Thursday, August 21, 2014

Color Grading: What is it and why is it so important?

According to the Webster dictionary, color grading is "the process of altering and enhancing the color of a motion picture, video image, or still image either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally."
Color grading is as important as picking the right music, using the right part of a speech, and choosing the right footage to make a film a complete piece. While color correcting is about getting your footage to be as authentic and as close to reality as possible, color grading is the art of giving personality to a film.  It allows the cinematographer/editor to be free to create something unique. Grading is a tedious task that requires hours of work but it can greatly enhance the film.  It’s a very personal process and many people will have different opinions on how to grade a film.  My friend and colleague, Sigmund Reboquio, said it best, “Grading your film is giving an identity to the final product that will help you to attract clients who have the same taste as you.”  
Some examples as seen on TV and in the theater include: Michael Bay’s color grading of Transformers which is very saturated, the gritty-yellow color of Cohen Brother’s in No Country for Old Men, and the black and white film by Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist.  All of these examples are different and each exudes a different mood, tone and feeling. 

Here is a sneak peak of a film that I'm currently working on with an example of color grading.

color grading from Matthieu Meynier-CINEMATT on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Have you heard of BAPVA?

Cinematt has been asked to be part of a panel discussion on color grading at next week’s BAPVA meeting. You may wonder what is BAPVA. It’s the Bay Area Professional Videographer Association, which I’ve been a member since 2005 and a program manager in 2011-2012.  It’s a great way to network with fellow cinematographers, learn something new about your craft, and maybe share a few tips or two of your own.  Learning from great leaders (Michael Wong, Ray Roman, & Joe Simon), who have been instrumental in shaping our industry, has been a valuable experience for me.  Come join us to learn about color grading on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Fire Station 1900 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050. The program is 6:30 – 9 pm, but come mingle at 6 pm.  (fee: $25 for non-BAPVA members). Stay tuned for my tips on color grading, and if you like more information about BAPVA, please follow the link below.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kathryn and Alan | Same Day Edit | Casa Real, California

One of my favorite things to do at a wedding is to create a beautiful Same Day Film. There is nothing better than to share those special moments with family and friends within hours of it happening. Watching the film is like going to a show and having access to the backstage. Family and friends are no longer just spectators, they are also actors within the film.   I was ecstatic when Kathryn and Alan asked me to create a Same Day Film to capture their special day and love for each other that has spanned over the past 16 years. This fun-loving couple wrote their own vows about friendship and love; a great beginning for a wonderful storyline. Thank you Kathryn and Alan for making us part of your wedding day.

Merci et bonne journée!

Venue: casa real
Photographer: Danny Dong
Make up artist: The Glamourist
DJ: Big Fun DJ
Cake artist: Sweet tooth confection
Florist: Asiel Design

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gene and Braja | Short Film Feature | San Diego, CA

When Gene saw   during their first look, the first word that came out of his mouth was "Holy, then an expletive, then another expletive!”  If you know Gene and Braja, then you shouldn't be surprised. Gene is a passionate person. He is passionate about his friends and family, and about being an amazing photographer, but most of all he is passionate about Braja!

I wanted to ensure that their film captured the unconditional love they have for each other and the passion behind it.  My favorite moment of their day was during their photo session.   Jim, their photographer, handed the camera to Gene to shoot Braja's portrait session. In that instant, Gene was the photographer, the person who has an eye for beauty and capturing the emotions of the moment; the same person who was shooting my wife and I when we got married the year before.

I’ve always loved shooting alongside Gene, as he is an inspiration for creativity and art. When Gene asked me to film his wedding, I felt honored and nervous all at the same time. And to have Jim Garner, a world renown photographer, working alongside me for the day was mind-blowing and icing on the cake. What an amazing experience!

Thank you to Isabel Gonzalez, long-time friend and cinematographer from Long Beach, for assisting to capture all the special moments and details of the day.  And lastly, thank you to Gene and Braja for trusting me with the most important day of their lives!
Please enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed witnessing their union and capturing their love on film. 

bientôt ,

venue: La Estancia
coordinator: Thomas Bui
photographer: Jim Garner
Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals
Officiant: Dharmasetu Das
Hair stylist: Daniel Lowry
Make-up artist: Madhavi
DJ: Daniel Peterson

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Things to consider when hiring a team to film your wedding

Some of the first things newly engaged brides do is go dress shopping, reserve a venue, and hire a team to film their wedding. Chances are, this is the first time any of them have hired a film crew. It can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience, filled with explanations of packages, prices, contracts and portfolios.  In an effort to give you a few pieces of advice, we have put together a short list of things to consider when selecting your wedding film team.

