Episode 1 in a series of videos related to the event industry in Kauai, stories about wedding officiants, hair and make-up artists, coordinators, caterers and other artists. If you are having/ planning a wedding in Kauai, this video might be a valuable tool in your research, as you’ll see in action the best non-religious officiants on Kauai, ideal for elopement weddings, vow renewals, and events that require official services by a licensed officiant.
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.
wedding photography by David Marsh.
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Fifty percent of marriages end up in divorce with the median length of marriage in the United States at eleven years. A huge barrier seems to be around the seven-year-mark where so many married couples find themselves mired in union misery, where they feel that they’re stuck in a loveless marriage and their vow “…until death do us part…” no longer seems viable. When we hear about married couples celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary, it’s like, “Wow! Unbelievable! Amazing!” The fact is only seven percent of the population have been married for fifty years. So when you hear about a married couple being together for over fifty years, approaching their fiftieth wedding anniversary and deciding to get married again, even though they’re not divorced, well, it’s mind blowing! Boy, was I thrilled to meet such a couple and I was delighted that they decided to come to Kauai and choose me to photograph their special occasion and make a special video for them. Congratulations Lorinda and George! Hugs to you! Photography and video by David Marsh, Kauai at Kauai Video Productions.
On April 14th 2018, the skies above Kauai opened releasing rainfall like I’d never imagined, a barrage of non-stop lightning and thunder like artillery fire shaking the foundations of my home. The storm raged for over a day. When it eventually left us, I saw first hand some of the substantial and devastating damage, the worst on Kauai since Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The rain had been record-breaking, over 50 inches, the most in a 24-hour period ever recorded on American soil. The landslides and flash flooding left homes in ruin, turned streets into rivers, and reduced a massive swath of the north shore into an unlivable shamble. The highway leading from Hanalei north was destroyed, mile after mile, and would remain closed for over a year while construction crews worked tirelessly to rebuild. All of the spectacular beaches on the north shore including Hanalei’s Black Pot and the pier were closed to the public, both residents and tourists alike. Tunnels beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world would not see a tourist for fifteen months. I ventured to Tunnels this month, my first venture back since the April storm. The sun had just risen. The beach was pristine. And my photo shoot was a blast. At last, the north shore is back!