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Capture beauty in motion with Z Creator, Paul Aggarao

We’ve all seen those jaw-dropping sequences in videos that pull you into the narrative and thrill you like an exciting roller-coaster. While it’s always daunting to step up to a new challenge, once you enter the realm of filmmakers you’ll never look back.

Paul started his ventures into filmmaking with his two best friends, exploring the possibilities of this content medium. Experimenting with various projects from weddings to kids parties, the word spread about their capability in the field, thus hiring the trio and letting them take the dive into videography more professionally. Loving the process of brainstorming and conceptualisation, he got hooked on the filmmaking rush and consistently yearned for the next challenge.

Paul started his ventures into filmmaking with his two best friends, exploring the possibilities of this content medium. Experimenting with various projects from weddings to kids parties, the word spread about their capability in the field, thus hiring the trio and letting them take the dive into videography more professionally. Loving the process of brainstorming and conceptualisation, he got hooked on the filmmaking rush and consistently yearned for the next challenge.

For Paul, videography should be interest driven, and his two go-to subjects are cars and his family, with a slow-motion shot of his wife carrying their two-year-old child being his favourite. When filming them, he focuses on “making a story out of it”, creating narrative flows that draw audiences in. He attributes these as his interests and priorities, naturally adapting them into his filmmaking processes. Whatever your interests may be, try to incorporate them and find ways to best shine the spotlight on their special features.

Next, look to draw inspiration for your creative process.

Paul believes this modern and digital world provides an overload of data and information, and he gets his inspiration from “watching films, Netflix, YouTube and even anime.” With the immense number of innovative creators that share their work readily online, there are many techniques, styles, tips and tricks that you can look to build upon as you move forward. While you take note of trends that are making videos go viral, do remember to pick up some clean and timeless styles that you can always fall back on. However, Paul asserts that what defines a great filmmaker is the ability to integrate and vary both old and new styles.

Once you’ve got those two down, the process of video making comes together sequentially and effortlessly, with the key being to simply start filming.

Of course, equipment plays a pivotal role in filmmaking. While Paul has owned several Nikon cameras and lenses, he personally uses the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lenses for landscape and interior shots, while using the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens on his gimbal due to its good focal length range. He currently favours the new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens with its sharp and quick focus.

For Paul, he starts off most projects discussing with the clients for details, followed by brainstorming ideas, concepts and vibes. His team adheres to the thoughts of “once we nail the music or audio, the video shots will follow.” Some key aspects that he brings up are expectations and reality. As much as one can be meticulous in planning, what actually happens may not follow. In the case of a wedding video, varying circumstances like weather, traffic, suppliers or set-up are not always predictable. Hence, Paul takes up a more personal approach, stressing to his clients that they should focus not on potential issues, but rather on enjoying themselves and the company of their loved ones on the actual day.

During the actual shoot, he looks to vary his shots, from establishing, broad, B-roll and element shots, giving the film variance and flow. The last step is putting in those long hours of editing, carefully reviewing your work in order to present the best product.  From the lighting, sound design, transitions and other adjustments, these are the finishing touches that bring it all together, culminating in the final product that others can be awed by.

At the end of the day, Paul stresses that to become a great videographer, you have to take the leap of faith and go about it. He crafted his own phrase - “A portfolio of a thousand videos, starts with the first press of the record button”. Failures and successes alike will bring you a wealth of experience that continues to hone your skill, allowing you to skilfully express your limitless creativity. What’s important is to chase the field with passion, and the rewards will naturally show in your work.

ABOUT JONATHAN PAUL AGGARAO

With a whopping 17 years of videography experience under his belt, Jonathan Paul Aggarao knows the optimal ways to present his subjects. Not just a family man through and through, his fascination with cars has also led him to capture the speedy motion of automobiles in their prime.