Lots of people don’t wait to read the end credits of a film. But if you do, you can see that there’s a lot of work involved, beyond the directing, acting and cinematography. And even then, the credits probably don’t capture the scale of behind-the-scenes graft.
With making a professional wedding film, things are simpler, but there’s still a lot of work involved that goes on behind the scenes and beyond operating a camera. When you pay for a professional wedding filmmaker, you’re funding all the effort that goes into the finished piece, before, during and after the wedding itself.
Pre-planning and Administration
For your wedding film to be a success, capturing the unique quality of your day, it requires the right degree of pre-planning. This means holding meetings with your wedding filmmaker well in advance, so you can discuss how you expect the day to proceed, and anything special you’d like to capture on film.
Successful execution comes from successful planning, which means fully briefing your wedding filmmaker about the sequence of events, about the venue and about the timing of your wedding.
There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes admin involved for the filmmaker too – ensuring that there’s suitable access and permissions at your chosen venue, planning a full day’s shooting schedule and organising the transport to the various locations involved.
Filming on the Day
Obviously, you’re paying for the time spent filming your wedding day, which may include your bridal preparations, and a large amount of the reception after the ceremony all the way through to your first dance, depending on the package you choose from your wedding filmmaker.
Typically we use two cameramen or videographers on the day, to fully capture each part of the wedding, and to get the most dynamically out of the narrative. This pays off when it comes to editing your wedding film together, providing a narrative that flows in its entirety while highlighting key moments.
Editing and Post-production
What happens after the day’s filming is critical to the quality of your finished film. Editing is a concentrated process involving skill, judgement and focus, and it’s a huge part of making a film look and feel professional and emotionally compelling. Also, for your wedding film’s soundtrack, there are licensing costs. There’s also a certain amount of expense from the materials involved, from the hardware on the day, to DVDs and USB sticks.
Ultimately, you’re paying for a full, end-to-end service – the seamless transfer of your real-life wedding experience into a skilled piece of cinematic craftsmanship that’s yours to keep forever.
We do the work while you enjoy your wedding, and we make sure you can go on to enjoy the full filmed story of your special day.
I’m Paul and I run In Love Wedding Films. We specialise in making wedding memories that people can access at any time. We make wedding films across the North West. Find out how we can turn your wedding day into cinematic magic and contact me today.