Brooke + Jason | A Wedding Short Film

Brooke + Jason | A Wedding Short Film

Sometimes in the course of making a film, you have to divert yourself from what you think the film should be to make it what it needs to be. I had edited my audio from the reception, chosen music and had all my clips ready to assemble. The last step was adding in a portion of the ceremony. I had left a big gap in my film since Brooke and Jason made their wedding very much about the ceremony. It turned out that gap wasn’t big enough. I don’t cry at weddings. Sometimes, now that I’m a father, I get emotional during the father daughter dances, but generally weddings don’t shake me. Especially while I am shooting them. Too much is going on to really think and feel (cameras to keep track of, audio to worry about, etc). Listening to the wedding ceremony of Brooke and Jason, trying to pick out what to put into this short film got to me. When I got to the vows and saw the impact that saying them was having on the bride and groom, I lost it. I couldn’t decide what to use in the film. So I went back again. And lost it again. I just couldn’t decide. So I left them all in there. The vows, the pauses, the tears. It didn’t matter that all I really had for those vows was one camera angle. What mattered was how watching them made me feel, and I wanted their film to let you feel that, too. I started over. Scrapped everything and created what you are about to watch. It is...