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Filming in Uganda with the Busoga Trust

As well as filming weddings I also do a fair bit of freelance work (www.john-duncan.co.uk). This is the first of 6 videos I am producing for the Busoga Trust, in this film we visit a well which is still pumping 22 years on. Lenny Henry filmed here with Comic Relief  and we were able to get a hold of this footage from the BBC archives. Rob Waugh (Development Manager at the trust) did a piece to camera to top and tail the footage and I added in a couple of GV shots of kids pumping the well etc. I wondered how well the old footage would cut but with running a track throughout the whole duration it brings it all together nicely.

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Filming in Uganda

I’m out in Uganda right now filming for a charity.. check out my other blog which contains my freelance work. – See more at:

http://www.john-duncan.co.uk/wordpress/filming-in-uganda-with-the-busoga-trust/

Today is Little Love Films 2nd Birthday

Holy bjesus! 2 years ago today I filmed my first wedding at The Hub in Edinburgh. A mate I used to work with at the Edinburgh Bike coop got married so I went along and filmed everything that moved not really knowing what I was doing. Now having shot around 50 weddings it’s a much slicker operation… phew!

Just last week I filmed Clare’s sisters wedding at Hopetoun house – it’s going to be a cracker!

Scottish Wedding Venues – Glasgow

Scotland has so many great venues for weddings of any size and some of the best of them are in Glasgow. Some are old and historic, some sparkling and new and they provide the perfect back drop for your wedding and provide the perfect setting for your wedding video in Glasgow, Scotland.

Here are 5 great venues for shooting a Wedding films in Glasgow

1. 29 Members Club, Merchant City – 29 Glasgow is a Unique City Centre Setting. 29 occupies 2 floors of a stunning 19th century blonde sandstone building in the hub of Glasgow’s vibrant cosmopolitan capital. The area is internationally renowned for its spectacular architecture, contemporary shops, museums and art galleries and is located a mere 5 minutes’ walk from Glasgow Central and Queen street train stations. I shot a wedding here a few weeks and it great being in the city centre and getting shots around Merchant City.

2. House for an Art Lover – Designed by the internationally acclaimed Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover provides an excellent resource for visitors as a cultural attraction and tourist destination, while also being one of the city’s finest wedding and events venues. The House is home to the popular Art Lovers Cafe, Gallery and Shop and hosts regular art, design and architecture related events in its purpose built studios and seminar rooms. We shot Lydia and Graeme’s wedding video here, they went for the vintage super 8 look – check it out here.

3. Blythswood Square – Blythswood Square is more than a hotel. Not only does it have 100 stunning guest rooms but it also houses an amazing spa, restaurant, bars (including the historic Rally Bar situated in the private events space) and a private cinema room. A true 5 star proposition. We are excited to offer you an exquisite venue for your wedding day. The Monte Carlo Suite with adjoining Rally Bar is perfect for your Champagne reception. Natural wooden floors, rich wood panelling and luxurious fabrics compliment the bespoke dining table chairs. The Rally Bar is named after the Monte Carlo Rally which started from Blythswood Square in 1955 and is an original feature of The Royal Scottish Automobile Club. The private cinema room is the first of its kind in Glasgow and is available to use as a special way to show your wedding pictures or a memorable movie. The Monte Carlo Suite accommodates up to 120 guests and is a glamorous setting with natural day light and attentive service which will surpass your expectations.

4. Pollok House – Regarded as one of Scotland’s grandest Edwardian country homes, Pollok House offers peace and tranquillity, only 3 miles from Glasgow city centre and a short distance from the famous Burrell Collection, in the heart of Pollok Country Park. The ancestral home of the Maxwell family, dating back to the thirteenth century, Pollok House is famous for its striking architecture, luxurious furnishings and world-famous art collection, including masterpieces by El Greco, Blake and Murillo. With beautifully manicured gardens and sweeping staircases, Pollok House offers the perfect setting for intimate weddings, corporate entertaining and private parties. For larger wedding receptions and events, marquees can be erected on the south lawn, with Pollok House as a spectacular backdrop.

The Music Used in Wedding Videos

I’m often asked how the music is chosen for the wedding videos I produce. Most of the time couples leave the choice of music to me as I guess they generally like the type of music used in the videos on the website. Choosing music is such an important part of putting together a wedding video. The vibe and feel of the wedding really dictates what is suitable.

Any video which is shared online cannot contain copyrighted music from the big names like Coldplay or Adele. Tunes from the big artists can however be used in the films if they are just being burned to DVD. For every wedding I need to purchase a ‘Limited Manufacture Licence’ from PRS, this grants me permission to use any music I want (as long as it’s not shared online)

My main source for finding music is from The Music BedWithetiqutte and Song Freedom. These sites are great as you can preview all the songs from a whole range of genres. As I said the process for finding suitable music can be a long one, but I think it is by far the most important factor to making a really good film. Quite often I play tracks and then also play some clips from the speeches and then start watching some of clips from the wedding – this really gives me a feel of what will work. Tony Anderson and Ben Rector are a couple of favourites of mine.

The New Office – Creative Exchange Leith

A few months ago I heard about Creative Exchange which is new office space in Leith, Edinburgh run by Edinburgh Council. After checking it out it was a no brainer – the space is huge and the old exposed metal beams sold the place immediately. It’s aimed at new start ups, Freelances and small businesses working within the creative industries – perfect for Little Love Films and the other Freelance work I do. Besides the massive potential for collaborating with other businesses here, the building is also getting super fast 100gb broadband which was also a massive appeal. Upload speeds will be around 20gb which means uploading wedding videos will take no time.

Current tenants already include PR & Marketing companies, graphics designers, web developers, web designers, Creative Edinburgh, Iglu Studio, Business Gateway, The Social Taylor (Colin Gilchrist), Visual Harmonic, Border Crossing MediaLux, John Duncan Photography, Voluntary Arts Scotland and Edinburgh college.

As well as making wedding videos throughout Scotland I also take on other jobs and below is the film I made for Creative Exchange. If you’re in the area swing by for a brew!

Little Love Films DVD Cases

Most wedding videography companies use plastic DVD cases which I think look truly awful – Little Love Films roll a bit differently and get these little beauties custom made! These cases are wrapped in a natural linen fabric and bound by ribbon with the Initials of the couple on the front and to finish it off a ‘Little Love Film’ stamp is on the inside. – See more at:

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A New Filming Toy

Warning: Geek post!

A new bit of kit arrived in the post this week just in time for a job which really needed it! Some venue’s I film in are massive like Aloysius Church where I shot Elisa and Simon’s wedding on Friday. Even using a 70-200 telephoto lens from the balcony wouldn’t get very close to the action. However with this new bit of kit which effectively doubles the focal length of the lens I could get a fairly tight shot of Elisa and Simon from miles away at the back of the Church.

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Chris & Claire – Brig O Doon Wedding Highlight

Finally Little Love Films has a blog, here you can watch all the new highlight films and other random goings on, cheers to David Mackenzie for helping set it up!

Chris & Claire got married at Brig O Doon in Ayrshire back in February. Brig O Doon is a great venue, it’s surroundings are really tranquil which allowed me to get some nice establishing shots. The ceremony itself was in Alloway Parish Church which is literally next door, having the Ceremony and Reception in such close proximity is really great!

Enjoy their highlight film!