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Pre-Production Wedding Videography

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..


Wedding Videography

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.

Tripod Dolly

Dolica LT D-100.


I just got my new tripod dolly today, and hope to test it out tonight. I will try to give a review on it through video, but depends on the time I have tonight.

The reason I want to do a review is because I only paid $38.00 for it on Amazon, so I want to put it to the test with my camera. I pulled it out of the case and it seems really well made, so lets hope it can hold up to my expectations. I have to say, though it was only $38.00 I only paid $17.00 because I had $21.00 in Amazon points. Either way it is a great price, and I am excited to use it.

Filmmaking – Commercial Video Project

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.


Welcome to my blog, and I hope you find it interesting. Firstly,  I would like to give a brief description of who I am, and my hobbies. My name is Kyle Coggins, and I am currently seeking my Bachelor’s in Digital Cinematography; furthermore,  I decided I wanted to go full force with my passion, so I decided to take online courses at Full Sail University. I enrolled in November, 2011 and currently still working towards my degree.

I see a lot of questions on the Internet asking, “is going to film school worth it?” In my opinion,  I really believe it is a great way to learn, and connect with others. There is so much the Internet has to offer, and a lot of free tutorials. Though, it is easy to find stuff you want to know about, there are lots of little things you learn in film school that you don’t really think much about which can make it hard to find on the web if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Having the option of a film school gives you a reason to want to learn; fortunately,  you will learn about so much that plays an important role in the filmmaking process. I had to take Art History which was a very interesting class, but to learn about art, and the artist helps shape you as a filmmaker. The details of a painting, and the emotion it portrays with the use of colors, and light will give you a sense of great cinematography. Artist would spend their life’s studying light, and shadows.

These are the real importance of learning filmmaking,  and cinematography,  and I can see most kids trying to stay away from history anything, but history is the building blocks to all beginnings.
Trust me, I used to hate history, and pretty much every class, but as I got older I fell in love with it. I really enjoy WW2, Civil War, and honestly I am not a huge Art History fan, but I respect it, and use it to build my skills as a Cinematographer. 

In conclusion, Film school is a great Idea, but it isn’t a must, as a lot of successful filmmakers have never went to school. I will be adding some of my upcoming projects for school, and personal projects showing my pre-production process, and post-production. Also, I do a lot of nature videography, so I will be posting about them along with some “DIY” builds I want to attempt.

If you have questions, or just want to network then feel free to comment.