In the Philippines, wedding videography is often associated with one man: Jason Magbanua. His unobtrusive shooting style, which results to memorable and moving videos, is considered the standard in the industry. Having been the videographer of choice of marrying couples in the past 12 years, Jason still continues to surprise his audience with his flair for turning videos into precious mementos.
With each year, Jason breaks new ground--and 2012 was no exception. The year saw Jason working with a myriad of couples, each telling a unique story. Below, he lists down his most memorable works from the past year.
Mara & Elo
While one might be quick to point out that it was the groom's condition that set couple apart from the rest, Jason found the couple's vows quite extraordinary. "She promises to scratch his back for him in places he can't reach, and yet also vows to be the hands to help him reach for the stars. Makes you believe that happy endings aren't just in fictional movies," Jason says. Because Jason never cries at weddings, the tearjerker of a video is a surprising output from the videographer.
John & Paolo
In the video, Jason let the story unfold by showing the seemingly small moments that led to the big event. With his low-profile shooting style, Jason captured a spectrum of little stories from the couple and their families and friends. The clips came together wonderfully, showing a rollercoaster of emotions that make the video unlike any other. "It is what it is. An expression of love and commitment between two individuals. I'm proud of John and Paolo and I'm proud of this video," says Jason.
Ryan & Garovs
One who constantly pushes boundaries in his craft, Jason mirrored the couple's quirky personalities in an unconventional video. Borrowing elements from art house films, the videographer showcased psychedelic and experimental camerawork. With this video, Jason proved that his work cannot be defined by just one style. "I love collaborations, especially when no boundaries are set. Ryan and Garovs of Everywhere We Shoot are artists by nature, and to be involved in this film was a thrill," he shares.
Jamie & Mike
"The key to beautiful wedding films is knowing the couple and their story. This is one great example of expositing a narrative in three minutes," Jason says. Taking inspiration from the central theme at the couple's ceremony, which was patience, Jason painstakingly laid the groundwork for a beautiful tale. With a soothing track setting the tone for the moving sermon and heartwarming scenes, the couple's video inspires love.
May & Berts
Jason matches his output with the couple's personalities, and in this case, the bohemian couple deserved an exuberant and offbeat video. By focusing on the colorful elements that painted the couple's wedding, Jason let the video exude the same cool vibe that the event had. Of the video, Jason says, "This video is not flashy. Neither was it epic nor did it rack up thousands of views, but it best exemplifies the way we shoot, the way we approach our weddings and the manner we put them together: Relaxed, unforced, candid yet meaningful."