Do I Need an Aerial Shoot of My Wedding?
- Owner at Robert Michael Films
- Finished his Bachelor's in Art-Digital Media at California State University
Aerial footage is often something that I’m asked about. The simple is answer is of course you do not need a drone to capture footage at your wedding to have an amazing wedding film.
Think about all of the movies that have a captivating story that do not use any footage filmed from the air. The average viewer doesn’t even think about the camera techniques being used when you are drawn in to a very compelling story. The old saying “”Story is king”” definitely applies.
Having said that, aerial footage can add excitement and a huge wow factor to your wedding film. I especially love to include it when the venue is in an exotic location with breathtaking views.
One of my most popular films from last year was filmed in Malibu, California and features what I would say is the perfect place and use for aerial footage. You can view the film here:
In the brides vows she concludes by saying “”I vow to be the person who want’s to see you fly””. Now that sounds like a film that should include aerial footage!
An important thing to keep in mind with drones is that not all venues will allow them. Depending on the country you are in the laws may vary. Personally I feel they work best as a way to provide an establishing shot to the location. Flying over people is dangerous. I also do not recommend having a drone during your ceremony due to the noise.
Lastly, if you are hiring someone in the United States and would like them to use a drone, make sure they have passed the FAA test and are certified to operate the device legally. Laws will be different around the world so do your research to find out what is and what is not allowed. Fly safe!
Robert Schwieger From Robert Michael Films
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