In our technological age, you can have every magical moment of your spectacular wedding turned into an after-movie, which will not only become your most precious memory, but will be the envy of every one else! You will want to watch your wedding video over and over again to relive the joyous event.
One trend that is particularly popular among couples is releasing wedding trailers. These are snippets of all the laughter and beauty of your event, which give guests a taster to get them excited before you send out the full movie!
As the bride or groom, you won’t need to worry about shooting your own wedding video, that’s for sure. But there are a few things you will want to know before booking your videographer. So to help you out, we’ve interviewed the talented Vishal Punjabi, otherwise known as The Wedding Filmer. Here are the 5 things you need to know:
1. Average editing times
When asked about the average editing times that most videographers need to create the full movie, Vishal said it “is usually around 2-3 months. This includes the time spent on sound-mixing and colour grading the film among other post-production deliverables such as packaging. For meeting this timeline efficiently, it would be ideal for the bride or groom to book us 10-12 months in advance.”
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So make sure you allow lots of time for booking and editing, and you will receive a beautiful master piece to keep for a lifetime!
2. Length of videos
Apparently, “the duration of the wedding video & trailer can range between anything that is 5 minutes to an hour long. This usually depends upon the couple’s preference with regards to a longer or a shorter format film. We have made films that are 7 minutes in duration as well as something that is 90 minutes.”
This means you and your loved one should decide on your preferred after-movie and discuss it with your chosen videographer before the wedding – so that everyone is on the same page!
Here’s an example from The Wedding Filmer of a beautiful yet short wedding trailer that you could opt for:
3. Candid or rehearsed?
You can choose what style of wedding film you want, whether you want a spontaneous, journalistic account of your events as they unfold in the moment, or you could stage a creative movie.
When asked about candid videography, Vishal said, “our films stand-out in a sea of wedding videos for the solo reason that we do not stage anything. Brides and grooms are not actors and would often end up getting uncomfortable if made to act as opposed to us capturing them in their natural element; and unobtrusively at that. At the end of the day, we want to give them a memory the way they remember, not one that was rehearsed.” So, he’s a great person to call if you want a natural video.
4. How much equipment?
You may worry that a fully equipped video team will get in the way of your wedding events. But you’ll also want to ensure that they have all the necessary bits to turn your wedding into a dream movie! So it’s all about the balance and size of your wedding, according to Vishal.
“The amount of equipment we carry depends of the size, duration and attendance of a wedding. Our cameras and lenses are some of the best in-range when it comes to small format that allows us to shoot without getting in the way. Drones are a part of our gear and we do use them if we get the necessary permits to do so. However, the priority remains to fly in safe conditions and keep it out of sight and out of harm’s way.”
5. Copyright ownership
And last but not least, the biggest question of them all. Will you have the copyright ownership of your own wedding video? “Yes,” states Vishal, “the wedding films we create have shared Intellectual Property Rights and the client can use the video clips as they please. The soundtracks to the film however are licensed to us exclusively and are for home viewing only.”
We hope that you’ve found this article useful, and that you will endeavour to find the perfect videographer to record your special memories! Many thanks to The Wedding Filmer for his useful advice, and for providing some beautiful wedding trailers as inspiration. If you would like to get in touch with them about your upcoming wedding, click here.