For about two months now, in between a slew of other projects, I’ve been working on a special project for my good friend Michael Williams of Mijon Photo Studio. About two years ago Mike did a stint in the Digital Media Production class with me and Dan, and for his final assignment he shot a video we originally called “Hood Wedding.” The original premise involved cramming as many stereotypical low budget things as possible into a wedding ceremony with a supposed budget of only two or three hundred dollars. We all spent weeks coming up with stuff to put into this thing, but sadly it didn’t come close to what we originally envisioned.

Let me give you a little history on the project itself. Around noon Mike and I arrive at his cousins house where we’re planning on shooting the video. Most of the cast is supposed to arrive after church shortly after we get there. Most of them don’t arrive until four hours later, and the leading man and leading lady are the last to arrive. They arrive with no clue whatsoever why they were asked to come over, and worse yet, have somewhere they need to be in approximately an hour. Also we didn’t really have a script so much as some broad outlines and additional ideas not committed to paper. Somehow or another we managed to shoot the entire thing in the space of about two hours with all our talent more or less improvising the entire time. The end result was a story that very roughly made some sense with some pretty funny ad libs that helped make up for the shakey plot.

The re-cut shaves about thirteen minutes of footage out of Mike’s original cut, adds in some additional footage lifted from alternate takes, a new opening, some voice over, and some titles to help the scenes flow together a little better. Oh yeah, and I also dropped Dave “the Captain” Walker into the ceremony holding a boom box to explain where the wedding procession music was coming from. The boom box bit alone took me something like two days to motion track and mask into the shots. Once I figured out how to do motion tracking properly it went a lot quicker with the masking taking up the majority of the rest of the time. The opening/ending part with the handgun also took quite a bit of time to do, mostly because I insisted on putting tiny little reflections of the hand and gun into the wine bottle and glass sitting on the table. Chances are no one is even going to notice those reflections, but I know and I’m pleased with how they turned out.

Oh, I also put this little gem [link redacted] together over the weekend for my little girl so she could enter Disney’s “Princess Moment” contest. Maybe we’ll get lucky and win us a trip to London. If nothing else I bet all the other little girls are really wishing they had parents like Krystal and I.