What if I Don’t Like My Video?
- Founder of Fisheye Studio
- International videographer traveling around the world to places like Australia, Spain and Italy, filming all kinds of events & documentaries
Great question! This is something that, if you have done your research correctly, can be avoided pretty easily, though.
When searching for a videographer, I always stress to look at sample films of actual weddings rather than just a montage. Even we have a ‘demo reel’ video on our homepage that showcases the best of the best as well as a clear representation of our cinematography and storytelling. However, this isn’t what an actual wedding film would look like, hence why I advise what I said above.
Another thing we do is send a couple questionnaire to our couples to find out what makes them unique, what’s important, and what their style is (including their music tastes). The latter is important as we go through all the footage and are building their story arc in our editing timeline. Knowing they LOVE or HATE country music, for example, would be important when deciding what music to use.
Additionally, we at Fisheye Studio have a signature style to us which is ambient audio heavy, so we tend to use a lot of non lyrical music to push along the story with vows, spoken word, etc., that is unique to the day. Some videographers tend to pick a song that is lyrical and not pick and use as much audio from the day as we do. So if you like something that feels more like a music video, we may not be for you. If you enjoy a well crafted story, then we might be the one for you. Either way, be prepared to receive something similar to the style represented in a videographer’s portfolio for your wedding.
Lastly, sometimes videography companies outsource their editing to third party companies or individuals. So if you receive a sloppy edit that is below the standard represented, you may ask who is going to/did the edit for a clear understanding of the process A-Z. We at Fisheye Studio have a team of editors that goes through a review process before and after the edit is complete to ensure quality each and every time. Be wary of a person who shoots and edits every single wedding as they may be pushed to their limits. We run our company like a business and place people in their strength spots. Some shoot, some edit.
Alexander F. Lewis
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