What does it even mean, "to be a storyteller?"
Stephan is not going to lie: on July 21st 2016, he had had it. He couldn't do it anymore. He couldn’t use that word “storyteller” or read about others self professing themselves to be that, "a storyteller". If he had to sit in front of that edit suite even just one more minute pumping out what had become the standard dime-a-dozen wedding music video, he was just going to cry or worse, throw his MacPro out the window in a hissy fit.
On the one hand, the team had built a successful wedding film company that up until that point made so many couples happy, but on the other, they had become human tripods pressing a red record button as they let the insidious and often-mocked wedding video box dictate how they should do things. They had succumbed to the formulaic assembly of:
- drone shot openers (here’s a challenge for you: preview any given wedding video out there, especially in Hawaii, and 95% or more of them will start with a drone shot, and what's worse, many of them will continue with a second and third drone shot, then formulaically follow those up with some detail shot of flowers or a palm tree or the admittedly beautiful Hawaii environment… go ahead, check it out);
- haphazardly and randomly assembled speech snippets;
- music video theme, oftentimes with lyric music underlaying those haphazardly and randomly assembled speech snippets, which of course creates a cacophony of words cross-moginating with other words.
Even though the business had been making the team a living, they couldn't go on doing the same old thing, expecting different results and happier creative lives. Something just had to change.
One day, Stephan received an email in his inbox. It was from a 5-time Emmy-Award-Winning Filmmaker, Patrick, who dared the reader to step-up and learn what it really means to "tell a story."
Stephan replied, days later plunked down $6000 and began a journey that would teach him the science and art of storytelling and would take him to far off places, really telling stories that were so far outside the box of wedding music videos that once again, he could cry. Only this time he would cry tears of joy as he and other hungry filmmakers journeyed to places like:
- The French Riviera
- The Colorado Rockies
- Portland, Oregon
- and the Hawaiian Islands
… telling stories that actually applied scientific principles as well as the nuanced art of storytelling.
Since that fateful meltdown in July, 2016 in his edit suite when he exposed himself as a storytelling fraud, his team and he have been on a quest to blow up the wedding film genre box and change the expectation of what a wedding film can be.
They hope you already see the difference in their work. But what’s even more is that Stephan sincerely wants you to imagine your untold story as the one story that will top every other they have ever told and become the new gold standard that touches the audiences’ hearts and moves their minds. The team wants your story to redefine what a wedding film can be, your desires, hopes, dreams and love to raise the bar for wedding film storytelling.
Thank you so much for embarking on this journey of purpose-driven creative with Stephan and his team and they can't wait to discover your film and tell your epic story.
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The level of communication Stephan and the team maintained was impeccable. They were prompt and responsive in answering our questions, and they kept us well-informed before and after the wedding, ensuring that we knew what to expect. Their professionalism and attention to detail in this aspect were greatly appreciated and put us at ease during the planning process.
When we were searching for videographers, what drew us to Stephan and his team was their emphasis on storytelling. We wanted our wedding film to be more than just a documentation of the day; we wanted it to reflect the emotions and narrative of our relationship. Stephan and his team truly delivered on this front. The way they beautifully and meaningfully showcased our love story left us in awe. They captured the essence of our relationship in a way that felt authentic and deeply touching.
One of the things that impressed us the most was how the team managed to capture all the important moments without obstructing our guests' views. We had attended a few weddings in the past where the videography and photography teams seemed to be constantly in the way, blocking us from fully experiencing key events like the cake cutting and first dance. Stephan and his team, however, were discreet yet incredibly effective. They skillfully captured every emotion, every heartfelt speech, and every joyous celebration while ensuring that our guests felt present and included in the memories.
Stephan is a master at capturing raw emotions, and that is precisely what we wanted to remember most from our wedding day. He knows exactly how to preserve the genuine love and happiness that filled the air on our wedding day. Watching our wedding film brought tears to our eyes, as it transported us back to those precious moments and allowed us to relive the overwhelming joy we felt. Stephan went above and beyond to give us exactly what we wanted, and he even managed to exceed our expectations.
We are absolutely thrilled with our wedding film and cannot recommend Stephan and his team highly enough. If you're looking for a videographer who can skillfully capture the essence of your special day, Stephan is the one. His talent, professionalism, and ability to evoke emotions through his work are unparalleled. We are forever grateful for the beautiful memories he has given us.
Thank you, Stephan and team, for capturing our wedding day so beautifully!
Stunning Videographer - Exceptional Talent
We eloped on Maui, just the two of us, and oh my, STUNNING doesn't even begin to describe the final product by Stephan, or the wonderful experience we had working with him!
My husband and I understood that by eloping with no one else present, it may be challenging to film enough content to make up a wedding video - all of the glitz and glam and commotion that happens throughout a typical wedding would be missing. But even without all that, Stephan found a way to take our simple and intimate wedding ceremony and turn it into a work of art. With just the two of us present, a minister, and a remarkable Maui sunset, the final product highlights Stephan's amazing storytelling ability, done with so much elegance and grace.
From the beginning, we trusted Stephan completely - he managed to balance the cinematic feeling of a professionally produced product, while also staying true to the intimacy of the day. It's filled with emotion that captures the pure joy and love we have for each other and it's something our family will forever treasure.
If you're feeling reluctant about hiring a videographer, this is your sign to go for it, and you will not be disappointed working with Stephan and his team! They're professional, quick to respond to all inquiries, and truly committed to telling an unforgettable story - a story that is not cookie cutter, but rather, is unique to you and the love being celebrated. We're forever grateful to have found Stephan, and we can't recommend him enough!
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The best Maui has to offer to share your special day with your loved ones that couldn't make the trip to Maui. This is a no-brainer. Have your ceremony recorded live and share it with your world! These guys are super good at what they do and know their stuff. They are unobtrusive and professional and will make sure you feel at ease and are thrilled with the results.
I've worked with Live Maui Webcast on numerous occasions and they always do such a good job of documenting the wedding. It's been such a treat for couples to share their wedding day with friends and family who could not make it. We recommend them to all of our clients.
Live Maui Webcast got it going on. I've shot SO MANY weddings, with these guys recording in live & sending it out across the world to family & friends that just couldn't be here for the BIG event. How cool is that? Gotta love technology & "Live Maui Webcasts & DVD!"