Time certainly does fly for all of us, none so more as in the life of a wedding band and for Rock My Reception, 2014 has been a veritable sprint. It only seems like last month we were in London: totally delirious, ecstatic, a little, well-a lot, intoxicated at the announcement of Rock My Reception success at The Wedding Industry Awards ceremony after winning The Best Newcomer Award. Still, that was in January and it’s been nose to the grindstone ever since, bearing in mind that every success story is tomorrow’s chip paper and how vital it is to act upon that success with a degree of panic and urgency!
One of the first things on our ‘to do’ list was to post high-quality footage of us onto both youtube and our website, performing in both wedding ceremony and evening function settings to give the prospective couple an idea of what we do.
After shooting the video and posting it online the feedback from our many Facebook and Twitter followers was fantastic. Our thanks go out to Kirkburton’s All Hallows’ C of E church and The White Heart at Penistone for permitting the use of their beautiful premises to provide the backdrop of our promotional clips.
At this point however, not only would it be criminal to forget to mention the virtues of the services of film maker Ollie Bostock for his talents knowing no bounds in shooting the video.
We were looking for a professional filmmaker with imagination who could bring ideas to the table whilst still filming in the confines of 2 separate venues. Ollie came highly recommended and one look at his C.V and website showed the experience he has. He has being heavily involved in the making of a retail D.V.D for The Script and has recently filmed promos for bands such as The Kaiser Chiefs and Shed Seven.
Ollie has also filmed at a variety of weddings, shooting the whole day to edit down to a short wedding video, set to a piece of music of the bride and grooms choice. With both music and weddings being Ollie’s forte, we knew the mix of experience in both these field would be perfect for us.
After an initial meeting it soon became apparent the enthusiasm Ollie has for filming and the willingness to put forward ideas with out being intrusive or straying from the original concept of the video. Ollie based in York is a master of all trades. Cameraman, Producer, Director, Editor- a creative tour de force who can put his hand to any aspect of film making.We had decided that we wanted to get a ‘high-definition’ video and had already chosen which locations to use. It was now up to Ollie to set up the shots to utilise the background fixtures of the beautiful 13th Century church whilst keeping us in the foreground. It was fascinating to be involved in what was, for all intents and purposes, our first ‘proper’ music video.He transformed what could have perceived as a dark, shadowy church into a majestic back-drop, with an innovative use of lighting, illuminating murky corners with candles and tee lights. The duller and more sombre elements of the church where brought to life with fairy lights and clever use of camera angles.The shoot took several hours as close-ups were needed in the final edit. Ollie’s style of working was thorough- making sure he had every single shot required, calm-his demeanor is perfect for what can be a long and repetitive process. He kept us in the loop by explaining why he is taking a particular shot and what he’s trying to achieve. Much of the time he is almost invisible- the equipment he uses isn’t imposing and the end results are staggering.He is a Paragon of professionalism in Film making and real pleasure to work with.Anyone needing a promo video, professional wedding video shooting, whether corporate or artistic, Ollie is your man.See OllieBostock.com for his wedding videos and Hewittandwalker.com for all his other work. Or corporate work. . .We shall certainly be mentioning Ollie in blogs to come, so for now check out his work olliebostock.com