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Haleigh + Devon

Maclean and I have been together for eight and a half years. I know him pretty well. Even when we were dating we spent almost every day together, we work together and for the past almost four years, we have lived together too. I should know who his friends are… right?I have always known who ‘Devon Penner’ is. Maybe from church, or from Maclean’s tiny school, but I’ve known who he is. This young kid with great style who went off to the States to become a Chiropractor. So impressive. But for many years I didn’t know that Devon and Maclean were buddies. How did I miss this? One day I look over as Mac is reading an email and it's the length of an essay! I asked him who it was from. Devon Penner. Mac starts emailing back. Another essay. Mac doesn’t write essays. He’s never written me one… Well that must be because I am not his secret movie buddy.

I didn’t think anyone could love movies more than Maclean. He really loves movies. His dream birthday party is a kids pizza party at colossus followed by a movie. (Unfortunately you have to be under 12 to do that… and no you can’t just bring one kid.) But Devon really loves movies. He has actually watched ALL the movies. This might be even more impressive than the fact that he is a Chiropractor. Maclean and Devon and movies have a very special relationship and I’m so happy they found each other.

Devon is probably even more happy that he found Haleigh. She watches all the movies with him and also married him. Can’t beat that! These two have an adorable story that started long ago. Rather than give it all away in this post, we think you should watch their movie.

- Erin

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haleigh + devon || the hunt is over from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.

The vendors at this wedding were the complete dream team. We had a blast as always working with the incredible Filosophi Events who delivered a gorgeous and seamless day once again. Our friends Shari + Mike photographed the wedding and it never ceases to amaze us how passionate, hard working, and talented these two are. Not to mention flat out awesome. The whole day was beautiful and beyond fun and we can't wait to work with these people again!

TECHY STUFF:

As you already know, story comes first in all we do. We want the tools we use to free us from the technical and allow us to tell the story in the most creative and effective way possible. For us this means our trusty Canon C100s and Canon glass. But for a while now we've been eyeing the Sony A7s (if you don't know about it, check out Philip Blooms review of it here). This camera has some killer features like it's amazing low light ability, slow motion, full frame sensor, and most of all it's size (the thing is tiny). We finally caved and picked one up and this was our first wedding using it. Our minds were blown after using it on this shoot. So much punch in such a small package. We were able to shoot at insanely high ISO's and stop down to get a deep depth of field in extremely low light situations, something that hasn't been possible before. We loved being able to quickly jump into 60p to capture certain moments in slow motion which we have missed oh so much since the C100 mk1 doesn't have 60p. Also with the camera being the size of a small rangefinder, we were able to shoot even more candidly than before. From the subject's perspective we just look like a guest with a camera. All in all this camera is an awesome addition to our wedding kit. It can't quite replace the quality and ease-of-use of the Canon C100, but it is the perfect B cam and a great tool to have.

Lindsey + Matt

Weddings in Vancouver are a tricky thing. When 9 months out of the year are filled with seemingly endless rain, it means that most people try to plan it so their wedding falls during those 3 (potentially) rain-free months of summer. For us that means an insanely busy shoot schedule. This year was no exception to the craziness. So many shoots, double the amount of meetings, and quite a bit of travel time. Thank goodness we love what we do and are able to do it together.The season was awesome and we're now entering the recovery season (aka non-stop editing in the dungeon season). Looking back on this ssummer, one wedding that truly stood out to us was Lindsey and Matt’s. A beautiful couple who love school and their cats and who let us into their lives to tell their story. We hope you enjoy their film.

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lindsey + matt || our life is the greatest from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.

iPhone 6 in Disneyland

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been out for a few weeks now. Like many of you we were eagerly awaiting the announcement so we could upgrade to this shiny new toy. One thing I didn't expect to hear during the Apple keynote was this new slow-motion feature. I thought to myself... "hwhaaaa? 240fps in a iPhone? I'll believe it when I see it".A while ago Erin and I booked our annual fall trip to Disneyland to detox a bit after an amazing/super busy summer. In case you didn't know we're kind of crazy when it comes to Disneyland (yes we are those people). So after we received our new iPhones we thought "what better way to test out this thing than in Disneyland?". So away we went.

