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.
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
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
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.
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
Musicians and singers
People dancing, having a good time, drinking the alcohol.
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.
Traditionally, the word Light Leak 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.
I recently reconnected with a former college friend who was now a successful dentist back in my home town. I was really impressed to find that he offered a large number of services from oral hygiene and related surgeries such as root canals to dental prosthetics like porcelain veneers, which, as I now know, are only done for purely aesthetic and cosmetic purposes.
He wanted to educate more of his patients what the benefits of having porcelain veneers were. Being a dentist he knew first-hand how unhappy many people were with the looks of their teeth. He wanted to create a informative yet engaging way to bring in potential new patients as well. Having a background in motion graphics I knew that I could create an attractive piece that could educate and bring people to his website.
After receiving a script from him, I found a voice actor online who would keep the audience interested, I wasn’t trying to create a boring science video here.
One I had the audio recorded, I proceeded to layout the basic motion of the project. How I wanted everything to flow and transition. I brought a friend in to help with the layout stage, as I needed to go out and photograph all the elements we would need for this.
This included taking pictures of dentist offices, people receiving dental work and porcelain veneers as well. With all these pieces in place, I could now really start to see the project come to life.
I hired another colleague to finalize the motion and animation of the dentist projects as it’s not my strongest ability. He was able to add the finishing touches to this project, it really made the piece come to life. Finally, a sound designer was brought in to really spice up what turned out to be a great looking product.
Although I can’t show you the finished piece just yet. Here is a similar example of the final piece:
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.
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:
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.