Only those who have been in the business of event filming realize how unforgiving the experience can sometimes be. The responsibility of “eternalizing” that person’s special moment is not something to be taken lightly. It can be challenging, stressful, tiring, and sometimes downright brutal. On the other hand, if everything is planned out carefully, it can also be one of the most gratifying experiences for both you and the person for whom you are filming.
As someone who has had both excellent and terrible experiences in the art of wedding filming, I have put together a few guidelines to help you plan out your next wedding videography venture:
Plan Your Shots
I know this might sound a little much, but if possible, it is always recommended to go to the location in which the event will take place to do a little research. Nothing is worse than arriving at the ceremony and scurrying around the find the best angles to shoot. If possible have multiple cameras covering all important angles of the location.
Record Sound Separately
Most cameras have very poor internal microphones, which will result in poor quality audio playback. It is important to have another source of audio that is in a constant location so you do not have to worry about the different levels of audio that may occur with the camera moving around. If some technical difficulty happens to the camera, at least you will have the audio as a back up. This can be done by hooking up a audio recording device to the sound table or simply by placing the audio recorder in a strategically place location.
Have Multiple Cameras
This might be impossible for some people on a tighter budget, but it is essential where possible. If you do not have another camera to use, make sure to have back up footage of the people who are watching the wedding. It is important to have several options of scenes or clips to cut to if something happens to or in front of the main camera. Nothing is worse than having a video of a bride picking her nose, for example, and not have any way to cut it out of the video without loosing important audio or footage. Have a wide angle to cover as much of everything you can and have other angles to focus on more specific things, such as the bride and groom.
Expect the Unexpected
Most events will have something happen that is unplanned. Whether it is the crazy drunk uncle who stands up screaming in the middle of the ceremony or simply a technical malfunction, it is always important to be prepared. This is another reason why it is important to have multiple cameras if possible. The key is to always be prepared, which might mean making sure to have multiple batteries for your camera, have extra light sources, or have multiple angles of any given moment. The important thing to remember is that sometimes things go wrong.
Most people who are called to do this type of work are usually people who have either professional experience in the field or people who do it as a hobby. In both cases, these are typically people who have entered the world of videography because it was something that they enjoy or are good at. Remember that a wedding is always moment of celebration and you were chosen to be a part of it. Even in the midst of all of the stress that might be involved on the wedding day, make sure that you approach the event with a positive attitude.
Filming a wedding can be either a nightmare or a dream come true. Though there is little or nothing you can do about the quality of the ceremony itself, it is your job to capture the moments that will be remembered for the rest of the couples lives. The main thing to remember is to always be prepared and have a great time.