Why would you want a cinematic wedding film?
In short, cinematic wedding films are high-quality, cinema-like wedding films wedding videographers of cinematographers put together. Much to benefit of couples (and the industry in general), the widespread use of cinematic filmmaking techniques transformed those "uncle Bob" style wedding video into pieces of art in wedding films. However, it also cast a cloud of confusion in clients and other industry players. Hopefully this page will give you some clues as to what you should be looking for when looking for a wedding videographer
1. Cinematic it's not just a word
If you look at the dictionary it will tell you cinematic is means "having qualities characteristic of films" or of something that's "relating to film". If you think about it, wedding films are very different from the films that can be seen in cinemas. Starting with the direction and planning and also the crew involved, there's a lot in films which wouldn't be possible to replicate in a wedding - nor would it be beneficial. After all, a wedding is a celebration, a party, not a film set. The meaning of the word here is to qualify films that use the language of film (camera and lighting techniques, editing, human speech) in a why that helps to tell the story - more (way more) than setting the camera up and pressing Rec.
2. Visual metaphors and symbolism
Just like feature films, weddings are full of symbolism. When you watch a film in the cinema, the film director chooses to film some angles and objects and not others, allowing you to read the story in a subtle but beautiful way. The shots are carefully selected in a why that images carry more meaning than their "face value". The same way, the wedding dress is white for a reason; the rings are put on a specific finger symbolising something, etc.
3. It has nothing to do with the camera
If a videographer or filmmaker tells you his camera produces cinematic films - walk away. Camera features have nothing to do with the cinematic quality of the film. They are tools chosen for a job, such as a carpenter might choose a curve to a straight chisel for a given job. The camera might give you better footage for you to work with, but it's down to the videographer how he or she uses it to operates the story. It's not because Sean Baker shot Tangerine on an iPhone 5s that'd you'll do a better job now that you just bought an iPhone 7.
4. Sound is pretty much half the picture
While there were cinematic silent films, these days we are pretty much hard-wired to expect sound. From a cinematic point of view, the storytelling capabilities of a film without human speech are generally very, very limited and poor. Words said during the ceremony, the vows or announcement during the wedding day constitute a very valuable part of the action. That's why we concentrate in capturing high quality speech using discreet microphones, to make sure we can tell the story of your day using the very words said by you and your friends and family.
5. Much of the film is made in the editing
The wedding film is made of six stages:
2. Filming (on the day)
3. Synchronising the sound
4. Cutting the footage into a storyline in the editing suite
5. Colour correction and grading
I listed the stages of wedding film production just to give an idea how Stages 3-5 are laborious and take several days and sometimes weeks. As we shoot the wedding, we make crucial creative decision that impact on the final look of the film. However, it's after the wedding in the editing suite that we pin down the storytelling approach for each of the films we create. It's a long process but it's probably the most privileged of the whole film production.