A sweet tender secluded time alone with your spouse to be, the silly dance move that your slightly inebriated cousin managed to pull off on the dance floor, and the flower girl who (running out of petals halfway down the isle) turned and picked up a few petals off the ground tossing them to the front—these are just a few examples of unique instances that, when captured, can add to the truly special Cinematic Wedding Film.
It’s not just a name for our company; first looks have become quite popular in the recent years. Some couples love the idea of seeing each other alone before they walk down the isle. The nerves melt away when you finally set eyes on each other and celebrate in the moment alone together before the big rush. Along with the benefits to the couples’ nerves, the first look is the perfect opportunity to get some great shots for both film and photography of just the two of you.
End of the Night Send-Offs are another element to the wedding day that, when captured, can bring back a rush of memories. Send offs can be as extravagant or as simple as you want them although the best ones are well thought out before hand. We once had a groom who, as a surprise to his new wife, had a firework show go off near the end of the night. It made a great addition to their wedding video and will be a cherished memory for years to come.
Not all signature moments have to be planned out before hand. Many of them happen naturally. Like when one of our brides danced with her father to a remix of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. They jumped around and bobbed to the music for the entire song, leaving everyone watching, laughing, and smiling at their tender moment.
A significant moment is something special that can only happen once in a lifetime. They are unique to the individual(s) that preform them, and they can make a cinematic film truly special.
The one question on mostbride’s lips: Do I reallyneed a Professional Wedding Photographer and/or Videographer, or can I justget by with my “Uncle”, whojustreceived a DSLR camera for Christmas/birthday; I meanhefilmsall of his kidsevents, so he’s got to be prettygood, right? I’vebeencoming across thisquestion a lot in my line of work, and I feelit is hightime I addressedit.
Instead of imparting my personalopinions in thisentry, I thoughtit would be muchmorebeneficial to theplanningbridesandgrooms to layout the pros andcons of hiringeither a professional, student,or a friendorrelative to “shoot” (Film ortake photos) your wedding. Thisway, you can see which is bestforyouand your special day.
First,enlisting a friend/relative:
· Your friendorrelativeknowsyouverywell. They are mostlikelyfamiliar with your styleandtastethey’ll knowwhatyoulikeorwhatyoudon’t like.
· If they are familiar with theworkings of they’re camera andhave a decentsupportingset up foritthey may do a goodenoughjob to warrantasking them forassistance.
· They will probably (mostlikely) dotheworkforfreeornearlyfree.
· Your Friend orrelativethinkstheyknowyoubetter than youknow yourself, andthis can result in a productyouhateor isn’t whatyouwanted at all.
· They may tellyoutheyknowwhatthey are doingeveniftheydon’t becausetheyfeltobligated to helpyou out. Don’t be fooled, ithappensquiteoften. Makesureyoulook at their work like you would anyvendor.
· If youplanned on invitingthisperson to thefestivities as a guestplan on one of two majorthingshappening: A) theyforgetfilm an importantpart of thenightbecausethey are trying to enjoy themselves with theotherguestsandyou. Or: B) theydon’t enjoy themselves at allbecausethey are trying not to miss anything important. Ifyou would prefer them to partythenightaway, you should look at hiring someone elseinstead.
· They saidit would take a fewdays to edit your video, andit’sbeenalmost a year. Friendsandrelativeshavelivesjust like youtheyhavejobsandbillsandeditingtogether four plus hoursworth of footage maybetoomuchfor them to handlewhenlifegets in theway.
Second, Hiring a Student:
· Students tend to havelowerrates than that of companiessoyou could potentiallygetmorebangfor your buck.
· Students haveaccess to moreequipment than thetypical hobbyist andmoreexperience with theequipment, and editing videos and photos at a pro level, thereforeusually a better-looking product.
· Students are bold in their choicesanddecisions. They are developing an eyeforwhatworksandwhatdoesn’t. Oftenthis can be an asset to your endproduct.
· Someone whoworks in orused to workingtheindustry is teachingstudentsgiving them access to manythingsthat hobbyists don’t alwayshavereadilyavailable.
