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Wedding Day Filming Styles

Long gone are the days when a wedding video meant wobbly camerawork, muffled soundtracks, cheesy titles and jumpy pictures and pretty much nothing else.  Expectations are much higher these days.  The Institute of Videography has identified three distinct styles of production which will be useful to know about when selecting your videographer and they have kindly allowed me to quote from their article.

Video Reportage: This is often referred to as the ‘fly-on-the-wall’ technique, but this does not acknowledge the skills and creative ability that is required to create a believable and enjoyable film of your wedding day.   Fly-on-the-wall implies that the videographer merely records what passes before them, whereas a skilled videographer will capture the perfect third-person view of all the key moments of the wedding day. The videographer will also spend many hours in post production blending the images and soundtrack into a chronologically ordered and beautifully crafted story of your wedding day. 

One of the main benefits of this style is that it is both discreet and unobtrusive. The result is a film containing candid and informal shots which caused minimal disturbance to wedding guests and family on the day.  Videographers offering this service will often be told: “We didn’t even know you were there”.   

Contemporary: What distinguishes the Contemporary stylefrom Video Reportage is that the videographer will take more of a controlling role in order to obtain and craft the images they need to tell the story.   This will normally only refer to certain sequences in the wedding day but will often result in a more consistent look and feel to the overall film. In its more simplistic form this may just mean one or two orchestrated scenes of the couple and their guests interacting on the wedding day itself, which is then cut to music and processed as an additional sequence in the final film.  At its more extreme level this might include the videographer directing and recording set sequences of the couple, family and guests re-enacting parts of the day - filmed before and/or after the event.     

Documentary: The most common format for a Documentary style wedding day film is based on the wedding couple, guests and/or family being interviewed on camera, and for these interviews to be used as the main narrative in the final film. These are normally reflective interviews so are filmed after the wedding day itself.  Couples might be asked: “How and where did you meet?”, “What attracted you to your partner?” and “Who proposed to who and where?”  The videographer will also gather their thoughts of the wedding day itself.  Not only does this enable the videographer to illustrate the sequence of events from the couple’s point of view, it also provides them with the opportunity to meaningfully include archival pictures of the couple and their lives before the wedding day.

So where does BW Videofilms fit in? Having filmed over a thousand weddings (really) I have evolved my own style.  I film reportage as described above and edit in what I call Cinematic style i.e. the big movie treatment, telling the story as it unfolds with natural audio and using music like a film score to set the tone of each scene. Of course if you want anything special like a music video, interviews or any of the things you like about other styles I'll be pleased to discuss it with you. Each wedding is unique and  I try to adapt my style to suit the day. I see the reactions from my brides and grooms and I'm convinced it's the way that most couples really want to remember their wedding day.

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