Setting sail in a beautiful pea green boat

Leveling Up (Pre-wedding Videos)

Since The Boobook and I are a fairly low-key couple, we didn’t want to do pre-wedding photography at famous Sydney landmarks, mostly because almost NONE of our dates took place at said landmarks but also because we didn’t feel that the overly artistic, lovey-dovey nature of such photos really captured the essence of our relationship (bleh!).

We decided to film a pre-wedding video instead, which turned out both cheaper and faster than a pre-wedding photoshoot, with a lot less of the fuss and running around!  Plus, given that both The Boobook and I are massive video game geeks, we felt that filming something both funny and sweet would really tell our love story better.

Jason Queue of QUED Productions was recommended to us by our chosen wedding videographers, Clarzzique (more on that later).  On perusing QUED’s facebook, I was rather charmed by the sense of humour that they showed on their non-wedding videos and wanted to incorporate that in our wedding video.  I was pleasantly surprised that QUED was willing to take on the project, despite the fact that the wedding was only two months away!

The first thing that Jason did was interview both The Boobook and I about our relationship and the things that we liked.  Instead of throwing out ideas straight away, he really wanted to get a feel for us as a couple.  The interview session ran for about three hours, but we really enjoyed ourselves chatting with him.

About a week after the interview, Jason sent us a vague script with a few ideas that he had on how to frame the video.

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A Pre-script Script!

This rough script was the basis for the video that was to be created, both Jason and I worked on it until it made a lot more sense.  Once both sides approved the script, Jason sent through a list of shots that would need to be taken in order for the video to make sense.  Rather than overwhelm me with information, he had edited the shot list by location, so that I could better see the order in which things needed to be done.

The actual filming of the video took only two days.

The first day of filming took place in Sydney city, where we filmed everything that had to do with the gaming club, and almost all of the Persona 4 segments.  Since that first day involved extras, Jason was pretty good at making sure that we were on time at each location.  When the Boobook disappeared in the middle of the day, rather than waste time waiting for him to return, Jason spent his time filming closeups of extras and the university.

The second day was at Newcastle, where we did all the Minecraft shots as well as everything to do with the Monkey Island segments.  Despite the non-stop rain, Jason soldiered on, filming all the indoor shots first before proceeding outside to film the Boobook and I in the rain.

I was surprised at the amount of research that Jason had done of the games as well.  The way he framed each shot in the film really matched how the games looked when played.  I was especially impressed by his work on filming the Persona 4 segments, which turned out exactly like the games, down to the very last detail.

In the end, my experience with Jason and his team was overwhelmingly positive.  Neither the Boobook or I are good actors, so we were really grateful for Jason’s direction.  His attention to detail was also very impressive and the CGI editing he did to bring the Minecraft Creeper to life was incredible!

So, thanks Jason and QUED Productions!  We really had a great time filming our pre-wedding video and wish you the best of luck!

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A Special Moment

So, while we were in Singapore, this happened:

For those of you who can’t hear…

Droo: Will you marry me?
A Becky Lee: It’s upside down.
Droo: Oh, whoops.

A Becky Lee: Of course I’ll marry you.
Peanut Gallery: Yay!
Peanut Gallery: C’mon, you’re supposed to put it on for her!
A Becky Lee: I’m holding a drinky bag.
Peanut Gallery: Here, I’ll hold the drink.

A Becky Lee: It’s like … the least…

A Becky Lee: …Oh man, my finger has really expanded
Droo: There we go, wedged on.
Peanut Gallery: Should you ever say that?
A Becky Lee: Thanks for reminding me ..

A Becky Lee:  … How fat my fingers are.
Droo: Doesn’t look half bad.
Peanut Gallery: Awww, you guys are adorable
A Becky Lee: Were you seriously gonna ask on the bridge?
Peanut Gallery: Yeah! He did! We’ve been plotting this since you were in Australia even!

The Owl and the Pussycat

I
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

II
Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

III
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

(by Edward Lear)