Saturday was my first wedding for videography, and I can say I am glad I was able to do it. First off, the couple who were getting married were very nice, and helpful. The groom actually use to do video work for weddings, so he gave me some helpful pointers, and was very respectful. I had two cameras rolling, one (Sony HDR FX-7) on a tri-pod my wife was running, and I was using my Sony NEX FS-100 mounted to my Pro-Aim Vest and Arm Stabilizer. I did have a hard time using it, and it was my first time for actual footage. It was 85 degrees out, and wearing the vest for 3 hours left me dehydrated, and when I took it off it looked like I jumped into a pool. I was covered in sweat, and in need of water.
Most of the overall footage was great, and we left the ceremony, and headed straight to the reception. I used a tri-pod this time, and got some better shots. We stayed, and got the bride and grooms dance, and the father, and daughter dance; also, we got a few other dances, and the speeches followed by other footage to add to for whatever we may need in editing.
It was great experience, I wish I would of done better, but happy with most of what I have taken. I have been working on editing, and trying to get it done, and sent out by Friday. I spent 9 hours editing some of it today, and have not got far at all, as it has been a pain syncing up my audio from the two cameras. Slowly but surely, and hopefully soon I will upload some footage of it.
When it comes to doing a project with no script, and no way of knowing how something will play out like doing a wedding, I think it is best to try and prepare for any situation. The one thing I like to do, and I do this when I know I am going to be shooting outside is to always be checking the weather. Being that this is my first wedding, I have been preparing for it for about a month now trying to minimize any issues I may run into. No mater how prepared you think you are, you will still find an issue you will have to work around, but planning can make issues easier to deal with.
The first thing I think is important is to create a check list. Write down every single piece of equipment you have even if you know your not going to use it. If it helps, take a picture of every piece of equipment. To have a way of keeping track of your inventory is always going to benifit you.
Keep things organized! Find a way to keep things in places that are easy to find. Create folders on your computer for your when you start post-production. Create scene folders, and folders for b-roll footage.
The next thing I want to mention is communication with your client. Make sure you have good directions, and find out if the event will be inside, or outside. This will insure you have the necessary gear to execute your shoot day. This may even give you info on what you may need to purchase like filters for outside, or camera lights for inside.
What time does the event start, and what time are you going to show up. Plan for the worst traffic, trains, or accidents that will cause you to be late. You may want to be there an hour early to get some b-roll footage, and to setup all your gear you will be using.
I am going to the rehearsal on Friday, and this will give me a look at possible shooting spots, gear setup, and audio setup. The couple that is getting married is having their ceremony in a park, so I know audio may be an issue. I’m going to have two camera’s both recording audio, and if I there are plug-ins then I will use my wireless audio device, and hook a mic to the groom.
The last thing I would like to mention is to make sure you have enough tape, or memory card space; also, you want to be sure you have enough battery power. I baught an extra memory card and I got two more batteries with a car charger off Amazon. It helps to write your pre-production procese down, and either a journal, or a blog like I am doing because it can make you think of ways to better prepare yourself, or bring up things you may have forgotten.
Until next time..
On August 24th I will be doing my first gig as a wedding videographer. I am actually pretty excited about doing it, and hope everything turns out fine. For if being my first gig I offered my services for free, because I don’t feel comfortable charging for something I have never done before. I threw up a post on Craig’s List, and was contacted pretty quick, so I’m glad I decided to go that route. Hopefully, I can use this wedding to help build more clients. I typed up a release form to get permission to use parts of the wedding video to help promote my work, and I asked her first instead of waiting until the wedding day so I know she is okay with it.
I will be adding updates as I prepare for the wedding. I will post my process on my pre-production, production, and post-production.
For my Digital Cinematography 1 class I have to make 30 sec commerical, and been trying to think of a product that would be cool to do. I had to do this in another class I had, and I did a NOS energy drink commercial, but it didn’t turn out to great. Well, I liked it but my teacher said some of my lighting was annoying. This is my chance to make a better one, and one that is pleasing to the eyes. Any ideas on a cool product I could use?
I have a few weeks until it is due, but I want to get started on the pre-production process as soon as possible. If you have any ideas please feel free to share.
Today I will begin production on a three minute silent film for school. Pre-production is almost done, and all I want to do before I start shooting is set up the lighting, and do some test shots. I probably won’t start shooting until 8pm tonight so I will have plenty of time to plan all my shots. I have one scene I know will be difficult to shoot, because it will be in a very tight space, but hopefully I can pull it off. I will add photos later as I start setting up.