I've always loved to play the game of Scrabble, though my Grandmother, Sisters, and Father routinely beat me using words I've never heard and often can't pronounce. This week I had an flash of inspiration: describe to our readers the many services we offer at Jensen Films through a scrabble board. We started in 1991 with one humble SVHS video camera. Since those humbe beginnings, we have grown to offering a wide variety of media services, such as Live Streaming, 360 degree Virtual Reality Panoramas, 8mm Film, Drones...and the list goes on! While we began by offering only wedding and event cinematography, much of our work is now also corporate, for companies such as Dignity Health, UPS, and Intel.
I created my first wedding panorama in 2004, inspired by Hans Nyberg's stunning 360's of the Royal Danish Wedding. Now that Facebook has enables VR content on it's posts, we have much renewed interest from our wedding couples in creating 360° wedding panoramas. Click on the link below to view a beautiful panorama of Kari & Nick's wedding at The Monte Verde Inn near Auburn, CA.
(You can also view a VR version at our FB page)
We have been honored to receive several national and international awards for our wedding films over the last 25 years. But the greatest compliment of our work comes from our wonderful clients. This Wedding Wire review from the mother of a recent bride married at the Catta Verdera Country Club:
Alex and Wendy chose to have a ring-bearer and flower girl process inside a radio controlled car- rather than wander down as is the tradition. We attached a GoPro camera on the window to capture an intimate shot of the children. Very often young children get 'lost' or disoriented when walking down the aisle as guest encourage them on. This is a novel idea we hope to see more of at weddings we film in the future. Filmed at the Grand Island Mansion. Over 2,800 views on our FaceBook page!
Kelsey & Ryan's wedding was not only unique because it was held at a gorgeous private Lake Tahoe estate, but because I was hobbled by a knee injury I had sustained a few weeks earlier playing tennis with my son. Getting around on the uneven Tahoe terrain and sandy beach was sometimes challenging, but filming was made so much easier by the patience and encouragement of the wedding professionals we worked with at the event. What you see in the short film above not only represents our visual artistry, but also the phenomenal talents of the team of vendors chosen by the couple for their epic day:
Event Design and Coordination: Jenn Robirds, Jenn Robirds Events
Photographer: Charleton Churchill
DJ & Lighting: Mike Regan,.MR DJ Event Services
Makeup: Shana Beals , Makeup & Skin by Shana
Reception Caterer: Randy Peters Catering and Events
Florist: Brandie, B&B Designs
Cake: Sarah, Flour Girl Bakery
One of the most popular add-on's to our regular video packages at Jensen Films are our WEDDING MUSIC VIDEO's. We bring an extra shooter to the wedding to get lip-sync of the wedding party and guests. The result is a spectacular 2-3 minute MTV style music video that involves all wedding attendees. Filming Matt & Amy's music video on the wedding day at The Grand Island Mansion was very unobtrusive- We only need about 10 minutes with the guests after the ceremony. If you would like to know more about these high impact edits, please contact us!
I'm looking forward getting some incredibly smooth footage in 2017 using our new motorized 3-axis gimbal for our weddings and corporate events. Our wedding couples and clients will love how small, quiet and unobtrusive this gimbal really is! We customized a Zhiyun-Tech Crane Gimbal with handles and two quick release plates for maximum convenience while filming.
Last year we filmed at the beautiful Grand Island Mansion a record 12 times! I remember years ago when the Mansion feel into disrepair and it was very sad to see such an iconic, storied venue falling apart. About 10 years ago, the Grand Island Mansion changed ownership, and the new owners invested millions to make it the most popular wedding venue in the Sacramento Valley..
Click on the photo above to view one of my favorite edits of the year, he wedding of Kristi and Michael.
One of my favorite tech blogs is PLANET 5d. Planet 5D is one of the world largest video production blogs, featuring "handcrafted curated news channel for digital photography, filmmaking and video production" We were honored to be featured on this blog over the holidays! The blog featured a Christmas music video I filmed and edited with the help of some of my film maker friends for my sisters children.
A few days ago I edited one of our beautiful Lake Tahoe weddings. Unfortunately, the wedding photographer seemed oblivious to the fact that the bride had also paid for wedding cinematography. At critical points of the ceremony and reception, the photographer jumped into our shots (completely blocking our cameras) to get his own, despite the fact that we communicated with this photographer prior to the events where we would be filming from.
