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Celine & Michael | February Wedding | A Rock Star Wedding

Our Rock Star couple, Michael and Celine tied the knot in style and class. A beautiful winter day in Edmonton was the perfect backdrop for this couple to exchange their vows. Michael, the former lead singer of the Edmonton band Radio for Help! and Celine, an extremely fun, world traveller, could not be more perfect for each other. The minute we met Michael & Celine we knew they were deeply in love with one another.

The lovely ceremony took place at St. John Bosco Church. After that, we made our way to the Epcor Tower for pictures. Up on the 15th floor we were able to see all of Edmonton in its gloriousness and photograph some absolutely stunning shots of our couple.

Our last stop before the reception was The Hat, a local bar in Edmonton. This place is very important to our couple because it was the place of their very first date. Seeing them at the table they sat in and reminiscing on that very first date warmed our hearts. We are extremely happy we got a glimpse into this adventurous couple's exhilarating journey together.

One of the things we like to do is give GoPros to our couples for their limos, party buses, etc. Michael and Celine loved the idea when we first told them about it and we knew they were going to have a blast with them. They surely did not disappoint. We gave the bridal party a GoPro for their party bus and we haven’t had this much fun looking at footage in a very long time. They took full advantage of the GoPro and came up with some very creative cinematography. Way too much fun!

This wedding was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Families and friends gathered from all over the world to celebrate this fantastic day.  Laughs, smiles and tears abound - this couple put on a show for the ages! Congratulations to Celine and Michael and we wish you all the best!

 

 

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

What the heck just happened? As I sit here at my computer pondering over what I should write, I’m half thinking I’ll wake up from a dream and the last two weeks would not have existed. Let me slap myself and see if that wakes me up…

Alright, still here, just a little sore now…but, I think it’s safe to say, I’m not dreaming and the last two weeks – possibly the greatest two weeks in our Guerrilla lives - did happen! What happened you might be asking? Well, let me explain.

This summer we submitted our music video for the Gelonius single, “The Last Slice, to the Edmonton Short Film Festival. We’ve always loved The Last Slice as it’s a perfect satire of all the sad songs out there today and I mean, it’s a song about pizza. AND WHO DOESN’T LOVE PIZZA?!?!

Anyways, we submitted it to the festival and crossed our fingers for the best. In September we received the incredible news that The Last Slice made the cut and was going to screen at the 2015 Edmonton Short Film Festival! What amazing news this was!

September 26, the red carpet was rolled out and our Guerrilla Team was out in full force. We had an absolutely amazing experience at the festival; getting our pictures taken on the red carpet, mingling with other filmmakers and most importantly getting to see our film on the big screen. The audience embraced Mark and his love of Pizza with open arms and heavy laughs. We didn’t win any awards but seeing the joy we brought to the audience was a very special experience and something that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

A very big thank you goes out to Daniel, Sharlene, and the rest of the organizers and volunteers of the Edmonton Short Film Festival for putting together this remarkable festival. Supporting the arts, especially film, is very important to us and this festival allows local filmmakers to showcase their work and for that we are very grateful we were able to be apart of it.

Seen from left to right; Mark Trudel, Nick Smith, and Justin Hardy representing Guerrilla Motion Pictures Inc.

Seen from left to right; Mark Trudel, Nick Smith, and Justin Hardy representing Guerrilla Motion Pictures Inc.

While the Edmonton Short Film Festival was going on, another half of our Guerrilla Team was competing in the 24/One Film Challenge as part of the 2015 Edmonton International Film Festival. What is the 24/One film challenge you may ask? Well, teams have 24 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film (no longer than 7 minutes). Not a very easy task, however, we were up for the challenge…again!

We teamed up with Justin Cauti at 201 Pictures and together (as 201 Guerrillas) we penned out a script titled “The Lobster” – a story about a man, Kevin, trying to win back his boyfriend’s love by cooking him a delicious lobster dinner. Things get “fishy” when the Lobster comes alive and offers Kevin a helping claw in his failing relationship.

We had our story and now we needed to hire a cast and crew. On the acting side of things, Andrew Joseph Pahlke (winner of the Best Actor for Overtime in the 24/One Challenge in 2014) would play Kevin, James Wilkinson as Cody (Kevin’s boyfriend), and Jeff Woodward as the voice of the Lobster – think Nick Nolte in 48hrs. -  Oh and the actual Lobster…Larry The Lobster!

Our crew consisted of Justin Cauti & Justin Kueber (Justin CK) as directors, Sam Reid as editor & cinematographer, Sushami Pomerleau-Piquette on sound, and Lany Bonneau on animation.

We started filming around 3pm and we were finished by 630pm. The editing took us until about 130am and we were in bed by 2am. Not bad considering the previous year we weren’t in bed until 6am the next morning. We felt good about our final product – hoping it would make the top 10 – and handed it in confidently to the judges.

