TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT ENSU.
My career as a student had nothing to do with videography. When I was a child, ur family’s Christmas Day used to end with a special tale that my mother wrote. It was the best moment of Christmas for all of us. My mother passed away when I was 18. One year later, I wanted to continue with her lovely tradition. Somehow, I wanted to make something different, but keeping the special soul of her Christmas tale. So I came up with this idea: I would make a video.
From then on, every Christmas, I made a special video for my family. Marta (my girlfriend back then and my beloved wife today) helped my since the first day. Some years later, somebody knew about my family videos, and asked if I could do something similar for a 50th Birthday Party. It was my first professional order. I also began shooting weddings or making videos for companies, just for fun. My actual job then was “Managing Director” in a Company which had nothing to do with videos.On 2007 I decided to quit my job. Everybody said I was a fool, but I just wanted to try: making videos was/is my passion. I created my own site, but I had no professional name, so I asked my father:
- Dad, I need a special name for my company. It must reflect where this comes from, it must be a tribute for Mum.
“En su nombre”, he said, which means “In the name of her”. I took the first part:“En su” (In the name of).
So many years later, this is what we do for a living.
I’ve been shooting weddings for 12 years now. There are so many videos in all our lives nowadays, just everywhere. It is said that viewers do not have time for any of us, so videos should be something to be seen and understood as easy as possible. So, maybe something as fast food. I completely disagree, although I show respect for all kinds of works. Anyway, our goal is not necessarily to create wedding videos as commercial or blockbuster cinematic movies, but we try to implicate the viewer and bring something to the table far beyond than nice shots with nice music. This goal is not better than others, it’s just our goal. We never tell our couples what to do, so we’re not directing them at any point on a wedding day. I believe that beauty comes alive when there’s a true meaning behind a shot, so we do not necessarily create posing scenes with our couples, but we try to find some kind of beauty in their natural behaviour through a whole wedding day. We try to find true emotions. I might use a poor shot at the beginning of a video, or any shot that most videographers would just reject, just to tell the viewer: “from now on, I’d like to share with you something different and unexpected, you are about the watch the truth of this day.” When you talk about emotions on a wedding day, people usually think about tears and crying, but there’s much more than that on your wedding day. There’s expectations, happiness, excitement, sharing, patience, empathy and many other things which we can translate into emotions. I believe you can find nearly all we can expect from life in a wedding day, if you just let it flow and keep your eyes and your heart wide open. So I think that’s why I really enjoy wedding videography, because I can recall every week what’s really important in life and why we are here.
We created this hashtag in Spanish, which comes to say “A lifetime experience / Every week”, since this is not an easy approach, giving just everything you have each and every week.
We work mostly in Spain (both with local and destination couples which choose Spain for their destination wedding), though we’ve made a few weddings abroad.
WHY DID YOU ENTER THESE AWARDS?
It’s challenging to get your work out there. Our approach to this game is not necessarily what maybe most people like, but we’re trying to bring something different to the table and these awards can be really helpful.
WHAT DOES THIS AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL STORY MEAN TO YOU?
A lot, really. I belive our philosophy does not fit most of people’s taste. I had no studies as a videographer/photographer at all, I’m 100% selfmade, and I never had someone to teach me, like a colleague you look at and tells you what you’re doing right or wrong. So, this award truly helps believing that I can belong here, and not only our couples but also great international videographers back us up with our approach.
DID YOU ALREADY KNEW THIS WOULD BECOME A SPECIAL FILM WHILST SHOOTING IT?
Yes, to be honest! I’ve done two videos like this one, and both of them have been awarded. I wanted to create a framework, and just let things flow from that point on. In this case, I suggested to this couple’s photographers to come to their house and share with them for the first time their pictures of their wedding day. I also knew the groom’s parents passed away years ago, and he was willing to share storyes about them. The couple had this quote all over their wedding day “Como mi padre quiso a mi madre”, which means “The same way that my father loved my mother”. My mother passed away many years ago too, and my father never wanted anyone else in his life, so I feel this quote kind of mine too. So, I knew just being there with this couple and the photographers (which are a couple as well), would be special. I’d just tell them to join a couch and watch the pictures together, and I’d figureo out how to jump to their wedding video.
WHAT PART OF THIS FILM IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
I’d say the bride and groom talking about their beloved little things at home, and how they relate those things to their wedding day.
COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EDITING PROCESS?
Ups, that was tough. I wanted to jump constantly to their wedding video, but in the most natural and organic way possible. So, I tried to find links everywhere. E.g., I ask the bride at her home, at the beginning of the video, as she’s looking at her wedding dress: “What do you think when you look at your dress now?”. Then, she says: “That I was right!”. The next shot in the video is the bride looking at the groom in the ceremony, so I’m suggesting that she was right deciding to marry him.
