Valuable Tips to Become a Unique Wedding Cinematographer

Alejandro Carole

Wedding cinematography is a very challenging business. The responsibility to safely/artistically capture such an important day is surely not for everyone. The number of ways to approach wedding cinematography comes close to the number of “newly married couples”… that is why it was truly encouraging to meet and talk to Alejandro Calore, who is a master at filming weddings. Carefully listening to his personal story and valuable advice in the interview above. If you are in this competitive business it might help you fine tune your strategy and workflow. 

For those who are interested in reading rather than watching the video, here is a summary of what Alejandro had to say:

  •  “Taking a collection of beauty shots during a wedding won’t cut it” – Like in any other serious project, you have to think “story telling” and according to that story, compose and structure your shots.
  • When it comes to equipment, Alejandro is not “chasing technology” – He is pretty much relying on his trusted Canon 5D Mark II, various lenses and a tripod. That’s it! No drones, sliders, rigs and such. One man, one camera, one point of view.
  • His secret for a successful business: “Don’t copy others’ style” – Find your own way to use “an audio-visual language” and creatively tell the story of that important day the best way you can.
  • Alejandro is a believer in “what comes in, goes out” – Heavily manipulating the image during post-production is not his thing. “Technicolor’s Cinestyle” is his preferred “in-camera setting” and as you can see in the sample films, the “flat image” became his artistic signature.
  • You might be a bit concerned regarding his “out of focus” approach, but if you take your time to watch the above interview you will find out why he does that.

Below you can watch a “pre-wedding piece” and a “wedding ceremony” sample work from Alejandro:

At the end of the day, when a couple has to choose their wedding cameraman/editor, it all narrows to a personal taste. Alejandro is bravely challenging all those who are leaning towards technology and forget that nothing beats great cinematography and good content.

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More info about Alejandro and his work can be found under the following links:

realnshort.com
vimeo.com/realnshort
facebook.com/Alejandrocalore

Special thanks to Adrian Mahovics for helping to arrange this interview. Photos by Damiano Errico and Eugen Bernath

If you are a wedding cameraman/camerawoman/cinematographer, why not share your working experience with us in the comments? We would love to hear what you say.

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Bart van der Horst October 15, 2015

I was a wedding cinematographer, lost my touch, seeing this I feel calm, I thnk my customers would not have been happy with this kind of content.

But I would.

Daniel Curtean Reply
Daniel Curtean October 15, 2015

Agreed! Horrible lenses, flat look and framing that makes my blood boil. Art has a tangible, OBJECTIVE aspect to it’s beauty that can be measured, and he brakes all the rules in terrible ways.

Sorry, but this guy can’t shoot to save his life!

Daniel Curtean Reply
Daniel Curtean October 15, 2015

Breaks*

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Johnnie Behiri October 15, 2015

Daniel Curtean

I guess you are very good in what you do.
A bit of respect to a colleague won’t hurt.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Daniel Curtean Reply
Daniel Curtean October 15, 2015

OK Guys, I apologize. I did come across a bit like a wanker, and that’s not fair. I sincerely apologize!

That said, I am only a student of my craft, and have plenty to learn, I am no expert but I do cinematography for a living full time, so I guess that counts for *something*, perhaps not.

Johnnie, because I have respect for you, I apologize.

 Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

I dunno I kind of agree. I mean I think these super abstract shots would cut well with another style of shooting but on its own, I definitely didn’t get the whole “story”. Couldn’t identify any characters. Now go watch FioreFilms work! Abstract and creative but beautiful story telling. Utter perfection in my eyes

Gione da Silva Reply
Gione da Silva October 15, 2015

Man, you have no idea what you are talking about! Art is just that: Subjective! People interpret it in various ways! Alejandro is well respected amongst his peers and one of the most sought after wedding filmmakers in the world. The guys is top 20 for a reason. And as Johnnie said, respect goes a long way! It’s fine to disagree and dislike things but insulting others won’t take you anywhere. Good luck my friend!

