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Reality Wedding Video – Finalist for the 2nd Sony Wedding Video Competition

by Reality on May 7, 2009

D.A. and Kat decided to choose us to cover their wedding after watching our winning piece in the 1st Sony Wedding Video Competition, realizing that we could tell their story best through our Documentary-Reality TV approach of wedding videography.

Our entry this year had postnup, prenup, pre-wedding interview and post wedding interview. The postnup, showed the life of a typical couple after the wedding, every morning having coffee together and every evening from work having dinner. The prenup, reflected the couple’s bubbly and fun personality. In the pre-wedding interview, they separately shared their love story. And the post wedding interview, they told about their wedding experience and quoted their messages to each other from their favorite movie, PS I Love You.

As the wedding videographer, my objective was to show a new element in this wedding video. So, we decided to use chroma visual effects and graphics. First, we used chroma showing a skyline to reveal the couple having coffee in the dining area. Second, we used chroma to enhance the personality of the couple for the prenup scenes. And finally, we used chroma for the first dance during the reception. We took effort creating the lighting effect for the interviews. We also used camera stabilizers in shooting the make-up scene of the couple, from the face of the bride gliding down to the hand of the make-up artist following the hand of another make-up artist then gliding up the face of the groom and repeating the process. We also used crane for the opening and ending scenes. We had trial edits during the shooting to make sure we could achieve the visual effects we wanted.

For the wedding video story line, our objective is to show that after the wedding, it’s just the start of the married life, and what matters most is living your best life.

As for the editing, it took us three days to edit the chroma effects alone. Another day researching for music, two days for story editing and another day putting all the things together. And finally, a day for color corrections.

We are grateful that our wedding videographer friends as well as friends from the broadcast industry contributed talents, effort and resources for this project. Danny Ballesteros, Reality Wedding Video Videographer and a long time friend from ABS-CBN. Sonny Castillo, my cousin and also one of the key videographer of Reality Wedding Video. Gabby Cua, another friend from ABS-CBN, who took charge of the visual effects. Noe Dela Cruz, Albert Avendano and Noel Cua. Jio Villegas for the crane and also Garry Garza. Also our couples Greggy and Joanna, and Cedrick and Cathy. And of course D.A. and Kat who supported us all the way.

Cathy, my wife, for the admin support and believing in everything that I envision. Yael, my eldest daughter who brainstormed with me during the story editing.

To sum it all, we took a lot of effort, but, in the end, it always depends on the judges and the audience who participated in the voting process. Reality Wedding Video ending up with the top 4 finalists is enough reward for all the efforts. This wedding video is definitely a showcase of our wedding videography artistry.

D.A. Rulloda and Kat Reyes wedding
7 November 2008
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas
Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila
One Esplanade, SM Mall of Asia

Reality Wedding Video by Buddy Gancenia, a wedding video producer and videographer in the Philippines, is a wedding video beyond the traditional music video style production.

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