Welcome to our wedding video
site from Portobello Films. Click on the logo to go through to our main site. Or check out our latest wedding videography from our London based wedding videographers
Plus two great interviews with our director and with our technical director from our London office
"Portobello Films came about almost by accident. I had finished shooting in Italy in the spring of 2007 and had returned to London. Filming on the continent usually winds down during the hotter months when all the good filming locations fill with tourists. However in London many corporate films, low budget features and 2nd unit filming takes place specifically during the summer months to take advantage of the longer days. So I was in London with a documentary kit and a friend, quite desperate, asked me to help her film her wedding video. She had hired two wedding videographers
from a local videography company but now only one videographer could show up. So that Saturday instead of being a guest, off I went for my first experience in wedding videography, working alongside a "professional"
". It really got me thinking that actually you could film a wedding video to a high standard. Because basically shooting a wedding video is the same as filming a reality show or a documentary. Except of course you know exactly what and when and how everything is going to happen. I mean when you are filming a reality show you would give your right arm to have to have that kind of information."
"Well next up I decided to see if could have a go at shooting some more wedding videos and over the summer of 2007 I got videography jobs with two very well known wedding videography
companies. Surprizingly enough it is pretty easy to get a job as a wedding videographer
, as the companies seemed far more concerned about what kind of shoes you wear than what camera you filmed with, lucky me as I do like shoes."
"Afterwards I called a meeting with the technical director and the cinimatographer from Future Farm Productions and told them of my experiences over the summer. They though the same as I did, that actually wedding videos are pretty straight forward. Just film as if you would on a pro job, ie. match eye lines, cut on action or scene and have a good collection of establishing, mid and close up shots. It isn't rocket science, in fact filming a wedding video should be enjoyable not the stress-out that videographers make it sound."
"Weddings are full of drama, emmotion, humour, and fun. You don't have to coax the action from the subjects, it's all there in front of you, just shoot it!. So that's how we set up Portobello Films. The over riding ethos of which is shoot like broadcast and always listen to the clients. For example we always make sure that whichever one of us is going to film the wedding video, is going to be the one that the client meets with first. Again just like broadcast everybody meets up before hand, you never have crew just rocking up on the day with no introduction, so why not for wedding videos? You are never going to get a "take two" so why leave it all to chance?"
That was Monica Lombardi, producer at Future Farm Productions Ltd and head of Portobello Films. Giving us the low down on just how they get such a professional look.
In fact later that day we also managed to interview Future Farm Productions' cinimatographer whom Monica mentions in her interview. You can read his thoughts on the technical side of shooting live events on the wedding videography page.
Welcome to Portobello Weddings where we take the opportunity to highlight the wedding videos form well known wedding videography company Portobello Films. We will discuss what makes them so different from other wedding videographers and wedding videography companies. We will also check out some of the many wedding venues in London and the south of England where Portobello Films have shot their wedding videos. While also listing some of Portobello Film' favorite wedding photographers and wedding suppliers.
So what has been the secrete to Portobello Films rapid rise in popularity, having only been established since 2007 What has made them so sought after? Well a clue lies in their parent company. Film and television services company Future Farm Productions. We caught up with one of the Directors, Monica Lombardi and asked her to tell us more.