Andrew Joseph Pahlke as Kevin and Jeff Woodward as the voice of The Lobster

One week later…

We sat in the Landmark Cinema, nervous, antsy, not sure whether we were going to leave happy or leave crying our eyes out. It was announced that there were 13 films that were going to be screened. Surely we were apart of that Top 13. Right? Film after film went by and The Lobster still had not screened. I was sweating bullets…I don’t do well with this sort of thing. I could even feel my legs shaking at one point, Until #11…lucky #11 there it was 201 Guerrillas. Our group of 7 let out a combined sigh of relief. We did it!

The Lobster was met with many laughs; more than we anticipated actually.  It was great to see people embrace the characters and our beloved talking lobster. This gave us hope for the People’s Choice Award that would be given out after the screening.

Ballots were handed out and the packed house voted for their favorite film. Awards were given out in many categories. Sound, Editing, Actress, and then came Best Actor…Best Actor, they announced…Andrew Joseph Pahlke! The repeat! This made us jump from our seats seeing AJ get the repeat Best Actor Award. He deserved it all, as he was truly fantastic in this film.

And then the Best Film Audience Choice Award…we sat there nervously. We knew we had the potential to win it but you never know when it is your peers voting for you. And then we heard it “Two-Hundred-One Guerrillas”! We jumped up from our seat, high fiving and cheering. What an amazing thing to hear. We won Best Film!! Best Film at the 24/One Film Challenge for the Edmonton International Film Festival. In the immortal words of Justin Kueber “THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!”

The 201 Guerrillas Team

The 201 Guerrillas Team

We had such a great experience competing again in the 24/One film challenge. It is a very challenging thing to do making a movie in 24 hours but we pulled it off with ease thanks to our fantastic cast and crew. It really was a team effort and I love working with these guys!

Another huge thank you goes out to the festival organizers and volunteers for the 24/One Film Challenge. And, as well, thank you to the audience who voted us for Best Film! We are glad you guys enjoyed our work and we cannot wait to compete again in 2016. 201 Guerrillas will be back!

Keep your eyes peeled after October 10th for the release of The Lobster. And if you haven’t seen it already, check out the Official Selection of the 2015 Edmonton Short Film Festival, The Last Slice.

Thank you everyone! 

 

Title card designed by Lany Bonneau

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guerrilla Update

ARRRGHHHHHHHHH!! What is that noise you may ask? That’s our Guerrilla scream and we are celebrating officially becoming an incorporated company; Guerrilla Motion Pictures Incorporated! It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Along with getting incorporated we have been busy, busy, busy here at Guerrilla. Firstly, we have been working with Rockland Landscaping Supplies in St. Albert on a series of short corporate videos that showcase the landscaping products that they offer. Our first video was on Screened Topsoil & Garden Mix. If you haven’t seen it yet check it out on YouTube right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnzV_5gS3Cs

Our next video is on Fire Rock, Boulder Drilling, Sandblasting, and Boulder Delivery – we even got to bring out the GoPro camera for some very cool “IN YOUR FACE” action shots. We are very excited to share it with you! And if you haven’t stopped by Rockland, and you are in the Edmonton/St. Albert area, we highly recommend going to check the place out. It has all your home/garden landscaping needs and superb customer service.

 

Our GoPro perspective from inside the rock.

Our GoPro perspective from inside the rock.

 

Next, we have been working on our short comedy sketch “10 Signs Your Friend is Becoming THAT Married Guy”. Our first day of shooting we saw some familiar and some new faces stop by set; Brody Connolly, Justin Kueber, and Daniel James were all part of the first day. We have a few more surprises and cameos for this one so sit tight. We hope to have it finished within the next couple weeks.

 

Brody Connolly and Daniel James star in "10 Signs Your Friend is Becoming THAT Married Guy"

Brody Connolly and Daniel James star in "10 Signs Your Friend is Becoming THAT Married Guy"

 

We are also gearing up for one of our major short films of this summer titled “On the Rocks”. We can’t really tell you much about this film as of right now but it’s a very cool idea and we hope to start shooting in late July/August.

 

Lastly, we just finished shooting our very first wedding video! We have wanted to shoot wedding videography in Edmonton and area for quite some time and we finally shot our first one June 6th for Ben & Keri Crawford. The wedding was incredibly beautiful and the ceremony could not have been more perfect. The sun was shining, people were smiling, and it was just an amazing day. We had a blast shooting the event and we can’t wait to share the video with you.  Here are a few screenshots of the wedding that we have gathered so far:
 


A big thanks to Ben & Keri for letting us shoot video for your remarkable wedding and a huge Congratulations guys! Also a big shout out to EarlGray Images who provided beautiful photography for the wedding and the wedding planner, Brittany, at Forever Enchanting Wedding & Event Planning.

If anyone is looking for wedding videography in Edmonton, look no further! Send us an email and we will set up a perfect wedding package for your special day.

That’s all from us here at Guerrilla Motion Pictures Inc. As always, we thank you for your ongoing support and we will catch ya later!

Justin Kueber

Sam Reid

Guerrilla Motion Pictures Inc.