Daniel Curtean Reply
Daniel Curtean October 15, 2015

Every heard of the “rule of thirds” – is that subjective? What about the objective facts of what humans consider beautiful, like patterns, equal geometry, color science, contrast and the 10 other things I didn’t mention – are those “subjective” too?

Art is NOT solely subjective. There is a personal aspect to it, sure, of course! But what qualifies it to be objectively good are laws of visual design which are ABSOLUTE and not some dumb-ass idea some idiot came up with (NO reference to anyone in particular!).

Post modernism has ruined all thought, because now those which grew up in it think that everything is subjective – its not! There are definable LAWS, if you care to obey them or not is up to you, but it doesn’t change the FACT that they exist.

So yes, I certainly do know what I’m talking about.

That said, I do acknowledge that my previous comments were pure douchebaggery, and I take responsibility for that – its not cool, agreed! I apologize, sincerely! But, at the same time, I don’t disagree with the core of what I said, perhaps better said with more consider word choices, but just the same.

Gione da Silva Reply
Gione da Silva October 15, 2015

Hey Daniel, very commendable to come back and apologise, kudos to you! My comment with regards to ‘not knowing what you were talking about’ were more in relation to you saying ‘this guy can’t shoot to save his life’. Like yourself (and I), Alejandro is also a student of the art of cinematography, photography, filmmaking and storytelling. All of what you said are things that we all learn (and boy, trust me, I study a lot!) about.

I agree with you that those laws were made for a reason and there are absolutely beauty in them. I myself, hate to break those rules as I don’t think I can pull them off. Now, a guy like Alejandro that has mastered his craft and is confident with the message he wants to pass can certainly break the rules. Anyone can! One of the first things I learnt was to really master the rules so that you can have leeway and creativity to break them.

Anyway, no point extending this to a personal thing and hijacking the post. Only thing I would say is, since you mentioned you are a student (like myself), try to open your mind and be receptive to new things. It will make you grow immensely! All the best!

Daniel Curtean Reply
Daniel Curtean October 15, 2015

I guess that’s a good point. Learning can come from many directions. Thanks for being a gentleman.

 Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

FioreFilms
Check out their work on Vimeo perfection

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Eno Popescu October 16, 2015

Well said!

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Matt P October 16, 2015

You’re kidding right? What gives you the right to say he can’t shoot purely because his style doesn’t match up to yours? If we were all the same in the way we shot there would be absolutely no inspiration, no originality, no new ideas. Show respect to videographers above you, even if you take home one thing that you’ve learnt from them, you’ve still learnt something. Saying “this guy can’t shoot to save his life” when he clearly can, just shows your ignorance.

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Bart van der Horst October 16, 2015

You apologized of course. But you display exactly the issue why so many people are afraid to experiment or follow their bliss and do what they really like. Yes the framing is weird, and the timing is not always what I would like. But you forget an important issue.

These images stay in your head. Look at it again. They are very powerful and beautiful.
Yes of course the scenery is great. But the thing is he is taking his time to make it very atmospheric and paints in two minutes the feel of the day.

do not understimate what you see. True art is has many layers. And these short movies have many layers.

I think the message if there is one, is that we you cinematographers have to challenge ourselves and make ourselve able to step outside bounderies. (if that’s what it takes when you want to follow what you really want to make.

Of course these movies are a special niche with probably a special clientel.

i think it is somewhat time to not do what the client wants. But to make art. And f*ck the rest of the ‘opinions’

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber October 15, 2015

I loved this piece, very inspiring not only for wedding filmmakers. Thanks to Johnnie and Alejandro!

 Chad Beaty Reply
Chad Beaty October 15, 2015

Great video… Definitely a lot of great insight to his process. What is unfortunate, however, is how clients have been so accustomed to thinking that they must have drone footage, or a 4 person crew, or a lengthy 30 min video, that a true artistic approach gets lost in most wedding films.

I have recently been approached to do a wedding film, but Im not so sure I want to do it. The main dilemma being that they want it exactly how their friends wedding film was done… And their friend’s video is just not my style of doing things (yes, lots of slider and drone footage).

Bravo to Alejandro for keeping his artistic integrity intact.