Now I could go through a bunch of specs and features about the phone/camera but I'd rather let the film do the talking. Yes it's only 720p and yes 240fps is a bad idea in low light, but it's a flipping phone! We were sincerely stunned at the results while shooting and editing this piece. One thing is for sure, this easily replaces any point and shoot video camera for us. Hands down. Take a look at the film below...

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Disneyland at 240fps || iPhone 6 from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.

It's pretty amazing that this iPhone, something that is with us wherever we go, allows us to be creative and produce something like this at anytime. To think that millions of people have a device in their pocket that can shoot this kind of footage is mind boggling. It's exciting to see what technology can do in the right hands and we are so curious and excited to see how this technology will improve in the future.

If you have any questions about how the film was put together, feel free to leave a comment below.

-Mac

Techy Stuff:Filmed entirely on the iPhone 6 (All handheld. No rigs/stabalizers)Edited in Premiere Pro CS6Graded with Film Convert

A huge thank you to Jonny Dylan Hughes for letting us use his incredible song "Dove" for this film. Check out his band camp here!

Jamie + Randy

Jamie and I used to be neighbours! Our families lived about 5 houses (and a catwalk) away from each other for years but we never really knew each other. Once Mac and I joined the wedding industry however, Jamie became a big part of our lives. She shared so much knowledge and experience with us and really helped us to get started (we owe her forEVER!). Around that time, Jamie and I started taking advantage of our close proximity to each other and began going on walks together. On one such walk, Jamie agreed to shoot our wedding for us. And on that same walk, we agreed that one day, when she gets married, we would film hers.Since that day Maclean and I have been excitedly waiting for the day that Jamie would require our services :) Then one day we got a text asking our availability on some dates... because her and this phantom boyfriend 'Randy' (whom we had not yet met) were getting married!!! (but they weren't engaged yet and nobody knew so we had to keep it a secret - AHHHH!)

Then one day we got a call from this 'Randy'. He asked us if we would film his proposal to Jamie (but she had no idea so we had to keep it a secret - AHHHH!) This was so exciting for us and we finally got to get to know 'Randy' - and he was the BEST.  He's funny, creative, incredibly skilled at building things and has a giant heart. Not that our opinion matters at all, but we give Randy 2 thumbs up and a super high-five.

Finally the day arrived. Jamie and Randy's wedding day. If you know Jamie at all, you would expect her wedding to be completely perfect. Yes, Jamie's wedding was perfect. Jamie looked perfect. The decor was perfect. The schedule was perfect. The weather was even (close to) perfect. This was not a surprise in the least. What was a surprise was how much we got to see into Jamie and Randy's relationship through their incredible vows. I am a sucker for vows. I tend to unintentionally 'suggest' to couples that personal vows would be a good idea. The BEST idea. The ONLY IDEA! No need with Jamie and Randy - these vows - like everything else that day - were perfect. Look, listen and see for yourself!

Congratulations Jamie and Randy we are beyond happy for the two of you :)

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jamie + randy || what a year it's been from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.

 

PS. You gotta check out the incredible photography by Lydia Jane!!! We had a blast working with her! :)

About our About Video

You can plan as much as you want, but things never turn out the way you think they will. Welcome to the creation of our ‘about us’ video.We have shot (obviously) our fair share of films in our day, however, filming yourself is an entirely different story. Planning the shot list, the content, what you want to say verbally and visually, scouting locations and then ‘performing’ (for lack of a better word) in front of the camera – oh gosh! I was surprised how much extra… anxiety(?) those few extra steps added.

We had planned what we wanted to say and how we wanted to shoot the film a while back and had locations in mind before hand so we were good to go right? Not right. The few days we had reserved to shoot this film ended up being freezing and super foggy. I thought – well this is so great compared to the 90% chance of rain we usually face in Vancouver! Is it Erin? Is it? The beautiful scenery we had planned to shoot near was gone. My hair became MASSIVE. And due to the cold, Macs (adorable) rosy cheeks worked overtime (he does not like them while I love them so much - they are half the reason I married him!)

Ok, well we’re used to filming live events and thus used to the unpredictable, we’ll just go with the flow! The ‘flow’ led us to a beautiful ocean view… with the ever-flattering high noon sun. We are patient people, we will wait this out. A few hours later, prime lighting. We set up the camera, the audio, I managed to tame my enormous hair “3-2-1…” cue giant flock of crows. Wait… “Ok, 3-2-1…” shoot, TRAIN! Wait some more… “3-2-1..” the crows got into a fight with an eagle. Are you KIDDING?! ….Finally silence. “3-2-1…” and sun behind a cloud. We just started laughing. Seriously? What can you do?!

