WEEK IN REVIEW: 2 weddings and a Kickstarter Video / by Love You Back Productions

Pap, the cook at the corner store, sneaks in to say hello while we prep for a scene in our Kickstarter video.

Pap, the cook at the corner store, sneaks in to say hello while we prep for a scene in our Kickstarter video.

This week, Weenta and Julia make a Kickstarter video. We also split up and filmed 2 weddings on the same day!

Julia and I have been preparing to launch our Kickstarter campaign for our "Corner Stores" short documentary on November 1st. One of the most important parts of a Kickstarter campaign is a Kickstarter video! We happen to be lucky enough to be video makers, but we had to call in help to shape the concept of the film.

We knew the video would be filmed inside a corner store, but that's about all we knew. I enlisted the help of my cousin, writer, comedian and actress, Eritria Pitts to come up with a treatment for the video.

Our new friend and video maker/editor Zen offered to help us film.

Shout out to Zen: the most amazing camera operator and production assistant. 

Shout out to Zen: the most amazing camera operator and production assistant. 

Hair and makeup.

Hair and makeup.

This was right before I dropped Julia's favorite glitter makeup and spilled it all over the floor. 

This was right before I dropped Julia's favorite glitter makeup and spilled it all over the floor. 

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Werking it in the corner store aisle.

Werking it in the corner store aisle.

So what exactly is the concept for our Kickstarter video? Well you'll have to wait for our Kickstarter launch to find out... 

Meanwhile, Julia and I had weddings to film. I took the lead on a very special wedding. A marriage between Anna and William, a couple who work for the United Nations. Their wedding brought together 90 friends and family from all over the world. 

Anna and William with the caterer planning out the dinner for the family gathering the night before their wedding.

Anna and William with the caterer planning out the dinner for the family gathering the night before their wedding.

Anna and William currently live in Dakar, Senegal, but have a home here in New Orleans. 

Among their most special family members in attendance were Ndeye, and her daughter Fatou. Fatou is 10 years old and this is her first trip to the United States. With the help of Anna's friend Emilie, Fatou made a scrap book detailing her travels to the US and her time in New Orleans.

Fatou and Emilie working on Fatou's scrapbook. 

Fatou and Emilie working on Fatou's scrapbook. 

The voyage of Fatou and Ndeye to the United States of America, #heart in Anna. 

The voyage of Fatou and Ndeye to the United States of America, #heart in Anna. 

Ndeye writing Anna and William a heartfelt wedding note.

Ndeye writing Anna and William a heartfelt wedding note.

This has been my favorite wedding to film to date. It was a chance to tell a unique story about two diverse families coming together.

Anna and William are two very laid back people. William is French, Anna is a French-speaking American. Their wedding party was a mix of French speakers from France and Senegal, English speakers from the United States and the UK, and all kinds of nationalities and accents and places in between. 

I don't know French at all, but I was really wishing I did. People were excitedly speaking French all the time and I kept thinking: I know they're saying something good, I just don't know what it is! I'll be needing help from Anna and French speaking friends to translate some parts of the video we captured in order to put together their full story.

We came up with 4 story keywords to guide us in the making of this wedding film:

1) Family

2) Blending

3) Reunion

4) International

This is a strategy we learned from following Stillmotion, a production company that made phenomenal wedding films, but has since branched off into commercial work. For inspiration for Anna and William's film, I re-read a Stillmotion blog about pre-production on a destination wedding in Ireland.

After reading the blog about the Ireland wedding, I knew what would make this film special would be filming family time before the wedding day itself. These events were:

-a day spent with family baking wedding cakes

-a Skype phone call with Anna's 3 children who live in Senegal

-a party the day before the wedding with all 90 international guests 

I'm excited to watch back the footage and create a memorable and heartfelt story. It's going to be the best wedding film we've made yet. 

Julia and I have lots of editing to do in this next month, we'll be promoting our Kickstarter to our networks, plus my birthday is coming up! 

Can't wait to take on what's coming next.