My 2nd favorite film of all time.

I confess: I was biased about choosing my favorite film of all time. And I’m equally biased on my second favorite film of all time: our honeymoon film.

I cherish these Super 8 mm moments Krista and I created in March. We recently got the film scans back (yes, film) from Kevin Von Qualen who lent us his camera to take along on our honeymoon on Maui. The perfected trio is complete: our engagement film, our wedding, and now this (view direct in Vimeo):

Not only did we manage to film each other in memorable locals, but we turned the camera on ourselves… shared with a waitress, a hotel room service attendant, a random pool goer, a resort guest, a bellman, and a fellow commercial photographer met along the trail. They all appreciated shooting actual film. Not digital. Old school, was right.

I really appreciated Kevin’s vision for this trio of films, something I would highly recommend for anyone considering it. Highly recommend. Watching the film brings back the raw emotion in a dream-like quality… the way memories should remain.

Keep in mind these are silent films. Part of Kevin’s art is pairing of the film to the soundtrack. Among favorite parts include perfect timing of visuals with song lyrics: at 1:20 “To find a lover in this life” {Krista pops up}, at 1:28 “Take her to the water”{view of ocean} and at 3:07 “Sets your eyes upon the Lord” {above the clouds on the volcano at Haleakala National Park filming rear view mirror reflection}. Simple Bliss.

Kevin entrusted us with his creative tool. He spent extra time showing me how to turn on the camera, load film, focus, check the batteries, and ensure all the proper auto settings were in the right place (read: idiot settings for me). The camera worked great and it is back home safe and sound.

Even Krista got giddy using the Super 8mm camera in 30 degree temps on crater at the top of Haleakala volcano in Maui:

If you are looking for a top notch cinema artist to document your wedding, choose Kevin Von Qualen. If you’d like to learn more about Kevin’s approach, I interviewed him in this blog post.

4 Responses to “My 2nd favorite film of all time.”

  1. Rachel Olsen — November 9, 2012 @ 1:35 pm (#)

    Love love love!!!

  2. chatti — November 9, 2012 @ 5:28 pm (#)

    in maui now and this film made me smile. : )

  3. Alyssa — November 16, 2012 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    Not sure why but that made me tear up a bit. You are both beautiful souls! We love you both dearly!

  4. Pemudi — December 4, 2015 @ 1:29 am (#)

    You are correct, bseedis modelling there will be times when our child needs an outlet for his impatience. Counting to ten works for some kids (but if they are really upset it’s too passive) so have them punch a pillow, run around the yard/house/block, do jumping jacks, grab a skipping rope – you get the idea.On the other topic, manipulative kids are often bullies and are not going to respond to being ignored. They are interested in gaining power over your child (and possibly being them most powerful in the group) and typically you need to intervene. If it’s happening as school, it is best to discover if there is an anti-bullying strategy and whether the teacher knows what is going on. If a strategy exists, the school needs to implement it, if it doesn’t or isn’t being used ask for it and involve your parent committee.It’s important that the whole group be engaged as the bystanders who simply sit and watch need to support the victim. But that’s not easy so they need to know that they will all act.The book by Barbara Colroso, The Bully, The Bullied and The Bystander is a great resource.

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