After capturing your special day, I usually upload all the media to my computer the night of. This allows me the opportunity to jump on the film the next day if need be. I tend to like editing the next day because the visuals, audio and other aspects of the day are still very fresh in my head.
Once all the footage is uploaded I sync the sound to the video. After the sync is completed I gather all the footage and categorize it so that it is neatly organized. Having your video organized from the very beginning helps tremendously in the long run.
Now to the fun stuff. I say fun because it is very much like putting a puzzle together. However, this puzzle, your wedding film can be put together in so many ways, that’s the beauty of creating a story. You have the freedom to pick and choose what shots look best, what speeches from the toast stands out, and how all of it should come together to tell your wedding story. I tend to pick sound from the toast to begin with. During the actual reception I make mental note on what sounded best and who gave the best speeches. The speeches that are heart felt always make me pay attention and I make note of what was said. This gives me the ability to go straight to the guest who spoke and pick out what they said. After I have picked the sound, I arrange the soundbites in such a way that makes the most sense.
Picking music is the next step. I can’t use copyright material and must buy a music song license. So for this task I go to www.premiumbeats.com or www.themusicbed.com. If I have several speeches and great audio from the ceremony I usually tend to gravitate to instrumentals. The words that were spoken about the bride and groom are much better than words from a song. The words that were spoken about you at your own wedding are much more meaningful than lyrics in any song. While choosing a song for your film I listen for the mood and how the music relates to what your guest said about you. Choosing music can take a while. There are times though, that you listen to 2 or 3 songs and can decide right away.
For me, the next step is the best part: choosing the visuals, the video! I use many shots of the bride getting ready as well as camera shots that have movement. The movement shots are usually from the glidecam or a slider. These moving shots are what help give the video a more cinematic feel. Like anything, less is better. I do not want every shot to be moving from left to right or right to left. Using these tools at a minimal makes the shots stand out more.
After choosing the video I watch it over and over and over again. I am looking at every frame. I am looking at what works and what doesn’t work. I am also listening to the audio. Is the audio from the music too loud? Does the audio from the speeches need to come up or down in volume? After watching the film a dozen or so times and making changes that are needed, I than add a little extra color so the images stand out. Once this is done, I upload and share it with you. I hope this helps you understand what steps I go through into making a wedding film. There are a few more steps that I could talk about but they are minimal. If you would like to see a sample of my work click here or visit my site at www.jeffreycookvideography.com. I look forward to capturing your story through filmmaking.
Are you trying to get the word out about your non-profit? Whether it be for promotion or for a special cause, I can help you deliver your message through a short film. The internet has made it very easy to get the word out and what could be better than a short video explaining what your cause is and how people can help. I give special discounts for non-profits. Here is a non-profit video I did not too long ago. Feel free to contact me through my website www.jeffreycookvideography.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to capturing your story though filmmaking.
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There are several ways a videographer can capture your wedding. Below are the most popular techniques and styles. I find myself between the Journalistic and Cinematic style. Most of my brides want the entire reception and ceremony covered. But I use several cameras and use camera stabilsers to give it a film like quality. I also use the audio from the ceremony and toast to create a cinematic wedding trailer. Look at the list below and decide which style best suits you. I gathered the below info from www.theweddingcommunity.com.
Sometimes known as ‘documentary’ or ‘reportage’, this style involves the videographer capturing the events of the day as they happen. It is usually edited in a linear fashion, so you end up with a video that documents your wedding from morning preparations through to evening reception.
Some wedding videos in the Journalistic style feature interviews with the bride and groom or with their guests, commenting on the day or offering congratulations. Occasionally the sound bites from these interviews will be used throughout the video to help tell the story of the day, although this variation is more common in the Cinematic style wedding video.
Aside from these interviews, videographers who shoot in the journalistic style typically stay unobtrusively in the background during the day and do not interact greatly with a couple or their guests.
The Cinematic style of wedding video is filmed and edited more like a movie with a view to emphasizing the emotion and drama of the day. It may rely more on montages, music or special effects such as slow motion.
The camera work of a Cinematic wedding video may feature more movement - sometimes using camera stabilisation systems like a Steadicam - and colours and contrast may be enhanced during editing to give it a more film-like feel.
Videographers who shoot in the Cinematic style may interact significantly more on the day, sometimes setting up shots and directing the couple or guests in much the same way as the wedding photographer. Like the Journalistic style, Cinematic videos tend to last in the region of 60 to 90 minutes.
