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FarmShop18 & An Urban Farewell Story

The film above, entitled “Farewell” represents the final product of a shoot session held at Photography Farm’s FarmShop18 in Edinburgh and taught by Tu Nguyen.

To master our art form, to push the boundaries of wedding filmmaking; it is this that makes for a truly timeless visual heirloom. Attending workshops like FarmShop18 has always been an important investment Cinemate have made in order to create films that are both breathtaking and bold that capture the imaginations and hearts of our couples.

This year’s FarmShop18 featured six wedding photography mentors including Eric Ronald, Neil Thomas Douglas, The Twins, Gabe McClintock, Jennifer Moher and Tu Nguyen, all of which dove into specific aspects of running a wedding business as well as teaching their own shoot sessions.

It was our shoot session that really stood out, however.

A typical shoot session consists of a model/ couple, a group of photographers willing to learn and a mentor, however, this wasn’t your typical session. Unlike many sessions our shoot was dictated by a story element, this falls in line with Tu Nguyen’s story-centric photography/videography work.

Tu’s session premiss was as follows:

There are two lovers. One an English woman, the other a German man both struggling with the woes of a long distant relationship. They spend most of their year apart, however, have been together for the past week. The story expresses the anxiety they both feel as time aims to separate them once more.

In addition to Tu’s story elements, we thought it would reflect ourselves more by placing a third character into the scene, a child, therefore changing the dynamics of the relationship. Now the film is no longer about two lovers separating but of a family pulled apart.

To add greater sincerity and to pull further on the story arc of a relationship being pulled apart and the struggles had within this fate we selected sections of David Romano’s “When tomorrow starts without me” read by Tom O’Bedlam as a voice over. The poem itself is heart-wrenching, though, not perfectly suited for our story. Death features as the main catalyst of the full poem, however, we never wanted to portray a reason for the separation. Was the man called away to work at sea? Was their relationship falling apart? Was there another woman? I have always found that films become alive when mysteries are left.

“Farewell” is juxtaposed with our usual films as tonally it lingers on the darker end of the emotional spectrum though in our opinion all emotions are held to the same esteem. The film is a powerful reminder that all destined farewells could come at any moment and that treasuring the now rather than the then is so much more important.