Same Day Edit

Regina and Jason

I met Jason and Regina just a few days before their wedding. What immediately struck me was the black Star Trek shirt he was wearing, Spock, not Picard mind you. This guy was OG.

The talk about the wedding day quickly steered (with my excellent manoeuvring), to action figures (he bought a couple in Shoppesville), graphic novels (he teaches literature in Manhattan), monotheism and the inherent racism of Filipinos favoring white guys (which I hope he doesn’t get accustomed to).

The meeting was roughly 45 minutes but it gave me enough vision and direction on how to approach the wedding of two people who were madly in love with one another, where boring was not in their vocabulary, and who never took themselves too seriously.

When you use Europe’s Final Countdown as entrance song at the reception, you know it’s going to be special.

Love has won

Lyn and Lala

Last June 26th, The US Supreme Court voted in favor of a constitutional guarantee for equal rights of same-sex marriages.

“No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

It was a historic day in the US and I understand we are in the Philippines. (the last member country of the UN to not have divorce).

That kind of recognition may never see the light of day in our country but the ruling had such a profound impact on me as I realized I was filming a gay wedding that very day I was hearing the news from the US.

“Love has won.” That was the rally cry from the western hemisphere. And yes, in the end , we are all better people when love wins.

#InspireEveryDay with Ayala Museum

Once again, deeply honored and super excited to be asked by Ayala Museum for their annual Talks sessions.  This time with a focus on Kindness and Creativity with no less than premiere illustrator and visual artist Valerie Chua.

And there’s more actually!

How about a fun collab with me and Up Dharma Down? Upload an Instagram video all about kindness and tag with #InspireEveryDay.

Kiss your grandma! Pet your cat! Pick up a piece of trash on the street!  Any act of kindness.

We’ll osterize everything into a fun video to the tune of All the Good Things by Up Dharma Down and premiere it on July 25 at Ayala Museum!

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An Indian Wedding in Cebu

Mahesh and Natasha

It had been quite a while since we shot an Indian wedding and I’m truly truly glad we were around for Mash and Tash’s.

I will not mince words, it was terribly exhausting to film for four days straight from midmorning to just before dawn the next day. But I will be the first one to tell you it was a truly great experience.

The rituals were all steeped in tradition and I’d appreciate it every time the elders would trace and explain the events in contemporary english. It opens your eyes and makes you the wiser for it.

The highlight of each day was of course the parties. And oh boy did they party!

I present to you the epic four day extravaganza SDE of Mash and Tash!

Same Day Edit

Sitti Navarro and Joey Ramirez

It had been raining the whole week in Baguio City and the wedding day was no exception. Dark clouds were looming since morning and it was no surprise that by afternoon, the rain wasn’t letting up. At times it was a downpour, but for the most part, it was a steady cold drizzle.

I was joking the whole time, the rest of the crew were waterproof, the cameras were not. But the white umbrellas would suffice.

The most magical thing to happen, like they do in the movies (yes I’m going meta here), was that the rain just stopped for a few precious minutes just to let Sitti walk down the aisle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Presenting the Same Day Edit.

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A good story ALWAYS has conflict. But on a wedding day, you cannot manufacture that. You have to look around, listen and be receptive to what can constitute possible areas of conflict. In this case, it’s the weather and elements. I built the film around it, setting the stage, highlighting the “conflict” and then arriving at the solution/conclusion. It’s a wedding. It HAS to be feel good.

Know more about story structure and edits for weddings. Join my workshop on July 9 and 10 in Makati City. Email learn@jasonmagbanua.com. Limited seating.

The Deepest Sighs

Czarino and Mico

Czarina and Mico

The deepest sighs can be found on the wedding day. Sighs of happiness, relief, loss and love. Look out for them , that moment is pregnant with emotion and meaning.
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It is essential to learn how to listen while filming a wedding. It connects you to the subject. It brings you closer. You are able to connect seemingly random things and events to make something more meaningful.

“This is our moment…”
“Close your eyes…”

Learn to listen, what to look out for, and how to weave these elements in the story my upcoming workshop on June 9 and 10, 2015. Email learn@jasonmagbanua.com for details.

for the WAW Filmfest

The Most Beautiful Dress You Will Ever Wear

The Weddings At Work Filmfest was conceived in 2009 as an event to celebrate WaW as a community.  Two iterations later and it has gone on to pay tribute to wedding suppliers who have made a mark on the industry.  It is difficult for me to write further about this as I am one of two of those suppliers.  The topics are completely and unapologetically arbitrary.  But  are weighed and considered with much thought.

In the future, I  fervently hope that the filmfest evolve into greater scope and deeper substance.

Any chance a wedding videographer gets to screen his work on the big screen is a BIG deal.  It was to me.  These are the same silver screens and seats  they use to show The Theory of Everything and Mad Max (and umm yeah, even for Bride for Rent).  But regardless, the task to make a film  carries much weight.   I take it very seriously.

And I take the topic – Veluz – renowned Filipina wedding gown designer, very very seriously.

