Gleb Galkin is the heart and the mind behind LAVCINEMA.
Editor in chief and prestigious writer for several lifestyle magazines in Moscow during the 90s he became one of the most moving Montreal and New York wedding cinematographers, inspiring couples for almost 15 years.
Over 200 Feature Films and numerous shorts and trailers have been shot just for the wedding market.
Here are some excerpts from the interview with An English Rose
What is the one thing you love most about being a videographer?
It’s a rare opportunity to be exposed to something wonderful and exciting that happens between two people. Others have to go to the movies to experience this magic. But in my profession, this magic is like the air I breathe regularly.
Do you have a specific style?
I like my ability to create movies that flow easily and elegantly which makes them appeal and relate to feelings so easily. I try to capture my viewers from the very first frame and don’t let them go until the very end.
How would you describe your working style on the day?
It’s a mix of a deep listening and a martial art 😉
I have to “feel the moment” and figure out the best shot in split seconds as well as manage the work of two other people since most of my projects are 3 cameraman projects, who often manage 5 running cameras at a time.
What are your favorite shots?
My favorites are those moments when clients let me see the depth of their true feelings for each other. You can say – my favorite shots are those ones which I have zero control over. It’s something profound that happens on the other side of the lens.
What do you think distinguishes your work from others?
My Feature Films!
I mastered the format that for the lack of a better word I simply call “A Feature Film”.
Years ago, I started having an internal dialog with myself; what would be the movie I would be happy to create for my own wedding?
That intention took me to learn the craft of the world’s best cinematic storytellers in weddings and beyond and step by step during 5-6 years it crystallized into the style I am very happy about.
I like my ability to create movies that flow nicely and effortlessly. It sounds simple, but it’s actually a very hard and challenging thing to do. I am sure my Feature Films have a unique timeless feel and many generations after will be enjoying watching these wedding stories.