Hello everyone & welcome to the ever so talented Glen Mackay from Directors Edge Videography.
Glen's area of expertise is Wedding Film making, travelling anywhere & everywhere you can get to via car or plane.
Glen is extremely invested in each & every one of the couples he gets to work with.
Glen says getting to witness the couples love, day & celebrations is awesome! Then he whips it altogether in a film that takes couples back to re live their special day over & over again.
From a young age Glen was always the guy in the family with a camera in his hands, capturing everything he could. Mostly creating content for his own amusement to be fair, probably also to the annoyance of others at the time. After he finished university his end goal was to work in TV creation, on things like Saturday Night Live. Glen loved watching all the behind the scenes features of tv & movies being made. In the early days weddings were never the end goal for Glen but after gaining experience working for other studios in his early career things changed for him when he attended a video workshop several years later and he got to see the evolution of wedding videos. They were no longer the 2-hour snore-fest point & shoot creations of the past. They had evolved into mini films. They were story focused narratives of people celebrating the best day of their lives! The possibilities were endless & from this point Glen was hooked!! 12 years later he is where he is today! An epic videographer.
Glen also acts as pseudo-wedding planner for his couples. Working in the industry for over 12 years now, he has so much inside knowledge on the best vendors to engage with! He is happy to help ensure a couple’s wedding day is stress free, absolutely amazing from start to finish and filled with likeminded professionals who share the same ethos and vibes. Glen assists to complete their circle of trust with a stellar photographer, celebrant, venue and entertainment to ensure their day is one to remember!
What Glen loves most about the wedding industry is honestly the people. Every wedding is always a happy event. So many smiles & so much laughter. Glen says it’s heart-warming to think "oh wow, I’m literally with everyone on one of the happiest days in their lives”. That’s a pretty cool job perk. The network of suppliers is also the best. Good people attract good people, so Glen has been fortunate to be surrounded with some pretty amazing talent over the past few years. Being self-employed can be isolating at times, but in this industry – it doesn’t feel like it. You’ve got great friends around you that you can collaborate with, talk things through & that’ll have your back.
Rather than limiting Glen’s work to one style and approach, he tends to adapt how he will film & capture a day based on who the couple are & how they envision their day. If they love to party and bust serious moves on the d-floor, their film will best represent that with a lot of moving action and atmosphere craziness. In contrast, if they are super loved up & connected to a more cinematic feel… boom, he has them covered being a ninja capturing the hidden gems & candid moments that unfold organically. At the end of the day, it’s about making a film that best represents the couples… above all, that’s what’s most important.
When asking Glen what the best or craziest thing he has ever done at an event, he said “it’s always a good sign when you end the night with a dance off with the couple at their reception”. The funny thing is he has been part of quite a few dance off’s in his time, slaying the d-floor with his moves. “It’s moments like this that you know you’re not just another 'vendor' at the wedding, but a friend of the couple who want you to join in on their celebrations. It’s the absolute best”.
Glen always love to find that alternate view on a wedding day. Most weddings commonly follow a similar structure, so it is important to him to find out the little things about the couple when first meeting with them. Tune in to who they are as a couple & what has brought them to the idea of getting married. It adds extra flavours of personality to make their story unique & their own. Glen loves to dig deeper in terms of why video is important to them – it’s a keepsake and capturing a moment in time they’ll look back on for years to come.
The most memorable parts of weddings are capturing reactions, it is always such a winner! Another great moment is the first-time couples see each other (either at the ceremony if traditional, or first look if more modern). It's great to capture the look on the family or friend’s faces. All the smiles, laughter & tears during the ceremony & speeches is so memorable. All the candid in between moments are Glens most memorable to capture. The best part is they happen when you least expect it, out of the blue, without warning. They are unexpected, unscripted & unplanned and therefore some of the most precious.
Glen is loving how couples are defying what a ‘traditional wedding’ is and making it suit them. All that’s legally required is for a celebrant to be there to say the 145 odd words or so. That’s all you need to make it official. Everything else is cotton candy on top of it – He is super in love with how couples are making it their own & defying what a ‘typical wedding’ looks like.
Wise words from the man himself to clients that are in the planning stages of their wedding.
"I think what’s important; no matter what type of professional service couples obtain for their special day is to form a connection & share the same vision with their suppliers. I’ve never really understood videographers (or photographers for that matter) who simply just turn up to capture a day for a couple without meeting them prior… then to say they are offering a “personalized service”. We (as creative suppliers) are often with our couples longer on the day than they are with each other, so it’s important that everyone is on the same page. It is important everyone gets on, can have a laugh, crack a joke & trust each other… otherwise, it may be awkward which is not good." He also thinks it is important to “totally understand budgets as well. Quite often, adding a wedding film is second to last on the list for a lot of couples. But it’s the one thing you’ll have to look back on after the champagne has been consumed, the flowers have perished & the band has packed up at the end of the night. We also have something on photographers; we capture audio. How amazing would it be to hear your great grandparent’s wedding vows today? Words are often exchanged on a wedding day that are never said again publicly. I’ve seen the toughest of men, as well as fathers, break down in tears as they walk their daughter down the aisle, to hear their voice break with emotion, you can’t capture that in a still moment.
All your loved ones are in the one place at the one-time… how many times in life does that happen? Think of your film as an investment for the future."