Who Is Matt? Matt Johnson Productions http://whoismatt.com Wedding Films, Promos, VLOGS, and Tutorials created by Matt Johnson. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:53:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 7312825 Come with me to Iceland! | Behind The Scenes Travel Vlog (Part 1) http://whoismatt.com/icelandbtspart1/ http://whoismatt.com/icelandbtspart1/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:53:57 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8787 Two weeks ago I posted my latest travel film, “Remember Who You Are,” a drone and timelapse film of Iceland. Now, I would like to invite you to come along with me in a behind-the-scenes vlog that I filmed while exploring this beautiful country. ¬†In this BTS, I will show you many of the beautiful shots I was able to film, and – more importantly – how I filmed them, and why I chose certain shots.

It is my hope that by showing you my entire thought process, as well as the exact settings that I used on my DJI Mavic Pro drone and Sony A7Sii camera, that you will learn some new things and be inspired to explore.

ūüé•Filmed with:
The best travel drone ever: http://amzn.to/2rBKxwQ
Filters for the best travel drone ever: http://amzn.to/2rCr6Ut
Insane lowlight camera: http://amzn.to/2rqZoGn
My favorite wide angle lens: http://amzn.to/2rqEjf9
The lens that is on my camera 80% of the time: http://amzn.to/2rCdNUk
Killer ND filter/adapter for these lenses: http://amzn.to/2rqxSc1
My cheap & glorious Timelapse Intervalometer: http://amzn.to/2rvv6VP
Ridiculously tiny recorder and mic: http://amzn.to/2rqIKXd

The song used in this video is “There Is A Light” by Josh Garrels, one of the best singers ever.

ūüėÉAs always, if you have any questions or comments about this travel video, please feel free to leave one below, or get in touch.

INSTAGRAM: @WHOISMATT http://www.instagram.com/whoismatt
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/whoismattcom

 

 

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“You are the Joni Mitchell to my James Taylor” | Emotional Countryside Wedding Film in Johnson City, TX http://whoismatt.com/you-are-the-joni-mitchell-to-my-james-taylor-emotional-countryside-wedding-film-in-johnson-city-tx/ http://whoismatt.com/you-are-the-joni-mitchell-to-my-james-taylor-emotional-countryside-wedding-film-in-johnson-city-tx/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:15:13 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8801 My wife Rachel had three roommates in college, and now as of this wedding, I have filmed two of their weddings (still holding out hope for number 3, Mattie-Ruth!). Normally when we film weddings, we sit down with the couple over dinner and hear the entire story of how they met, fell in love, and decided to get married. For Lauren and Matt though, things were a bit different because we have been there to witness their entire relationship (which we totally saw coming by the way).

 

To sum it up, they wrote and performed songs together, which basically requires them to fall in love*.  Witnessing two of our good friends joining their lives together in a moment that we were all hoping and waiting for made their wedding day all the more special for us to film.

Are you marrying your best friend/duet singer? Even if you don’t make beautiful music together, we would love to film your wedding. Please get in touch!

*Citation, See: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Sonny and Cher, Jay Z and Beyonce, and (unfortunately), Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger.

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5 years together, going on 50 | Downtown Austin Wedding http://whoismatt.com/5-years-together-going-on-50-downtown-austin-wedding/ http://whoismatt.com/5-years-together-going-on-50-downtown-austin-wedding/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:12:17 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8798 Five years ago, at a small Catholic college in St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen met Michael. A chance meeting at a sorority party their senior year led to dates, competitive Catan game nights, and an eventual move for Michael from St. Louis to Texas so they could be together. It was this move across state lines that made them both realize they were ready to spend the rest of their lives together.

This May, they made it official, with an unmistakably Texas wedding, set in the heart of Austin. They said their vows barely a stone’s throw away from the Capitol, and proceeded to dance the night away with both a Texas Country band and a DJ flown in from Los Angeles.

Getting married in Austin or anywhere else? We would love to film it! Please get in touch.

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One day ago was the last time we won’t be married | Gorgeous outdoor country club wedding in Dallas, Texas http://whoismatt.com/sarahandchris/ http://whoismatt.com/sarahandchris/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:09:49 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8794 Our friends Sarah and Chris are what Rachel and I like to call “undercover awesome”. ¬†I first experienced this phenomenon when I met Sarah my sophomore year of college. She’s one of those people that once you meet them, they keep popping up in conversations until it reaches the point that you wonder if they know everyone on the planet. True story: there were times on campus that I would name-drop Sarah when¬†I met someone new, thus instantly befriending them. Undercover awesome.

Years after college, Sarah met Chris, and then Rachel and I had the pleasure of meeting him too. Put a saxophone, guitar, piano, accordion, or Microsoft Excel in front of him and he will quickly prove he can make music (or spreadsheets) with all of them. Undercover awesome.

Undercover Awesome.

