What Would They Know? Jeffrey Xiong of In A Maze Films

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Jeffrey of In A Maze films exudes a passion for his chosen career. With a childhood spent in Japan immersing himself in fine arts and calligraphy, Jeffrey showed prodigious talent in these areas and had his first exhibition in his primary school years. This talent is now being channeled into producing incredible wedding films that, in his words, take you to “a world filled with happiness and some teary moments that take your breath away. ” Add another view of your wedding day through a filmmaker’s lens. “You will find yourself engulfed in its sheer bliss” as you re-live your memories of the day.

What inspired you to start in the cinematography profession?

I started Fine Arts and Chinese Calligraphy since I was young. My mastery over art making gained me noteworthy attention in Japan where my work was showcased in an exhibition just when I was in primary school. My background in art making and film production fuelled my passion in this field and motivated me to take up a career in multimedia design and filmmaking in Australia. I have gained tremendous experience working with major brands in Sydney and worldwide. After gaining valuable experience in design and film making, I finally found the right direction for my passion. By capturing the intense, blissful moments of a wedding and producing artistic and emotional wedding films through that, I would like to give couples a wonderful, cinematic experience and allow them to relive their magical moments through these films.

In A Maze is an unusual name for a business why this name?

Everything is fresh, new and vibrating with life. And in all this confusion and emotion, you have to make a decision. A decision that has the power to change your life forever. This is what happens when you’re in a maze. Your life might give you two alternating path, but one of them can change your destiny forever because that one path offers you something that can fill your life with wonderment; it offers you the promise of one true love.

This is what you will feel when you help us reconnect you with your journey and the promise of hope renewed. You will find love and expectations and surprises and emotions. The film will be a roller coaster ride for you. We will take you through the beautiful moments that will put in a maze but at the end of it you will find your path entwined with your loved one. In a maze re-scripts your destiny for you and presents it in the most incredible way possible. This is why we call it ‘in a maze’ because nothing dazzles you more than seeing your life journey through someone else’s eyes. The bliss you feel when you see a perfect ending for yourself. The joy you experience when you have a partner for life. And the happiness that courses through you when your journey comes to a wonderful end. It’s all depicted beautifully in a maze!

How long have you been a cinematographer?

7 Years.

Why do you especially enjoy wedding cinematography?

I can feel the love around, meeting awesome people and places. To discover their beautiful stories.

How would you describe your film style?

Artistic, Natural and Emotional.

What can a cinematographer give a client that differs from a photographer?

We don’t normally shoot what the photographer shoots (except formalities), couples hire photographers and cinematographers for different purpose. The words people spoken, the reaction when the couple see each other at first time is unique. You never gonna get same reaction in two different weddings.

Do you plan the shots for the day, and/or do a look around the area before the wedding to plan for places to film the couple?

We always love to plan some shots and scout the location if we are not familiar with (it) to make sure we know what to do on the wedding day, and let our couples to enjoy the day.

Do you have two people filming on the wedding day, so that you dont miss a thing?

Most of our weddings are filmed by two people.

Typically when does the filming commence for the bridal couple?

We start early morning to film bridal preparations.

What are the first steps when a bridal couple contacts you? How do you get to know their particular style?

Everyone has different taste of how the film looks like. We ask what they like, which is their favourite movie, what music they listen to. Of course their love story.

Do you offer same day edits?

Yes. Our SDE has just won AVPA 2014 award.

Do you offer packages? What is your most popular package, and what does this include?

Our package is to cover all the important parts of the wedding, our signature package is not really a hourly based package. Telling  better stories by capturing every magic moment is way more important than asking our couple to extend our coverage on the day for extra $$$.

Creatively, where, and doing what, makes you feel most inspired?

Seeing people in love and put ourselves as part of the wedding to enjoy their celebrations. Apart from filmmaking, I love adventure and I travel around the world every year in search of invaluable stories that need to be showcased to the world.

What are some favourite destinations you have visited in the course of your work?

New Zealand.

In what ways do you regularly challenge yourself creatively with your film work?

We always challenge ourselves to tell better stories. As you can see, every new films we produced, you can tell there are always something fresh in it.

Do you always have a camera with you even on your days off?

Most time with my phone camera.

What do you like to do in your leisure time?

Travel, Music and enjoy everyday with my baby Lynette and families.

Thank you Jeffrey for sharing your story. To find out more about In a Maze Films please visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of In a Maze Films

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