Lisa & Ally

Initially I wasn’t going to have a videographer at our wedding….I thought we could do without and I am genuinely so grateful that I changed my mind as I was completely wrong!! I was concerned that a camera poking at my face all day would stress me (I am not great at getting my photo taken and being on camera). However, Rob at Curious Robin films made the experience so calm and unobtrusive, I hardly realised I was being filmed which made the experience all so easy and comfortable.

Our wedding video still has me in tears almost 4 years later, every single time I watch it. After all the planning and organising we went through to get it right, Rob really captured the essence of our day in a way that no photograph could. With the perfect choice of music and even the details like using the old vintage camera. Every time I watch it I feel like I’m transported back to that day and experiencing it all over again and for that exact reason, I just can’t recommend Curious Robin Films highly enough.

- Lisa & Ally

Continual reinvestment in our product – new camera

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in kit | No Comments

Exciting times as we upgrade to a new camera for our wedding film services.

When people take the cost of wedding videography at face value they often find it very expensive. Yet, when considered that it may take up to two weeks to full edit a wedding and we also have all our own business costs to cover, including insurances, licences, subcontractors, office rent, software subscriptions, etc you can rest assured that we are not lighting our cigars with your £20 notes.

It would perhaps be tempting to sit on our laurels and just make do with the kit we’ve been using for the past few years. While that would be fine, because the HD cameras we use are absolutely superb, by investing in higher spec equipment we can play to our strengths and film with more freedom which, ultimately, means a better, more creative product.

So recently we took the big step to upgrade from our Canon DSLRs as main camera to a Sony a7sii. The Canons were great and we’ll still have them as secondary and back up, but the Sony is an amazing little workhorse. So much so in fact that it is basically the industry standard for any indie DSLR filmmaker.

Some of the features which the Sony brings are;

  • Low light sensitivity up to ISO 409600, which means we can almost turn night to day
  • wide dynamic range;
  • 5-axis image stabilisation;
  • internal recording of 4K movies in full-frame format featuring full pixel readout and no pixel binning;
  • extra-fast, precise AF;

Which basically means we can film more stuff hand held, at a higher resolution and be more discrete. We can’t wait to get stuck into using it. In terms of wedding films, the low light capability will make the evenings come alive. I’ll still throw a light up and use that to get some flare breaking out as people are silhouetted but essentially darkness is no longer a limitation.

The 4k recording is great, but probably won’t be used that much, unless I want to get multiple compositions in an HD timeline for one shot filmed.

The 5-axis stabiliser will mean that I can shoot handheld and therefore in much smaller confines with no issues as compared to the Canon models.

Finally, the variety of image profiles mean that I can have more control over the final image.

Oh actually slo-mo at 100fps in PAL and 120fps in NTSC allow for even silkier shots.

Watch this space.