If you’re at a party with them, you won’t see them as the center of attention, dancing on tables, or causing any sort of scene. But if you mention their names to anyone, there will immediately be a glow of recognition, a story about them, and lots of laughter. Their laid-back vibes, insurance sales, and accounting lifestyle belie two of the coolest people in the room, and two of the coolest people Rachel and I have had the pleasure of filming. I guess this film means their awesomeness isn’t quite so undercover anymore.

If you’re getting married (and especially if you are undercover awesome), we would love to film it, please get in touch.

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Remember Who You Are | Iceland Cinematic Drone and Timelapse Travel Film http://whoismatt.com/iceland/ http://whoismatt.com/iceland/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:29:05 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8774 Iceland is a country that even after visiting, I still have difficulty believing exists. Snow-capped volcanoes piercing the skies, centuries-old glaciers covering the landscape like a quilt, dark water the color of ash folding up onto a black sand beach, and don’t even get me started on the sunsets that last for hours.

While incredibly harsh, this land is also graceful, full of quiet moments where all you hear is the tiny whisper as snowflakes fall on your face and melt, all you feel is the gentle spring of the moss that covers everything beneath your feet, and all you see is the Aurora Borealis dancing overhead. These and hundreds of other experiences are what I attempted to capture in this film of one of my favorite countries on Earth.

For me, Iceland is a reminder that God created a jaw-droppingly beautiful world, full of moments that are constantly reminding us of himself. When I traveled across this country I remembered who I was, his child. I hope you get to travel there as well one day and share the same experiences.

I’m also very excited to announce that I filmed a behind-the-scenes of this film, showing exactly how I captured the shots that you see in it. So if you’ve ever wanted to film a travel video yourself, I hope you will find it helpful! I’ll be posting the behind-the-scenes soon.

Many of the sound effects used in this film were either used with permission from Freesound.org (credits below), or from the amazing Archetype Sound Effects package from Lens Distortions.

The narration was handled expertly by Holly Lindin. She’s an amazingly talented voice-over artist from Canada, that I would highly recommend for any of your video projects.

I would also like to thank my wife Rachel for traveling to Iceland with me, putting up with my needs for “one more drone shot!”, and feeding me snacks throughout this trip.

Sound Effect Credits – Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License

Aspen Tree In Strong Wind by juskiddink on Freesound

Riviere-river by Glaneur de songs on Freesound

Seagulls by inchadney on Freesound

Waves Crashing On Stone Jetty by juskiddink on Freesound

Pink Lakes Wind From Inside A She Oak by kangaroovindaloo on Freesound

Horse Nicker 2 by GoodListener on Freesound

Svalbard_recherche_glacier_20060904 by jeo on Freesound

 

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I hosted the Wedding Film Academy Podcast! http://whoismatt.com/weddingfilmacademyhost/ http://whoismatt.com/weddingfilmacademyhost/#comments Fri, 26 May 2017 04:59:24 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8765

This week I had the opportunity to not only be on a podcast, but host it! My good friend Jordan Bunch, the regular host of The Wedding Film Academy Podcast (which I was on back in March), reached out to me about interviewing him about a topic that I didn’t know much about: volume wedding film brands. Usually he runs the show but in this case, considering he wanted to talk about his own company, we decided it would be a great idea to have me ask the questions.

There are many ways to run a wedding film business, and one of the most interesting is the concept of a volume company – one that films hundreds of weddings per year, usually at a lower cost than competitors. To hear Jordan describe it, his company Ladybird Wedding Films is the Toyota of wedding filmmakers: cheap, reliable, and with good gas mileage (not sure about that last one in regards to wedding films). Because he runs this company very differently than how I run FilmStrong Productions, I ended up having a ton of questions about everything from video quality to business sustainability. I would highly recommend checking out the podcast¬†on Jordan’s site or on iTunes if you would like to learn more about different styles of wedding filmmaking businesses.

Have any questions? Please feel free to get in touch!

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My Favorite Picture Profile for the DJI Mavic Pro http://whoismatt.com/mavicpropictureprofile/ http://whoismatt.com/mavicpropictureprofile/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 23:29:05 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8757 As promised in my Mavic Pro Review video, I’m excited to share with you my favorite picture profile for the Mavic Pro. This is the exact picture profile that I use for filming weddings, travel videos, and any other professional shoots. With a bit of color grading, I find that it can result in some beautiful footage shot with this tiny drone.

In the future, I plan on bringing you a video dedicated to exactly how I use Adobe Premiere Pro to color grade the footage shot with this exact picture profile, and how I use LUTs with it as well.

For now though, here are my exact picture profile settings:

My favorite Mavic Pro picture profile: D-Log 0, -1,-1 (unless I’m filming in a high-dynamic-range scenario, then I want my sharpness set to +1.

