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When David and Madeline first approached us about their wedding, they had a very clear vision. They wanted an intimate gathering of friends and family (less than 20) to join them for a wedding at San Francisco City Hall and then enjoy a delicious dinner at Flour + Water. Needless to say, we were on board with their plan. From the morning getting ready at a beautiful SF AirBnB to an amazing dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants, the Jeng’s wedding could not have been more fun. With the wedding complete, the Jengs celebrated their new marriage at a July reception with more than 300 guests. That’s what you call the best of both worlds.

Details:

Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen 2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Buena Lane Photography http://www.buenalane.com/
Venue: San Francisco City Hall
Reception location: flour+water https://www.flourandwater.com/

Music: “Colors” – Icelanders (licensed through Musicbed​) Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone X, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 6


Follow us on Instagram to see more from the Hogan’s wedding – https://www.instagram.com/mattervideo/

Often, when we finish filming a wedding, we want to get started editing right away and the Hogan’s celebration was definitely one of those occasions. Jacqlyn and Jon’s St. Helena wedding was absolutely beautiful (as you can see) and one of those June days we want to live all over again. Also, we could could exclusively be a Napa Valley wedding videographer, we would be all about that!

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Johnny Lee
Photographer: Hazy Lane Studios https://hazylanestudios.com/
Location: V. Sattui Winery http://www.vsattui.com/
Planner: Carli Rose Events http://www.carliroseevents.com/
DJ: Napa Valley DJ (Tony is the man!): http://napavalleydj.com/
Flowers: Valley Flora http://valleyflora.net/

Music: “Good Good Day” – Volunteer; “Loyals” – Skyline (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii, Sony A7III (2), 70-200 2.8, Sony 24-70 2.8 GM, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 6.

Casa Real Wedding Video


Check out more from the Pimentel’s wedding on Instagram – www.instagram.com/mattervideo

Not everyone gets to meet their perfect match, but it’s easy to see that is just what Catherine and Thomas were fortunate enough to find. We had an incredible time with the Pimentel’s at their beautiful June wedding and it’s easy to see how these two were just meant to be.

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Shawn Hoelsch
Photographer: Gavin Farrington https://gavinfarrington.com/
Location: Casa Real https://casarealevents.com/
Photobooth: http://www.snapboxphotoboothsco.com/
DJ: Amos Productions https://amospro.com/

Music: “Closer” & “Can’t Lose” – Lael (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii, Sony A7III (2), 70-200 2.8, Sony 24-70 2.8 GM, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 6.


Check out www.instagram.com/mattervideo to see more from the Vaughan’s wedding!

“Now this is a legendary wedding. You will never see one like this ever again. We’ve got a bugeler, we’ve got a hockey face off, and all we need now is a football player.” When your officiant, a former NFL star, says this during your wedding you know you’ve checked all of your boxes. If you didn’t already notice from watching their film, Gabby and Robbie are the best. We had so much fun with the Vaughans on their wedding day and hopefully we can hang out with them again. They are a bunch of fun.

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Nicolette Monson https://www.nicolettemonsonphoto.com/
Officiant: Brent Jones
Ceremony Location: Blackhawk Country Club https://www.blackhawkcc.org/

Music: “Drive” – Ben Rector; “Whole Lives” – Jake Scott (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii, Sony A7III, 70-200 2.8, Sony 24-70 2.8 GM, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 6.


We love the feeling of capturing a wedding and then being super excited to edit and tell a couple’s story. This is exactly how we felt working with the Brady’s. We actually beat our editing record, as the couple got married one week ago and we already wrapped up their wedding film! They got ready at their families homes, were married at a traditional Catholic ceremony at a beautiful Livermore church, and then hosted an amazing, flower-filled party at Casa Real. We can’t say enough about Jessica and Travis’ day so you should probably just go watch their wedding film now.

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Travis Bell
Photographer: Mason and Megan https://masonandmegan.com/
Ceremony Location: St. Michael’s Church, Livermore https://stmichaellivermore.com/marriage
Reception Location: Casa Real https://casarealevents.com/
Makeup Artist: Nicole Meadows http://www.lacquerandlashes.com
Cake: Ma Petite Cake Design http://www.mpmcakes.com/
Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals https://www.pleasantonrentals.com/
Flowers: Nicole Ha Design http://www.nicoleha.com/
Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services https://fantasysound.com/

Music: “Unbroken” – Roary; “On the Mountain by the Sea” – UTAH (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii, Sony A7III, 70-200 2.8, Sony 24-70 2.8 GM, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 6.

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Dodasa Ranch Wedding Video


Destiny is a funny thing, but some things are just meant to be. Brandon and Mel are one of those things. They share the same birthday, which pretty much means they were made for each other. We had so much fun with the Warks and we had an amazing time with the fine people at Dodasa Ranch (you should get married there).

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Kelly Boitano http://www.kellyboitano.com
Ceremony Location: Dodasa Ranch http://www.dodasaweddings.com/
Makeup Artist: Bay Area Beautiful http://www.bayareabeautiful.com/

Music: “Bedrock” – Longlake; “Young” – Air Review (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii, Sony A7III, 70-200 2.8, Sony 24-70 2.8 GM, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 6.

Hawaii Destination Wedding

Check out www.instagram.com/mattervideo to see more from the Wong’s Kauai wedding!

