I met Terrance and Maggie last month and they asked if it was possible to do concept video for their reception. They were referred by their event planner, Helen Wu of A Timeless Occasion, who had seen one of our productions on our blog. All they knew is they wanted something that was laugh-out-loud funny. We talked about potential ideas in our first meeting. But then I got an e-mail asking if they could do a spoof of Forrest Gump and somehow incorporate a photomontage. When I saw that they wanted to do Gump, I got excited! Gump happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time (Hazel and I got engaged the year it won Best Picture). Needless to say I was really looking forward to making it.
There were 3 things we needed to get it right: 1) locations 2) costumes and 3) Gump’s voice. The first 2 were easy. We shot at Cal Poly Pomona, SC Village Paintball, Fullerton Arboretum, and, of course, Hollywood Blvd. and Santa Monica Pier (which appear in the real movie). Terrence and Maggie did a great job finding the right costumes (even down to the classic Nike runners) and getting all their friends involved and excited. However, getting the voice right was tricky. Now here’s a little secret… that’s my voice narrating the film. As in most of our movies, I like to make a little cameo (whether its playing a villain in MI3, or the voice of Vader in Nacho, or just my hand in The Office). This time I got to play Forrest… well at least the storytelling part.
On the wedding day, we added highlight footage, making the Same Day Edit the conclusion of the film. Again, the locations were fantastic. We shot around Old Towne Pasadena with their photographers, Jerry and Ingrid of Jerry Yoon Photography (one of the most creative photogs I’ve worked with). The premiere at the reception was incredible. I’ve never seen a crowd laugh so hard then turn around and ball their eyes out! Terrance laughed so hard he lost a contact. It was quite a memorable moment and it was truly a pleasure making this for their wedding.
And as Forrest would say… “that’s all I have to say about that”.
Click here to watch Terrence Gump in HD! Enjoy!
A big thanks to Ricky and Brady of Props FX for setting up the AV and cranking up that volume!
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