How Does a High-end Wedding Cinema Differentiate From a Traditional Video?
There are many differences between your traditional wedding video (later video), and the Cinematic Wedding Film (later film) production. Let me describe the ones that come into my mind:
1. Watching experience, or the Quality of the production:
When you’ll get a wedding video, you should get a nice coverage of your wedding, and all of the events happening. They are usually edited in a documentary format, which are live edits of the Ceremony and the Reception. If the Ceremony takes 60 min, in real time, the documentary edit will be around 50 min. There isn’t lot of production value there, but hopefully it is still a good quality video. You may also receive a highlight video, which would be a step up from the documentary edits, but it would typically be the best moments chosen from the entire day, edited with music, with no narrative.
On the other hand, the Cinematic wedding film is all about telling your story, and using the audio captured during your big day to create a movie/film about you, your families, and your journey. We would use the narrative captured when reading the cards for each other, during the vows, or speeches. Those are the big ones for us. The wedding films can vary in length, and studios may be calling them differently, but usually it is a Highlight film (up to 5 min), Short film (up to 10 min), Feature film (15-20 min)
Traditional wedding video would mostly be one person coverage, with one, perhaps two cameras to cover the wedding. Of course there will be limitations if there is only one person to film the wedding, and the final video will then reflect these limitations. The obvious one is that he or she can only be in one location at the time, so if there is something important going on at the same time, at two different locations, like the bride and the groom preparation, he or she will miss one of those (probably the groom prep :) ). But there are other less obvious reasons, why one person is not enough. We are always filming with at least 2 people (most of the time), and the biggest reasons for us to have two people, are not just that we can be at two different locations, but say if one person is filming, the other one can prepare the audio, or the lights. Another big reason to have two people coverage, are reaction shots! We love them, just watch our films to see what I’m talking about. When you are up at the altar, or there is an emotional speech, your reactions, or reactions of your family and friends are very important for us to capture, because they are telling the story.
Of course there will be a big difference in the price between the two mentioned styles. Many times, new people interested in business are starting on their own, creating wedding videos, are also more likely to charge less, so if your budget is limited, they might be a good option. If you would like to have a beautiful film from your big day, it will cost you more, but it is so worth it. I love hearing from my brides, now friends, that they are watching their film with their children now, and they are still loving it. Remember, it is for ever! I hope this helps, for you to understand some differences between the video, and the wedding film, and please contact me with any questions. I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.
Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful wedding!
Patrik from Films with Heart.
Alexander F. Lewis
A Lewis Films
Colorfield Media, LLC
Film House Weddings
Greg Hoffman Films