The truth is that there is a certain amount of overlap between Cinematic and Journalistic styles, and most videographers will use elements of each in one video. By all means talk to several companies to discuss their individual style and approach, but in the end there is no substitute for watching demo videos and picking the ones you like best. Meanwhile, here are a few more terms you might come across:
An increasingly popular style of wedding video, this is a highly edited version of your wedding video which lasts between 15 and 50 minutes. The filming style can be similar to either the Journalistic or Cinematic videos, although this format tends to lend itself better to Cinematic videos as there usually isn't time to include the ceremony or speeches in full, as would usually be the case in a Journalistic video.
Some videographers who offer the Short Form wedding video may also provide a full length version of the ceremony as a separate feature on the DVD.
The antithesis of the Short Form, this is the old style of wedding video of the kind you might expect if you asked a friend to video your wedding (although hopefully with better camerawork if you're hiring a professional!). Filmed from start to finish and with minimal editing if any at all, the Traditional wedding video often lasts 2 to 3 hours.
These videos are becoming less popular, and few videographers offer this service anymore. If you want a more modern approach but really can't stand to miss a moment of video, choose one of the other styles and ask your videographer if they would be happy to provide you with the raw footage. Some will, some will not, but you should expect to pay extra for it because it takes time to produce.
Back in the mid 90’s, I was graduating high school. I wanted to go into a field that was creative and thought I would try my hand at directing movies. A film school in New York was offering me a scholarship but I wanted to stay close to the Bay Area. So the only school I applied to was San Francisco State University. This was a school that was very well known for its film and broadcasting curriculum. In fact Dr. Zettl, a professor who taught broadcasting at SF State is a well-known author who has written several books regarding the broadcasting industry.
I did not have a plan B, in case I was not accepted at SF State. Thankfully, I received an envelope from the university in late spring of 94. I was scared but curious at the same time while I slowly opened the envelope. I read, “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to San Francisco State University.” Man, was I ecstatic, I think I even yelled out, “Oh Yes!” I entered college as a film major, specifically in the field of directing. As I began my general education courses, I quickly realized how hard it would be to make an income as a director. I mean, how many Spielberg are there? Just one, and I did not have the confidence in myself to try or even think I could make it as a director. I just kept thinking about what I would do if I did not make it as a director. All the schooling and no job. My counselor at the time suggested that I enroll in broadcasting courses. There were many avenues that I could explore, and I thought I had a better chance in making something of myself with a broadcasting degree.
In 2000 I graduated with a degree in Television Production. My first job in the industry was at channel 26 in Fresno CA. There I learned the ropes as a videographer and as an editor. During my time at 26 I made several rookie mistakes and learned from each one of them. The things I learned in school were great….but the experience is where it was at. After working at 26 I moved onto 24 then 47, and finally at ABC 30. During my time as a videographer and editor I would ask my peers questions, “How did you get that shot, or how can I make my video look better?” I truly believe you can learn a great deal by studying others’ work and asking questions. Learn from those who have more experience and adapt what you learn to your own technique and style of shooting.
My wife has always encouraged me to do side jobs. It wasn’t long ago when video equipment was way too expensive, so I never gave it a second thought. Just recently videographers have had the opportunity to buy great gear at reasonable prices. Now was the time I could do side jobs and earn a little more money. There was a time when I did not give shooting weddings a second thought. When I thought of a videographer shooting a wedding, I pictured the guy who shot my wedding and how terrible it was. I mean, there was one camera, bad audio and uninteresting shots. However, fast forward in time….I started seeing these short wedding films that were fantastic. The films had great audio and great pictures. The videographer used movement to tell the story. These short wedding films really influenced my decision to make my own wedding films.
If you knew me you would know I am a man of seldom words. I listen to those who speak, but rarely do I ever want to be the center of attention. In fact, I shy away from the whole “look at me” vibe. Pictures are the way I communicate. I love to tell people stories. Bringing together the pictures and sound of music with what the interviewee is saying is a true art form. Putting together a story is like a puzzle….I get such joy out doing this type of work. God has blessed me with this ability and I try not to ever forget that. There are times I will take on projects for no pay just because I believe in them. Saturday Sports is a great example of this. I chose to do this short documentary because God spoke to me and I listened. I also shot a promotional video for a local Christian school FCCA for free. Sometimes helping others who really need your support is better than money.
