If your are reading this because you are getting married soon and considering a wedding film, let me tell you “you have an amazing opportunity” that many before you have never had! Ok, what do you mean… that’s a pretty vague statement? What I am trying to say is that you and your fiancee are getting married at a time when affordable visual technology has never been more accessible. Today’s cameras and audio capture equipment rivals the sound and picture quality of a full Hollywood-like production. In fact, many independent and even professional film-makers use the same equipment that today’s wedding filmmakers would use to capture your wedding.
I have shared below the top 8 things you should do when considering a wedding film as published by “The Knot”.
1. Hire the person whose style most closely matches yours – Different Videographers take different approaches to their film making. Documentary films present the events chronologically, without many special effects, while a cinematic film is generally more dramatic, using interesting angles for a Hollywood-movie feel. LifeSong offers both styles. Please refer to the article in this series “Not All Wedding Films are created equal”.
2. Take Finding a Videographer as seriously as you do your photographer – Unfortunately, hiring a videographer seems to get pushed back somewhere between welcome bags and favors—and it’s just too important for that C-list slot on your long list of to dos. “By that time, there will only be a handful of studios left to choose from, and most likely, you won’t be able to hire your first choice,” says Julie Hill, creative director at Elysium Productions, an international videography firm.
3. Subscribe to Vimeo – There are plenty of places to find wedding videographers, but Vimeo is the preferred spot for most A-list picks to post their recent work. Aside from the big videography community, you can easily search by location and even wedding venue to find clips from your reception venue and get ideas. Please check out our wedding film gallery at https://vimeopro.com/lifesongvisualarts/weddingfilms
4. Embrace the professional referral factor – People like your photographer and wedding planner have worked with videographers in the past and will be able to suggest filmmakers they’ve liked or that they’ve heard good things about through previous clients.
5. Seek out reviews – Even if you feel like you’ve found the perfect fit after leaving the studio, you should still do your due diligence and call references (as well as reading opinions online). Ask questions like: Did he capture the most important parts of your wedding? Was he a positive presence throughout the day? Overall, were you happy with the final film?
6. Meet your wedding film maker in person before you decide – You need to feel at ease with your videographer. (They’ll be following you around on your wedding day, after all!) It’s best to meet them in person, but Facetime or Skype also works well in a pinch.
7. Get the most out of your contract – Your contract should include the coverage time (as in, how long your videographer will be at your venue), how many shooters you’ll have, an itemized list of the finished product (highlight reels, trailers, digital media files), nitty-gritty logistical details (time and location), cancellation policies and, of course, the fee. If it’s not outlined in the contract, don’t assume you’re going to get it.
8. Don’t micromanage – You’re hiring someone for their experience and talent (not just their equipment). Trust your decision. On the day of, you shouldn’t feel like you need to direct them or keep your eye on them. If you’ve truly done your research and fully vetted your videographer, you should have complete confidence in them.