February 11, 2015

How This Filmmaker Proposed to His Sweetheart & Won Valentine's Day Forever

As a filmmaker, what's the perfect way to ask the love of your life to marry you?

Valentine's Day isn't for everyone, but since it's coming up this weekend (and since we're all being exposed to saccharine displays of romance anyway), why not check out a marriage proposal that will make us all feel completely inadequate as both a filmmaker and lovers?

This video comes from filmmaker Dave Wallace, who proposed to his girlfriend and creative collaborator of almost 4 years the only way a filmmaker really can. Be prepared -- you're about to witness something completely and utterly adorable.

We were able to catch up with Dave to ask him about his work, his girlfriend LJ, and why he decided to pop the question to her in this creative way:

As most filmmakers know, doing what you love can take a big toll on other aspects of your life. You have to manage your time and create a good balance with the people you care about. I met LJ on-set almost 4 years ago. Not only has she supported me while I pursue what I love to do, but she has actively been a part of it. Her passion for acting gives us constant opportunity for collaboration. To date, she has been in over 30 of my music videos and commercials. We’ve spent so much time on-set together, it felt like the perfect place to have a little fun with a proposal.

We definitely love to talk about cameras, movies, and all things cinema on this site, but I think it's important to occasionally address issues that are a little more personal that gear and cinematography. Filmmaking is certainly not a 9 to 5 job and that can take a serious toll on our relationships, romantic or otherwise, so finding a balance between our professional and personal lives is integral to finding success with both. It's reassuring to see how one filmmaker is managing to do just that.

A big thanks to Dave for sharing his story with us and a big congrats on his engagement! (Thanks for making us all look bad.)

Can you top this wedding proposal story? How has filmmaking affected your relationships and how do you deal with it? Let us know in the comments below.     

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Just wow, what a great idea!

February 11, 2015 at 12:24PM

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Jonas Dietze
Directer of Photography
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Big congrats to Dave & LJ. I also filmed my engagement. I ended up faking a music video shoot, my wife-to-be actually carried the ring (in a pelican case) to the dock where we filmed. She had no idea. Here is a link to the video! https://vimeo.com/72525005

February 11, 2015 at 12:50PM

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Brandon
DP/Editor/Director
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Awesome! Great minds think alike.

February 11, 2015 at 1:34PM

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Dave Wallace
Commercial Video Producer
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Bravo! Fun to watch. Like some of the cool shots from your previous work mixed in. Best to yous guys.

February 11, 2015 at 2:05PM

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Dave Karner
Director/Cinematographer
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Legit teared up. Probably because I think I'll be in the same position one day

February 11, 2015 at 3:26PM, Edited February 11, 3:26PM

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Alex Smith
Documentary/Cinematographer
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pretty good short

February 11, 2015 at 5:31PM

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Joakim
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Good for him!
He's truly a lucky guy :)

February 11, 2015 at 7:32PM

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I met my wife on a filmset 21 years ago. We still work on projects together and she is still the love of my life. I wish that for you.

February 11, 2015 at 8:07PM

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Wes Llewellyn
Director
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Top job. I personally would feel weird about thousands of strangers sharing this intimate moment with you on youtube but maybe I'm getting old.

February 12, 2015 at 4:11AM

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matt
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Loved it Dave! I hope to make my own one day. Congrats to you both!

February 12, 2015 at 3:08PM, Edited February 12, 3:08PM

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Mario San Miguel
Director / Producer / Editor
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First of all... congrats! I love the idea. It was great. But... are we all just going to sit here and not talk about the fact that they all said the word "pasta" really really weird?

February 12, 2015 at 4:36PM

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Jason Allison
DP, Editor
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I have found that the more and more I have pursued becoming a videographer, which became a development officially when I started college in fall of 2014, that I have been more attracted to women who are at least into photography and can even know what I'm talking about with terms like "f-stop" or "ISO." When all you do is eat, sleep, and make videos it's kind of hard to have a romantic relationship with someone who has no idea what you are into, especially if they can't respect your work.

February 12, 2015 at 5:51PM

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Eldon Byers
Cinematographer
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Brilliant, love it...! Congrats to you both :-)

February 15, 2015 at 4:08AM

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Adrian Turpin
Director of Photography / Lighting Designer
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