Now that the dust has settled from a year of filming and editing over 90 great McElroy Weddings, our staff agreed on ten trailers that stood out for them personally, or visually Here are our picks for the best trailers of 2011, as described by the editors (in no particular order):
Ariel and Tyler chose “Kiss the Girl” by Colbie Caillat for their trailer. Everyone knows this classic song from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It was an appropriate choice for “Ariel” and gave the video a personal feel. I purposely chose clips of the bride and groom kissing to match the “kiss the girl” part of the lyrics. It was also fun to edit because of the stunning footage that was captured during their formals. The videographers used the slider on the golf course to film different shots such as the couple walking hand and hand and the groom dipping his bride.
Even though Gina and Mike got married on a cloudy/foggy day, the wedding itself was lively and upbeat. I liked how they chose the song “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves for their trailer because it fit the couple well. From preceremony preparations to the reception, the bridal party never stopped having a good time. The song choice was also appropriate because of their beach theme whether it was the bride’s shoes or the table décor at the reception.
Melissa and Reese had their wedding reception at the Boston Public Library, but before they did, they took their formals all over the Boston Commons. They lucked out with a gorgeous day for their wedding. They took their formals in the public gardens, by the Swan Boats, and even on the carousel. This alone was cool to see, but what really made me excited were the vibrant colors. Between the bride’s hot pink heels and umbrella, the colors were fun to experiment with. There were certain shots I could isolate colors in particular and desaturate everything else.
Jessica and Michael’s choice of “Strangers” by The Kinks reminded me of the movie from whence it came, Darjeeling Limited. With such a unique song, a unique couple, and a unique setting (The Boston Public Library), I was able to express myself, and my style, making great use of the film filter and long pacing.
Every once in awhile I’ll stumble upon a song that no one has chosen before for their wedding. Melissa and Tyler chose the song “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay. Coldplay is one of my favorite bands, so I was stoked to edit this trailer. There is one part of the song that repeats several times: “Now the sky could be blue, I don’t mind, without you it’s a waste of time.” During this part of the song, I would intersperse shots of the scenery with footage of the couple. Not only was it cool to edit to the song, but also it showed the strong connection between the bride and the groom.
Leah and Anthony’s trailer was enjoyable to piece together because the song is current, and no one had chosen it before. It’s whimsical, yet romantic. Also, the couple took a lot of their formals with the sun setting in the background. It was something unique to add throughout the trailer of the sun bursting through the couple kissing. What I like is that you can tell how much the couple loves one another in their footage; the groom actually tears up when he sees his bride walk down the aisle for the first time. And even though their vows were standard affair, they spoke them very emotionally.
Keri and Ryan’s trailer was another example of how choosing a unique song can be exciting to edit. They chose “Sweet Disposition” by the Temper Trap. Not only do I love this song, but it is played in one of my favorite movies, 500 Days of Summer. Drawing inspiration from the movie, I chose shots of Boston to begin the trailer because in the movie, the song is played as the couple explores the city. Similar to Melissa and Tyler’s trailer, I tried to edit to the lyrics as much as possible. One section that repeats is “A moment, a love, a dream, a laugh, a kiss, a cry, our rights, our wrongs.” During this part of the trailer, I chose footage of the couple executing these different actions.
I don’t often see a couple performing at their own wedding together, so it was a great surprise to see both Andrea and Alexander are musically inclined and chose to perform “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen at their reception. Throughout the trailer, I was able to create the illusion of Andrea and Alexander playing along. I strive to create a music video feel in all of my trailers, but this one is made legit.
Sweta and Kunal also chose the song “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap for their wedding trailer. You can see how distinctly different Kristina and I are in our approach by comparing the two trailers. I, too, love 500 Days of Summer, but I channeled my inner Conversations with Other Women in this one by creating a landscape of constantly moving split screens and inlays. Also, Hindi weddings seem to gush incredible colors. Between their dresses and decorations, the trailer is bright and vibrant.
Monica and Jonathan’s wedding venue allowed for some amazing footage. The couple got married at the Granite Links Golf Club, and the bride and groom posed not only in a ruin near the course, but also on a hill that opens up to a distant view of the Boston skyline. The beautiful slider shots and in-camera slow motion gave us a leg up on this trailer, but the song called for more than applying our trademarked style, but inventing intriguing ways to open the piece and segue from scene to scene.