1)    Don’t allow price to be the only determinant.

When shopping for a wedding film team price is something you should never skimp on. Obviously work within your budget but don’t be persuaded by deals that seem too good to be true. Sometimes the reason a film crew is priced at $500 is because they’re only worth that much. There’s a good chance that you might have some guy show up at your wedding with a camera and has no idea what he’s doing. If you spend time and energy planning your wedding, you’re going to want a film that reflects who you are and the work you’ve put into every tiny detail for your big day!

2)     Hire someone who you are compatible with.

It seems like that’s something that really shouldn’t matter. It’s their talent that’s most important, right? Well, partially, yes. But if you’re laid back would you want someone who’s going to force you out of your comfort zone and make you feel awkward all day? You have to find someone you get along with and feel truly comfortable with.

3)   Hire someone who LOVES what they do.

You have to hire someone who LOVES what they do and wants YOU to love what THEY do. You want someone who’s not burnt out on doing weddings. You want someone who is doing this because it’s their passion and they aren’t just trying to pay their bills.  We attribute our success and quality to this very simple fact.  We genuinely LOVE what we do and our work shows it.

4)   Hire someone you can trust.

Trust as in any relationship is key. You hire a team like us because we are the professional.  You trust their opinions and ideas and allow them to take some creative license knowing that at the end they will give you a film you will want to watch over and over. As Ray Roman would say, “by hiring us you have the piece of mind of getting a true professional who is going to make your wedding film an unforgettable heirloom for you, your family and friends.”

Happy Planning!


Love what you saw? Contact us and let’s tell your story when you say your I do's!!

About Cinematt
CINEMATT is the fruit of many years of soul searching in order to create a brand that couples can identify with.   As the creator and artistic director of CINEMATT, Matthieu put his ten years of expertise to craft a unique wedding film for you.

Along with Dennis, who he has been working with for five years, Joshua and Sean, they strive to capture every little detail you have so uniquely chosen to make your dream wedding a true masterpiece. Filming your wedding is not only showing up on your special day. It is about getting to know you and find out what your particular interests are in order to transcribe them into YOUR film... Merci et a bientot!

Friday, January 24, 2014

demo reel 2014 from Matthieu Meynier-CINEMATT on Vimeo.

A Year in Review: Cinematt's Favorite Moments of 2013

For year's I've been trying to create a video journal highlighting my favorite moments of the previous year, but I always end up saying, "later".  Well, that is all about to change.  2014 is here and I had one new resolution.  To finally create that video journal that we could all enjoy.

I knew I had filmed some amazing weddings in 2013 and I wanted to showcase them in a fast but emotion filled video journal that would translate who we are and why we do what we do

Getting married has so many layers and facets but one thing for sure is the sense of coming together: as husband and wife, as we say I do, as one family, when two meets and create a sacred bond. I wanted to show the emotion of the journey and the ultimate reward of uniting. Whether the wedding was in San Diego, France, Hawaii, Napa, Livermore or San Francisco and so many more destinations, they all have something in common; a unique story. Their story!! 

I think this 2:40 minute clearly communicates why a wedding is so special.

Big thank you to Joshua, Dennis, Kyle, Robin and Steph, Miguel, Aaron, Wendi, Isabel, and an even bigger thank you to all our awesome couples who trusted us with the most important moment of their life. 



Love what you saw? Contact us and let’s tell your story when you say your I do's!!

About Cinematt
CINEMATT is the fruit of many years of soul searching in order to create a brand that couples can identify with.   As the creator and artistic director of CINEMATT, Matthieu put his ten years of expertise to craft a unique wedding film for you.

Along with Dennis, who he has been working with for five years, Joshua and Sean, they strive to capture every little detail you have so uniquely chosen to make your dream wedding a true masterpiece. Filming your wedding is not only showing up on your special day. It is about getting to know you and find out what your particular interests are in order to transcribe them into YOUR film... Merci et a bientot!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tips from the pros: How to capture amazing moments for your wedding film

Capturing the special moments of the wedding day on film is a top priority for most brides and grooms. Over the years I've gathered great tips from other film experts such as Joe Simon, Ray Roman, Matt Davis that have proven to result in amazing films for my clients.  Here are my top ten tips that I always like to share with my couples to make sure we capture stunning shots.

