Tip 1: Get the information you need
There are many tasks that you will need to perform before the day of the ceremony. You will need to start by talking to the bride and groom, and determining exactly what they want to be in their video.
As one person, you
cannot be in two places at once, so you will need to work with the bride,
groom, and wedding planner to find out what will occur when, and where you
need to be. Take notes, and work with the bride, groom, and wedding planner to
set up a schedule for the day of the wedding.
Tip 2: Shoot some test video
It is a good idea to visit all of the places that are to be included in the
Have others help you out with your testing, posing as the bride and groom. You also need to determine where wireless mics need to be placed, and decide if you will need a back up cassette recorder to make sure that the sound is captured as well.
about the music, the source that will be used to play the music, and how
loudly it will be played as well. You won't want the music to drown out the
couple exchanging vows on the video!
Tip 3: Make sure you know your camera
You need to know everything there is to know about your camera, including how to use the different features to get different effects, and to reduce red-eye.
You also need to make a list of everything that you need to bring to the wedding, including a tripod, extra batteries, wireless mics, video tapes or discs, extra lenses, headphones, products to clean lenses with, and anything else you think you might possibly need.
It is better to be over prepared than
it is to be under prepared! Don't assume that you will remember to bring
everything that you need. Write it down, and check it off as you put it in the
car on the wedding day.
Tip 4: Know what you will ask
Make a list of questions to ask the bride and groom when they are getting
ready for the wedding, such as 'Are you nervous?' 'What has gone wrong today?'
'When did you know he/she was the one for you?' Add a little humor. Try to
catch the groom off guard and ask him what the date is. The bride will love
you for this!
Tip 5: Use multiple cameras if possible
If possible, use more than one video camera to make the wedding video. The second camera can simply be used as a backup, or it can be used by another videographer to get scenes that you can't get due to that pesky 'can't be in two places' problem.
The more video cameras in use, the better. Make sure that
the date and time are not embedded in the video on any of the cameras in case
you need to edit one video using footage from another video. Make sure that
the settings are identical on all of the camcorders being used.
Tip 6: Make a list of shots to get
The bride and groom will want you to make sure that you get specific shots, such as the ring exchange or the cutting of the cake, but there are other memorable shots that you will want to make sure are on the video.
Some examples include: the
father of the bride putting a penny in her shoe, shots of all of the flowers
and wedding decorations, and panoramic views of the church before and during
the ceremony. Talk with the wedding planner for more ideas.
Tip 7: Things to avoid
Use the tripod as much as possible during the ceremony, and avoid touching it
when you can, but make sure that you do use the pan technique when it is
appropriate. This will reduce or eliminate shaky shots, and make the video
more professional. Avoid sudden movement, or fast zooming. It's a wedding, not
a car chase.
Tip 8: Wedding Day
Make sure that you arrive where you are supposed to be early enough to set things up. Allow yourself plenty of time, and don't take no for an answer. Use common sense when shooting scenes. For instance, if the bride starts having second thoughts, nobody will appreciate that appearing on the video if she goes through with the wedding.
If you are asked not to shoot a scene, by the
bride or groom, don't shot it. Don't ask the bride or groom inappropriate
questions about the wedding night. This is unprofessional, and they won't want
to let their future children see that. Relax and do the best job that you can
do for the bride and groom.
Tip 9: Editing the video
Begin by watching the videos as they were recorded and taking notes. You want the video to tell a story and follow a specific order, for example:
... and so on.
Write out how the final product will be
organized. Make a copy of all of the videos before you start editing anything,
just in case. After you've decided exactly how you want the video to be, begin
the editing process, and keep at it until you have what you want. Keep the
original videos until you know that the bride and groom are happy with the
You can become so good at wedding video production, that you might consider
starting your own wedding video production company! Wedding videos are
probably the most enjoyable videos to shoot. If you are prepared, and you
follow all the steps, you will be able to present the couple with a wedding
video that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
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