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The Wedding Video: A Film by Norman Korpi &
Jun 13, 2003 Author: Sable Jak
The 29th Annual Seattle International Film Festival
kicked off on May 22 with its usual high spirits and
the showing of a delightful Argentinean Film Valentin.
It is absolutely wonderful and truly a "feel good"
film. However, with 200-plus films to be screened over
the next three weeks, it is a shame that a new film
by Norman Korpi and Clint Cowen will not be among the
offerings. Seattle is known for its delight in off-beat,
quirky little films and The Wedding Video would have
fit right in.
The gist of the film's story is: Norman is getting married.
He takes the $10,000 that his mother has given him and
hires a videographer to shoot a wedding video. The cameraman
(the audience never sees him, just hears him) then travels
the country to visit several of Norman's friends and
gather up their good wishes. He ends up back in California
where he videos the pre-nuptial parties and the wedding
itself. The twist is, several of the guests don't know
that Sky—Norman's intended—is a man and,
of course, a few of them have a problem with that.
Starring 10 ex-members of MTV's Real World, The Wedding
Video is a tongue-in-cheek parody of reality-style shows.
It's shot in the same manner, on video, with voyeuristic
eavesdropping and intimate private comments sprinkled
throughout. If you're expecting the over-the-top nastiness
so prevalent in reality shows today, forget it. But,
it's not all various shades of fluffy pink either. You
can't help but wonder how the cameraman is going to
edit a loving tribute out of all the mishaps and misunderstandings
that constantly undermine his attempts to create what
The film is conceived, directed, produced, shot and
edited by Korpi and Cowen and is also self-financed.
A comment from the Director's Statement says: "We
really had no idea what we were doing … We were
reading the instruction manuals to the cameras on the
plane the day before we started shooting." Never
fear, they learned quickly. In addition to all of the
above, the film really wasn't scripted. Normally, the
idea of an unscripted film should send any screenwriter
screaming from the theater (unless, of course, he's
the talented Mr. Guest.) But the premise of this film
is so intriguing, it's hard to pass up. So far, it's
taken two Best Picture awards in festivals: one at the
Adam Baran's Honolulu GLFF and the other at the Indiana
While watching Wedding you can't help but wonder: This
is such a delightful concept; how come we haven't seen
it before? And most importantly: Why is this video/film
being released straight to video? It's funny, it's silly,
it's intriguing and it's definitely something that will
make every writer watching think … "Why didn't
I think of this story? It's great!" There is so
much material in the concept, it's staggering. If you
get a chance, look for it in your favorite video haunts.
It's well worth the check-out price. And if it does
get a general release and plays in your area, GO. Until
next month, keep writing, no one is going to do it for
About This Author
Sable Jak is a former actress and dancer and has, like
so many others writers, been writing ever since she
can remember. She's a columnist with Absolute Write
and has radio mysteries running on Virtually American.
She is also a charter member of The Screenplayers: http://www.screenplayers.net Script
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