Today we're taking a peek into the creative process of Design Patrol: a husband and wife videography team based in Australia. Say hello to Matthew~
We are in love with your work! What are your backgrounds in cinema and photography?
Thank you so much, we put so much love, sweat and tears (happy of course!) into the making of our films, so it really is amazing to hear that people love them :) The Design Patrol team is made up of myself and my wife Tash. We both have graphic design backgrounds and have always had a love for film and cinematography. After creating a few short films together and getting married ourselves, we decided that we needed to take the plunge and explore our passion for telling stories. From this Design Patrol was born.
We see you shoot videos beyond just weddings. Do you keep a consistent feel and look throughout all the films that you shoot? Or do you like to switch it up, based on the project?
We maintain a consistent look in all our work but it really depends on the specific project and client’s needs. With our wedding films we take a very much candid, creative approach to filming and this is followed through in post production; where we can craft each couples unique love story.
You pride yourselves on only using the highest quality pro Canon gear. Do you find yourselves using one camera body or lens above all of the others? If so, which ones are your favorites?
We use a variety of bodies and lenses but an oldie but a goodie is our trusty workhorse : the Canon 70-200, 2.8. It’s a really sharp, versatile lens that performs well in a lot of situations and lets us catch people when they are least expecting it! We also love using the Sigma 50mm 1.4, it's super sharp and great in low light.
The post production aspect of your business seems extremely time intensive. (60-80 hours, wow!) What is your process?
Post production is a major part of each of our wedding films. The first step after the shoot is sifting through the sometimes 100’s of GB’s of footage and pulling out all the individual moments that make up our films. Once we have our clips organized in various categories, we start to plan the edit. We decide what audio (vows / speeches / interview) is going to be used in the film and then choose licensed music from sites such as Marmoset or The Music Bed. Choosing just the right song is super important for the feel of the film. This can take anywhere from an hour to an entire day to find the perfect song that reflects each unique couple and their story. From here we create a rough cut and once we are happy with that we move on to fine tuning the edit, colour grading and audio tweaking.
What is one fun fact about your business that our readers might find entertaining?
Most people may not realize that we are a married couple, we film your weddings together, we sit side by side through the editing process together and make all the important decisions together! Our studio is run out of our home and we feel truly lucky to be doing something that we absolutely love together.
Matt and Tash, the husband and wife team that is Design Patrol, are based in the Hunter Valley on the East Coast of Australia and travel far and wide to capture their couples love stories. They are storytellers who are passionate about capturing the heart, emotion and personality of each of their super awesome couples on their big day. Their films are candid, fun, honest and quirky. Their "fly on the wall" style allows them to capture all the big important parts, plus all the special little moments that may go unnoticed.
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.