Those of you who’ve produced a successful Same Day Edit understand the pressures of working quickly and utilizing an efficient workflow. Finalizing the edit is an achievement in itself, but adding color correction/grading can prove to be difficult given the amount of allotted time. Many wedding filmmakers might avoid the color grading task completely and then return to their edits after the wedding day to finalize. But with the right approach we believe it’s still possible to wow your audience with a cinematic look to your footage.
We produced the following SDE in November of 2011 in Cabo at Cabo Azul resort. We feel this is a good example because of the setting and content of the film. We utilized 2 different looks in the film that cater to the atmosphere. We took a chance to be a bit more edgy and creative with our color grading and feel that it paid off in the end.
Before we get in to the look we went for, let’s look at the tools. We edit in Final Cut Pro X and do a lot of our color correction and grading with it as well, especially projects that require a quick turn around, such as a SDE. The FCPX color correction tool is a great start, but we also utilize a couple different plugins.
Plugins: Adjustment Layer & Alpha + Levels
One plugin comes from Color Grading Central which is a free adjustment layer title used for applying effects over multiple clips. You can get the adjustment layer and some bonus plugins by submitting your email address here.
Step 1: Complete your Same Day Edit
Once the edit is complete we’ll lay the adjustment layer over the clips.
Now you’re ready to get started! Everything you apply to the adjustment layer will affect the clips below it. Typically on our SDE’s we’ll shoot in a flattened EOS standard profile, lowering contrast, saturation and sharpness. For this edit we wanted to achieve a low saturated low contrast look, which worked great with the environment.
Step 2: Alpha & Levels
Apply Andy’s Alpha and Andy’s Levels to the adjustment layer. We’ve brought up the blue alpha levels to keep the tones cool and we kept the whites fairly flat while bringing the blacks down a bit.
Then we’ll use the FCPX color correction on the adjustment layer to do a slight s-curve exposure adjustment. We didn’t adjust the saturation. Then we popped some color into the mids and highlights to give it a vintage feel.
Step 4: quick clean-up
Obviously the adjustment layer may have a slightly different effect among clips. Maybe some of your shots were over exposed, or the white balance was off. Now we’ll quickly scrub through our edit and manually adjust these clips as needed by selecting the clip itself and using FCPX’s color correction.
This wedding was a blast. The bride and groom played volleyball the day before the wedding so we decided to create a different look for their beach fun. It broke up their film in a unique way and the warm tones were a great contrast. All it took was some breaking up the adjustment layer and tweaking the sections over the beach volleyball sequence.
Take a look at Carla & Matt’s Same Day Edit
Wow. We’ve always wanted to do a surprise same day and today we got to. What an incredible experience! The backdrop for the wedding was nothing short of spectacular – Cody’s parents house along the Willamette River in Keizer, Oregon.
Enjoy Steph+Cody’s same day edit!
23 JUNE 2012
What can we say? There are no words that can sum up the experience we shared at Tree and Jos’ wedding. It wasn’t the beautiful Ojai California country side that made this wedding unforgettable, or even the amazing Whitman family private residence where they got married. It was being surrounded by so many genuine people and bearing witness to a truly authentic display of love.
Both through work and play we’ve had the opportunity to get to know Tree and Jos over the last year in Portland Oregon. They shoot weddings just like us! As the principal photographers behind Jos Photographers, Tree and Jos are a total artistic inspiration. We are so thankful to have them as friends!
After quite an eventful day we completed what probably has been our most involved Same Day Edit we’ve produced up to date. Our day started at 9am and the last bit of footage to make the Same Day Edit was captured around 9pm. We also managed to go on a hike with Jos and his buddies, which was a well worth it addition to their film! The unique approach to their ceremony coupled with their beautiful vows made this such a fun film to piece together.
Music // Your First Light My Eventide by The Echelon Effect | Licensed through TheMusicBed.com
Here’s a fun look at their Same Day Edit viewing
What an incredible day it was for Emily + Tanner. Their wedding took place at Alderbrook Resort, right on the Hood Canal in Washington and it was an amazing event. What stood out, aside from the beautiful couple and the beautiful venue, were the toasts. Their friends and family spoke with such authenticity about this couple, their love and caring attitude towards others. We had a blast creating their same day edit. Hope you enjoy.
If you liked Kaity and Calvin’s Same Day Edit then check out the final segment from their Feature edit.
A few things I loved about this wedding: Their vows, how much fun they had during the portrait session, and Calvins socks.
Here is their full Feature Film:
Other songs used in the full Feature Edit are:
Amanda + Damola were high school sweethearts. They met at a school dance and have been together for over 8 years. Their story is really cool. Today, they got married. Here’s their same day edit.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed getting to know this amazing couple and hanging with them on their wedding day.
Photographer: Jenny Hill Photography
DJ: Bass is Loaded
Flowers: Shamrock Flowers
Hair/Makeup: Nicole Wagner
Limo: Eugene Limo
Invitations: Nick & Nora’s
Ceremony: Eugene First Christian Church
Reception: Eugene Hilton
Here is Amanda + Damola’s love story.
Here’s a look at the experience, as seen on the faces of as they watch their Same Day Edit. It’s sometimes tough to explain the Same Day Edits to couples who have never experienced it. We always hear stuff like…
“We loved our SDE and are so glad we decided to have it! It has been the most memorable part of our wedding…” or “It was truly the best investment we made at our wedding…”
…but it’s still difficult for people to understand the experience of being able to watch your wedding day unfold before you and your guests as a cinematic, artistic story.
Alyssa and Evan were so fun to work with on this Same Day Edit. It was a pleasure being able to get to know them while working with them on a Love Story (on the blog soon also) over the past few months.
The wedding took place at Alyssa’s parents’ house just outside of Eugene – a beautiful backdrop for a beautiful wedding.
We’re so glad they chose to do the Same Day Edit. Below is a shot of Alyssa + Evan watching the film, which played around 8:45pm last night at their reception.
Here is Alyssa + Evan’s Love Story. This played at their reception just before the Same Day Edit.
Your Day in Focus with Vivid Wedding Films is a web series aimed at providing brides-to-be a valuable resource for tips and unique ideas from some of the Willamette Valley’s most sought after wedding service providers.
In this episode, Susan sits down with Shelly Kane of Shelle’ Wedding & Event Planning, based in Eugene to discuss the importance of understanding a couples sense of style and personality, “planning to celebrate” as well as some of the latest trends and money saving tips.
Look for more in the ‘Your Day in Focus’ series on our blog soon.
Sweet! We were excited to see that one of our films from last summer with Ryan and Molly got picked up by The Knot. The wedding took place at Zenith Vineyard, an amazing wedding location just outside of Salem, Oregon. Check it out here.
After 10 to 12 hours of work on a Same Day Edit, there’s nothing quite like watching the bride and groom have a chance to sit down and watch their day unfold before them on the big screen.
Here’s a shot of Lauren and Nathan as they – along with their guests – watched their Same Day Edit last Saturday evening at the Brasada Ranch in Central Oregon.
Yesterday we produced Lauren and Nathan’s Same Day Edit at the Brasada Ranch just outside Bend, Oregon. It was such a fun day, beginning with filming the guys playing golf in the morning, all the way through the showing of their Same Day Edit around 8:45pm that evening.
Thanks, Lauren and Nathan, for an amazing day – and for letting us be a part of it.