by Alexander F. Lewis from A Lewis Films
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Does the Final Video Use Dialogue From the Wedding Day or Is It More of a Music Video?
My wedding films almost always use pieces of dialogue captured throughout the day, It's such a special element to add into the film to re-live the experience. The amount of dialogue used in the film always depends on the couples final vision - but these audio bites are not limited to pieces of dialogue. I personally love adding audio of brides maids laughing, wind or other nature elements, birds and... Read More »
Do You Use Bright Blinding Lights?
I believe this question is misleading right from the start...Just because a light is bright doesn't mean it has to "blind" anyone. The way we setup our lights at the reception is off camera and across the room...it does not negativity effect any aspect of the event if anything in enhances the visual component from a guest perspective. If your videographer is using bright lights correctly than there should be... Read More »
What is a Same Day Edit? Is it recommended?
The Same Day Edit is a wonderful addition to your reception excitement! It's really a wow factor moment for the entire wedding party. It can be a short 1:00 minute edit of your wedding day edited of all the footage complied throughout the day to show during your guest eating dinner or a more formal showing during the evening. Alexander Lewis
How Much Will I Interact With the Videographer on the Day of the Wedding?
If your hiring your videographer to be there for getting ready shots, ceremony, and exit you'll be interacting with the all day long! It's so important to understand the type of approach your videographer takes to his/her work , this will give you a great idea of how much staging or directing they will do. Some videographers would rather be more of "a fly on the wall" and very documentary... Read More »
Will My Videographer Expect Food on the Wedding Day? And Will There Be an Assistant as Well — or Just One Videographer?
Personally, I believe every vendor hired by the couple should have an opportunity to be provided a meal during the wedding day. You will need to verify if an assistant will be working with the lead videographer ahead of time. If everyone is feed, everyone is happy. Alexander F. Lewis
How Do You Capture Audio Throughout the Wedding Day?
Yes! I feel that audio throughout the wedding day is one of the most important pieces when putting together a film. Imagine how special it will be for the bride and groom to relive their wedding day each time they sit down to watch their wedding film together. It will make it much more cherished when they can hear the voices of their friends and family, and even each others... Read More »
Will Videographers Record the Audio of the Ceremony & Speeches?
It depends on who you hire! Recording all forms of audio is one of the most important elements of capturing the day, it truly allows you the chance to completely re-live each moment. A passionate videographer will take the extra steps needed to capture the natural sounds, ceremony, and reception in order to provide as many options as possible to create a great film! Alex Lewis
What if the Groom is Awkward once on Camera?
That's to be expected. The bride and groom are not actress's and actors it's perfectly acceptable to feel strange on camera. Everyone especially the groom tends to have the Ricky Bobby "I don't know what to do with my hands" syndrome. You always have to remember...you may have an amazing wedding film but at the end of the day...it's still your wedding day. Focus on your family and friends and... Read More »
Some Wedding Videographers Offer Lower Prices, What Is the Difference Between a Film That Cost Hundreds to a Film That Cost Thousands?
Massive differences. Wedding videography over the years has become just as important as photography and to some couples, more important. The difference between a video that cost a few hundred dollars over a video that cost a few thousand is remarkable. With the consumer market exploding with affordable camera gear it feels like anyone could pick up a camera and produce a stunning image, right? Not exactly, even after 6... Read More »
We See Some Films Use a Lot of Dialogue While Others Do Not, Why Is This?
Personally, I use dialogue all throughout my wedding films. I love using dialogue from the wedding day! It's another element of film-making that enhances the viewing experience if done correctly of course. I love to hear that sounds of the day, the laughter of friends and family, and the speeches from the bridal party all the things are valuable memories that create the emotion behind the images. They move the... Read More »
What Is the Most Popular Wedding Delivery Method Nowadays? Dvd, Blu-ray, Usb or Online?
Personally, I love delivering a online DVD Collection that's password protected that the couple can share with friends and family just as easy as sharing a link. Also, the DVD provides the opportunity to Download straight from the online collection onto any personal computer device. You can download the videos and put them onto a flash drive, DVD, or personal storage device without any markup from the videographer. It saves... Read More »
How Many Years of Experience Should a Qualified Videographer Have?
I think the easy answer is at least 1-2 years experience shooting alongside a mentor before moving into the trade completely independent. Although, I think this question can be misinterpreted because years of experience doesn't necessarily mean you will like their style of shooting. Hiring an independent creative is a gamble, that's why you need to do your research and I would also recommend having a list of important questions,... Read More »
Do Videographers Give Raw Footage to Us in the End?
Each videographer has his/her own protocol when it comes to the RAW footage. Personally, I store the RAW footage on my backup hard-drives for up-to 1 year and offer it as an addition add on separate from the original package. I think having your RAW footage as a backup or storage on a personal home computer is a great idea. Alexander Lewis
When Should I Begin Looking for My Videographer?
Right away. The sooner the better because normally videographers can be booked years in advance. I would say depending on how specific your "style" is to lock down someone as soon as you know it's right. Don't drag your feet and miss the chance to have favorite. Alexander Lewis