We have a lot of fun producing wedding videos, especially during the very busy “wedding season” here in Southern California. (although a very good argument could be made that it’s always “wedding season” here due to the great weather we enjoy.)
A side benefit to this is having the opportunity to visit a wide variety of venues throughout the Southland that we might not otherwise have the occasion to see. There are so many lavishly landscaped and beautifully manicured locations that offer wonderful backdrops to the ceremony and reception.
One venue that we frequent, however, is the Disneyland Hotel and it’s environs. The beautiful grounds, varied landscaping, and sheer historical impact on Anaheim and indeed, Southern California, make the hotel a fascinating location to visit.
For those interested in a thoroughly enjoyable and impeccably documented read on the subject, I highly recommend Don Ballard’s “Disneyland Hotel; The Early Years“. This book represents a “labor of love” on the part of the author and the care and research that he poured into this project are clearly evident throughout. For an overview of the work, as well as a visually rich site full of great photos, facts and trivia visit his website. The author also maintains a blog which features more great background on the hotel, as well as updated information on the history and lore of the Southern California landmark.
Like the chef who can’t enjoy a meal at a restaurant without commenting on all of the ingredients contained within his meal, we have a hard time just enjoying a movie. We usually slip into the habit of examining the camera moves, audio and editing decisions from a critical standpoint. Color styling is also an area frequently inspected.
Color correction (or color timing as it is also known) is critically important to accurately portraying the story as the screenwriter and director originally intended. The correct use of color can enhance or detract from the show. It can change the mood from upbeat, to somber. Subtle changes to hue and tone can be introduced to help move the story along. Scenes can be enhanced, or even salvaged if, for example, a particular shot was supposed to take place in bright daylight, when it was shot during a gloomy, overcast day.
On television, you may have noticed as well the change in the portrayal and intensity of color from the over-saturated TV of today, to the more de-saturated look of the 70’s, to the almost Technicolor-look of the 60’s. This shift over time may have had more to do with the available film stock than actual creative choices made during production of these shows.
At Carolwood, we spend a good amount of time working with the image of our productions. We recently calibrated 9 different “looks” within our high definition gear. This process was accomplished over the course of a long, three-day marathon session involving testing in both daylight, controled lighting, and low-light situations.
Now that we’re heading into the latter portion of the year and much of the “wedding season” is completed for 2008, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our Brides and Grooms for a fabulous year. Carolwood Productions has enjoyed a wonderful past 12 months serving our wedding clients.
One very satisfying aspect of our growth in this area is that it has come not only due to increased advertising, but also from referrals as well as direct visits to our main website. As mentioned elsewhere, we love our referral and repeat business. Those clients who choose to do repeat business with us gives us a great sense of satisfaction and deeper appreciation for people who tell others about our services, level of quality and dedication to customer satisfaction.