We are so lucky to work with the incredible vendors that make up the events we create with Lynn Fletcher Weddings. We run a series on the LFW Blog featuring some of our favourite vendors.
Today we are thrilled to profile Aydin Productions Ltd., who has created some of our most memorable videos from wedding days.
Please tell us a little bit more about you and your work!
I was born in Istanbul, Turkey and was two when we immigrated to Montreal, Canada. The love of the mountains and sports such as mountain biking and snowboarding brought me to Banff 20 years ago. At first I worked in the hospitality industry and I made the move to creating video and films in 2002.
When did you make your first video?
My first video was back in 1998 when I made a short film and entered a film contest. My film was a finalist and so I decided I might have some talent I should pursue.
How did you get started as an event videographer? Was it a hobby that you took further? A family business?
I helped a friend film a wedding and edit it and from then on I never looked back. I continued shooting incentive programs and events for other production companies and in 2002 I left my position as a Concierge, managing a team of 25 staff, to start Aydin Productions Ltd.
Tell us about your services. How does a couple go about booking you for their wedding or event?
I like to discuss possibilities with clients and couples first, and go from there. There is no one formula or one price for everyone, so it’s nice to explore different avenues so we can produce a great event or wedding film. It’s best if people start at my website, get a few ideas, and then call to tell me what they liked about what they saw and what other ideas they may have. Once we know what we want to accomplish, the remainder is administration of contracts, payments etc.
Please briefly explain the process of the making of the videos. What is it that you like most about it?
I first need to understand the scope of the project; are we trying to capture the ambiance of a specific moment or event, or is it about telling the story of a relationship that culminates in a beautiful celebration? You can capture a moment in photos , and video captures sounds and motion, creating a more complete memory of an occasion.
What are some of the favorite pieces that you have done so far?
Everyone of my films and videos mean something to me, but I think Michelle’s birthday event at Silvertip, created by LFW ,was my favourite because it had so much meaning and emotion. I was proud to be a part of it. The video also won an award for LFW. Min & Justin’s wedding was also right up there with another LFW design that won an award this year.
Do you have any filmmakers that you like a lot, that you see as influences in some of your work?
I watch many filmmakers for a variety of reasons and find they all add something to my creations. I try to capture my own vision of what it will be at the end of the day.
Please tell us about your involvement with ISES (International Special Events Society)
I joined two years ago when I realized that Lynn Fletcher and others I knew were part of this organization. I found out quickly that it had a lot going for it and the people participating in it were people with similar interests and goals. I jumped on board as a sponsor and produce films for ISES Calgary.
What is your favorite thing to portray through video?
The emotion, beauty, that goes into a special event or wedding. Each is unique and capturing the moment through video is what I do best.
What are your goals and dreams for your future in videography and film-making?
I’m always trying to produce something meaningful and of interest to others. I have a travel/food show in the works that I’m hoping will be picked up by a network to start production. I’d love to create documentaries that have lasting impact and importance, but then again I guess I already create documentaries for people everyday!
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
If anyone is not getting a video film of their wedding, they should pose themselves this question: If you had the choice of showing your grand kids a photo of your wedding day or a video, which would you choose? Both is what I say, but remember the vows you made and emotions shown through voice and movement can only be captured on video.
Check out Aydin’s site at: http://www.aydin.ca/
View video and photography examples from Aydin Productions Ltd. At the below webpages: