HENRY_ M A RT E N S // THE L-O-V-E T H R I L L E R Written by KEVIN RYAN MERRICK PORCHÉDDU
“WHEN TIMES GET HARD FOR OUR COUPLES, WE WANT THEIR FILM TO BE THE THING THEY WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN BECAUSE NOTHING MAKES THEM FEEL MORE IN LOVE THAN THE MOMENT THEY COMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO ONE ANOTHER.”
he film fades in to a bride and a groom alone in a meadow, Martens said. “Well, relationships and luck.” Last year he filmed under an endless sky. The couple moves in silence as an 35 weddings, but he plans to do fewer in the future so he can E.E. Cummings poem appears over a gentle symphony. devote more time to his process. “I’d like to scale it down to This could easily be a scene from a Terrence Malick film, about 15 weddings a year that are all mind-blowing masterpieces.” but it’s not—it is a wedding video; a testament to how serious Working alongside his brother makes all the difference. “When we filmmaker Henry Martens takes his craft. Martens runs The work together, it’s always magical,” Martens said. “We have the Brothers Martens production company alongside Bradford (his same aesthetic. It’s not even intentional; we just have similar vibes brother) and filmmaker David Le. Martens watched many movies and tones. On a wedding day, you’ll never see us in disagreement as a child, drawn to each film’s score. Once older, he became a about where to take portraits. We just look at each other and we know, self-taught musician and wanted to have a career in film scoring. ‘Oh that’s the dopest light.’ We are very cohesive together.” The He and Bradford—a skilled photographer—decided to collaborate Brothers Martens abide by a sleek minimalism, a four-person team their talents by applying high art techniques to a genre in desperate where nobody is expendable because everyone brings something to need of artistic experimentation: wedding videos. The two brothers the table. For three years, the Martens brothers and David Le have successfully combined elements of European art cinema, capturing done the filming, but Martens does the editing alone. “Editing is authentic love stories communicated through soaring scores and where the story comes together.” He searches through 700-800 beautiful cinematography. “I didn't even own a camera until four clips, looking for the right moments (both big and small) that tell years ago; nor did I know how to turn a camera on,” Martens said. each love story. For Martens, music selection is especially crucial. “I It all started when Martens found himself browsing on eBay take a lot of risks with editing,” he says. “You have to take risks when one day. On a whim, he placed a bid on a Blackmagic Cinema you’re doing something that’s non-traditional, which is why couples Camera—which he won. “I started shooting random stuff around love hiring us to shoot their heirloom love stories. We're different.” Dallas, asking videographers for technical and creative tips.” The Martens views the films they make as reminders to hold onto the advice must have paid off because after three short years, The love that got you there, especially during the rocky moments that Brothers Martens wedding videos were featured on Love Stories occur in any marriage. You can find Martens and his brother at the TV (where they won "Best Destination Wedding Film") and Houndstooth Coffee on Sylvan Ave. and I-30, drinking cappuccinos Junebug Weddings. Their talent also landed them a winning spot and dreaming up their next legendary love story masterpiece. in two Rangefinder Magazine photography competitions. “Like most things that lead to success, it’s been a lot about relationships,” Catch @HENRYWEDDINGS on Instagram.
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