BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- June and July are the top wedding season months — and Glenn McCabe, owner of Glenn Andrew Productions in Brookfield, has many tips to share on how to film the perfect wedding.
"Although all weddings follow a general formula, each one is completely unique from the one before it. Each one tells its own story. We treat weddings as documentaries. We put together the story of the day," said McCabe. The Brookfield resident's 17-year-old company produces videos for weddings, as well as for corporate, commercial and nonprofit events and functions.
"One couple whose wedding we filmed decided to arrive by helicopter. We had to mount a camera inside the helicopter. At the reception facility, we covered the helicopter circling and landing. We also covered guests' reactions, which was something that the couple was unable to see at the time," McCabe said.
When it comes to filming weddings, special effects and lots of fanfare are not what videographing is about, he said. "It doesn't tell the couple's story. Instead, it shows off the video guy's latest toy."
In addition, McCabe said it's extremely important to have good communication with the videographer, especially right before the big day.
"The week before the wedding, I always make sure to speak to the couple regarding any last minute changes I need to accommodate for. Examples include a unique toast or special song dedicated to someone who has recently passed away."
Scott Balkun of Stamford, who works as an electronic technician, said McCabe did a fantastic job with the videography for his recent wedding to his wife, Kimberly, at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.
What amazed Balkun most was McCabe's unobtrusiveness. "You never noticed him being there, yet he was always in the right place at the right time at the right moment. He was like a shadow in the background. To this day, I still don't know where he was or how he was able to capture everything."
One of McCabe's next projects is producing opening ceremony videos for the JCC Maccabi Games in Stamford, an Olympic-style sporting competition for Jewish teenagers around the world.
"Being a video producer has given McCabe the opportunity "to meet and tell the stories of amazing people, including 1972 Munich massacre survivor Olympian Dan Alon, Holocaust survivor Simon Konover, British primatoligist Jane Goodall and astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, who I recorded for the 40th anniversary of his historic moon landing."
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