  1. Remind your bridal party that although it's cool to chew gum, it's even cooler if they don't while filming is happening. 
  2. Have the makeup artist set up by the window so the film crew can capture you under natural light.  Trust us, you’ll like the results.
  3. Ask your makeup artist to use a director’s chair.  The height will allow you to standout even more in the room as well as give your film crew a clear field of vision.
  4. Don't be afraid of the cameras. Although it can be a bit overwhelming to have so many cameras around you, try to forget about it and allow your happiness to show through.
  5. Turn down the music. We know you love to listen to music when you are getting ready, and it's cool. However, if the music is too loud, it can overpower special moments captured by the film crew such as the moment your mom or dad come into the room and saw you in your gown for the first time.
  6. Make time for your cinematographer. Although most of the time your cinematographer can work around photographers, it is much better if you can allow 10 minutes in your schedule to cinematography only so they can capture those extra moments that will make your film a masterpiece.
  7. Don’t run away! I know some people get nervous when it comes to giving a speech at the reception, but it would be great if your MOH or BM or who ever is giving the speech just relax and stand still while giving their speeches. We love it when they address you, and don't run around the room.
  8. No talking. The ceremony is a sacred moment and we do not want to disturb it so make sure that phones are turned off, bridal party is not in chatting mode, and enjoy YOUR ceremony.
  9. Unplug! Lately it has been very easy for people to snap away during the ceremony, especially during important moments. Consider having a sign that invites your guests to not click away while you are walking down the aisle and to stay put in their seat. You have paid a lot of money for your professional crew to do their job, so don’t let it be ruined by eager guests.
  10. Give your cinematographer time. Remind your mc that in order to get the best shot possible they will need time to set up.  So 3 to 5 minutes before a major event is happening, such as the first dance, have someone notify your cinematographer so they can set-up.

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About Cinematt
CINEMATT is the fruit of many years of soul searching in order to create a brand that couples can identify with.   As the creator and artistic director of CINEMATT, Matthieu put his ten years of expertise to craft a unique wedding film for you.

Along with Dennis, who he has been working with for five years, Joshua and Sean, they strive to capture every little detail you have so uniquely chosen to make your dream wedding a true masterpiece. Filming your wedding is not only showing up on your special day. It is about getting to know you and find out what your particular interests are in order to transcribe them into YOUR film... Merci et a bientot!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Julia and Alex | Short form film | Villa Ponti, Napa

Happy new year everyone!
I hope you had a great holiday season and that you are ready for what ever 2014 will bring us. I'm very excited with this new year as I see so many opportunities looming, and frankly, I have made my resolution to make 2014 my best year ever since I started cinematt.
One thing I've also promised myself for 2014 is to give more importance to the blog and to give you content you would like to read. It will have the usual and occasional films we shot of course. But I would like to also give you some tips to make your wedding a perfect day. So every now and then I will try my utmost to help you plan your day the best way possible.
Today I'm sharing a film that is dear to my heart as Alex and Julia are one of the nicest couple you could ever meet. Maybe it's the fact that Julia has spent sometime in France and can speak the language, but as soon as I met her it was an instant connection. To top it off my good friend Loic Nicolas was their photographer. Loic and I have been friends since 2009 and every time we shoot together we have a blast. I understand what he needs and he definitely knows what I'm looking for. Having such a chemistry is key to creating a great experience for the couple.
I knew that Julia and Alex wanted a film that doesn't feel scripted and per her own words "fake". It worked out perfectly and as I hope you can see, their personality shines throughout.
A big thanks to my team, Dennis, Miguel, and Jeremiah, you guys did a great job.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cassie and Pete |Short film| Nestledown, Los Gatos

It might be cyber Monday but for us it's time to unveil our latest creation: Cassie and Pete's beautiful wedding film at Nestledown in Los Gatos.
For starter I absolutely love the venue, maybe my favorite in the Bay because of it's remote location. I always feel that I am in Alice in Wonderland when I shoot over there.
Second I got to work with Kaella Wilson. If you don't know Kaella and are looking for a wedding coordinator, you need to check her website and her beautiful creations. She is awesome to work with and definitely definitely one of my favorite coordinator in the Area. I can't wait to do it again Kaella!
Third, I had a great team that day that gave a 150 percent on the day. We always say that we are only as good as our third shooter. So thank you to Emerald and Dennis for working your butt off for Cassie and Pete on that day.
Last but not least, my amazing clients Cassie and Pete, who trusted us completely on the day and allow us to film their wedding and tell their story, by giving us carte blanche. From the day I met with them, they were on board with whatever I wanted to do, and they knew they had peace of mind by hiring me to deliver a great heirloom to share with their family and friend. So thank you to them!
And now without any further ado, her sis their film.
I hope you enjoy it and as usual if you feel like it drop us some feedback.
Bonne journée, et Joyeuses Fêtes!*
*Have a great day and Happy holidays!

