What is a Cinematic Wedding Video?
Another one of our frequently asked questions answered with a short animation. We are often asked “What makes a wedding film cinematic?” or “ What is wedding cinematography and why does it cost more?”
What is a cinematic wedding film?
Weddings are a traditional event. From traditions of something old, something new... then to the cutting of the wedding cake and through to the first dance. The way these things are done change to reflect the current age. Just have a look at a wedding in the nineties, the cake design, dress fashion or the choice of first dance music and you will note how things have developed with time.
The age of a cinematic wedding film
Now browse the web for wedding video companies and you will see plenty of them who still film and edit the same as they did in the 1990's! You will also see plenty of part time videographer and then you will see some companies offering a new style of wedding videos emerging 'cinematic wedding films!'.
The standard video: Their are many people who still prefer the more traditional approach to filming a wedding, people who require just a record of the day filmed professionally, recording things as they happen. Then edited into a highly watchable video.
The cinematic film: Modern young couples tend to gravitate towards something special for their wedding film, something that turns their video into a personalised film, that reflects their characters and day. This bespoke service is now being offered by a variety of wedding video companies and is undertaken with varies degrees of competency!
The professional cinematic approach
Let it be bespoke and unique. This means that your wedding is not filmed and edited to a set format, where the videographer and editor go through the motions of creating similar looking videos. Yes everyone has a different wedding day and this will be reflected in your wedding film to a certain degree. Yet with careful planning, creative thinking and correct choices in shots, editing techniques and audio choice, a film can be created that is like a tailor made suit that fits to your characters, venue and day just perfectly.
A creative cinematographer
Naming yourself a 'creative cinematographer' may suggest you definitely have to be creative in ways a mere wedding cameraman wouldn't. This will usually mean the use of a second cameraman and/or a creative director helping to create/capture different styles of shots and moments that are overlooked by a traditional cameraman. Extra people may help be creative and this will free up the main cameraman to capture the day professionally, whilst the creativity can be handled by the second wedding cameraman using different angles, detailed shots and capture these using a variety of equipment.
A major aspect to this process is the post edit. This is a creative process of selecting, timing and colour grading shots to fit into the style and storyboard of the wedding day. The audio tracks (music and recorded soundtrack of the day) style needs to be in sync with the style of the footage and effects used.