Tips for Brides and Grooms to Utilize your Wedding Cinematographer for Maximum Impact
As wedding Cinematographers we are tasked with crafting a storyline of your wedding day that captures all the elements, usually in a wedding film lasting 5-7 minutes in length. For the very best cinematographers that requires significant preparations and planning. Wedding cinematographers can be wonderful resources to give useful advice on not only the flow of the wedding in terms of pacing and sequencing, but also with audio, lighting and décor. Here are some tips to involve your cinematographer in pre-planning to make sure that your wedding day is captured perfectly.
Your Wedding Cinematographer will be your best bet for questions on Lighting (and décor!) at the Ceremony and Reception:
We always attend the rehearsal ceremony the day before the wedding to ensure that we have captured all the potentially dark areas that we will need to plan for the next day. Many Brides and Grooms are very busy with other details of their wedding day and things like adequate lighting will not be usually a big concern. Take advantage of the expertise of your wedding cinematographer to provide input on key areas of both the reception and ceremony where critical elements of the wedding take place – to ensure that these areas are adequately lit and well decorated in order to enhance the outcome of your wedding film. Cinematographers have a unique eye because there are key areas in a wedding that your video will focus on – like your vows and speeches. If most of your décor is centered on elaborate table centrepieces but theres not enough décor around other key areas such as the head table or near the Minister when you take your vows – it might make your video fall flat! Involve your cinematographer in these key aspects!
Flow of the transition areas on your wedding day:
Should we do the dancing first as we enter the reception area? we often get key transition questions like these from Brides and Grooms – and we are often delighted when we are asked! Picture being asked to choreograph a full days coverage of an event – typically 8-12 hours – and condense it in 5-7 minutes – and not be consulted with how key areas of the wedding will ebb, flow and transition. A cinematographer’s job from beginning to end – is far more tedious than a wedding photographer’s job for many reasons. Luckily, we’ve worked with Brides and Grooms who realize that this value added is key to a successful wedding film. Your cinematographer is a useful resource for advice on transition elements in your wedding and will often have insight into the ebb and flow especially as it has to do with your location, the quality of shots in the area (e.g. lighting) as well as how the elements of the video will flow – remember your cinematographer is your storyteller.
If there are critical elements that will not be incorporated – do inform your cinematographer (beforehand):
Most weddings follow the same format with key critical elements that usually enhance the wedding day and make for great wedding films. If there are key elements that are missing or being replaced – this is usually no big deal – but please do tell your cinematographer beforehand. Ongoing communication about critical elements will ensure that nothing is missed and that all key areas get adequate attention.
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