. It’s really important to me to get to know the couple and their personality. I like to put people at ease so the more I know about you the better I can do this and on the day its more like having a friend at your wedding rather than a stranger.
We then have a second meeting 3 weeks before the wedding day where I will ask the couple to select 10 music tracks that are special to them in some way. I then create what I call a visual storyboard which features music, styled fonts, film looks and cinematography which feels right for the couple. This could be Quirky, Romantic, Vintage, Contemporary or even action packed it all depends on what you want?
On the day its self I will normally spend around 10 hours capturing your day on set.
The day starts for me with a bowl of porridge and a large cup of tea! After checking I have all my tripods, lenses, cameras, banana’s and a big smile I head to the wedding location.
My filming begins with the bridal preparations where Im usually greeted by very excited bridesmaids drinking champagne with their hair in curlers. I love this period of time because I get a unique take on the day an witness all the excitement before the big “I do” Usually I ask the bride hows she’s feeling and whats she’s most looking forward to, one bride actually said “Dinner” once, I think she was joking though.
The next stage I like to capture the exciting moment just before the bride enters the venue and is no longer a single woman! after this comes the signature walk down the aisle shot followed by the wedding service itself.
I always film discreetly and from a far so not to intrude on your day. After the big “I Do’s” its time for the couple to relax and let the champagne flow! at this point I usually steal a cheeky moment and ask “How does it feel to be married?” to which I have had some very amusing answers!
The rest of the day then involves capturing the speeches the cake cutting and that all important first dance! Couples spend a long time planning and organising their weddings and I believe its really important to pick up on every detail of this such as the venue, table plans the colours the flowers even the photographs of those that couldn’t be there, every detail is important in capturing the day and collecting as many memories of a couples dream day!Most couples say they’ve barely seen me! there in lies my skill of blending in and being aware at all times of your personal space.
I also like to chat to the guests and see how their day has been which provides some great messages for the newly weds to watch on their DVD.
Once the day is complete I then spend between 2-3 weeks editing the final film before sending it off to some very excited newly weds! When my own work brings a tear to my eye and makes me smile I Just know the couple are going to love it!
So why is my service different?
My service is different in so many ways! primarily because I love and care about my job! I listen to what you want and I want you to be blown over by my service! I am extremely passionate about film making an being the best at what I do! I don’t believe in charging the earth for my services because for me I get to do what I love and that in itself is a gift.