 Claudio Sichel Reply
Claudio Sichel October 15, 2015

Great!

Carlota Grau Reply
Carlota Grau October 15, 2015

No thanks!! Hahaha Xavier Fort

 Tommi Kivimäki Reply
Tommi Kivimäki October 15, 2015

Great interview and a refreshing approach to weddings. Story is more important than camera movement.

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paolo baroni October 15, 2015

My experience: the more the wedding looks amateur the more they like it…..there is no point in doing a cinema wedding video when the couple don’t like it because they don’t feel it’s their own marriage…..i stay more on the fun, clean,colorful video than cinematic…..for this i quit weddings, soooooo boring!!

Alan Mash Reply
Alan Mash October 16, 2015

I agree

Gerbert Floor Reply
Gerbert Floor October 21, 2015

No, its not about making it cinematic, its about story (like everything, only bad movies & commercials care to make big cinematic shots). If you capture a story in a unique way it should satisfy you.

 Gonzalo Da Conceição Reply
Gonzalo Da Conceição October 15, 2015

Inspiring as usual. Aleajndro is the best.

Christian Acosta Paraguay Reply
Christian Acosta Paraguay October 15, 2015

Que grande Alejandro!! Congratulations!!

Alejandro Calore Reply
Alejandro Calore October 15, 2015

Muchisimas gracias Christian Acosta Paraguay!

Daniel Harrington Reply
Daniel Harrington October 15, 2015

The pre-wedding piece had a depressing tone, and the wedding ceremony had parts that were directed like they were trying to induce anxiety.

Rob Lazovic Reply
Rob Lazovic October 16, 2015

A very good insight on wedding cinematography….I love his style, simply beautiful.

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Ivan GUYPEN October 16, 2015

John Thanks for this short about what must be a friend. Even if I am not interested in that kind of job I appreciate all of what he is saying and doing. For ones we receive other informations of you than pixels contrats and lens quality and that is to your honor. Thanks to you again and impatient to read you again.

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Ramy Daniel October 16, 2015

I’ve been in the wedding business since I was 16, many of the videographers I’ve worked with sticks to a certain style that’s safe and everybody is doing. after a very short amount of time weddings filmmaking becomes like a routine.. doing what you do every week. it becomes very tiring and very unexciting. if you don’t break the rules like this guy did you’ll always live in that gray world. if there’s no fear there’s no excitement. and if brides want’s you to do what the other filmmaker did for their friends wedding she’s no your client move on because this will keep happening and you’ll be stuck. in my case I choose to work with gimbals sliders and drones and I hate tripods, I work in a team of three it makes life so much easier because you don’t want to miss a moment and you want your focus to be on point. with time your team can adapt to your style and their framing will match yours.. it’s a very slow progress but it’s worth waiting for than be on your own. one more last thing, always let your couples be themselves and don’t give directions it’s their wedding day they should enjoy it with their friends and families not the photographer and videographer.. just hide from the scene it’s more natural that way and your films will also look different from one to another. Alejandro Carole you just became my favourite wedding filmmaker. beautiful interview and always enjoy what you do :)

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 16, 2015

“Wedding cinematographer.” Those are 2 words that do not go together.

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Johnnie Behiri October 16, 2015

“Joseph Robba” and “respect to others colleagues work”, those do not go together either.

Arnold Finkelstein Reply
Arnold Finkelstein October 16, 2015

Hey, I’m a “chef.” At McDonalds.

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

Hahahahaha you’re incorrect sir. Refer to the work of FioreFilms

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Jim Kappel Oh, so they are making films? Like shooting on film too?

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

They we shooting cinematic images with digital film yes

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

So films shot on the Alexa aren’t films or cinematic?

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Who is shooting a wedding on an Alexa?

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Owning a 5D and shooting video doesn’t make you a cinematographer. People who keep using this term so loosely are cheapening a craft that few are capable of doing at a high level.

