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No, this isn’t an episode of Friday night lights. It’s the real life love story of Danny and Lanni Jones. Danny, a varsity football coach and teacher at a local high school married the love of his life, Lanni, who also happens to be a teacher, at Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin. We’re pretty sure the two of them had smiles on their faces from the beginning of the day until their bubble exit. Danny said the wedding was the best football play he had ever drawn up, and we can’t help but agree.

Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Travis Bell
Photographer: Kelly Boitano kellyboitano.com/
Venue: Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin clos.com/
Music: “Stole My Heart” – Little and Ashley; “Counting on You” – Mikey Wax (licensed through Song Freedom
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, DJI Osmo X3, Rhino Evo Slider, GoPro, DJI Inspire 1 Pro (X5)

Devin and Nicole were meant for each other and it was one of those things we picked up on right away. On June 25, 2016 the couple tied the night at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. From the pre-wedding antics with the guys, to the laid back atmosphere with the girls, this ended up being one of those weddings we’d like to live over and over again. Luckily, with this wedding film, we can go back in time whenever we would like!

Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Wedding Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events http://lindsaylaurenevents.com/
Photographer: Jim Fidelibus http://www.jamesbrian.com/#!/HOME
Venue: Round Hill Country Club http://www.rhcountryclub.com/
Signage: Sweet + Crafty
Music: “Reach” – Clemency; “You are the One I Love” – Tyrone Wells (licensed through Song Freedom and Music Bed)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rode Smartlav, DJI Osmo X3, Rhino Evo Slider, GoPro

17 years ago Jen and Roly met and let’s just say it’s a good thing they did. Had they not met, we wouldn’t have been able to film one of our favorite weddings ever. When you mix an old school bus, expensive tequila, a mariachi band, and one of the best new wedding venues in the Bay Area with a beautiful couple like Jen and Roly, you can’t go wrong. From their incredible first dance to the all night party, it was an event to remember.

Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Location: Nella Terra, Sunol http://www.nellaterra.com/
Event Planner: SmittenKiss, Stephania Halikas http://www.smittenkiss.com/
Photography: Wild About You http://wildaboutyouphotography.com/
DJ: Close Cut Productions (Tony is the man!) http://napavalleydj.com/
Music: “When I’m With You” – Ben Rector, “Life In Color” -One Republic (All songs licensed The Music Bed and Song Freedom)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Canon 6D, Rhino 4ft Slider Pro, Rode Smartlav

We were recently contacted by TheDroneInfo.com requesting an interview on drone videographer. Naturally, we obliged. It was a lot of fun discussing the current state of drone videography and how we apply it in our work. The interview can be found here. You can also read it below:

Q. Daniel, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Could you tell us a bit about your business?

I officially started Matter Video in 2011 and have been doing it full time since then. We create wedding videos as well as projects for non-profits and businesses. We love telling people’s stories through a visual medium. We primarily work in the San Francisco Bay Area, but we also on projects around the world.

Q. How did you get started in using drones for your business?

In 2013 we shot a wedding in Santa Cruz with a photographer named Philip Lima. Philip happens to be one of the best drone “pilots” that I know. He brought his drone to the wedding and captured some video for me. It was the first time I saw a drone used at a wedding. I knew I had to get one. We purchased a DJI Phantom 2 and a GoPro, and used it for about a year (20+ weddings and various other projects). It completely changed the way we approached videography. It sounds cliche, but suddenly every type of shot was possible. The drone was a dolly, jib and provided perspectives we had only previously dreamed about. We sold our Phantom 2 at the beginning of the year and bought the DJI Inspire 1. The Inspire is yet another game changer. Its functionality is insane. The fact that you can completely control the video controls in the air is amazing. It is so smooth and fluid. We used it on a wedding last week and it provided some of my favorite drone footage to date. It is insane.

Q. How have your customers reacted to the use of drones?

Customers love the drone footage. I have several wedding clients who have booked us based solely on our drone footage. To be honest, only a small percentage of the footage in a given wedding video is of the aerial variety. I primarily use it for establishing shots and unique accents. I try not to overuse it. That being said, it gives our videos a unique look that our customers have raved about.

Q. Do many other videographers that you know use drones in their work today?

I wouldn’t say there are many, but there are a handful whose work I love. Philip Lima, as I previously mentioned, is one of the best drone pilots I’ve seen. Vinny Minton from Imperial Productions (Bay Area), White in Revery (Florida/Colorado), and Aqua Vivus (San Diego) are some of my favorite videographers using drones today. They push the limits on what is possible, without over-saturating their videos with aerial footage. It’s easy to go overboard, but they have great balance and creativity.

Q. Do you have any tips for others trying to use drones for photography or videography?

My 2 basic tips would be to practice a ton and don’t go overboard in the amount of drone footage you include in your projects. Because the drones (especially of the DJI variety) are essentially ready-to-fly when you buy them, it’s easy to get a false sense of confidence. It’s vital that videographers practice flying their drones in open spaces a ton before using them on projects. Learn how to fly without GPS and FPV aide. Learn how to safely follow subjects and how to pan smoothly. Practice is essential, not only for safety reasons, but to ensure that you are creating the best video content possible. When I edit, I try not to over use the drone footage. It’s easy to get carried away with sweeping landscape shots and captivating skyscapes, but I think that the cliche “less is more” is quite apt when editing. Use drone footage as a a creative accent in your videos, but focus your content of the video’s subject (a wedding couple, business, etc) rather than the cool aerial footage you captured. People value story over sweeping drone footage.

Q. How does the accessibility of drones to the average consumer affect professionals?

I think that talent and creativity will always rise to the top. That’s why practice is essential. Learn how to fly safely, while capturing content in the most creative way you can. Look at other people’s work online. Allow others to inspire you (excuse the pun). I think competition is great. I welcome it. It makes me better.

Thanks to some amazing voters, we were named as the Bay Area A-List’s Best Wedding Videographer. Over 30,000 people voted in the annual Bay Area competition and we were honored to win. Thank you to everyone who voted. We are excited to work with all of our amazing couples in 2015. It’s going to be a great wedding season!

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