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Meet Rickey Brillantes of iClickFilms in Ontario

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rickey Brillantes.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always been fascinated watching wedding videos and photos on the web.

Videography and photography was a hobby at first, I have a small camcorder and DSLR camera that time which I use to record videos for my kids as they grow up. Fifteen years ago, a relative of mine was getting married, and I told her that I could videotape and take photos of her wedding as a backup. She already hired a videographer and photographer for her wedding, but I insisted that I can be a second shooter just in case something fails or the videographer and photographer didn’t show up. Well, to cut the story short both of them showed up and both were wearing all black. “Oh!” I said to myself, “I have to look like them.” I was dressed in a Barong at that time, and a Barong is a Filipino culture polo shirt worn by men during formal occasions especially weddings. At that moment I realized I was not suited to look like a videographer or photographer. So I drove home, quickly. It was only a five minutes’ drive away, and I came back dressed in all black. As I was standing there, I said to myself “wow! I’m ready to rock and roll.” I got pretty hooked on what the main shooters were doing just by following their leads; I shadowed them all throughout the wedding. After that day, I decided that’s what I want to do for a living. It was amazing how things came up so quickly. I bought a used Canon XL1s camera, and it was one top camera that time. I wanted to create my piece of work! Around that time, I also stumbled upon a wedding videography forum on the net “open source” and fell in love with its concept of ultimate freedom. Luckily, I found guys who were just as passionate as me regarding being a wedding videographer. After partaking in the discussion of how to be a successful videographer, the number one topic was how to market ourselves to the brides. We decided that the only way that we could reach them is a website. Therefore, we needed a user-friendly easy and simple software to create our own website, online shop or blog. As a graphic designer myself, I already have the advantage but my expertise that time was only in print, not the web, so again I challenge myself to learn web design, and I found out the power of WordPress a high web design platform which is very common because of its blog features. I started calling people who know WordPress asking them questions like “how do you do this? How do you do that?”

Well! After a while, they all got burned up, and I found myself again on my own. But I didn’t stop; Google and YouTube were my best friends. Now after nine years of service around in and around my city, I can still say that I am not there yet. My journey as a wedding visual storyteller is still in the making, and my passion for photography and videography is still growing. Yes, doing those things requires sometimes getting up at 3 in the morning just to encode, do the edits, creating the albums, DVD authoring etc. I even stay up past midnight just to bit the deadline. But I do those things for I love what I am doing, not really the best way to live, but it puts food on the table and the amount of time you spent with your family is priceless.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There were bumps along the journey, but I didn’t let that hinder me from doing what I do best. Competition nowadays in wedding videography and photography has doubled even tripled, since the evolution. That is not the only challenge, as the easy access to DSLR technology, digital media, and how our economy turned out are also part of the challenges. A lot turned themselves into the industry where I’m in right now. Can’t blame them really, because I was also in their shoes back then when I was looking for an opportunity to work independently. The only thing that separates us is our craftsmanship and how we present and market ourselves online.

iClickFilms – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
When I formed iClicFilms, I have only one goal in mind, and that is to capture the wedding day of the brides, and visually tell their story as it unfolds. Wedding videography is what I DO BEST! Placing myself in the right spot at the right time, capturing moments that have no take twos or re-takes. My workflow is very simple, I capture and edit on camera. When I bring my footage to my station, the story is already there, and all I have to do is the final cut. In my eight years of service, I always receive high marks on my reviews, this is due to the quality of the work that I deliver, perhaps, and on time deliveries. I tend to keep it that way for years to come.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I measure success when I don’t have to look at my bills anymore, for all is paid, and my children graduating from college. That is success to me.

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Image Credit:
Jay Arzaga and Joel Lance

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