Will Watkins Reply
Will Watkins October 17, 2015

Doesn’t mean it can’t be done, Joseph. Yes, there are a ton of dudes out there claiming to be cinematographers, but not all shoot cinematically. You would benefit from watching this video. Instead of jumping on two words that you think don’t go cohesively, see if it can actually be true first.
And you’ll just have to get over the term “film” being used for video. Ever called someone a bully? Well did you know it used to mean superb or wonderful? Meanings change.

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

The titles Cinematographer or Director of Photography are titles that are earned, that far too many people use loosely and nowadays any kid out of college thinks they can proclaim themselves as such. The fact is, most people who are shooting weddings, are doing so because the caliber of work they do is not the kind where they can command better jobs than shooting weddings. I will give you that there is a niche market for extremely high quality wedding videos, but that doesn’t give you the ability to proclaim yourself as a cinematographer. I’ve been shooting for 12 years, and I know I have not earned that title, working for national brands and Television networks. The problem with our industry is that up and comers have no humility when it comes to their work, and frankly people need to quit acting like they are shooting multi million dollar productions that somehow change people’s lives. Filming is a word that as an educated shooter, you shouldn’t use if you aren’t speaking about it in the correct context.

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

Ok Joseph after all this shit talking I’m demanding u share some work and the cameras you’ve shot them with

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

Wedding “films” do change people’s
Lives. U can shoot digital film cinematically for one day and forever those clients have those images to watch. It’s their own personal “film” and they love it. I am no Scorsese nor do I consider myself a DP, even after 15 years professional experience shooting video. I just like to make people
Happy by shooting images I am pleased with. I will never shoot a full length film to be seen and viewed by millions in a theater. That’s fine w me. I just try to be of service to real people

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

When clients tell me “oh my god it looks like a movie. We cried” that’s all I need. Them and me. They are the only people I aim to please.
https://vimeo.com/132226764

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Jim – this isn’t meant to be an attack on you. All I’m saying is that calling something a “film” automatically tries to attach some kind of prestige to a video. That’s what it is…a video. I shoot a lot of video, and I’m perfectly fine calling it such. If you really want to see my work, feel free: LensFlare.tv. I don’t claim to be a cinematographer, DP or any kind of self righteous title I haven’t earned. But I’m proud of the work I’ve done. I’ve shot on everything from a 7D, to and F5…and everything in between. The camera doesn’t make your craft. It’s the person, and frankly there are too many people claiming to be something they aren’t.

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

This video comes to mind – https://vimeo.com/fitc/storyteller

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

I hear u 100% Joseph. And I’ve seen that video ☝️ and agree. Truce. Haha. I dunno, to the clients I have to proclaimed myself a cinemstogrspher. Otherwise to them I am the same as the rest. I guess j started to believe it myself haha. Thanks man. I needed that ego check

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

The Bahia Hotel…stayed there for a couple of nights on our honeymoon…are you a San Diegan?

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

Born and bred

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Dude, my hometown!

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

Haha well shit man move back here and let’s make some “films” haha

Will Watkins Reply
Will Watkins October 17, 2015

It just sounds like you’re bitter, Joseph. Someone can be a director of photography on a wedding shoot. It just doesn’t make sense to you now cause you been in it for so long. Times are changing. Obviously I shoot weddings and I’m defending it. But I don’t just show up with a dslr on full auto and point and shoot. I dive deep to pull out their story, and have to do a lot of work around to get the image I want.

I could list things that make me angry about older filmmakers. Like a majority have this “I’m better than you” attitude. And “you know nothing”. You intimidate hopeful young filmmakers by making the process of creating a film scary. I see it all the time. Who said it has to be this way?
Instead of shunning them, how about molding them, guiding them and teaching them.
Are you worried about it being over-saturated? Cause that’s gonna happen regardless.

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Will Watkins – a director of photography means you have to direct. If you are the only one on the shoot, you aren’t directing anyone. You’re in charge of lighting…are you lighting anything on these wedding shoots? I’d imagine you’re not setting a scene lighting wise to shoot a wedding. This is what I’m talking about. You say you can be a DP, but you don’t even fully understand what the term means. I’m not bitter about anything, I just think that if you are going to call yourself something, you should at least know what it means.

