January 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime
This afternoon I’m thrilled to introduce a new and very talented Featured Supplier to the Brides Up North stage, the fabulous Tommy from super cool motion video outlet, Clockwork Pictures. Currently based in Adelaide, Oz (told you he was cool) and due to land back on home shores right about now, any Bride Up North looking for someone to capture her wedding day in all it’s moving glory should check out this man’s skills (I thought about skillz with a zee, but I really can’t pull it off). Anyway, he’s far cooler, let’s meet him…
How did you get into wedding videography?
From a young age I wanted to be a Disney animator and when Toy Story came along I decided that was the job for me. I studied multimedia at university and realised the animation module wasn’t as easy as Toy Story made it look but I was loving the video section of the course and it all started from there really. I had started my first business in the UK in 2004 and soon found that my love of films and filming worked brilliantly with weddings as I’m drawn in by the emotion of a story and that’s what I like to portray.
Why should a couple have a wedding video?
I know first-hand that the wedding day passes like a blur and you don’t have time to take everything in and appreciate all the hard work and planning. You might not get to see everyone and there might be parts of the day you miss and would love to see what was happening at the time. This is the biggest day of your life and being able to relive all those moments for years to come and sharing them with children and grandchildren is something you really don’t want to miss. Sure it might be a cost now but in 40 years your wedding film will be priceless. Also wedding videos in the modern era are wedding films. Films that have the same elements and emotion of those you see on the big screen.
Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer?
It’s a common is conception that wedding videos are cheesy and tacky and look like they were shot in the 80s. It’s always an amazing feeling when the family and friends watch one of our production s and can’t wait to message us. We often have messages from people being “Blown away” and “It’s the best investment we made” We know that once the wedding has finished and everyone has gone back to work the last two things to look forward to are the photos and the wedding film. We know that our couples are in for a treat
How do you get couples to relax on the day?
As a husband and wife team the couples can often relate to us and we encourage them to relax and just go about their business as they would if we weren’t there. As we’re both qualified primary school teachers we both have a calm persona and like couples to feel relaxed in our company as it helps them to feel comfortable and also allows us to capture beautiful and natural imagery.
Which celebrity wedding would you most like to capture and why?
We would love to be the wedding film choice for footballers. I am a football nut and it would be amazing to be involved in filming my heroes not to mention the amazing locations and lavish affairs they would put on. Also if Russell Brand got married again we’d love to film his speech!
Any really memorable beautiful/ moving/ stylish weddings that you have captured?
Having filmed so many weddings in South Australia we have been really spoiled by the weddings we have filmed. Many outdoor weddings at fantastic gardens, lakesides and beautiful wineries and beaches. One of our favourite ceremonies was Victor Harbour just outside Adelaide with a gorgeous lake as a backdrop and one of our receptions was right next to a big waterfall which we won’t see very often. We always feel the emotion when couples write their own vows. Words from the heart always choke everyone up on the day and often afterwards on the wedding film with a hint of cinematic soundtrack.
What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?
We create films that are engaging and emotional. We take our inspiration not from other wedding films but from cinema, art and life. Our wedding films are not so much a documentary but a cinematic story. We also use a time-shift technique which means that some parts of the wedding are not played in chronological order and speeches and the wedding are scattered throughout the film for a more engaging experience.
What can a couple who book you expect on the day?
The bride and groom should be able to relax and enjoy the biggest day of their lives and not have to worry about anything else. We find the balance of not interrupting the flow of the wedding while at the same time capturing the story of the day in a way that almost looks like we were more involved than we actually were. We don’t set up lots of “Poses” but we might make some minor adjustments to events that are naturally unfolding. (For example the groom might be better doing his tie in the natural light or we might move the dress to a different room for a spectacular shot
Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations with other industry professionals?
We love working with other wedding suppliers and it is one of our main goals to build strong relationships with the wedding photographers. It is so important that the wedding filmmaker and photographer are on the same page as it benefits the quality of both the photos, the wedding film and most importantly the bride and groom. It helps the day run smoothly and when that happens everyone is happy. We are always highly recommended by photographers as they appreciate the respect we give them.
What projects do you have coming up – either weddings, shoots or otherwise that you are looking forward to in 2013?
We are finishing the current Australian wedding season here in Adelaide before returning to the UK which we’re excited about and we have some great weddings and some lovely couples lined up. Wedding films are what we love but we are also currently working on adding video blogging to our service and have shoots with a fitness expert for his blog in the next few weeks so we’re very excited about the future of Clockwork films.
Are you prepared to travel?(!) Is there an additional cost for this?
We love to travel and we love seeing new places and venues. After spending 5 years in Australia we have a new appreciation for our country and we’re certainly keen to see more of it. There is a small extra cost for travel which we are happy to discuss.
What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price?
We recommend our 10 hour package which usually covers the formalities of the day from getting ready right through to the bridal dance. (Extra hours are available if necessary) Our main feature is a 15-20 minute cinematic film which is great for sharing or watching over and over again. We also include the full ceremony, speeches and first dance. All our films are provided on in High Definition on flash drives. Many people love our optional short 3-5 minute highlight as it’s so easy to share and can be enjoyed before the main film is ready. There is also an option to purchase the uncut footage too. Our packages start at just £1600.
Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?
We can offer Brides up North readers “Unedited Footage” for no extra cost. (Saving £200). Please quote Brides Up North when booking. The unedited footage is great as you can watch hours of footage as it was shot before being cut down for the highlights. We even go though and cut out the wobbles and create chapters and add them to your HD Flash drive.
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…