Monday, June 25, 2012

Here are the answers to some of the most popular Wedding Film Questions.

What are some of the most popular options that a couple should consider for their Wedding Film?

The Wedding Trailer provides a sneak peak into the finished wedding film. It creatively tells the wedding day story in a three to four minute summary of the days events. The Trailer employs creative editing techniques and utilizes background music as well as live audio to provide a sense of what is to come in the finished film. The Trailer is a very popular option because it is delivered in an online format just weeks after the wedding day and is easily shared on social media sites allowing family and friends to share in this special presentation. 

The Highlight Film is very different from the traditional wedding video which tells the story in chronological order. The Highlight film makes use of a technique called time shifting. Time shifting utilizes the emotions of the day to creatively move you through the film. One moment you're laughing at the Best Mans toast or a crazy relative doing the "Dougie", the next your reaching for a tissue as you're swept up in the emotion of the vows/rings and parent dances. The finished Highlight film can range from 20 to 30 minutes in length but includes the most important moments from the entire day. The appeal of the Highlight Film is that It allows a couple to re-experience every moment of their wedding day without reaching for the remote. 

How many cameras do I need to film my wedding?
I highly recommend at least two cameras to properly capture all the special moments of the wedding day. With two cameras everything that the couple is missing can be captured for them. Things like the Cocktail hour or how elegant the room looks before the guests arrive. These are just a few things that most couples never get a chance to experience because they are actively engaged in their formal photography session. The second camera is also great for capturing the reactions of family and friends during those highly anticipated moments like the Grooms reaction as his beautiful Bride walks down the aisle or Mom's reaction during the father daughter dance. Two camera Wedding Films are generally more expensive but after seeing the finished film, most couples agree that the investment was money well spent. 

How do wedding Cinematographers account for various lighting conditions?
Lighting has become very important especially with the popularity of uplighting at the receptions. Although uplighting visually enhances the look of the room, it creates some interesting challenges for your Cinematographers. Lets assume you choose to enhance your room with blue uplighting. Generally, everything in the room would have blue accents
including your faces during your first dance or any other highlight including the cake cutting or toasts. There are a few ways to overcome this effect. One way is to use on camera lighting to counter act the hugh of blue on the subject. However, on camera lighting can create harsh looking video and be hard on the eyes. The more efficient way to overcome this problem would be to use off camera lighting. Using remote controlled, battery powered, LED off camera lighting, avoids the harsh in your face lighting approach of on camera lighting. Off camera lighting is more efficient and uniform and in most cases, is only used to capture the Highlights of your special day.    

When selecting a wedding Cinematographer, what should a couple take into consideration?
There are many factors that a couple should consider before selecting their wedding cinematographer. Personality, artistic shooting style and creative editing are just a few of the most important factors. Since wedding film artistry and creativity are very subjective, it is important to evaluate the work of any company that you are considering to make certain that their approach conforms to your artistic flare and creative style. It is also important that the coverage approach is customized to suit your personality traits. You don't want a Cinematographer to provide a very interactive style of coverage if you have a non-interactive personality and vise versa. Customizing the style of coverage to suit each couples personalities is an important part of the over all wedding film experience.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kristie & Conor's Wedding Trailer

Kristie & Conor were seriously so much fun to work with. They had the best time at their wedding.  The rain made for some amazing photo and film opportunities that were so unique. One of my favorite shots in the film is Kristie, arriving to the church in her rain boots. How awesome is that?! There were so many things about this day that stand out to me, but Conor's rendition of "Mr. Jones" and Mr. Healey & friends' performance of Bohemian Rhapsody...both priceless, were two of my favorites. Both perfect examples of why a wedding film is SO important, and why I totally love my job. How could I forget to mention Conor's tie dilemma... I'll let him tell you the story. :-) Congrats Kristie and Conor, and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day!

Venue: Tupper Manor
Photographer: Lexi Photography
Cake: Jacques Pastries
Flowers: Fortin Gage Florist

Kristie & Conor's Wedding Film Trailer from Precious Moments Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Amanda & Alex Grandprey were married on May 26th 2012 at the scenic Steel Hill Inn in Sanbornton, NH. It's always a privilege to be selected to capture these special moments but even more so when we we get a chance to create a film for the members of our Military. Both Amanda and Alex serve this great country and it was a pleasure and an honor to have the opportunity to capture this special day for them.

Amanda & Alex's Wedding Trailer from Precious Moments Wedding Films on Vimeo.