It’s that time of year again. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will hand out Oscar awards on March 7th 2010. We are holding our first Oscar competition, and it is open to past, present and future clients of Bride & Groom Films. The winner will receive 10 copies of their wedding video/DVD in personalized cases, absolutely free. Two runner-up prizes of 5 copies on DVD in personalized cases are also up for grabs.
All you have to do is pick who you think is going to win, in each category below, and e-mail your predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org, on or before 6pm on March 7th 2010. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone numbers and the date of your wedding. (more…)Tags: 2010, awards, competition, dublin, dvd, finlay, ireland, irish, Oscar, richard, video, videographer, videography, wedding
In July 2009, I had the pleasure of filming two concerts for Metallica in Copenhagen, Denmark. Metallica are one of the greatest and most successful bands of all time. I was chosen to be part of a group of only about a dozen freelance videographers from all over the world. It was a great experience and a dream come true to work on a project that involved artists who I greatly admire.
Here’s a photo montage of myself and the four members of Metallica. Top left is myself with bassist Robert Trujillo, and to the right is myself and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (always ranked 0n top ten lists as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, right up there with Hendrix). I’m pictured with Lars Ulrich (drummer) on the bottom left, and vocalist/lyricist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield on the bottom right.
I was there for two days in a row at The Forum in Copenhagen. The backstage experience was fantastic. The band are very warm and open to everyone. I was filming the last two of five concerts in Copenhagan, the drummer’s home turf. Since it was the first time Lars Ulrich had been home in quite some time, and the fact that he was performing for five nights at The Forum, it meant that all of his family and friends were there and he had his hands full to say the least.
Soundcheck on the first day was a great experience. It was very intimate, and it made me stop and reflect for a moment. I felt honored to be using my skills on a project for Metallica. It was just us the videographers, Metallica, and the other technicians. Here’s a low-res backstage shot I took at lunch time on my mobile phone:
In addition to the two full concerts, I shot an interview with James Hetfield, which I’m told will feature as an ‘extra’ on the DVD. The interview took place in the “tuning room”, the holiest of holies I’m told – not just anyone is allowed to enter that space (I must be special).
Here’s a clip to show the power, ferocity and dare I say…elegance of their live performances. Nothing Else Matters is the song (The Black Album, 1991). I have been asked to use this song on a couple of wedding videos/DVDs in the past and it has always worked very well.
Here is a great music video (more like a short film) by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (‘Festen’). Vinterberg was in attendance, as a guest of Lars Ulrich. And although I didn’t see him, Vinterberg was accompanied by another well known Dane, and one of my favorite filmmakers, Lars Von Trier (‘Dancer In The Dark’, ‘Dogville’, ‘Anti-Christ’).
This music video/short film is for the first single off Metallica’s latest album ‘Death Magnetic’ and is entitled ‘The Day That Never Comes’. It is an incredibly well shot and produced music video. When you have a filmmaker of the calibre of Vinterberg making your music video, you wouldn’t expect anything less.
The Copenhagen DVD is due to be released sometime in 2010 I’m told. It may be a two DVD set, and there was also talk of it being released on Blu-Ray disc in a ‘Fan Can’. I will be proud of my on-screen credit.Tags: Belfast, blu, concert, concerts, Copenhagan, Denmark, dublin, dvd, filming, filmmaker, finlay, Hammett, Hetfield, interview, ireland, James, Kirk, Lars, Metallica, music, ray, richard, robert, Trujillo, Ulrich, video, videographer, videographers, videography, wedding
I’m delighted to report that I recently won Wedding Videographer of the Year 2009, voted for by the brides and grooms of Ireland, in Ireland’s very first online wedding awards. It was held by Real Weddings.ie
Some statistics on the awards, according to Real Weddings:
It was Ireland’s very first online wedding awards.
There were over 800 postal entries.
There were over 950 email entries.
There were 10,688 votes counted online.
I am also delighted to announce that I am one of the final six nominees for Wedding Videographer of the Year 2009 at the upcoming first annual Weddings Online Awards (also voted for by the brides and grooms of Ireland).
It was only last year that I was “ranked among the best videographers in the world” by the DV Awards, in the categories of ‘Outstanding Wedding Videography’ and ‘Best Demo Reel’. To read the Press Release click here. According to Martin Rhodes of the DV Awards (based in America), I was the first Irish winner in the wedding category. I had previously won a DV Award in 2004 for a short film screenplay that I wrote.
I see an award as merely a pat on the back, whether received by my peers or by clients who are happy with my services. Nonetheless, being nominated or winning is very encouraging to work harder and to push yourself further. I would like to thank those of you, sincerely, for supporting me in the online wedding awards polls and for the taking the time to send in your written entires. I am very grateful to you.Tags: 2009, award, awards, best, dublin, DV, dvd, finlay, ireland, irish, leading, nominated, online, real, richard, video, videographer, videography, vote, wedding, weddings, winner, year
If you haven’t seen Martin Scorsese’s classic 1980 film Raging Bull, to me, that’s like saying you’ve been living on earth all these years without seeing the sun or the moon. It’s that good. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and others give searingly honest and towering performances. It is not just a film. It is a slice of life. Having watched it recently on Blu-Ray for the first time, it was like experiencing the actual film for the first time all over again.
