Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Our Videographers - Help Support Independent Film

I haven't talked much about our videography. I wasn't planning on having any. I thought having video would somehow change my memories of the wedding day, shifting them over time from the ephemeral emotional memories into whatever superficial moments were captured on film. But at the last minute, my mother made a serious plea for video. She wanted to be able to send the ceremony to her family overseas, who couldn't attend. And our dear friends and talented aspiring filmmakers offered to make us a wedding video as their gift. They'd already made a wedding video and music video for our friends Britt and Mike over at Bowie Bride, and it was amazing. So we figured it was kismet, and I got past my reservations about videography.

I am so happy I did. The video is too personal to share, but suffice it to say, I never thought a three minute music video of wedding highlights could be so perfectly encapsulate the energy of our wedding or pick up so many of the emotional moments that still make me cry. I was a blubbery mess by the time I'd watched it once, and as a music video it was removed enough from the strict emotional story of the day that my memories have remained intact. And the video is gorgeously done.

However, it's simply too raw to post on the internet here. So I've felt terrible that I can't really promote our friends to help with their fledgling wedding video business. But since wedding videos are a side business and their main project right now is developing an independent film, I can happily jump in and support that. Because hey, it has a talented female director, Jocelyn Kelvin and, if you know anything about Hollywood, you know we need more female directors. And our amazingly brilliant friend Brock Wilbur wrote the screenplay.  And the film uses video games to explore relationships, from well outside the traditional shoot-em-up violence or male-driven mainstream video game cliches. They've been getting great early good press in the video game community and I can certainly vouch for their movie making talent. Here's a bit more: 
Your Friends Close” takes us into the evening of a going away party for a husband and wife team of video game designers who have created a groundbreaking new MMO game that questions our relationship to reality, personality, and how well we can truly know one another. (For those of you who are proud nerds: it’s based on the Turing test.)  The game requires such huge resources, the couple is leaving California to develop it at a company in Paris. When it turns out one of them may not be going, the party devolves into a game for the newly vacant “throne.” What happens to what we call friendship?

The film explores what lengths we are willing to go to in order to win....and what we lose in the process.

I have to say, I'm a giant nerd, but not generally about video games or technology. However, our friends are using the format of video games to explore something deeper. And Brock and Jocelyn know how to pull emotions out of words and celluloid. If you think the idea of a video-game based movie is technology-driven or cold, you should check out Brock's beautiful essay about family, loss, adoption, and video games for a sense of the potential nuance of their project. And just in case you wanted to start your week with some heart-wrenching storytelling.

If the idea of a woman-directed video game/relationship film intrigues you, please consider checking out their film idea and funding their project on Kickstarter. They've hit the point where they can make the film, but they still need to pay for a good deal on credit cards. So every dollar helps. So if you love the idea of this film, help them out. Tomorrow morning is the last day to fund their project on Kickstarter.

And if you need a low-cost, high-talent wedding videography package, give me an email and I'll link you up with Brock and Jocelyn and their talent.

This is not a sponsored post. This is just a chance to support local artists, a woman-directed enterprise, and friends who are taking the leap to pursue big dreams. All of which, I can absolutely get behind and cheer for.

1 comment:

  1. I wish we could have afforded something.

    (Although admittedly I am far to scared to actually watch the little video we have.)


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