This is Gerry Lewis Productions' first 'pre-wedding' film and we were lucky to find the ideal couple to work with. Just as well because this short film owes its huge success to the hard work and determination of both the couple and ourselves.
It all started with a call from Ricky (that's his English nickname, real name is Sukhpal). He had seen a couple of highlight films on our website and phoned to say how much he loved our style, and would we be interested in filming his wedding in London and Amsterdam! Wow, did you say Amsterdam?! Why not indeed.
We arranged to meet in nearby Egham that weekend. Ricky was full of ideas and bounding with enthusiasm, which was impossible not to get swept up in. He and Jagdeep wanted something out of the ordinary. He complained that all the weddings he goes to these days are the same.
It's difficult to remember who came up with the idea first, but in any case we had been looking for a suitable couple to try out a pre-wedding film (or 'love story', or a 'how we met' story). Ricky and Jagdeep were up for it immediately.
We went away and thought about a story line and shooting script for a film that would convey how they met, and their journey up to their engagement. Ricky is from England and Jagdeep has lived all her life in Amsterdam, both of them from Sikh communities but separated by the North Sea. So there were inevitable periods of separation to deal with. This would feature a lot in the film.
We wanted to make a short 5 minute film that would draw on their experiences and with a bit of creative licence, provide an entertaining film to be shown at their wedding reception. Shooting locations were Langley Park, Windsor, and the grooms own home, and took a day and a half to film everything. We are grateful to the management of Langley Park for giving us permission to film there on a wintery day in early April. Even with the sun out we all froze to the bone, but our intrepid couple never gave up and did everything we asked of them. So wrapped up in the filming, we lost track of time and found ourselves locked in the carpark, until miraculously the park attendant saw us and we were released.
With the filming over there was the editing and music choices to attend to. We edited the film down to about six minutes and it was shown on multiple screens at Ricky and Jagdeep's wedding reception in Amsterdam. It was received with rapturous applause from over 500 guests and was followed immediately with the couple's grand entrance accompanied by drummers and dancing.
Camera/DoP/editor: Rob Lewis
Lighting/technical: Gerry Lewis
Photographer: Raj Sahota