I thought it would be nice to share some of my own personal story with you. I look forward to capturing your story through filmmaking.
During the year of 2015, Jeffrey Cook Videography has had the honor of being recognized three times by Weddingwire.com for our cinematic wedding trailer/films. We work hard to do the job right; and it is nice to see that a nationally known company such as Weddingwire.com appreciates our work. Wedding wire has hand-picked three of our wedding films to place on their website. I would like to say thank you to Weddingwire.com and to our clients for sharing their story through filmmaking.
Weddings are events that can’t be recreated, or should I say should not be recreated. You have to get the shot when it is happening. This is why I make sure I have three cameras during the ceremony. It would be terrible if I missed the first kiss just because I had to zoom in. I have two cameras next to me, one on a wide shot and the other on a medium close-up. The third camera is in the back in the middle of the aisle for the lovely two shot.
As far as audio goes, if there is a dj providing sound during the ceremony I plug into his mixer. I also have a microphone on the groom just in case the dj sound is not good. During the ceremony I also plug into the dj so I can get the sound of the music for the first dance and speeches ect.
While recording the speeches I have two cameras as well. One camera is on the person giving the toast, and the other is on the bride and groom. This gives me the ability to change from a shot of the toast to the bride and groom’s reaction. During the first dance I incorporate three cameras. I have more camera angels to choose from while I edit, and because I have more angles I can make the first dance look better with three cameras instead of just one. One is okay, but I like to have a more dynamic look to my video. And while you watch your wedding video at home, you will be glad I chose more than one camera too.
Many of the events during the reception are captured with two cameras. Two are always better than one!
It is my belief that if you are going to try to tell a story through a wedding film you have many things to consider. One of them being, speeches. What type of speeches will you be able to get. Will they be too silly to put into the film, or will they be heart felt? I like to incorporate as much dialogue as possible. Good speeches, a bride or groom reading a card from their fiancé really makes a difference in the film. With great dialogue you can rely on the guest to tell the story. When putting together the film I usually choose an instrumental song vs a song with lyrics. I only use a song with lyrics if I do not have enough dialogue from the wedding speeches. During the wedding I give a 100 percent, and I am focused on making the best cinematic wedding trailer for the bride and groom that I can! Here are two examples of great dialogue in a wedding film trailer:
Are you about to get married soon? Do you want a wedding trailer like everyone else but can’t afford the cost? Well, I have just started promoting a one minute Spotlight Wedding Trailer. I have started offering the Spotlight Wedding Trailer for those who only want the ceremony and reception covered but also want a mini wedding trailer. Check out this cinematic Spotlight Wedding Trailer.
There are times in which you discover new possibilities. For me, this happened last Sunday during a wedding ceremony. The words being spoken by the pastor were wonderful, and very true. The bride and groom only hired me for a ceremony and reception edit and not a wedding trailer. They too had their own vows and the words they were saying to one another needed to be put into a wedding trailer. So at that point I decided on creating cinematic spotlight wedding trailers. Spotlights are short, about a minute in all, but they can capture the essence of the wedding. For audio, I chose the pastor, both bride and groom, best man, and maid of honor. All of the words spoken were heart felt and filled up a whole minute of video. I will now be offering spotlight wedding trailers to my clients who want a little more than just a ceremony and reception. Here is Elena and Jose’s spotlight video.
I shoot several weddings a year and many of them are outstanding. Just this past weekend I had the honor of capturing Christopher and Andrea’s wedding at Grace Barn. There was a lot of detail that went into this wedding. The girls had matching robes, sandals, and bags. The venue was decorated to the max, and even had the couple’s last name initial on the barn and around the venue.
Christopher and Andrea shared some very special moments throughout the day. They gave each other cards before the wedding and I was able to capture them reading them. The couple also prayed with one another holding hands before the ceremony. The barn door separated the two so that they could not see one another but they were able to hold hands while praying.
Wedding videographers love this type of content because it gives us a lot to work with. Sound is just as important as video and when you have both you have a very strong cinematic wedding trailer.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller. Throughout the years, I have been honored to receive the Edward R. Murrow award, Five Telly Awards, and many more. My motto is “THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME BETTER AT MY CRAFT EACH TIME I GET BEHIND THE CAMERA."