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Will Watkins – filmmaking again, is a word that is used too loosely. You’re giving a false credibility to something. I’m not worried about over saturation because I know I can provide a level of quality that my clients expect. And Will, I’ve taken many young up and comers under my wing, but the fact is that if you aren’t going to be humble about your craft, you aren’t going to get anywhere. As a 25-30 year old videographer, calling yourself a cinematographer…people in the industry who have been there, done that, see through that and you make yourself seem self important.

Dave Andrade Reply
Dave Andrade October 17, 2015

Jesus, what a silly discussion. At the end of the day, does it matter? Tons of people incorrectly name themselves. If a huge comet comes toward the earth and pummels us all, it really won’t matter then either. It’s just a name. When Steven Spielberg starts attacking the wedding industry for the misnomer, then it becomes an issue. Short of that, relax.

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 17, 2015

Dave Andrade – So Dave, would you be ok with a some kid who’s watched lots of House, and ER say I’m a doctor and perform open heart surgery on you?

Josue Vazquez Reply
Josue Vazquez October 18, 2015

Joseph Robba. If it bothers you so much, then make a video and show us examples. Don’t just talk about it. Show proof, back up your explanations. Until then, you’re going to keep going back and forth on the subject. Nevertheless, you do sound bitter. And you do seem to be intimidating future “cinematographers and directors of photography”. Since you have soooo much experience to determine the difference, prove it.

Joseph Robba Reply
Joseph Robba October 18, 2015

Josue Vazquez – I really don’t know what you’re asking for. I think if you knew what a DP or cinematographer truly did, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. I’m not claiming to be that person, I’m saying that people who shoot weddings, aren’t cinematographers. It’s really that simple. If you were a cinematographer, you’d be doing much higher end work than weddings.

Ryan Buck Reply
Ryan Buck October 18, 2015

I work in the narrative world with director, DP, gaffer, etc. and I also do only a handful of weddings in a year, because I book commercials and higher paying gigs. I do weddings because I appreciate the pressure to perform under tight circumstances and the fact that there isn’t time to get everything perfect, and uniquely I get to see what real authentic love actually looks like. I do light the first dance and accurately position the lights and cameras to maximize the effect the lights create. Nobody else in my town lights the first dance. I don’t film much outside at midday and wait for the later hours and position my talent leveraging the light. When filming inside i close blinds to control the light, switch off lights and create fantastic shadows. I even direct my team of camera operators to achieve certain shots and to use certain lenses and achieve certain framing at certain times. I steal shots achieved by DPs in the film industry and apply them to the wedding world. I put my name as the director of photography on the DVD case because I literally direct the photography of the day.
Weddings are a mimic of the consumer perception of the film industry. So of course for marketing the terms are going to be thieved. My point… Don’t compare wedding shooters to film industry shooters, to news shooters. Different industries. Different roles and responsibilities and different definitions. Weddings and film are different industries. So is corporate video production for business. Different industries under the broad industry of film/video production. It’s an honest mistake since wedding videos are trying to be like a movie for the consumer.
But I do agree, a kid by himself, no concept of lighting, running around getting videography shots calls himself a DP cause he has a slider. Pisses me off too. American Society of Cinematographers is an organization preserving the value of a film industry DP.
Humility is a good thing and respect your point. I waited for others to call me a title before I self proclaim it.

Gerbert Floor Reply
Gerbert Floor October 21, 2015

HI, I totally agree with what your saying here. Im working the from the other way, started out with weddings, and I love the drama & emotion of a wedding day. It’s very often extremely intimate & sincere. And for the filmmaker there is a lot of pressure capturing everything at once and still be able to get a great shot. I shot this last year: https://vimeo.com/120468919 (its dutch, but with english subs), its a very honest film, could have been a lot better from a dp perspective (especially during the dance, I didn’t use my own lights, only during the ceremony and directly afterwards.

I love to grow in the commercial space, although my real passion is doc work and I can only dream about narrative stuff.

Christopher R Field Reply
Christopher R Field October 16, 2015

To be unique, you should not look to others on how to be unique.

