You: Hello Chris, what should we expect from our full length video again?!? Me: Here is an extremely long winded, yet informative answer.
I think it’s healthy to first explain my general filmmaking style as most people are still a little confused as to what a ‘full length video’ by me really is. My style is ‘run and gun’ and I operate with 2 cameras. My A Camera is my primary weapon. All day I am running around looking for creative shots with a lot of movement and pace (these are mostly shaky but have that precious 1-3 second window of really nice footage). My highlight videos are mostly made up of these A camera shots. My B Camera is my safety secondary. I’ll use this on a tripod and gimbal and will usually leave it rolling, giving me a bit of freedom to move around if all my A camera stuff is shaky for a particular moment. The full length videos consist mostly of B camera footage.
The sole purpose of the full length video is to provide you with a copy of everything from your wedding day. It’s not meant to be, nor could it possibly be, an ultra-cinematic, feature film that keeps you locked in the entire time. I’ve had some emails from couples a little disappointed because they based their expectations for the full-length off the highlight video I had previously made them. Unfortunately, there will be shakes and jitters and small things missed, I am only human and I cannot get it all perfect.
If someone passes away or you simply want to reminisce, you have these memories on file, flowing with music and making sense. That’s the beauty of this type of video.
The full length video is a broad showcase of the wedding. It starts with the best shots from the morning prep (both bride and groom prep if you had these filmed on your day). Then we enter the ceremony, I usually open with some of the best shots showcasing the ceremony setup and then roll into the aisle walk and cut to a long running B camera shot of the entire ceremony (in full). This part is usually pretty boring… especially if you’ve gathered the fam to watch this video and you’re all just sitting there looking at a still shot of a wedding ceremony. The reason it’s not as epic or engaging as the highlight video is because during the whole ceremony I am running around with my A Camera like a headless chook trying to get weird close ups of birds, trees, peoples hands, peoples faces etc etc and it’s not feasible for me to sync and cut these hundreds of 5 second clips to the tripod shot.
After the ceremony we move on to the post-ceremony congrats (if you had this) and then the best shots selected from the photoshoot period. I usually use a nice song, this is one of the best parts of the video in my opinion.
Next up we have the reception. I may add in some of the better shots from the pre-reception canapés (if I managed to film this) and then I’ll transition into the bridal entrance.
Afterwards we have another tripod segment – the speeches. Again, these speeches will be shown via the B camera and I may include some scattered, possibly bumpy, A camera shots of reactions. Another potential fast-forward part of the video if you’ve invited your friends/fam to watch this for the first time.
Then we get to the party. I’ll show the cake cut (if you had one) and the first dance on the A Camera. Again, it may have some bumps and shakes (that’s the nature of shooting hand held) but you’ll have a copy of your first dance at the very least. The video then transitions into some highlights from the dance floor footage and faded out to my bright yellow outro, woo!