Plus Jo and Apos have been kind enough to share some super helpful Do’s and Don’ts, tips to help you plan ahead and get the most out of your wedding film!
Over to you Jo and Apos!
Are wedding videos a luxury?
Can we simply ask, what do couples have left after their wedding day (except their own memories of course)? Photographs and Film.
Photographs capture a moment in time and its a great way to look back on the day. But they can’t capture an emotional moment in its entirety from start to end, with sound.
Films can capture so much more, breathtaking scenery unfolding, a rolling tear, a heartwarming vowel.
Many married couples enjoy hearing the thoughts and wishes (testimonials) from their loved ones recorded on film as well. A film is by far the best way to preserve and relive your wedding day. That’s why lately we are seeing couples spending and putting more value on their wedding film over their photography.
What’s the difference between a cinematographer and a videographer?
Complicated question, but the short version is: cinematography is more like cinema, and videography is more like the 9 o’clock news.
Cinematography prioritises quality over quantity and is more like a short film than a straight recording.
One thing that a lot of video people have obsessed about for a long time, is how to make their videos look more like Hollywood. But it’s only in the last few years, since the introduction of DSLR cameras, that the gap has really been narrowed, partly due to improved cameras and affordability. You can get a descent DSLR camera for about £3K including a lens. A movie camera like an ARRI could cost in excess of £100K! (Nu Bride: Holy Moly!)
Wedding cinematography is the art of using video, audio and music to tell a story as opposed to simply recording an event from beginning to end.
Unlike videographers, cinematographers do not record an entire event non stop. They capture small moments, more like photographs to tell a story, to relate to the couples personality.
Also the difference between videography and cinematography is that of a different look. Cinematography is more characterised by smooth camera movement, good quality sound, and the feeling of high production value, use of tripods, dollies, rails, cranes, stabilisers etc.
It’s very difficult to do a decent cinematic film with just one camera operator; that’s why we are seeing couples with very high expectations, turning the wedding film into a full production, where we have meetings regarding shoots, scripts, sound, lighting usually with a quite large crew.
Wedding cinematographers shoot more like photographers, running around to get shots from different angles, and trying to record beautiful images. Also, multiple cameras are used for recording, to add interest and meaning.
And we shouldn’t forget the different editing style cinematic films emphasise on the story, and colour grading work goes into the editing.
Traditional wedding videography could be edited in 10 hours; cinematic films are more like 40-80 hours worth of editing.