The following clip, which is a short montage from the middle of the film, is my favourite wedding scene in any movie. It is a simple, haunting piece of great, nostalgic filmmaking. When the time is right, and when circumstances fit, I hope to do a homage to this scene at some stage on a future wedding video. So if any of your grooms out there are boxers, let’s get this happening.
When I watch this clip I’m very grateful that I don’t have to shoot weddings on 16mm or 8mm film. Thank science for the wonders of digital technology. Enjoy!Tags: blu, bride, bull, clip, clips, de niro, definition, dublin, dvd, favourite, film, filmmaker, filmmaking, finlay, groom, high, ireland, irish, kildare, leinster, martin, meath, raging, ray, richard, robert, scene, scorsese, video, videographer, videographers, videography, videos, wedding, wicklow
The Brooklodge in Macreddin Village, Wicklow is one of my favourite venues to shoot a wedding video in. It’s only an hour drive from Dublin and is nestled away in the quiet, relaxing countryside. There’s a beautiful, quaint white chapel on the grounds where I’ve shot many wedding ceremonies. Having your wedding here can also save a lot of time on the day, as you don’t have to go very far for your photography session and the family photos.
The food is excellent, so nice that myself and Laura went there for dinner one Sunday last year. The Brooklodge is known for having Ireland’s only Certified Organic restaurant, The Strawberry Tree. There is also a Southern Italian restaurant there, La Taverna Armento, which deserves a special mention. The bar food is also excellent if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian.
Check out the following short wedding video clip of the Brooklodge from a wedding in October 2009. Sarah and Neasan were a wonderful couple on the day, and they were surrounded by loving family and friends who were visibly having a great time. Their photographer was Dermot Byrne, a photographer who I have worked with a number of times, and it is always a pleasure to do so. Dermot has a great sense of humor, and is always able to make a couple feel at ease on their wedding day. He is also a consummate professional, and his work is second to none. Sarah, Neasan, Dermot and myself worked together very well on day, and the ever-present smiles on the faces of the newly married couple showed me they were enjoying every minute of it. It showed on their wedding video/DVD as well.Tags: blu, bride, brooklodge, chapel, clip, definition, dublin, dvd, films, finlay, food, groom, high, hotel, ireland, irish, kildare, leinster, macreddin, meath, ray, restaurant, richard, sample, samples, venue, video, videographer, videography, village, wedding, wexford, white, wicklow
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I receive very positive feedback from wedding video clients on a regular basis. 2009 was a year when many nice testimonials came through my website or were e-mailed to me directly by my brides and grooms.
You can view some of the words of thanks I’ve received from couples over the past few years by visiting the testimonials page on brideandgroom.ie. On the testimonials page, if clients are happy with the service, they are given an opportunity to post a few words detailing their experience with Bride & Groom Films, or just a few words of thanks if they’re happy with their wedding video/DVD.
Here is a short selection of some wedding video testimonials from 2009. Click on the individual testimonial in order to read it. Hit the back button on your browser to come back to the blog.Tags: bride, client, dublin, dvd, feedback, groom, ireland, kildare, leinster, meath, praise, testimonials, thanks, video, wedding, wicklow
It now looks like this:
We’ve enlarged the size of the clips so you can see more of what is happening, and we’re also using a new and better player to display the clips . The new sample video page features dozens of all-new wedding video clips from venues all over Ireland. You may see your own church and venue there. If so, you can take a look at it to give yourself a sneak peek of what your day will be like, or to give you an idea of what someone else’s wedding was like at that particular venue. You might even get a few ideas from it.Tags: blu, clips, definition, dublin, dvd, finlay, high, ireland, new, ray, richard, sample, samples, update, video, videographer, videohgraphy, videos, website, wedding
I’m just back from a week away in Soll, Austria. “Doing what?”, you may ask. Well, skiing. It was my first time. I ain’t too bad at it. I was with people who were experienced skiers, and some other beginners too, but I wasn’t really into skiing for six hours a day for an entire week.
I went paragliding one day (lots of fun, that’s if you’re into jumping off cliffs), and eleven of us went on a Toboggan run. That was nuts, but lots of fun. I’d do it all again. We’ll try somewhere different next time. A fun honeymoon suggestion for you perhaps, but it doesn’t actually feel like a holiday – it’s a lot of work! Well…now it’s back to weddings…Tags: Austria, dublin, dvd, holiday, honeymoon, ireland, skiing, video, videographer, videography, wedding
As a filmmaker, I’m always learning new things about the craft. I’m always on the look out for new skills that I can acquire so that I can apply them to my wedding videography to gain more experience, and to help improve my skills as a shooter and editor. I’ve been producing hundreds of successful wedding videos for years, but I certainly don’t know it all. There is always room for improvement and I am constantly upping my game. One way to up your game is to keep on training in various different aspects of your craft. (more…)Tags: academy, acting, america, directing, dublin, dvd, film, filmmaker, filmmaking, finlay, ireland, manhattan, new york, richard, screenwriting, skills, training, usa, video, videographer, videography, wedding