Monday Movie Marathon: I’m Listening


This week’s movie marathon features films with soundtracks so good, they stick in your head for days. The music in these movies not only fits perfectly with the story they accompany, but they stand up on their own, filling your iPods with artists you may not have been familiar with before.

1. Reality Bites (Ben Stiller, 1994)

Probably the only Ben Stiller movie I enjoy; actually, it is the only Ben Stiller movie I enjoy. The diverse soundtrack partners the film so perfectly and truly captures Generation X.

2. Garden State (Zach Braff, 2004)

The first thing I did after watching this movie was add it’s soundtrack to my music collection. I love listening to it on long drives; it just fits with that longing mood you get during a roadtrip. This movie introduced me to some great artists, and really had an impact on the music I listen to now.

3. C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005)

There are too many reasons why I love this movie, but the soundtrack is an important factor. You’ll be singing along to this one, guaranteed. Oh, how I love feeling that nostalgia for a time I never knew!

4. Mr. Nobody (Jaco Van Dormael, 2009)

A complex and beautiful film with a equally intriguing soundtrack. I love how many things you can take away from this film; and it sounds as good as it looks.

5. Café de Flore (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2011)

A really touching story with a soundtrack to match. The way this film uses music is really fascinating; the sound design in general really sets the tone for the vibe of this film.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. I hope you enjoy listening to these films while you watch them!

What would your picks be? Tweet them @warriorrenaud or comment on this post!

He Wore Birkenstocks, She Had Feathers in her Hair

A few weeks ago, my half brother got married, and I had the opportunity to be the photographer during the ceremony. The intimate ceremony was held on the grounds where his wife grew up, and the mountains and sun were the perfect backdrop for their special day. And what a beautiful day it was! The 26 guests sat, basking in the sun as the couple shared their vows. Each person had a special role to play in the ceremony, making the day even more intimate and unique. I wanted to capture the simplicity of the celebration, keeping the shots candid and focusing on the details, as they were what made this wedding unforgettable.

I was thrilled to show them the finished product, as it was my first attempt at shooting a wedding. It was a process I wasn’t familiar with. When I edit videos, I start with a lot of footage, cut it down to the best takes and move the shots around a timeline to create a story. In this case, I started with a story, and had to choose the best moments that captured it; and there was no shortage of material! Going through it, shot by shot was the bulk of the work. But making sure each image looked as good as the last was almost as challenging. I decided to keep the post-production minimal, as the light and colours that day were spectacular. However, the sun created harsh shadows through some of the photos which needed to be lightened. I ran into a few obstacles, but in the end, I was very happy with the photos. Here is small selection, hoping to capture the magical essence of that day. Enjoy!

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