More examples, when the groom tells us about his childhood, and how he would jump to a house, then we see the guests arriving to the venue; the groom is listening to this song, and lyrics go “you were sent from heaven”, then we see the bride’s dress on the wedding day… The whole video has many and many (hidden) links like that.
I also wanted to make the viewer involved. So, the title of the video “Como mi padre quiso a mi madre” is bigger than the screen. You can’t read it completely! This was my way to saying to the viewer: “you will have to complete the message of this video on your own from now on!” I also wanted to communicate somehow that the love we’re talking about is bigger than the screen.
So, each decision was been made so thoughfully, not only in the editing process, but during the shooting as well. I also wanted the viewer to really feel the truth behind this work, so I might include the camera just fixing the shot. It might not be as nice as a shot that you are directing and making the couple just pose and do what you make them to do, but it might be truly honest. So, this is something I really care about during both shooting and editing.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME DURING THE WHOLE PROCESS?
To balance the images of their wedding day and shots of this meeting between the couple and their videographers. And, on top of everything, to make it interesting. I didn’t want to create an obvious story line. I wanted the viewer to have a complete feeling of what the wedding was, but I did not want the viewer capable of telling what was going next on this video. In fact, I’m not telling what happened here (I’m telling the couple and the photographers to joun a couch and view the pictures of the wedding together) until the end of the video.
OKAY, THE QUESTION EVERYBODY ALWAYS ASKS….. LET’S GET THAT OUT OF THE WAY. WHAT WAS IN THE KIT-BAG DURING THIS WEDDING?
- 6 different cameras (Canon 80D, 70D, 600D, C100) + Osmo + Gopro
- Lenses: Canon 17-55 2.8; Canon 70-200 2.8; Tamron 15-55 2.8; Canon 50 1.8; Canon 17-55 3.5
- 2 audio devices (zoom 5 + zoom 2) + sooo many cables!
- 3 tripods
- 2 microphones
I had another videographer as me, with Canon 80 D and his lenses + steadycam.
For the meeting with the photographers, I had:
- 2 cameras: Canon 80D, Canon 70D
- Lenses: Canon 17-55 2.8; Canon 70-200 2.8
- Zoom 5 + Senheisser Micro
WAS THERE SOMETHING YOU LEARNED DURING MAKING THIS FILM?
Yes. Trying to go farther is woth it. Couples (and photographers, or other professionals) enjoy to be involved. I also learnt (I already knew it, but it came alive again stronger than ever) that it is so tough to create non- chronological storytelling.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS STRUCTURE OF STORYTELLING/EDITING?
As I mentioned before, I wanted to keep it interesting for the viewer, and I wanted the viewer to complete the message. With that being said, I never create chronological storytellings, because I don’t think that’s the best way to make the couples feel the emotions they had on their wedding day. A wedding video has no conflict at all, meaning you know how this ends, right? They’re saying “I do” and that’s it. So, I think most of chronological storylines can be a bit boring, because you know precisely what’s next. If you kind of hide it, and you try to find links to jump from one moment to another, the viewer maybe can feel the excitement the couple had on their wedding day. The couple knows most of what’s happening on their wedding day, but they do not know how it will finally play out, so there’s this excitement that might be just killed if the wedding video goes the obvius straight way. Anyway, you can’t jump in the editing from one point to another in a crazy random way. This is something I develop I the script after the wedding, and this is the toughest part of my job, and what truly makes the video unique for our couples, because the storytelling is completely new and created just for them, and might have nothing to do with previous works of ours.
WHY THIS MUSIC AND HOW DID YOU IMPLEMENT SOUND DESIGN?
The groom played some meaning music by himself at home (I didn’t ask him nothing at all), and they had live music at their wedding as well, so I felt that it was my responsabilty to be true to that.
Sound design includes live audio, the little things (like water drops) that are really important to me. I always try to keep live sound behind everything.
WHAT OR WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION, IN GENERAL?
Classic cinema. I watch classic slient movies every week, and also great international and classic directors. I’ve watched lately films by Murnau, Friyz Lang, Hitchcock, Truffaut, Dreyer, Chaplin.
I’ve been also reading and studying the work of Rembrandt and Caravaggio, just trying to understand their artistic and conceptual choices behind their paintings.
Finally, I’ve attended some workshops from great and awarded cinema documentalists.
IS THERE SOMETHING MORE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT THIS FILM?
I love this game!
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