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GELAX STUDIO October 16, 2015

Tip number One:
Never use a DSLR for wedding videos!
Second Tip:
Use a mirrorless camera with AF & IBIS,and most important thing is a tilting LCD(never have to lie on the ground to take low angle shoot)

Levi Davis Reply
Levi Davis October 16, 2015

Style, presence, timing, professionalism… All great editing practices from a strong cinematographer.

Side note on Alejandro’s grading process… I think I agree. Far too often, a heavily graded project may actually loose touch with the essence of the event. Sure, DSLR video is soft and compressed… However, the depth of field in combination with the soft grade promotes a sense of light and life. In my opinion it also promotes a happy / dream-like quality that’s filled with energy and optimism.

From what I’ve seen in this particular video, I can’t say enough about Alejandro’s composition. Nicely done. Alejandro appears to create this truth almost solely by being present in the moment, during recording. That’s awesome!

 Imran Meeran Reply
Imran Meeran October 16, 2015

That’s why there is no need to jump on A7sII hype. Let’s create some meaningful movies!

Jose Prada Reply
Jose Prada October 16, 2015

I like some things of the style, but shooting a wedding without showing the kiss is like broadcasting football without showing the goals. My two cents.

Roberto Spinelli Reply
Roberto Spinelli October 16, 2015

Cecilia Victal

Arnold Finkelstein Reply
Arnold Finkelstein October 16, 2015

That someone uses the phrase “wedding cinematographer” with a straight face just shows how low we can go. Let’s make a deal – I’ll accept that “cinematographer” now means almost nothing if you accept that as little as 10 years ago it had real meaning, and that there are still a few folks who truly earn the title in the old (i.e., 10 years ago) sense of the word, even while you’re totally fine with calling yourself something you’re absolutely not.

Alejandro Calore Reply
Alejandro Calore October 16, 2015

Arnold: i have a degree in a school of Cinema in Argentina. I studied four years and made my thesis as a documentarist. I know the rules, because I have applied them so many years. Then I can go some place else.

Arnold Finkelstein Reply
Arnold Finkelstein October 16, 2015

Terrific! Call yourself a Cinematographer, Chef, Neurosurgeon or whatever you’d like. Fully up to you. Moreover, I’ll be the first to admit that with the new meaning of Cinematographer (a person who owns a DSLR), anyone can say they are a cinematographer. I fully admit that. Because I was in the business before DSLR’s and remember when you had to earn things, and because I know REAL cinematographers who also know the difference between the old and new definitions, I won’t be joining you. :)

Will Watkins Reply
Will Watkins October 17, 2015

How old are you, Arnold?

Arnold Finkelstein Reply
Arnold Finkelstein October 17, 2015

And….blocking Will Watkins! Will, I have no doubt you’ll claim credit for things you didn’t do. That’s your personal choice.

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John Eleazar October 16, 2015

wow, respect to Alejandro for your work and humble tone in that interview. I agree to everything he said regarding telling a story through your wedding films. i also agree that gears and technology can sometimes get in the way of doing that. A big caveat though regarding filming with one vs. multiple perspectives and using tripods vs. other gears such as monopods. I go with at least 2 perspectives when filming weddings all the time – we owe it to the couple to document their special day with as much details and emotions as possible unobtrusively – doing everything with a tripod is the exact opposite of that. I think Alejandro has established himself in a niche inside a niche market and that’s a great thing if you offer a highly specialised product/wedding film.

Rodrigo Dos Reis Reply
Rodrigo Dos Reis October 16, 2015

Alejandro, you’ve transformed the structure of thought and the technical concepts in the wedding video. In addition to impress with a vision and subjective aspects, you also creates feelings and unimaginable situations in your films. We know that there are basic principles of filmmaking, but with all your originality, you’re always breaking it and offering a new perspective. Everything you do seems so simple, but when we try to implement, we know it is much more complex. You are inspiring, your ideas are transcendentals, your work is incomparable. You are great!

Pablo Carbajo Reply
Pablo Carbajo October 16, 2015

Gracias Alejandro por compartir tu punto de vista. Muy inspirador!

