How do I choose someone to film my wedding
This article has been written by Julia
Your wedding day is one of the most important
days of your life. You spend so much time planning the event
and then its over in less than 12 hours. Most couples want
to capture their wedding on video so they can relive the special
day or send a copy to friends and family that can’t
You could leave the video up to Uncle Bob
who thinks he is directing Four Weddings and a Funeral, however
you might be disappointed with the results. He might not have
enough batteries charged and miss an important speech or he
may have a few to drink and forget to film the cutting of
the cake. Why not let all of your family and friends enjoy
the wedding and use a professional wedding videographer? Not
all videographers are the same and there are a number of things
to think about when trusting someone to film your wedding.
Most wedding videographers use professional
3CCD digital cameras and should use a radio microphone (usually
placed on the groom) to pick up the vows clearly. The radio
microphone is also used for the speeches and guest congratulations
for nice clear sound.
Most digital cameras these days work well
in low light situations. However, where the lighting will
have an impact on creating a natural looking image (like
candlelight), highly diffused lighting that doesn’t
make you or your guests squint, should be used.
A reputable videographer will be able
to show you a demo reel full of highlights as well as a
full wedding video. The demo reel will show you that they
have experience with a variety of weddings and the full
version should be of a wedding similar to your own. For
example if you are having beach wedding its no use watching
a wedding filmed in a church. This way you can see their
editing style, and know exactly what your wedding video
will look like.
You should be able to meet with the videographer
(not just a contact person) before the wedding day so that
you feel comfortable with them. They will often attend the
rehearsal and ask for a running sheet so that they know
exactly what is happening and they won't need to ask you
unnecessary questions on the day.
Ask them how many weddings have they filmed?
You don’t want them to miss out any important aspect
of your special day because they are inexperienced or their
equipment isn't working properly.
The videographer will usually be filming
your wedding for approx. 8-10 hours. Then there is usually
another 10-20 hours spent in the edit suite so expect to
pay $1000 and upwards for a basic package.
Most professional videographers will offer
other services such as putting your wedding photos to video,
a DVD with menus or a VCD wedding invitation?
Taking the right steps to choose a professional
videographer for your special day will ensure that your wedding
video or DVD will be a pleasure to watch for decades to come.
Julia Lewis, Director, BA (Hons)
Film, TV & Media Studies has over 12 years of
experience working in Sydney, London and Brisbane as a Producer
and Editor. She has worked on a wide range of productions
including documentaries, corporate productions and television
commercials, as well as producing wedding videos.
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