Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Video Tip - Plan Ahead - wedding edition!

One of my friends recently asked me how I pick and choose what video clips I put into my video.  I hate to say it, but I don't have TOO much of a formula. I ask the couple what their favorite "love songs" are beforehand and listen to them a couple times to get the "feel" for that couple. I also take a look at the decor of the wedding, the attitudes of the people around, and the interactions of everyone and everything that day. As I walk through the day, I envision what I want their website clip video to look like and try to create clips that match my vision. But this all happens within 5 minutes....

If you know what you want to shoot beforehand, it cuts your editing time afterward in half!!!! Here is my go-to list for a 3 camera basic wedding shoot. I got the majority of this list from http://www.bealecorner.com/trv900/wedding.html back in 2005 when I first started thinking about doing my own weddings and tweaked a couple things to fit what I shot.

Camera 1 – Canon 7D
1.  Exterior of Ceremony and Reception Areas
2.  Guest book signings
3.  Guests arriving and sitting down
4.  Any special touches in the ceremony, like the song, unity candle, lighting, etc.
5.  Reaction shots of bride and groom's families, as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen during the ceremony
6.  Cutaways (5-10 seconds of each) - cake, presents, food, decorations, flower arrangements, the DJ, etc.
7.  Walk around and video each table of guests (if they want to say something, let them!  Otherwise, just get cute shots of waving and smiles, etc)
8.  Follow Bride and Groom out the reception to the car (from behind)

Camera 2 – Canon GL2
1.  Continuous roll of ceremony, from processional (prior to bride's entrance) to the couple's walk down the aisle at the end (recessional). You will be in the back third of the ceremony area on the right (the video should stay on the couple and the pastor the entire time – minimal zooming in and out).
2.  Bride and groom entering reception
3.  After some mingling, stage a reenactment of the ring ceremony with Bride and Groom. Get a good close-up of rings being slipped onto fingers. (remember that the floor will show – try to match the same or similar floor).
4.  Best man's and Maid of Honor’s toast
5.  Cake cutting
6.  Garter toss

Camera 3 – Canon GL2

1. Continuous Roll - Starting at processional all the way to recessional. If you are up in balcony, you will be responsible for the wide angles of the entire wedding party, bride/groom, and pastor.  Minimal zooming in and out.  If you do, do not zoom in past the maid of honor/best man.
2. First dance (as a couple)
3. Mom's dance with the groom
4. Dad's dance with the bride
5. Special dances and ceremonies at the reception
6. Guests saying goodbye (from the car)

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