Traditional wedding photos arguably stand tall as the tried and tested favourite when it comes to recording those essential marital moments, but no two ways about it chaps, the newer graphic kid on the nuptial block is fast rising ranks in the popularity stakes. Whether it’s a cinematic, journalistic, pop or no holds barred affair you’re after, wedding videos make for some top dollar results. If you want to be sure you get the very best in top flight production, check out a few fast and simple rules for getting it right.
Wedding Videos – which style?
There are six main styles up for comparison on this one;
Traditional / classic
First up comes the ‘extended version’ of the bunch, with comprehensive coverage of the entire day – from start to finish – and minimal editing applied post-production. Similar to the kind of film you might get back if you leave a mate in charge of the camera for the event. Minus the pint glass. With all key players in shot. And a professional product at the end of it.
In a nutshell; Records the day in its entirety with little, if any, editing. Lasts 2-3 hours. Not always as readily available as the other main players.
Journalistic / documentary / reportage
Takes an informal approach to capturing the day’s events – from bridal preparation to the last twinkle-toed move of the evening – to create a ‘fly on the wall’ result. Journalistic wedding videographers typically stay in the background but some offer feature interviews with the bride, groom and guests (maybe a heads-up required on suitability?!), to be added to the final product.
In a nutshell; Documentary style video with an informal flair. Lasts 60-90 minutes.
Brings a touch of Hollywood to the aisles of….. Clacton? (sorry Clacton) Cinematic wedding videos place the emphasis firmly on emotion and drama, with wide sweeping shots and a great deal more camera movement than traditional styles. Similar to journalistic videography but expect a lot more interaction with the guests, and anything from montages and special effects to epic soundtracks post-production.
In a nutshell; Bride and groom meet big screen. Lasts 60-90 minutes.
Does what it says on the tin, gents. A massively edited version of the raw footage.
In a nutshell; Er… it’s the short form. Lasts 15-50 minutes.
If you’ve got a bunch who are up for a laugh, then Marryoke offers itself as a cracking ‘alternative’ wedding video. Bride and groom, select guests… anyone and everyone can get in on the act with a mass mime-a-long(?) to the tune of your choice. With a whole heap of ‘stars’ to keep in some sort of order and a fair amount of direction involved it can be quite time consuming, but if it’s a light-hearted spin you’re after, you’ve more than found your musical man.
In a nutshell; Ruddy hilarious!
And finally… the one you film yourself. A superb option for creating a wholly personal and unique take on the day. Companies deliver the equipment and give you a heads-up on technical gen, your mates are let loose on the crowds and their handiwork sent back for professional editing.
In a nutshell; Pick your cameraman wisely!
How to choose a videographer
Word of mouth and personal recommendation always make for a solid grounding when it’s time to choose a videographer. But if you luck out on that route the internet comes up trumps every time. www.find-a-videographer.com scores as a handy tool for finding accredited videographers by location, and resources like the Institute Of Videographycan give a good idea of professionalism and standing. Check out suppliers’ own websites, blogs, galleries and social media to get a handle on style, approach, quality, fees and feedback.
Make sure you know exactly what you’ll be getting for your hard-earned cash. And – just as importantly – make sure you’re on the same page. The videographer will be with you for the duration, chaps, so you need to get on! Check out a selection of films (both edited and full-length), discuss venue and ideas, confirm exactly what will be included in the final product (format, editing, graphics, commentary, music, number of copies…), and discuss procedure for co-ordinating with a wedding photographer. Check out the small print (copyright, licences etc) and don’t forget to confirm exactly how many cameras you’ll have on the day, and who’ll be shooting.