It’s always an honor when a fellow wedding vendor hires you to document their wedding day. It’s extra special when that wedding happens to take place in Kauai. Jennifer, a makeup artist, married the love of her life, Wes, at the coolest Hawaiian Airbnb ever. The wedding was intimate and the first look was probably the sweetest wedding moment we’ve caught on film. If you want to get married in Hawaii, we will gladly go with you.

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographers: Tony Santoro & Travis Bell
Photographer: Will Khoury https://www.willkhoury.com/
Location: Aliomanu Beach, Kauai
Makeup Artist: JT Artistry (also the bride) https://www.jtartistry.com/
Music: “A Distance Between Us” – Young Collective (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6


We had so much fun with Jeremy and Cheryl Lyn in April. We love filming weddings in our own backyard. It’s hard to beat a California wedding in the Spring and we are always down for a good dance party. We love working with couples like the Alinea’s.

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
3rd cinematographer: Daniel Gillette
Photographer: Carino Collective http://carinocollective.com/
Ceremony Location: Canyon View, San Ramon https://www.thecanyonview.com/
Planner: Truly Chic Events http://www.trulychicevents.com
DJ: Jon Carino https://www.djjoncarinoent.com/
Cake: Ma Petite Cake Design http://www.mpmcakes.com/
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Mama Eve http://www.facebook.com/makeupbymamaeve
Makeup Artist: Chloe Rainwater http://www.sfumatobychloe.com

Music: “Carry On” – CHPTRS; “High On Your Love” – Volunteer (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6

There was a time (last week) when you could Google that term (this blog post’s title) and you would then find Matter Video among the first couple of pages of results. Then…we got hacked. Our site was up and down for a couple days and, to be honest, this ordeal may not be over. It screwed up our SEO a bit and was just a bummer experience (and costly) overall. If you are a small business owner and have a website, get it secured with a firewall. Also, if you see me around you can offer me a hug. I may need one.

On the positive side of things, our wedding season is ramping up and we have a lot of fun in store. Our fun cannot be hacked!

I tried writing a clickbait title and then I felt dirty. I apologize, but now it’s time for a story.

There I was in line with my family for a ride at Disneyland, when my phone buzzed with two email notifications from Vimeo. Vimeo- the video hosting site where I have paid for a premium membership for the past 9 years. I figured they were emailing me to say they love us and to offer to feature one of our videos (you know, stuff friends do). However, this was not the email they were sending.

They were writing to inform me that 2 of my videos were flagged for using copyrighted music and that my account would be receiving 2 strikes. The videos, which were 7 and 8 years old respectively, were flagged and instantly removed from Vimeo (no way to recover the master files).

For starters, the record labels were well within their rights to flag these videos. The songs in the videos were unlicensed and, to be honest, I totally forgot they were still among my video library. For the past several years I have legally licensed each song I use for film projects, but the videos that were flagged were posted before licensing sites were so ubiquitous. I should have removed them.

That being said, it would have been nice if Vimeo sent a quick warning email that said something like…

Hey loyal customer of 9 years,

Your video was flagged by a record label and they want to hunt down your family and eat your children. In the meantime, we are going to make your video private, which will give you a moment to either dispute the claim (which I wouldn’t have in this case) or remove the video file and safely save it (which I would have done).

Love always and forever,

Your pal of 9 years, Vimeo

Instead the email looked like this:

While waiting for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (that ride is like a 6 out of 10) I had to text my buddy Tony (aka my hero) and give him my login credentials for Vimeo so he could log on and make all of my videos private, so I didn’t receive a third strike. Thanks, Tony.

We get it, “three strikes you’re out is catchy.” However, in baseball, you have a moment to breathe between pitches. If you receive your third strike, in most cases, you get to bat again. Your team isn’t obliterated. I got a text from a buddy last week who experienced the same thing.

 

See that, three strikes all at once. You’re out. No more baseball for you.

I made the decision to switch my video library to YouTube for the following 3 reasons:

1 – Vimeo isn’t what it used to be: When I joined Vimeo, it was really the only premium streaming option for wedding filmmakers (does that term make me sound fancy?) and it was the industry-standard for hosting so to speak. Today, there are many resources for wedding videographers (and video creators in general). YouTube does have ads, but that is a revenue stream for artists and I won’t get sued. Win-win. Also, the difference in compression between YouTube and Vimeo is negligible considering most people watch videos on their phones. To top it all off, once I stop paying Vimeo for my Plus account, they will delete all of the videos I uploaded while being a Plus member…so like everything. I understand they have to pay the bills and servers are expensive, but this is a ridiculous measure for the company to take. I will not renew my account in 2019.

2 – SEO – We always ask clients how they found us and a majority of our clients find us on Google (or Instagram, but I will save that for another post). Google owns YouTube, which means YouTube is prioritized in search results. There may be some Bing users left it in the world, but most humans rely on Google for search results. We are happy to provide the content, if Google produces the results. I can count on two fingers (which also happens to be the amount of strikes I have) the number of client referrals I have gotten from Vimeo over the past two years.

3 – The rise of YouTube as a platform for creators – YouTube has continued to evolve over the years. YouTube channels, as you likely know, are now fully customizable, which wasn’t the case back in 2011 when I joined Vimeo. YouTube may still be full of amateur vloggers and silly videos, but there are also a ton of legit professionals using it to host amazing content. YouTube is free and is more popular than ever. I am happy to ride the wave. Feel free to subscribe here 😉

Though my tone may be snarky, I am legitimately bummed out by the lack of support Vimeo provided through this process. I would have loved even an hour notice before giving me the strike. I acknowledge my fault and will continue to use licensed songs. I don’t like Coldplay that much anyway.