Eloise saw my work during a wow the bride event at the Renissance Event Hall, I’m a featured vendor there. She completely fell in love with my style and immediately setup a meeting to screen some films at my studio. The Ceremony took place at MT. Sinai Cathedral http://www.mountsinaicathedral.org , with the ceremony coordinator Star Robinson Lewis. Photography was done by Eric. Snell Design “http://www.esnelldesign.com/photography-portfolio-2012.html“ and the reception was at the Renissance Event Hall. One of my favorite places to film is at The Renissance Event Hall, the food was fantastic with a home cook feel and taste to it. Teresa was an awesome host to the party. Very polite and attentive. The lighting during the dancing was very dramatic and led to great footage for the trailer. The DJ used was The Sound connection and did great work. It was a beautiful wedding with such a great couple. A few weeks after we I met with the Eloise and Karel at Dumbo Brooklyn to interview them and film them as a married which led me to produce this wedding trailer.I love wedding trailers. They are simple and fun! It’s always nice to create something for the couple before the delivery of the final film, it truly does satisfy their hunger to see their film before they get the film in their hands. Usually 3-4 minutes in length, trailers are a perfect addition to you wedding film; they are great for sharing to friends and family through Facebook, email or text. Marvin Suarez Films incorporates a unique style in producing a wedding trailer; we get personal by interviewing the couple and mix it up with footage from the day. We always try to stretch what’s possible in producing a wedding film; wedding films are truly and art form so there is no wrong or right way in making them but certainly every wedding cinematographer has their own style. In this trailer I introduce to you Karel & Eloise. A beautiful couple with a great story. Enjoy!
I shoot and edit mainly HDSLR footage and think they are great! The issues I always have is shooting in a compressed 4:2:0 format. Color grading is difficult at times and lacks colors on DSLR. When I first heard that Black Magic Design was releasing a cinema camera I got super excited until I realized that I had to wait nearly a year to get one. By that time I had lost interest and used up my budget to purchase a 5DMK 3. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Mark 3 but I still had that RAW itch. So I hacked my 5D MK3 to shoot RAW video and was floored! Problem was that to shoot RAW, you needed tons of fast and expense cards, not to mention the workflow and storage space needed to handle these files. Then I heard that Black Magic was releasing a Pocket Camera. For a while I had forgot about it until I saw it available at Adorama. It was hard to resist and had to give it a try. The image quality is all I expected it to be. I mean it’s not RAW (ProRes HQ) but it was good enough…10 bit color baby! The next step was to try it in a real life scenario. I normally don’t like shooting birds or static objects, I like live test subject with a story so what better place to try it out than a wedding? I mainly shot DSLR for this wedding but I set aside a few beauty shots to work with the tiny black magic camera. First I’ll start with what I loved about the camera, It’s small and easy to carry. With the right lens you can get some nice stealthy shots. The image quality after grading was beyond my expectation! You can easily interchange batteries and they are dirt cheap! Like 10 bucks per battery. It also takes SDHC sim cards which aren’t that expensive. I was able to get roughly 45 min of Pro Res footage off of a 64 gig card. The fact that it recorded to Pro Res allowed me to simply drop the files into my FCPX timeline with zero issues. I was easily able to mount it on my monopod with no problem. My preferred lens was the 24-105 from canon. It gave me enough range so that I could get those spontaneous shot while being able to go wide. I’m looking to pickup the Lumix 12-35 2.8 hoping that will satisfy getting those wide shots. I love the focus peaking option. It allowed me to get sharp focus when needed. It’s Sad to say I didn’t know about focus peaking till half with through the wedding. Some of the shots are a bit soft because of it. The camera cost $1,000 bucks!Great price for a camera with this image quality. I love the color gradation! There is certainly more color in the image not to mention high dynamic range. All the detail is there where in DSLR most of that detail is lost. It has decent sound in the right setting, not that you should rely on it but as a reference it works fine. The audio from the wedding film was all straight from the camera. I had loads of fun shooting editing/color grading with this camera. Now what I disliked, the battery life was by far the biggest drawback. I got roughly 30 min or recording before it went dead and had to replace the battery. The camera will not except a slow card; It has to be 32 gig 45 mbps or above. The screen was hard to read and was very hazy; the focus peaking certainly did help during situations like this. I’m not a fan of the menu system; every time I wanted to change my Kelvin or ISO, I’d have to go into that menu. Thanks to the high-bit rate and 10 bit color, I didn’t have to go in the menu as much as a DSLR. The camera is cropped by 2.88 which can get pretty tight. Having a really wide lens would help but you will lose depth of field when going to wide. I actually don’t mind it as much and feel that having things more in focus helps you focus on getting beautiful backdrops instead of a blurred background adding to the story.
