We are thrilled to introduce to our la Bride readers, a man, who after 16 years in the wedding videographer business is still one of the most sought after visual storytellers of his time.
Jason Magbanua takes pride in being able to tell a story on film. His wedding videos give a wonderful sense of being in the moment, all whilst conveying the mood and emotion of those significant points in time, along with great lighting, focus, passion and reflection.
Lets get to know Jason a little more in this Expert Insight.
Q: Hi Mr Magbanua, we’d like to know more about you. Would you please introduce yourself to our readers?
A: My name is Jason Magbanua and I’m a wedding videographer. I still absolutely love what I do even after 16 years in the industry. I love to read graphic novels, watch films of all kinds and goof around in social media. I’m obsessive about my coffee and have an affinity to beautiful footwear, whether Italian brogues or Yeezys. Music feeds my soul, and yes vinyl please.
Q: Did you go to film school? Is it necessary for today’s young filmmakers?
A: I had a degree in Communications. It’s a catch all course for everything like TV, Radio, PR, advertising. But I took a lot of subjects on film and TV production. I wouldn’t say it’s necessary. I know a lot of people who are successful in this field without being film majors. But it arms you with technical skills and knowledge needed to lay down good fundamentals in this career.
Q: What does cinematography mean to you?
A: Beautiful question. Cinematography in weddings for me means capturing fleeting moments in the best light, composed perfectly at the same time conveying mood, emotion or story. All this is taken in a one take environment. Which is difficult to say the least.
Q: You’ve been through many weddings as a cinematographer, which part of a wedding do you see most important?
A: Two moments.
When the bride walks down the aisle and when the couple exchange vows. I feel these are the two most pivotal moments of the whole wedding.
Everything else, the makeup, the portraits, the dinner after, all these are just ancillary to the two mentioned above. They are the most emotion packed, the most cinematic for me.
Q: We understand that you and your team offer services internationally. By far, which are the most impressive overseas wedding you’ve been to.
A: I love going to France. It never gets old. There’s something about the place and the people. The air permeates with love and romance.
Q: As a renown cinematographer, you’ve been invited as a speaker at numinous workshops world wide. What is your experience at these events?
A: I love sharing my thoughts and talents overseas. I always find it an absolute honor to be invited to speak in other countries. I love being able to mingle with like minded creative persons. Even though I’m the one who teaches, I learn as much if not more. I love how open and receptive they are. And if the market is just emerging, they are very engaged and inquisitive.
I’ve done Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco, Vancouver, Melbourne, Sydney, Sau Paulo and Madrid. This year its Milan and Lima, Peru.
Q: Do you have any advice for young cinematographers?
A: Passion and practice. You can’t go wrong.
Approach the wedding with the knowledge that this job was awarded to you with full trust in your talent and skill.
Wise words from Jason Magbanua, an artistic inspiration in the industry today.