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Refilwe Community Project

In November of 2016, I got to go to South Africa (for 2 days…talk about a whirlwind trip) to film for an amazing nonprofit called Refilwe Community Project. Located ~40km from Johannesburg, Refilwe works with orphans, families, women and children to provide education, meals, and housing.

The first video we created was to promote the orphanage at Refilwe. The nonprofit relies solely on donor funding, which makes promotion and eduction so important.

The second video we created (below) was filmed in the neighboring Joe Slovo community. Close to 1500 people live in Joe Slovo, an informal settlement, and poverty runs rampant. Refilwe is working to provide a better life for their neighbors through education and empowerment. We spent a day with a family in Joe Slovo, in an effort to tell their story.

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.

Details:
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!

Details:
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

2015 was our busiest year as a company. We shot 25 weddings all over California, worked with a few bands we love, and created content for local companies that we dig. In short, we had a lot of fun. Thank you to all of the couples we got to know, vendors we got to work with, and people we met.

We have 21 weddings on the books for 2016 and we are anicipating our best year yet. Hope you all have a lovely new year.

Dan


We had the chance to work with one of our favorite non-profits again, at the beginning of this year. Because Justice Matters works with women and children in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. They are doing amazing things to better their community. Check out their website to find out ways you can contribute to positive change in the world’s greatest city.

Someone reached out to us on Instagram (follow us!) the other day and asked a few questions about starting a videography business. I gave them our email and sent a response today. I pasted some of the response below. Perhaps it will be helpful to some of you as well.

My MacBook is very outdated about 6 years old and even then I didn’t add anything to upgrade it. I have had multiple people tell me to switch from FCP X to Adobe didn’t know what your thoughts were on that? I love FCPX, but it takes some getting used to. Many people switched to Adobe when FCPX was first announced, but I think that was a bit reactionary. I dig the software and think it is a super helpful tool if you learn it. I don’t like the monthly payment setup that Adobe uses for its Creative Cloud. I think FCPX is powerful and intuitive. That’s my suggestion.
My parents have a Canon T3i so I thought I could use that on some beginning projects to get some money coming in. Didn’t know what you thought about staying with cannon In the long run I saw you using Sony some. The Sony is powerful in low-light situations, but unless you invest in the proper gear for it (a cage, rails, matte box, monitor/external recorder), it doesn’t have an advantage over most Canon DSLR’s. I use a Canon 5D mark iii, C100 mark ii, and Sony A7S. I think you should use the T3i and eventually invest in a used 5D or a new Canon 6D. Both are great.
Was considering buying a slider from Rhino and some type of stabilizer?
I love Rhino’s products. Creative, affordable and great customer service. Their slider is incredible and I’m especially excited about their new Evo +Motion systems. Their Rhino steady is nice, but like all stabilizer systems, it can be tough to balance and use well. That being said, it is a great value and you can learn it if you put in the effort. They have great tutorials online.
Just wanted to know your advice on me starting out and maybe what you learned when you started? My biggest recommendation would be to shoot and edit a ton, as basic as that sounds. Make videos for your family, experiment with ideas, do fun videos, etc. The more you edit, the quicker and better you will become. I would start out by taking small jobs and charging a minimal amount. For example, the first 5 weddings I shot I did for the same price. After that, the next 5 weddings I did I charged $500 more and I kept increasing the price every 5 weddings or so until I got to my goal. This year we had over 100 inquiries for weddings. I also think it’s important to invest in the creative community around you. Do that through social media, going to events and networking, etc. There will always be work for creatives, but it is essential to make relationships with other professionals along the way so you can share work. I have a handful of videographers than I send work to when I can’t do it and vice versa. I also network with photographers, wedding venues, and event planners to share my work and to help promote theirs. Although it’s a competitive business, it pays to be kind and thoughtful. There are always things to learn and people to learn from. It keeps me humble for sure. Also, YouTube is your friend. Watch tutorials and learn from people who are better than you. Especially when you start using FCPX (or Adobe) tutorials can be super helpful.
Basic Starting gear:
– Canon Camera
– Monopod
– Lenses (50mm 1.8 is awesome for starters and a 18-35 is great too.
Don’t go crazy on gear just yet. This is a great start.


Back in May, we had the opportunity to work with New York Times bestselling author, Danielle Walker, to create a promo video for her upcoming cookbook, Meals Made Simple (pre-order here). The book is going to be released next month and her publisher just posted the video on her site this weekend. This video was a lot of fun to shoot and we are looking forward to collaborating with Danielle again this year.