Nu Bride Presents Rita Colson

Urban Cinematography are proud to present the Rita Colson Bridal Collection.

Rita’s designs are refreshingly modern with a classical twist, infusing luxurious crepe and silk materials which are ethically sourced. Rita is influenced by pretty much everything around her. Creativity oozes out of her and her passion for life is infectious. Rita has a huge love for art, music and dance, so we knew we wanted to incorporate all three of these aspects into her catwalk show, so we incorporated live music and dance and what better back drop to host the event than the elegant Tavern Room; at Royal Society of Arts.

How to work with Your Wedding Videographer

 

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One of the things you will quickly learn as you enter this wedding planning journey is how much of it is about relationships and working with and managing people! Which isn’t always as easy at it sounds. From family and friends right through to suppliers!  Oh yes.

When it comes to capturing your wedding day and gathering those visual memories, if you can plan ahead and work with your suppliers you can relax on the day, concentrate on what’s important and get the best possible results. 

Today Nu Bride Ambassadors Urban Cinematography are back to share some useful tips about how to work with your cinematographer.

The ultimate goal of all the wedding vendors is to create an amazing day for the wedding couple, although sometimes this isn’t the case, so when choosing vendors make sure they are happy to work together cohesively. This especially applies to videographers and photographers, to get the best from both, there has to be a mutual respect for the others job and a willingness to work together.

Research

We always advise couples do their homework and not just book the first person they see. You always need a comparison to get the best idea of styles and like-for-like costs.  Budget is a big factor and what you get for your money is as important so find out what is include with each service offered.

Be thorough, check their website and see if they have complete wedding film to show or send to you. Viewing a short highlight film is very different to watching an edited film in full.

Never be afraid to ask questions about their experience and previous weddings. Mutual trust between your videographer and yourself is a big factor in helping meet realistic expectations.

When couples first contact us we always ask if they would like to meet us. First impressions are hugely important when you have to work in close proximity and trust who will capture your wedding on film.

Once you have decided who to book, it goes without saying get a contract.

Organisation & Communication

Keep the channels of communication open.

If your videographer sends you an email asking for your music choices in advance, or time schedules, its an important factor in our ‘end production’.

The logistics of wedding’s can be very challenging. For example. Some brides choose to have their bridal preparation quite far from the ceremony location, so schedules are very important in the planning process keeping your videographer informed and happy so we don’t miss any important moments. We are human after all and we want to do the best job for you. The happier and more informed we are, the more artistic we become so its in everyone’s interest keeping the hardworking vendors happy.

Information is key

Following on from above, the best way to get on with your videographer and achieve the best possible film is to give them as much information in advance as possible.

A great film needs a story and the earlier you can decide on details you would like captured, the better.  Sometimes the smallest detail can be added and make a huge difference to the quality of film.

For example, we were once asked to film a bride in her quest to find the perfect wedding dress and attended all her alterations and fittings, as it was a hugely important part of her wedding which she wanted documented. She trusted us to be that closely involved, she really did get the best out of us we were as excited as she was! (Nu Bride: I would have LOVED to have had this done! So special)

Preparation

Being filmed at any occasion can be very daunting and fills many people with dread.

Accept that it’s going to be part of your day, don’t fight it, just relax and go with the flow and allow your videographers to capture you at your best.

Often couples tell us it was so nice having someone there all the time keeping them calm and a little bit distracted from the enormity of the day with small talk. (We have our uses!) We can often tell if someone is nervous and distraction techniques work very well!

It is a good idea before the wedding to meet have a chat with your videographers or maybe event an engagement film shoot which is quite informal to help get you use to being together and in-front of the camera. All these things help to break the ice. Sometimes companies send different people to film your day from the ones you originally met, so make sure you know who will be filming your wedding so there aren’t any surprises on the day which could throw you off-balance.

Food

Make sure your wedding videographer are fed and watered!! ( Nu Bride: in-fact this applies to a supplier that will be with you all day. They need to eat too!)  Seriously most of the time our days are very long, typically 13/14 hours on your feet, running around, and the worst thing is if we have to ask to be fed or just a simple glass of water!

We don’t expect the wedding couple to look after us, but ensure your planner or venue coordinator in charge has this information. These are very simple things, but make a world of difference in our productivity and enthusiasm.