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Mike Cottrill October 16, 2015

We were fortunate to have Ali join us on a few weddings last year and he’s an inspiration to work with – arguably we have very different styles but I respect the fact Ali has and always will choose to do things his own way regardless of even what his clients think – In this sense he is a true artist.

Personally I think his talents are wasted on weddings – not because weddings are easy or boring, quite the opposite – I believe they are one of the hardest things to shoot, but because he is constantly in search of a narrative when it doesn’t always exist. He does an incredible job of finding an interesting story out of nothing and so I can only imagine what sort of work he could produce if he has the opportunity to direct as well as observe.

A lot of people say they’re wedding cinematographers because it makes them sound cool! Ali is genuinely an amazing cinematographer but I’m still not convinced he’s a ‘wedding cinematographer’

Ali if you read this, We look forward to working with you in Argentina some time soon :D

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Mike Cottrill October 16, 2015

We were fortunate to have Ali join us on a few weddings last year and he’s an inspiration to work with – arguably we have very different styles but I respect the fact Ali has and always will choose to do things his own way regardless of even what his clients think – In this sense he is a true artist.

Personally I think his talents are wasted on weddings – not because weddings are easy or boring, quite the opposite – I believe they are one of the hardest things to shoot, but because he is constantly in search of a narrative when it doesn’t always exist. He does an incredible job of finding an interesting story out of nothing and so I can only imagine what sort of work he could produce if he has the opportunity to direct as well as observe.

A lot of people say they’re wedding cinematographers because it makes them sound cool! Ali is genuinely an amazing cinematographer but I’m still not convinced he’s a ‘wedding cinematographer’

Ali if you read this, We look forward to working with you in Argentina some time soon :D

Team Reel Vision

 Jeff Wood Reply
Jeff Wood October 17, 2015

I heard you the first time :)

Alan Mash Reply
Alan Mash October 16, 2015

I am a wedding videographer also. I like the artistic value of Alejandro’s style, his extra effort to frame his type of shots and using a directing style with his clients in some shots, very unique. But it is not my style. My style is: Let the story unfold before me and I capture it, I use a mono pod with ajustable head stopped down on my hip belt for high mobility, I use a Pro Canon video camcorder not a DSLR, I don’t like “too deep” DOF, I like natural color of the video unlike Alejandro’s, To get deeper DOF, I step back and zoom in, I like 20x zoom lens to get all ranges, I capture a lot of natural audio just in case you get something special, I sometimes discuss shots with the photographer at the event on the spot for a live artistic collaboration, I like to get tight shots on peoples faces while NOT being in someones face (easy w 20x zoom lens), I shoot at 60 fps for awesome slo-mo when needed. I do like Alejandro’s method, but it is just not my style, but respect his different approach and definitely can learn thngs from this blog post.

Chris Newhard Reply
Chris Newhard October 16, 2015

For starters get a damn video head for your tripod

 Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

Ok who here is a fan of FioreFilms ? They make this guys work look like child’s play.

Jim Kappel Reply
Jim Kappel October 17, 2015

Ok I just listened to everything that guy had to say and saw right through it. I love his artistic approach and how he thinks and shoots simply and differently. But solo? Come on. He just wants to take all the profits himself. And he shoots so selectively to make his life easier in post. Very few clients I feel will buy into it. Fiore films on the other hand. They take what he says, add a second shooter, and deliver such a creative/edgy/different product. Very similar to his but they don’t fake the funk and justify laziness or frugality. There needs to be 2 shooters at a wedding. Key moments mean something. From the perk of his i watched I couldn’t identify any characters. I barely knew what the bride and groom looked like so how can I know their story? Fiore films. For any of u stubborn “cinematographers” out there who claim a wedding film cannot be cinematic….take notes.

