At the end of the summer of 2011, I filmed the wedding of a friend-of-a-friend with Jon & Adrian. We’d been asked to film the entire ceremony and present the video as a continuous shoot of the service, with some video of before and afterwards too. So that’s what we did – 5 cameras capturing the whole service and edited together afterwards.
And what an edit it was. With the wedding on Saturday and a having to leave on Thursday morning, there was 4 pretty intensive days of going through all the video and audio (also recorded on about 4-5 individual channels) and mixing it together. It was the first job I’d ever edited in live multi-angle cutting (the first multi-angle but not live cutting is another story) and so dealing with a lot of things at once made for a very steep learning curve.
Nevertheless we got it done in time and after a quick colour grade and a DVD cover being whipped up, we handed the project over and picked up all the sweet wrappers that had collected on the floor. Personally, when it comes to my wedding (hopefully, one day) I won’t want a video like the one that we produced.
The final video was about an hour long. Now we watch hour-long TV dramas and 2 hour-long films all the time but with a fair chunk of the service being people singing or praying or reading – all perfectly good things but not especially visually exciting – it can probably drag a bit if you’re just watching for the vows, the rings and the confetti throw at the end.
What has become a lot more popular is the half-hour or so video cut from highlights of the whole day. From the bride and groom parties getting ready in the morning all the way through to the first dance in the evening and everything inbetween, there are a whole host of professionals who do a fantastically good job of cutting together all the best bits of your day and creating a solid video of just the bits you want.
Perhaps, had we been given a little more time to prepare and certainly now with hindsight and a good deal more experience, we would work on that now. It’s always worth challenging what a client asks you for; you can deliver a much better product and you’ll probably also save yourself a couple of days of working out why that video codec is making your files 14GB.