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Wedding Themes & Styles - Ian Powell Films

I spent 20 years working in Search and Rescue as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer in the United States Coast Guard. In those years of daring rescues, some having gone well and some ending in tragedy, I've experienced a range of emotions that very few other people ever will. I believe that I have developed a filter for what real emotions look and feel like and tha...

I spent 20 years working in Search and Rescue as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer in the United States Coast Guard. In those years of daring rescues, some having gone well and some ending in tragedy, I've experienced a range of emotions that very few other people ever will. I believe that I have developed a filter for what real emotions look and feel like and that I have developed a sense of storytelling that offers special insight into  the human condition and connections. 

In the last few years of my career in the Coast Guard, I have started a small family. My wife (Maiwenn), two young boys (Kaegan and Lachlan) and our dog (Pilot) are everything to me. The risks of going out in a helicopter on dark and stormy nights are just too high now. I have an important mission at home; raising a family. 

The problem is, what career could ever come close to having nearly as much significance or emotional impact?

I decided that I wanted to celebrate life's greatest emotions and moments by memorializing them on film. Wedding films are, to me, the perfect opportunity to showcase true emotions and higher truths in a story format that reaches and inspires millions. 

Although, when I started researching wedding films, I noticed that they all seemed the same. They all had the same storyline and the couples in the story seemed replaceable. The same song could be heard from film to film and that was a problem for me. No two couples are alike. All love stories are unique and should be told properly.

In the summer of 2014, I decided that I would make unique films that would capture the true emotion of real love stories. I set out to challenge the status quo of traditional wedding films. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but after thousands of hours of research, I came up with a plan for how I'd accomplish this lofty goal.

First, I didn't want to learn about couples too late and in their vows. All too often, a key part of who someone is comes out in the vows on the wedding day, but isn't discussed beforehand as the couples get to know their videographer. I would get to know their complexity and uniqueness well in advance to understand their higher truths. I would make friends with the couples and share my life with theirs. I would listen to them and have to hear their hearts. We would have to be friends first before I could tell their true story.

Second, I found that great music would change the tone of the films. I would have to choose new, unheard of, independent artists that inspire emotions. The music could not have been heard before, because then there would be an emotion attached to it already. The music would have to be new and exciting otherwise, it will remind us of something else. This would help the story speak for itself in a unique voice.

Lastly, I would have to choreograph artistic shots that would show what only two people in love could know. You know that feeling you get when you kiss the one you love and the entire world around you disappears? Well, how can I make that come across in a film? I'd use lighting tricks, smoke, bubbles, and anything else I could imagine to shape light in a way that could actually show what two people feel.

Since I've started my film company, I've used these techniques and others to create a unique and truly cinematic style that transfers the true emotions through the screen. It hasn't been easy. I've had to really gain the trust of couples so that I'd be given the freedom to create my best work. 

Because I have been able to create something unique and lasting, it has been an amazing ride. It's been adventure to say the least. It's been every bit as rewarding as a saving lives in the Bering Sea. In the end, I've gotten to surround myself with amazing people who truly love each other and I've gotten the pleasure of telling their true love story.

**Wedding filmmaker specializing in cinematic storytelling. Not the typical wedding videographer. Each film is unique and tailored to each couple. Owned and operated by military veteran. Reliable and respectful. Limited to filming only 15 weddings in 2017. 30 day turn around time. Live streaming all wedding ceremonies on Facebook.

My films have been seen on the Travel Channel, Rachael Ray Show, Red Bull Media and played in film festivals around the world.

www.IanPowellFilms.com

IanPowellDP@gmail.com


Packages - Ian Powell Films

We have packages ranging from $500 to $10,000. All our customers are different and have different stories to tell. So let us know what your needs, desires, and budgets are and we can custom tailor a package for you.

 IanPowellDP@gmail.com


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Sharon Niv 10 months ago
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Ian's 5 minute film of our wedding was stunning. He's got a genuinely artistic eye - tasteful, flattering, aesthetic. He's really great to work with. Definitely worth the money!

Kasia Derza 11 months ago
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From the beginning, Ian was amazing! We decided to go with videography even though it was the last vendor we hired. We could not be more happy to have our special day documented by Ian. He was practically invisible during the day, and worked so well with our photographer. I just received the video last night, and had so many happy tears in my eyes. He captured the day and atmosphere of the wedding perfectly. On our day, it rained but it did not stop Ian to make a perfect video for us! Thank You SO MUCH!

Nathalie 11 months ago
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I'm so happy that I decided to work with Ian as my wedding videographer. From the very beginning, Ian was very responsive, professional and dedicated to providing excellent services and content. He made a big effort to get know my husband and I prior to the wedding so that he could best capture our day.

One of the best parts about working with Ian is that he wants to get the all of the necessary content and so he gets there super early and he stayed until late into our dance party. I didn't have to worry about running out of time- I had full confidence that Ian would be there to capture everything.

Our highlight video is lovely and Ian was very accomodating in making sure that it was exactly what we wanted. I would highly recommend Ian as a videographer!

Kellie 1 year ago
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Ian did an incredible job capturing our wedding! He created a beautiful highlight video that was so representative and true to our love story. He's incredibly creative and kind and we are thrilled that we had the opportunity to work with him. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a videographer that will take the time to get to know you and create something so special and unique to you that will be treasured forever. I cannot say enough good things about him and his work! Thank you, Ian!

Roma & Timmy 1 year ago
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Ian did an amazing job capturing every moment of our wedding! When he met with us for the first time we had an immediate connection. He has a very calm demeanor and he showed sincere interest on our love story. He share the desire to tell our love story through film and he delivered that well. During the wedding he was the most attentive to us. He went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. After the wedding he was so excited to show our video so we met with him again to watch the video together. He is not your typical wedding videographer. He will make a video very specific to your love story. It is just amazing what he can do! We highly recommend Ian for your wedding! You will NEVER regret you hire him.


FAQs - Ian Powell Films

Contact Name:
Ian Powell
Established:
2012
Are there any additional services you provide?
Music Videos
Promotional Videos
Commercial Videos
Can you provide references upon request?
Yes
Do you have liability insurance?
No
Do you require a deposit beforehand?
Yes
How far in advance should clients book your services?
24 hours
What languages do you speak?
English and French
How many videographers will be at the event?
Depends on the event. I typically bring at least three cameras.
What style of videos do you offer?
Cinematic, Short Form, Documentary, Storytelling
What is included in your packages?
30 day turn around for highlight reel (Music Video). I am a professional and I do not believe clients should have to wait to share their story.
In what format do you provide the video?
DVD
Do you charge for travel expenses? How much?
Air: Varies