What Are Family Films?
What is a family film? For me, family films differ from what I make for my family, basically. It's a little bit different in the way that I approach it. I'm still Mom when I'm making the ones for my kids, and so it's definitely a different approach. What is a family film? Allison, the other day, when she watched a film of mine that you're going to see next, her response was that it's like walking into a memory, and that's really what I want it to be. I was like, "Yes! I've done it!" That's my goal, that's what I've been wanting to do, is have it be like walking into a memory. I use a documentary approach to have these real moments that are happening within the family, but it's so centered around specific memories that they want to remember forever, and another thing that I've said recently is, I feel like video is like breathing life into a photograph. You know, you have a photograph and that's beautiful and it can tell a story and it's one photograph, and it's static. You add movement...
, you add voices, you add music to that, and it becomes something entirely different. So. (clears throat) This is a family film, some of you have probably seen this one already if you've been following my work. This is a really recent one. This is probably one of my favorite ones to date, and I think a lot of that has to do with how well I knew the client before I went there. I think that it is so much about understanding them beforehand, and talking to them beforehand, and really knowing what matters to them, and what's important to them. So, I'm going to play this one. ("Meant to Be" by Lion's Heart) ♪ In your eyes ♪ ♪ I see a thousand rays ♪ ♪ Coming to life ♪ ♪ Fire and light ♪
Where's Mommy? Boo! (laughs) (baby babbles) ♪ On your lips ♪ ♪ Words fall like melody ♪ ♪ Singing my heart ♪ ♪ Just where we are is enough for me ♪ ♪ Take my hand ♪ ♪ Run away with me ♪ ♪ You and I ♪ ♪ We were meant to be ♪ ♪ Through your heart ♪ ♪ That is the path I'll take ♪ ♪ To understand just who I am ♪ ♪ My love ♪ ♪ Oh, 'cause I understand ♪ ♪ Just who I am ♪ ♪ With you, my love ♪ ♪ Take my hand ♪
Hi! (girl giggles)
I found you!
All right, looking at a big hand, two big hands. (girl tuts)
See, can you see hand? ♪ Take my hand ♪ ♪ Oh, stay with me ♪ ♪ You and I ♪ ♪ We were meant to be ♪
Took a step, by step, by step, through the woods. ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ In your eyes ♪ ♪ I see a thousand dreams ♪ ♪ Coming to life ♪ ♪ Fire and light ♪ ♪ Enchanting me ♪
I thought we were past the crying part. (laughs) We might have a long way to go, I think. (audience laughs) I should mention the song earlier, I don't have a slide for it. But the one of my daughter in the kitchen sink was "Always Be" by Holley Maher, licensed through Musicbed. So I want to make sure, because this song is so crucial to the film, I want to make sure that every film you see of mine, I'm going to show you the song I used, where I licensed it through, so that you know where that all happened. And then the artist as well. We always need to give respect to the artists that are creating the music that we are using to give to our clients. That's so important.
Portrait photographers capture moments in time for families, parents, and children. But in order to tell the whole story, you need to switch your camera to video mode, and become the storyteller behind the camera. Join Courtney Holmes, family photographer, filmmaker, and founder of FilmingLife Academy as she empowers you to add video to your photography business.
In this class, Courtney takes you on location to a home in Seattle to see how she organizes a family shoot from start to finish. You will learn in a unique way how Courtney works to capture authentic family moments on video and how to stay flexible in a new home environment that you’ve never filmed in before.
Courtney will teach you:
- How to change your mindset from photographer to videographer
- How to add videography to your brand
- Pricing and marketing tips
- What to ask in order to capture the best story for your clients
- The technical skills you’ll need for video
- Post-processing using Adobe® Premiere Pro®
- How to choose music, import, organize, create, and polish the final product
Courtney has learned how to make filmmaking into a viable business, and is going to give you the tools to move forward and tell the stories that families will treasure for a lifetime.