Advice and information about filming a wedding

We had a very interesting club meeting recently about filming weddings. Cyril presented and talked about his experience over many years of being involved in filming weddings and illustrated some of his advice with video clips. Cyril told us many anecdotes and club members also chipped in with their own experiences and advice.

Broadly his advice was to try not to be involved if asked to film a friend’s wedding. This was because it normally started with just being asked to film casually a little of the wedding whilst being a guest and this often escalated in to filming all the weeding ceremony and lots more. This puts a lot of pressure on you, often filming in unknown locations without being able to plan and prepare. You spend the day separated from your partner and not being able to relax and enjoy the wedding, let alone hoping all the filming will come out okay. Then you have the editing to look forward to!

Cyril talked and showed us clips from a wedding video he took of Alan’s daughter getting married about 10 years ago. This was a properly planned wedding video shoot and used 5 people from the club to film different parts of the day and in various locations. All the camera team had their own storyboards of exactly what they were to film and edited result was a very professional and entertaining video.

Some hints for any wedding video are:

  • Lots of really tight face close-ups (although do not stick your camera lens right in front of people’s faces!). Also close-up details from the wedding dress.
  • Good audio – Possibly use a mini-disc recorder or something else to separately record the sound close to the actual ceremony and then later the speeches.
  • Try and get as many incidental human scenes that are happening around and about. These will not be captured by the wedding photographer and will not have been noticed on the day by the couple.
  • Try and establish a reasonable working relationship with the stills photographer on the day.
  • Talk to the vicar or whoever is performing the ceremony to ensure they are happy with were you plan to film from and where and when you may change position.
  • Spare charged video camera batteries, tapes, spare microphone batteries and if possible a spare video camera.

The evening also discussed various aspects of producing wedding videos on a professional fee basis and gave advice on wider aspects to be considered, such as copyright licenses, church fees, insurance and contracts.

We viewed two short demo films by professional wedding videographers. One from Malta and the other by our own club member, Barry. These were both very good and gave interesting insights in to different ways of presenting a professional wedding video.