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Wedding Film Shot List – How To Perfectly Capture That Special Day.

Here is a list of my must have shots when filming a wedding. Almost all of these moments happen separately so I don’t really need to stress about missing something special. I rarely shoot with more than two cameras.

Pre-Ceremony

Depending on the style, you may want to shoot these on a dolly track or as hand-held shots using depth of field.

  • Bride with the bridesmaids - Putting on the wedding dress, getting the makeup and hair done.
  • Groom and groomsmen getting ready – Fixing the hair, putting on the suit and the final touches.
  • Location Shots – Exterior Shots, Gardens, Surrounding areas
  • Wedding setup, preparing the venue for the ceremony
  • Wedding program – Capturing the names of the couple and the date.
  • Guests arriving and signing the guest book
  • Bride and Groom waiting for the ceremony to commence

Ceremony

Here is a must have shot list of the actual wedding ceremony. Remember to get enough footage to people watching the ceremony, it doesn’t have to be the exact moment but a reaction of some sort every now and again will hep the edit flow better.

  • Groom seating mothers
  • Groom entering
  • Brides maids and groomsmen entrance
  • Bride entrance, coming down the isle way including the father of bride handing the bride to groom.
  • Bride and groom saying I DO to the wedding ceremony
  • Exchange of vows and rings and the first kiss
  • Man and Wife stepping off the ceremony platform and down the isle way
  • Brides maids and groomsmen exiting
  • Cut away shots of people watching the ceremony – I use these as transition shots.

Reception

I generally end up shooting a lot more footage than I need here. It’s always good to keep filming as you may get some really good moments (especially once the drinks start flowing)

  • Arrival of the Bride and groom
  • Toast and speeches – try get a feed from the mixer board.
  • Dinner being served – don’t film people eating, it’s not flattering.
  • Bride and Groom sitting down at the table for their first married dinner
  • First dance, Father Daughter dance, Mother Son dance, bridal party dance
  • Cake Cutting
  • Musicians and singers
  • People dancing, having a good time, drinking the alcohol.

Extras

Depending on the couple and the style of the piece, I like to get a few interviews with different guests. I’ll cut these interviews into film using the overlay of the voice to drive the piece.

Here is one of our favourite wedding videos. It has a very laid back, low budget feel but you definitely get the sense that you know exactly what the couple is like.

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Using Light Leak Effects to Stylize Your Edits

Traditionally, the word Light Leaks was considered a pain to photographers and filmmakers. Due to a manufacturing problem or general wear-and-tear, light would spill through a hole or gap in the body of a camera and “leak” into a sealed chamber. This would cause the film to be exposed with unaccounted for light. What was previously considered a problem soon became a stylistic technique called the lomography movement, giving photos character and life.

Videographers have adopted this movement by using the movement of light leaks to give their wedding videos and corporate videos a new flare, pardon the pun.

There are a few ways one can use light leaks in own projects. Using light leaks over top of edits points is a great way to mask a cut point. Typically the brightest part of the light leak should be placed above the edit point. This will allow for a smooth and seamless transition between shots. However, light leaks do not always need to cover an edit. A nice edge burn in the middle of a shot can really spice up any piece of footage.

Particular events also benefit from the use of light leaks. For example, a nice autumn wedding will benefit from slow warmer glows and tones to match the romantic mood of the piece. In addition, a action packed surf video would be great fit for fast light leaks that wash over the scene and add to the pace of the footage. Furthermore, blue, green and purple overlays really lend themselves to concert footage and music video. This is because of the presence of these multi-colored lights that are already present in the scene.

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How To Make Great Exercise and Training Videos

When I was having trouble motivating myself I found that have a person to train was extremely helpful. However, sometimes you can’t always get out there, in fact, with busy schedules, you could miss a whole weeks worth of exercise. One of the key members of our group had to move overseas, so down a key player of our fitness team we decided to make a series of video for her so she could exercise and still feel like she was part of the group.

I had made a few videos in the past for friends so I had a basic knowledge down. I also got a few tips from a friend who makes wedding films. These films were instructional videos that would give our wayward friend a few ideas and exercises that she could do at home after a day of work.

exercise videos

What do you need?

Camera (or laptop with webcam), lights (or stand next to a big bright window), a computer to edit for video and some fun music.

Filming!

We kept our videos extremely short, under two minutes. First we would start by explaining the exercise, then I would demonstrate. Finally we were ready to begin the exercise. I would film this a few different times, the reason for this is because I could place my camera and a different angle, so my friend would have different views of the exercise. That’s it!