Many a time we have been booked for 10 hours and worked for 12 or 13 hours free of charge just because we have enjoyed the wedding so much and our bride and groom have been a joy to work with.

Prepping your wedding guests

This is quite a tricky area as it would be impossible to let every single guest know you have booked a videographer, most guests take it as a given that there will be a photographer and videographer at your wedding so don’t worry too much about letting people know in advance.

The one thing we make sure the couple know from the offset is that we will never film while guests are eating and advise them to make arrangements to film speeches and any entertainment to that follow on from your wedding meal.  Nobody wants a camera pointed at them while they are enjoying the long-awaited meal. (Nu Bride: it’s also a good opportunity to feed your suppliers and let them refuel too!)

Final tips

The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and try to relax. This will show in the film, we always encourage laughter, jokes and smiles, and we often have a little laughter and a joke ourselves. Never take the whole day too seriously, enjoy the moment with family and friends, hopefully it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Fabulous tips Jo and Apos. Thank you so much!

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Berta Bridal 2017 European Launch / Savoy Hotel London

As Wedding Videographers from time to time  we are asked to film for other companies within the wedding industry.

This time we were privileged to cover the BERTA Bridal 2017 European Launch at the Savoy Hotel London.

 Berta Balilti designed a collection of gorgeous gowns for the contemporary and sexy bride. Slender silhouettes dominate the collection with dazzling beading. 

The sole designer of the fashion house is Berta Balilti, a Shenkar College of design graduate. Berta founded her namesake brand in 2004.

Berta has an avant-gard design style, one that always tests the barriers and boundaries of the modern world of fashion design. Her style of design is famous for bold, sexy and modern fit that incorporates vintage materials and retro styles. Aside from designing all the collections at the fashion house, Berta oversees the entire production processes in her studio still to this day, when she has over 70 retailers all around the world. 

Berta quickly rose to stardom in the fashion world after she managed to surprise even the most veteran fashion editors and bloggers with her artistic approach to high-end fashion. Her collections are considered among the most praised and anticipated in the fashion world.

According to the likes of ELLE and VOGUE, Berta is considered today as one of the world’s top-notch designers for bridal and evening wear.

The luxurious fabrics, which are imported from fashion capitals around the world, go through a handmade development process in Berta’s studio. By doing this, Berta consistently has new and unique textures and fabrics for her line of bridal dresses.

As wedding videographers we were delighted to film the Fashion Show and it was a delight to watch too!

Berta Bridal and the The Wedding Club did an amazing job! 

Almost Everything You Need To Know About Having a Wedding Film

This an Article we writen by us for the talented Nova at the award winning blog NuBride

Welcome back wedding film gurus and talented Nu Bride Ambassadors, Jo and Apos of Urban Cinematography to answer everything you need to know about wedding films, such as; if you have a photographer to capture your wedding day, do you really need a videographer too?

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?

Absolutely not!

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.

If we have already booked a photographer, do we  need a videographer too?

The question every couple should ask is do you want a film of their wedding day? Do you want to see yourselves, friends and family enjoying themselves, dancing to music, cracking a joke. Do you want to hear your wedding vows? Do you want to see yourselves in twenty years or so?

Will you regret not having one?

How can I tell I’ve picked a great cinematographer for my wedding day?

Always make sure whenever possible to meet your cinematographer / videographer. If that’s not possible, speak to them on the phone or Skype.

It’s not just about how well someone shoots or edits a wedding, it’s also about personality, how someone interacts with others, how helpful or knowledgeable someone is.

Speak to them and get a feel for them. You will be spending your wedding day with them and if you don’t like them, or you get a bad vibe, look elsewhere! Never compromise on a feeling.

How can couples get the most out of their wedding film?

1. Please just forget the camera is there.

2. Try not to see the camera as a nuisance.

3. Just be yourself. Be as natural as possible and don’t worry about how you will look.

4. Have fun with your cameraperson, they will get better results for you if you are both happy and them too.

5. Oh and make sure your videographers are well fed and watered! Shooting weddings can be a long day on our feet – we need fuel to keep our energy up and yo help us produce the best work for you.