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John Eleazar October 17, 2015

Jim Kippel, the first time I read your comment “Ok who here is a fan of FioreFilms ?” I was like geez what a shameless self-promoting…. but then I checked your work and the guys at FioreFilms. I have to admit, indeed you are telling the truth! :-) I’m sure there are lots of other brilliant wedding cinematographers (yes, i’m comfortable calling “it” that) out there that can do more than selectively choosing when to press the rec button. I agree with your observation, Alejandro has got some serious contradicting statements and practices (as per observed on this video/article) like telling story cinematically (with different related perspectives, etc.) when you are awkwardly constrained with the “single” perspective. I think it’s stubbornness to defend it as “artistic” vs. documenting what really happened “creatively”. These are all opinions based on observations. I’m not claiming to be an expert. I remember a quote from a very successful and happy colleague, “there’s a line where you can be creative and get rich out of doing it.” That is the ultimate goal of all businesses. As a wedding cinematographer running a business, you have to be able to sustain your business so you can continue to do the work you love. :-)

Marx Franzen Reply
Marx Franzen October 17, 2015

Hey Cinema 5d. Are these videos and comments Jokes right?

Alejandro Calore Reply
Alejandro Calore October 17, 2015

Gracias a todos los colegas que han visto, compartido y comentado esta entrevista. No pretendo que todos esten de acuerdo con mi modo de hacer las cosas, pero hasta donde se, poder justificar la propia obra es el mejor de los caminos. En materia de gustos, no obstante, las cosas son diferentes. Este es mi pequeño MANIFIESTO en orden a justificar mi modo de trabajo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alejandrocalore/albums/72157648560363813

 Tacabanda Andrea Reply
Tacabanda Andrea October 17, 2015

ragazzi studiate e studiate tanto perché per arrivare a questo livello di linguaggio estetica e capacità di sintesi c’è tanta strada da fare

Brandon West Reply
Brandon West October 17, 2015

I took a sound engineer to this wedding who also composed the music: the majority of it was handheld. I gauge the success of the video by whether or not the bride cries when she watches it. https://vimeo.com/138805580

Jay Ward Reply
Jay Ward October 18, 2015

Rad thank you!

Jay Oliveira Reply
Jay Oliveira October 18, 2015

really usefull stuff!

 Ephraim Kawit Reply
Ephraim Kawit October 19, 2015

I love this interview, Very insightful and inspiring. I am from the Philippines and a rookie in wedding films but the industry here is really big when it comes to wedding videography. We have a lot of talented individual and teams here please check out BOB NICOLAS, JASON MAGBANUA, MAYAD STUDIOS and TREE HOUSE STORY I love their work and they inspired me.

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Johnnie Behiri October 24, 2015

Thank you Ephraim.

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Yves Soglo October 20, 2015

Great video Johnnie! I do agree with Alejandro in the fact that if you don’t personalize your wedding films, it becomes boring and all your videos will look more or less the same. I also agree with the fact that you have to meet with the couple before hand and connect with them and make a video that is truly in their image instead of a series of nice shots.

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Johnnie Behiri October 24, 2015

Hi Yves

We share the same opinion. Personalization and creativity are a must especially in this hard field.

Thanks!

Johnnie

 Christopher Agnostos Reply
Christopher Agnostos October 23, 2015

Each to their own, one mans meat is another mans poison. Interesting to hear another view.
I can’t understand why so many negative comments. This style will suit some but not others, right? Respect the fellow artist or don’t say anything.

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VanWeddings Inc November 10, 2015

i agree. just showed my wife (and business partner) alejandro’s videos, and she said “i wouldn’t hire him to shoot our wedding, but i would hire him just to see what he would get”. it doesn’t have to be everyone’s cup of tea, but i appreciate a unique approach when i see one.

 Max De Martinis Reply
Max De Martinis January 19, 2016

Alejandro…unique Big Master!

 Michał Dziąbek Reply
Michał Dziąbek January 19, 2016

For me it was very inspiring! After this interview I know that not only me like to work alone, I was wondering about try with other second shooter, but now I’m sure to work alone and do my own style, not style wedding couples want.
Thanks and cheers
from Poland!

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Johnnie Behiri January 20, 2016

Michał,

Happy to hear this interview and Alejandro’s approach inspired you!.

Greetings back.

Johnnie