venue: Nestledown
coordinator: Kaella Lynn Wilson
photographer: Jake Odening
caterer: Cafe Prima Vera
flowers: Violetta Flowers
dj: DJ vadim from Dj Jeremy Productions

Friday, August 30, 2013

Liz and Eric | feature highlight | Healdsburg Gardens, California

As we are wrapping up the summer, and ready to leave to France on Monday for Valentine and Thibault's wedding in Bordeaux, I wanted to share with you Liz and Eric beautiful film. They got married in one of my favorite place, The Healdsburg Country Gardens. I have had the chance to film there a few years back alongside my good friend James, and was dying to do another one there.

This one is a bit particular to me as two weeks prior their wedding I had a scooter accident, and broke my Big Toe, which landed me in a walking boot for the next six weeks. Off course, I had six straight weddings to film to make things even better. So naturally I called Liz and Erick to let them know what had happened, but not to worry I will be there filming their wedding, and will also bring an extra cinematographer.
You see our community of cinematographers in San Francisco is really strong, and my Friend Luke Goodman stepped up to the plate to come help me and be "my legs" on that day. It turned out that the pain wasn't as bad as what I thought and I was able to film alongside Luke, and Dennis.

But I digress. From the moment I met Liz and Eric, I knew we were a great match. They were fun loving, and definitely my kind of couples. Liz had some great ideas to make her wedding as personal as possible, which included but was not limited to shot glasses for favor, Mexican tiles for table numbers, a fun Photo Booth and a dessert station to die for.
I really enjoyed their sunset photo session as those two are so natural and comfortable with each other. It's beautiful to see two people so much in love. Their vows to each other was just a perfect icing on the cake.
Please enjoy their film and don't hesitate to leave a comment or press the like button if you enjoyed it.
Merci et bonne journée

Venue: Healdsburg Country Gardens
Wedding coordinator: Elsa Vera
Photographer: Andrew Scott
Make up and Hair: Hair Artistry by Gabrielle
Caterer: Park Avenue Catering
Floral: Bud Stop
DJ: Diamond Dave
Cinematographer: cinematt

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

10 years in the making... Happy Anniversary CINEMATT!

Today is CINEMATT's 10th anniversary!
It was on July 22, 2003, that I decided to become a small business owner and take my passion of cinematography to the next level. It has been an amazing ride and a world-wind of adventures.
I'm so proud to have been able to witness so many unions and I hope many more will come.  To that, I would like to thank all the brides and grooms who have trusted CINEMATT for capturing the most important day of their lives.
In honor of this very special date, I would like to share, not my first, but my latest wedding film which happens to be in Hawaii.
Last month, I had the honor to film Lisa and Brian's intimate wedding at the prestigious St. Regis Princeville, in Kauai. They invited their closest friends and family for a memorable destination-weekend celebration.
Many images come to mind that highlight this wonderful celebration including the famous Kauai guitarist Pancho Graham serenading the cocktail reception with the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, the fire dancer that performed on the terrace of the Hanalei Suite, the beautiful Hawaiian ceremony at Kamani Cove, and all the great toasts throughout the evening.
But the best part of the wedding was to see the love that Brian and Lisa have for each other. It is undeniable and will be everlasting.
Lisa and Brian, thank you so much for having Weston and I capture your special day. We had such a blast, that it hardly felt like work. Everyone was so welcoming to us and seeing you say "I do" was an honor and privilege.
I would also like to thank Ashlee, their wedding coordinator at the St. Regis, and the incredibly talented and super sweet photographer Penny Dinn
The following highlight was shown at their San Francisco wedding reception this past Saturday and is only a glimpse of that magical weekend. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed telling their story.

Venue: St.Regis Princeville
Coordinator: Ashlee Libbrecht
Photographer: Penny Dinn
Flower: Martin Roberts
DJ: Kustom Sounds
Music: Pancho Graham

And for your eyes only, here are some of Penny's great photos:

christian louboutin, bouquet, wedding dress

kamani cove, cinematt, pancho graham, penny dinn

vows, Hawai, st. regis princeville

formals, photo session

photo session

fire dancers, entertainment

Monday, May 6, 2013

Wish Upon a Wedding: a fantastic experience

The amazing people behind the scene who were an integral part of this special occasion:

