Inspiration - 2nd Installment

December 13, 2010
I've posted a short clip that talks about the photography of Richard Avedon.  Certainly he's quite controversial, but that's not the reason I've posted it here.  In an effort to keep my work fresh, I like to hear what photographers and film makers think about when they work.   Can you capture a person's essence in an image?  Is that better done by capturing reality?  Or by creating an image?  Can you make captured moments beautiful?  One thing it seems the best photographers all share is a love of discovery.

(I first saw this video on the pixsylated blog )

 

 
 

Inspiration - 1st installment

December 3, 2010
How do you keep your work fresh?  As a wedding filmmaker / videographer the joy I take in making films can effect the experience couples have on their wedding day.  It also effects the final video I deliver to them.  One way that I stay inspired is to continue to learn and improve my work.  WIth that in mind, I thought I would try to share some of the inspiration I find on line.  

Today a behind the scenes video of Annie Leibovitz shooting for Vogue. 

(I first saw this video on the pixsylated blog )


 

Capturing Love - making a wedding video

December 3, 2010
There are many ways to "capture" love.  It's what I'm hired to do as wedding videographer or filmer.  It's what wedding photographers do on every job. 

My niece was married this summer and wrote for A Practical Wedding about the thought and compromise that made her wedding so personal and so meaningful.  I had the privilege of creating a video for her, and attempting to capture the feelings of love expressed not only between her and and her husband, but among the whole community of friends and family that she brought together.  Read her post, then you can watch
the video.
 

A fall wedding snapshot on Super 8 film

November 18, 2010

The groom is a film maker who knew just what he wanted.  He asked us to shoot just a few moments in Super 8 Film that he would use along with video shot by Open Eye Media of New York to create the final video.

It was a treat to shoot Super 8 Film and create a dreamy home movie feel.  Here is one minute of the footage we captured.

Location: The Inn at the Round Barn
Film: Tweed River Video
Video: Open Eye Media
Photography: vraiphoto (read her blog post)
Flowers: Floral Artistry (read her blog post)


 
 

A Fall Vermont Wedding

November 7, 2010
It's great when a day goes smoothly.  This was one of those weddings and one of those edits where things just fell into place.  It's even better when the couple love the video as much as I do: 

"The video is AMAZING. Beyond anything I thought it would be. I held it together through the whole wedding day and of course the video made me cry!! I tried so hard to soak up everything on our day but I am so happy that we will have this forever to watch when the memories aren’t quite so fresh and you got so many great angles that I never saw. 
When Andrew watched it he said lets get married again!
"


 


Event Planning: Storied Events
Catering: Let's Pretend Catering

Bride & Groom Prep. Location: The Essex
Ceremony Location: Holy Family Catholic Church
Reception Location: Land Barn 
Flowers: Painted Tulip 
Cake: Vermont Cake Studio
Photographer: Lauren Stagnitti
Reception DJ: Top Hat
 

The power of video

November 1, 2010
I just finished editing this wedding for a couple that were married in August at Pittsfield Vermont's beautiful Riverside Farm.  Watch this 3 minute preview, the last shot is of the bride walking down the aisle hand in hand with her father toward her new life.  This short piece of video (about :10 seconds of the brides walk) conveys the anticipation, nervousness, fatherly love, and joy like no other medium can.

Enjoy.

 

Location: Riverside Farm
Photographer Sabin Gratz
Florist: A School House Garden  

 

Planning a Vermont wedding?

October 26, 2010
The Vermont Wedding affair is coming up.  This event, put together by Well Wed's "Vermont Vows" magazine is not like any other wedding show.  Have a look at this :30 second video from last year's event and you'll see what I mean.


 
 

Beautiful Vermont

October 15, 2010
I just bought a fantastic new camera.  It shoots all the flavors of full HD video, and will allow me to make beautiful pictures.  I'm pretty excited.  On my way to a shoot last week, I pulled off route 100 in Killington (about 10 minutes from my home) to shoot these tests with the new camera.  I wish I and the camera could take credit, but nature pulled off this miracle.

Enjoy :30 seconds of fall foliage over a lovely pond in Vermont.

 
 

Christine & Tim's Vermont Wedding

October 7, 2010
What the bride said:

"Tweed River Video captured our day perfectly. We loved working with their team and couldn't have been happier! To all you brides out there who are considering not doing a video, do a video with Tweed River Video, they truly capture the feeling and essence of your day which photography just can not do! Thank you for letting me re live our wedding every day!"



 

 

This couple was such a pleasure to work with.  They were enjoying the heck out of the day, and so were natural and themselves on camera.  Thank you Tim and Christine.

Planner: Storied Events
Flowers: Painted Tulip
Hair & Makeup: Hair Creations
Photographer: Synchronicity
Reception: The Old Lantern
 

My Niece's Wedding

September 23, 2010
 


 I had the pleasure of making a video of my niece's wedding last week.  She had a beautiful, small ceremony with just immediate family.  I edited the video and she screened it at the Saturday night party.

Of course it was a pleasure because I had the chance to spend time with family.  But here are some of the other things I think she did right:
 

-  She and Eric asked "why" with each decision they made to make sure they were adding meaning, not just work.
 
- They kept me informed (for example - "we'll be starting our first dance in a few minutes.")
 
- They hired ice cream truck to come to the reception!

Here is the video, congratulations Melissa & Eric!
  
 

About Me


I studied painting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Film at NYU, then started a career in documentary filmmaking in New York City. I soon realized the city life was not for me. After time in Aspen and in Rockport Maine I came to Vermont for a seasonal television job in the ski industry and never left. I have run my own video production business, Madmotion, llc., since 1996. I started Tweed River Video specifically for wedding video work in 2003. In addition to weddings I continue to work in documentary, commercial and sports video production and design.

 



 

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