It was imperative for me to communicate the “experience” of  Veluz from the bride’s perspective, to ask the right questions, to understand the bond between the bride, the dressmaker and the dress.

I hope you gain that deeper understanding as well after watching the short film.

The leit motif is a naked fitting form.   The most beautiful dress you will ever wear is in Veluz’ mind.  She has created it for past brides and she will continue to imagine and make them for future ones.  That dress is a confluence of the bride’s dreams and aspirations and V’s vision, passion and craft.

You know every interviewer’s go to fail safe question? “Describe someone with one word?”  I couldn’t think of one word – I thought of thwo – Integrity.  Authenticity.  That’s what she is.  That’s what she does.

All along I thought I couldn’t respect or admire Veluz Puno-Reyes any more than I already do.  I was proven wrong after making this.

You may not be a bride.  You may not be part of our little industry.  But whatever you do, whoever you are,  you will gain so much if you watch all the films in the Veluz filmfest.

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I met Jason and Regina just a few days before their wedding. What immediately struck me was the black Star Trek shirt he was wearing, Spock, not Picard mind you. This guy was OG. The talk about the wedding day quickly steered (with my excellent manoeuvring), to action figures (he bought a couple in Shoppesville), graphic novels (he teaches literature in Manhattan), monotheism and the inherent racism of Filipinos favoring white guys (which I hope he doesn't get accustomed to). The meeting was roughly 45 minutes but it gave me enough vision and direction on how to approach the wedding of two people who were madly in love with one another, where boring was not in their vocabulary, and who never took themselves too seriously. When you use Europe's Final Countdown as entrance song at the reception, you know it's going to be special.

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Andi and Erik. A funny thing happened, the doors of the church accidentally opened with a gust of wind before it was the bride's turn to walk. Good thing the wedding planner had cat-like reaction and speed and gets to the door in time. That and a few more moments litter Andi and Erik's wedding day. A cornucopia of laughter, tears and awkward dancing. Cheers to the newlyweds!

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I'm such a Filipino I can never live without my "sawsawan" (dipping sauces). I take my pork with various ones. lnihaw iempo is always with suka't bawang. And the occasional toyo't calamansi. Pork chop though, is with banana ketchup. Jufran please. As with fried chicken. I can live without tomato ketchup. Unless it's for fries. Most fried fish is with toyo and calamansi. Unless it's tuyo or tinapa, in that case, it's kamatis. Inihaw na hito will be the only exception, that is always taken with patis and calamansi. Most soup based dishes are taken with patis, god help my kidney. If it's sinigang, "siling pari" is crushed. That's about the only spice I can take. I pass on the siling albuyo. Unlike my girlfriend who takes it breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Most beef cooked at home are sauce based. I take that without dipping. If it's steak, I have long since banned Knorr seasoning, of which my houshold is addicted to before, now it's just some sea salt. I have no taste for Mang Tomas, sadly.

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How are all of you guys doing this Sunday? Hope everything's well despite the inclement weather. The workshop last week was a huge success and I have the attendees to thank to thank for that. I'm off to Sau Paulo, Brazil now to speak at a Wedding Videographers convention. I'm honored and so excited. I have a few days to explore the city so I'm excited about that too. Stay dry people.

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I had the most wonderful opportunity to speak again in the hallowed halls of the Ayala Museum about Creativity and Kindness. This time sharing the stage with the extremely talented artist - Valerie Chua. Friends came out to support us and that is very much appreciated. Were you there? How did you find the experience? Lined up for the ff weeks are Armi Millare, Team Manila and Leeroy New.

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Last June 26th, The US Supreme Court voted in favor of a constitutional guarantee for equal rights of same-sex marriages. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” It was a historic day in the US and I understand we are in the Philippines. (the last member country of the UN to not have divorce). That kind of recognition may never see the light of day in our country but the ruling had such a profound impact on me as I realized I was filming a gay wedding that very day I was hearing the news from the US. "Love has won." That was the rally cry from the western hemisphere. And yes, in the end , we are all better people when love wins.

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Thanks for the absolutely amazing response. We are nearing capacity for the participants and will soon be sold out. I would like to thank our generous event partner The Blue Leaf as well as our sponsors Innovee Trading, The Music Bed, Power Mac Center and Lightroom Corporation. I promise you the best learning experience. Friends, fans and followers, please share this poster to those who might be interested. Thanks! *Jason Magbanua XV: Wedding Filmmaking Workshop. July 9 & 10. The Blue Leaf, Mckinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Philippines.

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It had been quite a while since we shot an Indian wedding and I'm truly truly glad we were around for Mash and Tash's. I will not mince words, it was terribly exhausting to film for four days straight from midmorning to just before dawn the next day. But I will be the first one to tell you it was a truly great experience. The rituals were all steeped in tradition and I'd appreciate it every time the elders would trace and explain the events in contemporary english. It opens your eyes and makes you the wiser for it. The highlight of each day was of course the parties. And oh boy did they party! Mash Tash! Thanks for having us! I present to you the epic four day extravaganza SDE of Mash and Tash!