With the drawbacks aside I love this little camera. I’m hoping that I can have an all Black Magic Wedding rig. Let’s see? I think my clients deserve the best possible quality available, although DSLR is great, in the right hands, this camera can be deadly and will give your film a higher production value. When the 4K comes out at Super 35mm that may be possible. As of right now I’m still shooting DSLR for wedding but will keep this camera to get those nice well lit closeups. Remember, it’s all about lighting!! For the price it’s a worthy investment but wouldn’t dump my 5D just yet.
New Music Video by Michelle Tran – Karma’s A BITCH
Visit Michelle Tran’s Website: www.michelletran.com
Director: Lynn Verlayne
Co-Director: Todd Reynolds
Video Editor: Brian Lockwood
Director of Photography: Marvin Suarez
Makeup artist: Raul Otero
Producer: Brian DeNeeve & Lee Groves
When I first heard that Canon was releasing their latest camera “EOS 70D” with an advanced auto focusing in video mode, I was highly skeptical. I saw the sample films that canon released and the results were surprisingly good! In my films I do a lot of Glidecam/Steadicam work and a problem I always have is keeping my focus while gliding. Typically once focused on your subject you always have to maintain that distance unless you’re shooting beyond the infinity point. How great would it be if I could only let the camera automatically adjust my focus while I focus on getting a solid gliding shot. Another benefit is being able to move closer and farther from my subject without working about changing focus. My shots would be more dynamic and more in focus. I decided to invest in this little camera and the results surprised me. First thing I did was mount it on my Glidecam HD4000 and slapped my 50mm 1.2 shooting my little boy walking through the park Day in the park (Shot on the EOS 70D)
The results were amazing! Right away the camera was tracking my subject and locked on with ease. Through the screen I could tell the camera where I wanted my focus so always had a razor sharp image. The big test was to use this during one of my wedding films and see how it performed. I was able to easily track the bridal party and bride coming down the aisle with no issues, tracking each one throughout the procession. Photos looked great maintaining super-fast auto focus and brilliant resolution/colors. Now it’s not all perfect, I did have a few issues. Focusing worked best when it was just on one moving target. If too many people walked into the shot the camera would lock on to them. If the subject being tracked moved too fast it would also have a hard time holding on to them. I found this especially annoying during the speeches at the reception. The person giving the speech would move around too much and the camera would lose focus. At that point I had to switch to manual focus. Aside from that this camera is worth the $1200 price take. My Glidecam work is much cleaner and more dynamic.
I did another test a few days ago. I shot a film about a woman played by Deja Aramburu who goes out on the town with her invisible boyfriend. She later realizes he’s not there anymore. Shot in around 6 hours at lower Manhattan’s financial district with the new EOS 70D by Canon with a zero budget. Lenses used was the 85mm @ 1.2, 50mm 1.2 and Zeiss 21mm 2.8, all at the lowest aperture. The film was edited by Robert Suarez. This film was created as a test to see how well the camera performed with its new auto focusing system on and off my Glidecam HD4000. See the film below.
Sara Syms documentary for her new album “Fade To Blue”.
Available at sarasyms.com
Cinematographer/Editor: Marvin Suarez
Aline’s New Music Video – Break Your Heart
I had the pleasure of being Director of Photography for this Music Video. We shot this at Bond Studios in Brooklyn.
Written by Aline Mayne and Lynn Verlayne.
Produced by Lee Groves.
Video director: Lynn Verlayne.
Video Editing: Todd Reynold.
Director of photography: Marvin Suarez.
Make-up and hair: Victor Noble.
If you don’t already know, I’ve been a Wedding Cinematographer/Photographer for the past 8 years. I’ve slowly been honing my craft always trying to film the perfect wedding. I love the challenge that comes from putting together a large team and shooting something that I only have one shot at. There is no margin for error in this line of work! This past Saturday I held a workshop on wedding cinematography for my team. The reason I did this is so they can shoot like me; everyone on my team is very talented but it’s a pain when I get footage from my team and it looks nothing like mine so I took a stand and decided that I’ll have to just show them exactly how to shoot the way I do. The week prior I had a classroom training session which covered basic DSLR filmmaking techniques. This past weekend we were at the Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers and there I showed my team how to use the cameras and lights in a simulated setting with 2 models, both a bride (Krista Jamison) and groom (Jose Fernando). I covered every part of the day from the bride getting ready to reception coverage. It was a fun day and learned a lot myself. Click the film above to view the final film which was edited right after the workshop.
for more wedding films go to www.marvinsuarezfilms.com
Filmed with 5D MK2,3 , 50mm 1.2, 135mm 2.0, 24-105 4.0 , Leica 21mm 4.0
This unique theme of a winter wedding in Central Park was created by Angela Caba Designs.
This film was shot and directed by Marvin Suarez Films.
Photography for this winter wedding theme: Jonathan Scott Photography – www.jspstudio.com