Happy Tuesday Loves!
We wanted to shed a little light on the creator of Diana & Jon's wedding video from our last post.
Van Hsieh is the lovely storyteller behind the lens. A reassuring and sweet presence, we love having her with us on the day!
Let's get to know a little more about Van:
I love Japanese food. I had the best Japanese tapas at Guu Garden in Vancouver.
Favorite place to be:
What do H&T stand for to you?
Happiness & tenderness
When I was about 10 years old, my dad worked late and came home after I was asleep.
Best present someone has gotten you:
One night he woke me up and showed me a plastic bag that emitted bright green lights. It looked magical in the dark. He had brought back a firefly bug. I had never seen one before, and so close!
My friend and I released the firefly into a small garden at school the next day. But I've always remembered the magical lights shining in the dark.
About Your Craft
How did you become a videographer?
I've always been fascinated by visual arts and literature. While getting my MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, I took many video and film courses. That was when I discovered how much I love FILM as an art form. Video/film allows me to combine visuals(form) and stories(content) to create something very meaningful and powerful.
After graduation, I wanted to do something related to my field/passion, and make a living at the same time. In 2003, I went to a bridal show as a volunteer, and chatted with a wedding filmmaker there. That was when the idea of starting a wedding/event video studio was born.
What’s your favorite part of the creative process?
When you have been thinking very hard about an idea, a story or technical/artistic issue of a project, and suddenly you have an epiphany.
Tell us about a favorite moment you’ve captured.
I can't pinpoint a specific moment, but I think it is precious when a groom/bride tears up when being interviewed or when reading his/her loved one's letter.
Usually this happens in a quiet room. In these quiet moments, the groom/bride is only thinking about the other person, without being weighed down by other logistics of the wedding day. It is a very pure and tender moment.
What do you hope people will feel when they watch your work?
I hope they can feel the emotion(s) of the character(s) in the video, be it happiness, anticipation or sorrow. I hope they can be emotionally engaged.
What philosophy do you use to guide your work?
Give the best of you to your craft. Stay truthful. Enjoy the process.
Talking about this, please watch the movie "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."
Do you have openings for 2013/2014?
Yes we do. Feel free to contact us for availability.