Editing

I’ll admit, computers aren’t my strong suit, so I did get a bit of help with these. My friend let me use his computer to put together the videos. He showed me a few tricks to make the videos fun and interesting to watch, they’re nothing special but they do get the point across.

Extras

A few things that I found made the videos really exciting were music and filters. We used some really cool songs we found for free at freemusicarchive.org. I was advised that it’s best to use free music, as it’s a healthy practice, don’t forget to give credit to the artist.

I added a few titles at the beginning and end so my friend would know exactly which exercise we would be doing.

We also added a few really neat light leaks onto the edits. This gave the film a bit more of a professional look at feel. You can find all sorts of effects to add to your videos at http://LightLeaks.me

This may not be everyone’s thing, however, if you have access to some of the equipment needed to make a training video you might as well give it a try! Who knows, maybe you’ll be a youtube sensation, hopefully for all the right reasons.

Image by Dan Machold

Our Favourite Wedding Songs for Wedding Videos

Choosing a song for a wedding video can be tough. There a many questions you may have to ask yourself when deciding on a song. Does the song fit the style of your video? Does the song fit the couple in the video? How long is the song? Do the lyrics fit the mood of your piece. The list can go on.

We’ve put together a list of a few songs that we think work great in wedding videos.

The Middle East – Blood

This song by the Australian band The Middle East (bit confusing) is a great example of a song that really builds. The slow start lets you focus on the details and romantic couple shots. By the end of the song the choir really kicks it into gear. Great for those final shots of the wedding festivities!

Daughter – Youth

This British trio really know how to make a moody song. The drums build nicely in this song, but her soft voice and guitar really make this a fantastic piece to add to the start of a video.

Ben Howard – Old Pine

I guess we have a particular style, here’s another English musician. Ben Howard’s song feels like a few different songs in one. A song about the memories shared with loved ones songs like a perfect wedding video song!

Hopefully these tracks will get you on the right track for picking a great wedding video song.

Slow Motion Photo-booths. Is slow-mo the new thing?

With the release of cameras such as the new “Go Pro” the slow motion world is no longer out of reach for us every-day filmmakers. These tiny cameras are capable of producing high definition footage at 120 frames per second. Even the regular cameras we use for our shoots are producing fantastic footage that wasn’t possible 5 years ago. The Digital SLR revolution and the high end digital cinema cameras have made it possible to create some stunning work.

A trend that is picking up steam are these slow motion photo-booths. We can see why. It’s a fairly easy process. You’ll need a backdrop, props (hats, bubbles, silly string, etc.) and a camera that can shoot 60 frames per second or 160 frames per second. The slow the better. Get guest’s to participate in the photo-booth, get them to do silly things, play some music for them, give them fun props. Remember, you don’t really need much footage as you’re going to slow it down in the editing room. Remember, people are going to feel way more comfortable as the night goes (they’ll be drunk).

So why are people doing this? What’s the point? Well, if you’ve ever those videos of people getting hit my water balloons in slow motion you’ll notice something… it’s hilarious!

Things don’t look like people would expect them to when it’s completely slowed down. Don’t believe us? Watch this video:

 

 

Best Wide Angle Lenses For Wedding Videographers?

Best Wide Angle Lens For Wedding Videographers?

When it comes to shooting weddings you need to make sure you have all your bases covered. This means having the right tools for the job. Being a wedding videographer can be difficult as each location is different and comes with it’s own unique set of challenges. Whether it’s too dark or too cramped, a perfectly suited kit of lenses can become your savour.

Having a wide lens will ensure you capture every moment that happens throughout the day. One of the best uses for a wide lens is when you’re using a steady-cam. A wide lens on a steady-cam creates a natural looking movement and one that is without unnecessary rolls and camera shakes. It lets you capture the days events easily without having to fiddle around with changing your lenses. Another reason to carry a good wide angle lens is when you’re in a tight situation, literally. Some venues are small and moving further away to capture a moment isn’t an option; without a wide angle lens you may completely miss the emotion in a particular moment.

So which wide angle zoom lenses are the best?

We like the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom, it covers all our bases and still gives us the option to zoom when need. Alternatively, we also like the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens. Although this isn’t as wide, it offers a bit longer lens and may be a better option should you only have the budget for one lens. Both lens are 2.8 so shooting in lower light situations becomes a lot easier and you don’t have to rely so heavily on your ISO.

So which wide angle prime lenses are the best?

If we had to pick one wide angle prime lens we go for the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Lens. This lens gets you great quality at a decent price.

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