We LOVE working with most wedding photographers, and make every effort to work as a team to get the best possible stills and video for our bride and groom. When the photographer and cinematographer work together, there can be a wonderful synergy that improves the work of both. At a wedding last week at the Grand Island Mansion, we filmed the photo session in the front of the Mansion. It was dark and I could tell that our talented photographer Amy (from Amy Carr Photography) was having a difficult time focusing some of her shots, so I brought out a small video light and used my 2nd shooter as a lighting assistant for both of us (see still captured from video below). Amy was able to get some SPECTACULAR back lit shots, and so was I:)
Cancer took the life of Rachel's father several years ago but his spirit lived on as Randy and Rachel played Rachels' Father/Daughter dance at her reception. The dance was recorded for her wedding day just weeks before Rachel's Father passed away. Local news crews were also on hand to capture the moment at The Willow Creek Events Center in Brown's Valley.
our dear friend Sandy Wilson, Owner of Wilson Vineyards writes:
After a long and very successful filming season of weddings and corporate events our family spent early December at Disneyland. We were also able to take our grandchildren Kaleya and Bo. We have a long tradition of creating a 360 degree HD panoramic Christmas PanoCard of our family every year:
To view the spectacular 360 degree Panorama, use your shift/control keys to zoom in and out and your mouse to explore and to turn the panorama.
"Chapel of Love" - a hit 50's song by the Dixie Cups no longer rings true for many wedding couples. When we first started filming weddings in Sacramento and in Northern California almost 25 years ago, most couples were married in a chapel with a priest or pastor. A recent study found that most brides and grooms prefer to get married in a secular location, such as rustic barns, country clubs or at the courthouse. In this study, millennials chose a secular location 55% of the time. The study was done by Dan Cox at the Public Religion Research Institute and reported at Yahoo News.
Shalin & David did not reserve a church, a wedding venue, a park, or even a beach for their wedding near Bodega Bay: they just showed up on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a few dozen folding chairs and close family and friends. They had planned this to have their ceremony at this fabulous location for months, however they knew there was a chance a park ranger or local law enforcement would run them off. The ceremony went off without a hitch- though the winds were so strong that after the ceremony my GoPro camera mounted in the back on a tall stand blew over into the bushes:)
This short film was shown at Shalin & David's wedding reception at the Elks' Lodge in Sacramento a few days after the ceremony.
In one of the most entertaining wedding ceremonies I have ever witnessed, Patrick suprised Jessica with an enthusiastic rendition of Billy Joel's "For the Longest Time." This beautiful wedding was held at Spring Ranch near Little River on the California Coast.
We love the incredibly unique and beautiful angles we get at weddings almost weekly with our SkyCam. We filmed this birds-eye footage last week at the Monte Verde Inn, near Auburn, CA. Our GoPro is fitted with a special lens that minimized the wide angle distortion found on the stock lens of this camera.
One of my favorite parts of creating beautiful wedding films are the responses from our wedding couples after viewing their wedding films' for the first time. Here is Missy's response to her Monte Verde Inn Wedding:
ADRIANE FISHER - (Co-Founder, Weddingmix by Storymix) WROTE THIS SHORT ARTICLE ABOUT HER OWN WEDDING EXPERIENCE FOR THE HUFFINGTON POST:
"In my last post, I provided fodder for the haters by recounting the story of my DIY Diva Wedding Hell. You would think, after that experience, not getting a wedding planner was my biggest regret. Nope, second biggest.
Like most brides, I looked forward to my wedding for 4 reasons:
- I was marrying a man better than I ever could have dreamed for myself
- The Big Day was a creative outlet for my DIY dreams
- Friends and Family were coming together from all across the country
- Biggest. Party. Ever.
After the wedding, here is what I had to show for it:
- Gorgeous photos
- A preserved wedding gown
- Stories from friends and family about it being the best party, not just wedding, they had ever attended
The photos bring back great memories, but let's talk first dance. My fiancé surprised me with dance lessons soon after we were engaged. We spent months with a choreographer learning our first dance. We were in our own world on that dance floor. It was like the whole world melted away as we waltzed to Louis Armstrong.
In my mind, we were going to dance it again every year on our anniversary. We would never forget the steps. Our first anniversary, I was away on a business trip. Our second anniversary was the due date of our first baby. By the third anniversary, the steps were long forgotten.
Now let's talk family and friends. Big family. Lots of friends. About 200 people flying in from all over the country. The award goes to Australia. It was the last family gathering for both of our grandmothers. The last one. No one wants to think about it, but it's real. When else are you going to hear marriage advice from your grandmother. When else is she going to warn your husbands about your temper tantrums at the age of five?
It was also one of the last times we were to see one of my husband's good friends. He died just a couple of years later in a snowmobile accident. We partied with him til 1am that night. Good times.
Lastly, the party. Oh the party. The live bar band. The Jack Daniels, for which I took so much crap in my last post. Yes, I drank at my wedding. Yes, I drank a lot. So did all the guests. Except the kids. They were running around with straws up their noses. It was a blast. We all had a great time.
And photos just aren't enough to hold on to years later."