I’m David Marsh, a wedding cinematographer in Kauai and this piece is basically about me, what I do and why I’m a bit different,  So what’s “Cutaway, Reversal, and Don’t Cross the Line?” It’s tekkie talk used by film professionals—but not necessarily film professionals that shoot weddings and events because, well,  let’s face it, film production protocols aren’t used at weddings. So you might find it a bit weird that I follow the most intrinsic of these protocols, as taught to me many years ago when I was a supernumerary/ apprentice at Pinewood Film Studios in England. I was seventeen and I’d quit school early because I hated school. My initial training started with knowing the difference between emulsion and celluloid, key numbers and reel numbers, how to recognize fogged film, to know what butterflies, HMI’s and scrims are and how and when to use them—a training that  lasted ten years, as I worked my way up the ladder, becoming a  film and TV editor, a director of independent art films, before I decided to DP and write. After three decades in the film and TV business i decided that I wanted to be a writer of fiction. To facilitate my dream, I segued into wedding cinematography and wedding photography.   To this day, I get really excited to go out and shoot. For photography,  I typically use 2 cameras, one strapped over each shoulder, so that I can easily switch focal lengths without changing lenses.  For video, I mostly shoot with 3 cameras, sometimes four of five.  You might be surprised to know that complex video shoots require fewer cameras because complex shoots typically are crafted with production tools, rails, video cranes, camera stabilizers, an aerial camera, for the creation of designer motion shots.    My 3-camera shoot is a master camera setup and two matching side by side angles. If I’m at a wedding without a second or assistant I keep the set-up easy, 2 or 3 cameras on tripods, wireless microphone on the officiant, back up mic on the groom.   For more adventurous shoots, my third camera is set up for mobility, tracking shots, slides, etc. I still try very hard never to cross the line—the 180-degree golden rule line.

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wedding photography by David Marsh.

More about me at Kauai Video Productions 

 

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