Always talk to your supplier and make sure from the beginning that you are both clear with what your expectations are. They will either agree that it’s reasonable, or steer you in the right direction and make helpful suggestions.

We would also suggest, if budget allows, to have a small engagement (video) shoot, before the wedding just to help you feel at ease in front of the camera. I find with most things in life it’s the unknown that makes us feel nervous so having a shoot will make it feel like second nature on the day 

Trust your supplier, they have an awful lot of experience when it comes to possible problems or challenges that can occur, logistics and common mistakes that you probably hadn’t even thought of.

Can you film during the ceremony?

Absolutely. Even though we will need permission from the vicar/registrar and venue/church beforehand. There might be limitations as to where we are allowed to stand or film, but we do arrange this well in advance directly with the venue and / or celebrant with the couple’s help of course.

Is it possible to have sound from any live music we have on the day, captured in our wedding film?

Yes it’s possible. As long as you get permission from any performing artists at your wedding. 

We have external microphones that we use, as extra to the microphone on the camera for better sound quality. 

It’s worth noting, you will also need a dedicated camera set up for capturing footage from any live musicians.

Tips for couples to work around grumpy vicars or guests who dont want to be filmed?

Always talk with your vicar and make clear that you would like to have your ceremony filmed as it means a lot to you. Be specific and be assertive when you talk to them. If they are impossible to deal with and not accommodating consider using someone else. We worked on a wedding where the couple decided to change vicar or church, because they didn’t want to allow filming.

As for grumpy guests, you can leave this to us! We never film guests that don’t want to be filmed! But usually we get them on side by the end of the evening. Humour is a wonderful tool. (Nu Bride: You charmers, you!)

Do guests need to sign a release form to be filmed?

Not the guests, but if the couple thinks there might be a problem, they should mention on their invites that there will be filming on the day. We work on high-profile weddings, where we were given instructions for certain guests not to be filmed or included in the film beforehand.

Highlight video – vs full wedding film?

The highlights clip is generally offered in addition to a full wedding film. It captures the best moments of a wedding day put together with music. It has to be short, so it can be interesting and entice the spectators to want to watch more. The highlights clip is the one couples often choose to share with friends and family online.

We often separate the full wedding clip in multiple sections so its more interesting to watch i.e: ceremony, reception, speeches etc.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do go with your gut instinct when you are booking someone. If your first choice is a bit more expensive, find ways to rework your wedding budget to accommodate it.

Don’t chew gum! Chewing gum and smoking looks terrible on video. Also, request that your wedding party do not chew gum too, mints are ok.

Do act naturally. Try not to react to the presence of the camera.

Do always read and sign a contract. Always question anything you think is not correct.

Do ask if the videographer has Public Liability Insurance and don’t be shy to ask to see a copy of it. Your venue / ceremony venue may ask to see a copy of it too.

Don’t leave it until the last-minute to book a wedding film. Summer weekends especially, get booked up early. If you have already left it late it’s still worth a try, but booking as early as possible will give you the best choice of wedding videographers.

Don’t book on price alone. Editing a great video takes a lot of time and you get what you pay for!

Don’t worry about feeling self-conscious. You’re already the centre of attention and there’s so much else going on that you probably won’t even notice the cameras on the day.

Do see the video as an investment. The flowers, the cake, the dress, the suits and so many other details you’ll have spent so much time and money on, are just for the day, but video lasts a lifetime.

Do choose a company who can give you what you want, for example, their style of filming, editing and finished product.

Do research and watch their films to make sure you are happy with what you’re paying for. You must have a connection watching their films. We always love it when people cry watching our previous films!

Do speak to the videographer, tell them what you like or don’t like, if you have ideas however crazy, tell them about them, discuss your requirements in detail.

Do ask your chosen wedding film-makers who is going to be filming on your wedding day. There is no point meeting or talking to one person and having someone you have never met before turn up at your wedding.

Do ask about delivery times. Editing takes a long time and some companies take over a year to deliver! (Nu Bride: NOOOO! I thought 3 months was long! Readers –  A year is simply not acceptable –  the average turnaround time in the UK market is 2-3 months)

Boom! So there you have it!

For more information on Nu Bride Ambassador Urban Cinematography and to see their work please visit: www.urbancinematography.com