  • Other settings that I use in the DJI Go App:
  • ¬†Record in Manual
  • ¬†Record in the MP4 Video Format
  • ¬†Record in 4K at 30fps, conformed in post to 24fps.
  • ¬†Record at 1/60th shutter speed by using Polar Pro’s Cinema Series Vivid Collection of ND Filters with Polarizers.
  • ¬†Turn the Over Exposure Warning (aka Zebras) ON, and make sure no parts of my video are overexposed.
  • ¬†Monitor the EV Meter and try to ALWAYS keep my exposure at 0.0 or slightly above at .3 or .7, never under 0.0 (note that this is bugged in my current version of the firmware and the EV does not work, so I monitor my zebras instead and film with my footage just below where the zebras start to appear, almost over-exposed.)
  • ¬†Manually set my White Balance using the “Custom” option and dialing in the exact Kelvin value. In most daylight/partly cloudy situations this is at 7,000K.
  • ¬†Keep my ISO at 100 if possible.

If you are wondering why I use these settings, please watch the video, because two-thirds of it is dedicated to explaining why I use them.

My favorite drone video gear: https://kit.com/whoismatt/drone-gear-for-wedding-filmmakers

And if you want to keep up with my Iceland photos, videos, and other behind-the-scenes stuff, please follow me on Instagram.

I also post a ton of video related things to my Facebook Page

As always, if you have any questions or comments about this review, please feel free to leave one below, or get in touch.

I am also now offering one-on-one personal filmmaker consulting! Wanna talk about cameras, lighting, or booking clients? Let’s do it!

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After 9 years, I still fall more in love with you every day | Hill Country Wedding in Spicewood, Texas http://whoismatt.com/kelseyandjacobwedding/ http://whoismatt.com/kelseyandjacobwedding/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 20:04:44 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8751 You may remember Kelsey and Jacob from their highlight film, “High school sweethearts in the Hill Country.” Today, Rachel and I want to share with you their full wedding film: a story that shares even more about who they are, how¬†their relationship grew from campfires and two-step dances to a wedding next to a pig barn, and of course, how they ended up with a petting zoo at their wedding reception.

On their family ranch, which I described in my previous blog post as “their connecting point for all their key moments growing up together,” we had the opportunity to capture not only their wedding ceremony, but a glimpse of who they are as people. From shotguns in the morning, to Aaron Watson in the evening, this wedding was the perfect culmination of Kelsey and Jacob’s relationship, and one that we were so incredibly overjoyed to film.

If you’re getting married (no shotguns or pig barn required), we would love to film it, please get in touch! – Matt

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How to Film A Wedding | Behind The Scenes of Not just in Love, in Joy with each other http://whoismatt.com/howtofilmawedding/ Tue, 09 May 2017 22:35:36 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8747 Before you do anything else, watch the wedding trailer I created this BTS for: “Not just in Love, in Joy with each other“.

Now that you’ve done that, have you ever wanted to know how I film a wedding? I am so HUGELY EXCITED to share this video with you and it has been so hard to keep this a secret! I had a behind-the-scenes filmed of a real wedding that I filmed! This video will show you:

  • The gear I use to film a wedding.
  • Gobs of drone flying action!
  • My thought process behind creative shots.
  • How I handle things when a wedding reception nearly ends in disaster!
  • The exact lenses and camera settings I use in different situations.

I’ve been wanting to make this video for about a year and a half (ever since my first wedding filmmaker vlog!), so when my friend Noah told me he was getting married and asked me to film, I jumped at the chance to bring along my friend Paul Bailey and have him film a behind-the-scenes of Rachel and I as we filmed this wedding.

And just so we are clear, this is ONLY a behind the scenes of the wedding trailer, I have a much longer behind-the-scenes coming out soon, walking you through the ENTIRE wedding day from beginning to end. ūüôā

And if you want to keep up with my Iceland photos, videos, and other behind-the-scenes stuff, follow me on Instagram. I also post a ton of video related things to my Facebook Page.

Shoutout to Grant Daniels Photography too for photographing this wedding and giving some great commentary in this video!

You can check out the rest of the gear I use for filmmaking at my Gear Page or my Kit Page.

I am also now offering one-on-one personal filmmaker consulting! Wanna talk about cameras, lighting, or booking clients? Let’s do it!

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Not just in Love, in Joy with each other | Texas countryside wedding trailer http://whoismatt.com/noahandmal/ http://whoismatt.com/noahandmal/#comments Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:47:31 +0000 http://whoismatt.com/?p=8742 If you talk to Noah and Mallorie about their journey, they will start with a story of middle-school friendship. A relationship that grew into their parents driving them to dates in the 8th grade, and a handholding session on an airplane that sealed their fates together from that moment on.

I guess you could say that everyone knew this wedding was coming. I knew, Rachel knew, and everyone else kinda expected it. There was very little question of if, only when. The “when” for me turned out to be April of last year when Noah was helping me film a wedding (oh yeah, he’s a videographer too!). He was helping me unload some gear from my car when he casually stated, “When Mal and I get married next year, I want you to film it.” Cue my doubletake followed by a “Yes!”

Smiles for days!

So there we all were: Noah, Mallorie, friends, and family, all squeezed under an oak tree south of Dallas, watching an event unfold that we all saw coming. And contrary to what you may think, our knowing this was coming didn’t make it any less special, no, it was even better because this wedding was something we all wanted to happen.

Are you about to get married to your middle-school sweetheart? Rachel and I would love to film it. Please get in touch!

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