· Students are stilllearningand depending. Whoyouhappen to hire may not havefilmed a liveeventbefore. There’s a bigdifference in shooting a scripted filmfor a classandshooting someone’s wedding.
· Students tend to makeboldchoiceswhenshooting, becausesometimestheyhaven’t learnedwhat will lookgood in camera andwhat will lookgood in postwork. This can sometimesbite them in thebutt as far as editing goes.
· You are not toppriority. Youknowthatfeelingyouhavethatit’s your wedding, andyou should haveit your wayandifpeopledon’t likeit, theydon’t have to be there. Yeah, I would checkthat at thedoorifyouwerethinking of hiring a student. Theyoftenhaveotherthingsgoing on in their lives, such as jobs, other freelancing workandschool. It may be a while before youget a finishedproduct from them. Especiallyifitfalls around their schools finals.
· In somecitiesfinding a student to work at your wedding can be easiersaid than done. Lots of photographyand videography schools are often in majorcities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago smallertowns are less like to have them.
Finally, Hiring a Professional:
· Professional Photographers and Videographers are justthat Professional. Theyworkhard at finding out whatyouwantyouwedding Day memories to be. Theydress, speakandprepareappropriatelyforeachandeveryjobtheydo.
· Professionals typically have their ownequipment, andthey are well versed in using everything theywork with to giveyoua goodfinishedproduct.
· With professionalsyou are centerstage to them. Youandcouples like you are thereasontheytookthisjob, andthey will treatyouthisway; keepingyou up to date on progress as well as keeping your personalstyle in mind.
· There are lots of differentcompanies out theresofinding a company that has a similarstyle may in someplaces be easier than finding a student.
· Professionals are well versed in shootingliveeventsand can be trusted to work out anyproblems that may come up during your weddingday.
· Professionals will have a portfolio of work to present to you without theneed to ask. Thisshowsyouwhatyou’relikely to be getting in theend.
· Professionals haveexperience, equipment, knowledge, andthis is their job, sotheytend to be a higherpricebecause of that. Theyput a lot of work into gettingyouthebestproductpossible, andthatrequirestime. And as weallknowtime is money.
· Depending on thecompanyyouhire to work your event, they may haveseveralweddingshappeningtheday of your wedding; this may affectthetimespent on your video or photos.
· There are a lot of differentcompanies out thereandchoosingjust one can be a bitoverwhelming. Whengoingthisroute, I recommendfiguring out whatyouwant, howyouwantit to lookandhowmuchyouwant to spend, it can help narrow down your choice.
There are manydifferentwayscompaniesall over theworldcreatewedding videos. I findthatmost of them fall into one of two categories: Cinematic or Traditional.
Cinematic weddingfilmsincludeseveralkeyitems to classify them as such: overviews of theday’s eventsand a musictrack that will accompanythe video. Cinematic style videos are alsoshorterranging between a Preview, at 30 seconds, and Epic, at 15 minutes. Theyreflecttheentiredaysevents from gettingready to thelastdance, orevenleavingforthehoneymoon. Astoryline that runs through them, yestheytellthestory of your weddingday, butalso of you as a coupleand your journeytogether. Cinematic weddingfilmshavemore of a creativeflair, which allowsthe videographer andtheeditor to be moreinventivewhileworking; thismeansthat there’snodistinctformula to creating them. Each video is uniquebecauseeachcouple is different.
Traditionalweddingfilms are similar to documentary films in definition. They are an account of theevents that happenedexactlythewaytheyhappened. Traditionalweddingfilms are stricter in their structureandformat. It is a simpler edit, andtheretends to be lesscreativelicense with them. Thoughmusic can be addedfortheceremony, in certainsituations, typically traditional edits haveonly ambient sounds that are captured during filming. Traditionalweddingfilmsare oftenincluded in addition to the cinematic style edits.
Thewaythateach of thesetypes of videos is handled varies company to company. It’sbest to find a company that’sdoingthetypes of videos youlikeandset up a meeting. They will be able to explain their spin on thetypes of videos andservicestheyoffer. Givingyou not only a bettergrasp on whattheydo, butwhatyou may wantthefinalproduct to looklike.