When my good friend Elisheva from a bride's best friend contacted me and asked if I would be willing to participate in Wish Upon A Wedding, I was interested immediately. This non-profit organization generously grants the wishes of brides and grooms who are affected with terminal illnesses. Having lost both of my parents to cancer, participating in this event was very meaningful.
I'm so honored I had the privilege to document Winnie and Joe's day. Winnie was glowing when Joe saw her the first time, and Joe kept murmuring love notes to his gorgeous bride during the photo session.
The experience? Inspired and beautiful, and a blessed event filled with great food, fancy footwork on the dance floor and fond memories.
To learn more about Joe and Winnie and to find out more about Wish Upon a Wedding, please follow the link: Wish Upon A wedding

The amazing people behind the scene who were an integral part of this special occasion:
Venue: Campbell Hall and Gardens, Sausalito, California
Wedding Planner: MB Wedding Design & Events
Photographer: Colson Griffith
Videography (love story): AK Films
Videography (Day of Event): Cinematt
Hair and Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today's Bride San Francisco | Cover shoot | Palace Hotel

I Can't believe it's been 3 weeks since my last blog. It seems 2013 is going fast and furious. For the Past two weeks I have been away filming in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas. A full 14 days that gave me the opportunity to film a great cause, an amazing wedding and an outstanding conference. I will touch on those at a later time.
But today, I wanted to take a minute to share this great shoot: Today's Bride SF cover shoot. I was lucky to be part of it with my good friends Andrew Hsu from Studio MSV and Caroline from Tinywater, who contacted me to do the video for it.
Armando was in charge of Make up and Hair, and Jonathan from Asiel designs was in charge of set up and artistic directive.
Thank you so much for the opportunity and here is the film I put together.

Location: Palace Hotel
Photographers: tinywater photography, Studio MSV
Bridal Gown: Nouvelle Vogue
Make up and hair: get your do up
Cake: Jen's cake
Set designer: Asiel Design

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

You are engaged. Congratulations. Let's start the planning!

With Valentine's day looming around, many couple are getting engaged and are starting planning their wedding. But where do you start? Well usually the first thing you want to book is a venue. Enter Beyond Blu Bungalow.
Blu Bungalow is the event planning studio in San Francisco. Her owner and founder Hazel Antonio Bourget has assembled a collection of artists, including yours truly, to help couples plan for their event. Off course you could think I'm biased because I'm part of it, but Blu Bungalow is really a great idea. You get to walk in into a beautiful studio dedicated to weddings, and anchored by artists who truly love wedding. There is no pressure in booking any of us. We are here to help you and guide you through the process. I've said it before and I say it again, I don't think you can be good at what you do, even more so great at what you do, unless you really love what you do.
The idea behind beyond Blu Bungalow Tour was to provide engaged couples with the possibility to showcase firsthand some of the best venues the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. It is guided by a professional wedding planner and allows couples to learn more about the venues in a very relaxed, fun filled adventure.
The first tour took place this past Sunday in Sonoma Napa area and I was lucky enough to go along and put together a little promo which will allow you to better understand the process.
Take a few minutes to watch it and hopefully join us on the next two tours, which will be held in San Francisco this coming Sunday February 17th, and in the Peninsula on February the 24th. If you would like to register, you can do so right here
Particular shutout to Melanie Duerkopp who was there to capture some beautiful pictures of the Napa-Sonoma tour

If you would like to learn more about blu bungalow. Just click here
Thanks for watching and we hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Grand Hyatt | Luxury redefined | promo film

A few months back I was contacted by Grand Hyatt to film the reopening of their lobby, a 70 millions dollars renovation.

The result is nothing short of astonishing with one of a kind lobby for the centrally located union square hotel.

Some of the features that really stood with me was the feel you get when you enter the lobby. It's very lounge-like and you feel more in a spa retreat than anything else. the fire place and the comfortable couches make for a great space for conversation and rendez-vous. The coffee station is a definite plus a to enjoy a great latte or other cappuccino. The front desk is very unique and the shape reminds you more of the control board of the Enterprise ( for you fans of Star Trek) than a front desk.

But the big ticket item for the hotel is definitely their new restaurant and bar called One Up. it's located on the Mezzanine and to access it you need to walk a 10,000 lbs stair case made of one piece, which required the removal of the front window in order to install it.

Once you reach the level you are greeted by the restaurant on the left, which offer California cuisine with a French twist. It's delicious. To connect the restaurant on the left and the bar on the right, you must walk through an amazing wine wall, where liquor and spirits are set up. A couple of LCD touch screen allows you to go through the collection and learn more about what you are drinking. It's modern, elegant, and most of all really inviting. The bar offers great cocktail from the past as well as some new ones that are sure to satisfy your palates.

A big thank you to Colson Griffith Photography for putting my name out there, and a big thank you to Lana Palmer for composing the music for the piece.