Today La Bride has the absolute pleasure of introducing one of the most passionate people you will meet in the wedding industry.
Melbourne based Wedding videographer Kiet Luu from Grandeur Films began his career working as an engineer after studying maths and science.
However, with no love for the industry, he found himself drawn to the creativity of graphic design and photography, which led him to where he is today: happy and creatively fulfilled, doing the best job he could ask for. He tells us a bit more about his journey and how he loves to bring stories to life.
Q: Thank you so much for joining us Grandeur Films! Could you introduce yourselves for our audience?
A: Hi, my name is Kiet and I am the driving force behind Grandeur Films. We are a reputed video-producing studio based in Melbourne, specialising in wedding films. We were established in 2012, with a naïve notion to capture moments that stayed true to the heart. A motto we try to adhere to this very day.
Q: What is your background and what made you want to start a wedding cinematography business?
A: Initially I worked as an Engineer, however due to a lack of enthusiasm or love for the job, I pursued a career in graphic design. Having instilled a foundation for creativity, after several years, I found myself in love with photography, which ultimately led to purchasing my first ever DSLR. A Canon 5D MKII to be exact.
At that point in time there were no aspirations for shooting video, I merely loved creating and capturing images in a different medium. It wasn’t until I saw my friends shooting video, that a spark was ignited. That passion led me to be inspired by Papercranes & Mayad’s amazing work. One notable video was Papercranes Bubble Tea pre wedding video. It felt so surreal and as an audience I felt immersed in the emotions and storytelling of the video. Call me a romantic at heart, but it inspired me to pursue creating videos that would touch people’s hearts no matter the audience with an essential ingredient being LOVE.
To cut a long story short though, my passion stemmed from those initial inspirations from my peers. Furthermore as that passion grew with a thirst for knowledge and eventually through hard work, we were able to establish Grandeur Films.
Q: You say that you capture the “moments that make you who you are, and moments that take your breath away”. How do you capture these moments?
A: Honestly, it’s portraying the couple to be who they truly are, when there are no cameras around. Have you ever noticed the nuances, characteristics, or dynamics of a couple’s relationship, when they are truly immersed in one another? Capturing the true-to-life moments with a flare for beauty are the expressions we pursue. These are the emotions I believe that empower the heartstrings of the audience. To feel immersed as if they were there. Love is a powerful emotion; it is especially powerful when you see people in love.
Q: Why is a wedding video an important addition to wedding day memories?
A: Not to be controversial or biased, but the fact of the matter is, a wedding is or should be a once in a lifetime moment. There is no such replay of the day.
Putting budgets aside, having some sort of video or photo memento of the couple’s special day is an important aspect for their own keepsake. Weddings can be overwhelming for couple’s and occasionally stressful. Moment’s can be missed; especially moments shared with friends, family and loved one’s. I believe a video captured exquisitely will help evoke the moments they missed and engage themselves back in time, as if it was their own wedding now and forever.
Q: How do you make each wedding video individual?
A: Truthfully, it’s entirely up to the couple. To be honest, most weddings are usually standard, in terms of structure, with slightly different cultural beliefs here and there.
What we believe helps make each and every couple’s wedding distinctive is adding their own individual touches to the story. Things like personal vows, hand written letters, DIY items are some examples of conveying their specific characters to the film.
Observing the dynamic of their relationship, can also determine the style of the video. Whether it is romantic, ethereal, fun loving or uplifting, depicting the couple accurately will evoke emotions that relate back to the audience.
Being able to narrate their personal story to the screen is an essential part of bringing their fairy-tale to life.
Q: What has been your favorite wedding video to make so far? (location, weeding size, culture, history – anything)
A: Is it cliché to say we have enjoyed all the weddings we have captured? One noteworthy shoot recently though, was our pre wedding adventure in New Zealand. It is an amazingly picturesque location, filled with jaw dropping scenery. To say it is beautiful is an understatement.
It also helped that our couple embraced us as if we were friends, which made the shoot that much more enjoyable. To me that is the key to everlasting passion and gratification for the profession we have chosen.
Q: What do you think the secret to a great wedding video is?
A: I believe there is no secret to a wedding video, as there are so many great films out there being produced every single day, all with differing styles. Nevertheless, an effective wedding video to me is one that is able to draw the audience in, and arouse emotions both visually and thoughtfully. Being able to captivate the audience time and time again for the whole duration of the video is a great achievement, and one I strive for each and every day.
Hopefully we as an industry are able to constantly improve and tell better stories. It is something that I always aspire to be, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds in the near future. There are so many talented creative individuals out there, and the quality and standards are ever evolving. It definitely is an exciting time to be a visual creative.
Thank you Kiet and Grandeur Films team , you make us excited about what the future holds too.