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Making a Wedding Video
These are tips for video shooting of a wedding:

  • 1. If at all possible visit the location beforehand to assess the layout, lighting, power points for recharging and to be nice to the priest/officials. Check out the parking access to enable a quick getaway from house to marriage venue to reception.

  • 2. Have a checklist for the Big Day, so you don't forget a single thing. Don't use new untried kit on the day.

  • 3. When shooting, shoot lots. Remember, this day will never come again. Much easier to edit down your master tapes than to lengthen them.

  • 4. Dance on your toes. Stay very alert. Concentrate on keeping the camera still (unless you're adept at tracking). Get big powerful close-ups. Shoot people, all the people. A bit of the location, but go back and shoot more people. Remember we're all here because people like looking at people.

  • 5. Check over your kit very carefully. Check white balance, exposure, focus settings are all as you require, and are happy with.

  • 6. Check with the bride if she's asked you to do this film. Ask exactly what she'd like you to record.

  • 7. Try to be in two places at once. Wear unobtrusive clothing, take a brave pill and move amongst the guests, filming and smiling graciously.

  • 8. Decline alcohol (difficult one this) as drinking time is lost filming time. You can't do two things well, so concentrate on getting the footage. Don't be tempted to shoot stills; it requires a different mind set.

  • 9. Edit ruthlessly! Keep the original masters for sure, but if possible get the happy couple to see your edited masterpiece before they see the long version.

  • 10. Remember your video camera is a sound recorder that just happens to record pictures at the same time. If you stop recording mid sentence the conversation will be nonsense whereas the pictures may be fine.
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