January 21, 2013 Gabriel

Why book a wedding cinematographer?

When booking every stage of a wedding, many couples don’t consider booking a wedding cinematographer (that’s us) because it’s something relatively new in the wedding environment. I’ve recently talked about some key aspects to check before booking a wedding cinematographer.

We’ve all seen those long and boring wedding videos that run for 2-3 hours and to be honest, we don’t watch them in their entirety, we usually skip the boring parts, like hearing the inaudible priest’s speech (sorry, but it’s true!) or 30 minutes of people talking in the background. That may be what rocked in the 90’s but nowadays there’s so much more to wedding videos than that. Sometimes I wish I could’ve done my two brothers’ wedding video, because seriously, I don’t remember them telling me they sat and watched through all the video in a single day.

I’ve heard many couples almost making the mistake of not booking a wedding cinematographer because they though a photographer was good enough. Pictures are awesome, yeah, but there’s nothing like reliving your wedding day in a rich dynamic cinematic way. By cinematic I mean, a not so long video, usually between 15 and 45 minutes, that tells your whole day in a very Hollywood-like style with real speeches, vows, ambient sound, different creative camera angles and more.

There’s something to be aware of, there’s a difference between a wedding cinematographer and a wedding videographer. A wedding videographer usually sets a single camera and sometimes two through hours during your ceremony, reception and toasts and promise you a 2 to 5 hour wedding film.
While a wedding cinematographer has from two to five cinematographers (I’ve seen it, it’s nuts!) shooting from different creative angles and getting the story with as much detail as possible. Creating a really awesome short film that runs for 15 to 45 minutes that you’ll actually want to watch years after your wedding.

Now, you may be asking “why don’t I get 2 hours of dancing footage like my friend (lets call her Jackie) did?”
Seriously, who wants to watch uncle bob dancing for 30 minutes?

Remember watching your friends’ long wedding video, or was it short? Leave a comment with your experience 🙂

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