We are so proud of how this film turned out, and looking at it now you would never know the journey it took to make. We hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of who we are.

-Erin

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Hello from Hello Tomorrow from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.

Our New Internet Home

It's really amazing how much things change. Time goes on and each day feels exactly like the day before. You work every day at the same tasks, often thankless tasks that produce little if any instant gratification. You don't really notice how much time has gone by until all of a sudden, in a flash! - you wake up and realize how long its been, and how far you've come. You wake up and it's the same as any other day, but it's a different day.That is what the completion of this new website has been for us.

We realized that through doing the ‘same’ thing every day for 8 years, we have come to do something completely different. By challenging ourselves to make every wedding as unique and personal to each couple as we can, we have been able to tell countless stories in countless many ways. We have strived to continually raise the level of our work while not losing what it is that makes us unique, not losing what makes us Hello Tomorrow.

It's not always the big things that produce the drastic results. It's the little things that you do everyday that create the biggest and greatest change. I have a new appreciation for the little things :)

We have been creating wedding films for 8 years now (how on earth has it been 8 years?!) For 8 years we have done the same work, but all of a sudden - FLASH! It's a different work. Have a look for yourself!

 

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We hope you enjoy perusing the new site! Be sure to watch our new about video! It's been years in the making and we're so excited to share it. We'll be sure to share a more detailed post on the video really soon.

This website has been a mountain of work and we have to send a special thank you to everyone who helped us out:

First off, the always INcredible Heather Hastings. She's our go-to designer and she's amazing! She spent countless hours designing and perfecting the look of the site to best reflect us and we couldn't be happier. Heather you're the best!

Now you all know we are huge fans of our friends Shari + Mike, so it was a no brainer to ask then to take our new promotional photos. We are beyond thrilled with the photos! Check out their blog post for a few more!

Also a large portion of the coding wizardry was done by the brilliant Duane Cilliers! Thank you so much for all of your help Duane!

Odd Numbers

I don’t like many odd numbers. I don't know why but I’ve always been that way. In sports when I would get stuck with an odd numbered jersey I would be bummed all season (stupid 21 – I wanted 8!). So when this past year of 2013 rolled around I thought, “well, better power through and make the best of this gross ‘13’ year.” So how surprised was I when this year turned out to be my favorite one ever!Firstly, work this year has been the best. Every single couple we’ve worked with we have loved so so much. THANK YOU EVERY COUPLE WE’VE WORKED WITH THIS PAST YEAR! We have been so honored and blessed to tell your stories and get to know you. One of the weddings we shot even won us the “Best Cinematographer” award from the BC Wedding Awards – whaaaa?! Check it out below! (Thank you Jackie and Darrin! Hope you’re doing well and loving married life. How is your dog?)

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Besides all of this, we’ve gotten to do a fair bit of travel – some for work and some for fun. For work, we ended up all the way in Perth Australia where we were able to film the torch-and-teepee wedding (this is what I call it now) of our friends Honni and Matt, while touring the beautiful city and meeting so many wonderful people who we miss so much… (you know who you are). About a month later Mac and I went on our Christmas dream trip for 2 days only… to DISNEYLAND! Oh good grief was this the best time. I will say though, our insane excitement for Christmas and our equally insane love of Disneyland didn’t mesh as well as I had thought. My emotions didn't know what to do – they were so confused! I felt like I should be driving to Palm Desert for vacation afterwards not going home to cold… WELL – now we know! (still crazy fun)

When we did return for Christmas we got to film our dear friend's engagement, went to Tim Hortons a lot (that place makes us so patriotic and their Christmas cups are the best!), had a couple of the best Christmases yet (we oddly both really love our in-laws) and my cousin got engaged to Maclean’s best buddy from childhood – who woulda thought?!

All in all, I have no idea how 2014 is gonna top 2013, but I’m certain it will – 14 is a great number! We have really big plans for this year and lots of changes and we can't wait to share them with you! (No mom, we're not pregnant) AND we're planning to get our health on and utilize my beloved Vitamix a little more. We hope you all have your best new years yet - come on even numbers!

-Erin

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jackie + darrin || like a fun princess from Hello Tomorrow on Vimeo.