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Pre Production for Wedding Videographers

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Pre Production for Wedding Videographers

http://adamforgione.com/ See full blog post here http://adamforgione.com/pre-production-for-wedding-filmmakers/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/adamforgione FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AdamForgionePage/ Pre-production is just as important as filming and editing a wedding film yet many filmmakers seem to skip over this crucial part. We like to reach out to our wedding clients leading up 6 to 4 weeks before their event covering all of the final planning and story elements to ensure we can do the best job we can for them. Here is everything we cover during this call. Schedule: Having a solid schedule is the only way we can ensure the best product for our clients. It’s pretty simple, you just let the client know how much time you need to do your thing and remind them to combine the time needed from their photographer as well, add it up and factor it into the master schedule. If there is a planner, involve them too of course. We usually create a proposed schedule early on and give it to them to share with the photographer and planner months before, then we finalize it during this pre-production meeting. Here are some important timeline examples for us. We need about 15 minutes to conduct interviews during the preparations (right before the bride’s dress goes on and after hair and makeup is done), we remind them to allow about 15 minutes if exchanging cards and gifts, and we also request about 15 minutes for creative session time (normally around the time for photo session). This is when we direct the bride and groom for creative sequences. Never assume you’ll have enough time to do your thing unless you plan ahead with your client. Available Light: Available light is my best friend during bride and groom preparations. Because we film the preparations with one filmmaker on each side (bride and groom), we do not bring assistants with us and their for do not have someone to light for us. Because of this, we rely solely on available light during this part of the day. If used correctly, it is one of the best forms of lighting. The larger the source of light, the softer the light and we love soft, so large windows are always in high demand. I especially encourage the bride to have her makeup artist setup up about 90 degrees in front of the largest window available and I also let her know that interior lights mixed with exterior light will ruin skin tone on camera. Turning off lights during preps is a common practice for us and our clients are encouraged to let their bridal party, hair stylist, and makeup artist know in advance. In situations where the makeup artist insists on using interior lighting, we have a plan B for this as well by asking them to save the last 10% of makeup for touchups near window light and no interior lights. They are always cool with that. Hair & Makeup: I will just come out and say it……Hair and makeup always run late. Ok if you’re a hair stylist or makeup artist and you always finish at the time you promise, you are a rare breed and I applaud you. Anyway, it’s important to factor this phenomenon into your overall schedule regardless and the odds are against you. Our simple fix for this is to tell the bride to lie to her hair stylist and makeup artist by pushing the end time by 30 minutes. When they run late (usually on average 30 minutes), then you’re back on schedule and you’re able to continue doing your thing without any stress on anyones part. Cards & Gifts: When the bride and groom exchange their cards and/or gifts I explain that it’s a great story moment and usually filled with emotion. It always pays off to do a little preparing for this. It takes a few minutes to find the right area, with the right light. Another factor is noise. I always look for a separate room if available and usually have to remind everyone in the room to keep it down to a whisper during the moment. This process averages about 15 minutes. Interview: Just like the cards/gifts sequence, we also let the client know that lighting and audio is very important during the interview. Usually card/gifts and interviews are filmed back-to-back to keep everything flowing. See more info here http://adamforgione.com/pre-production-for-wedding-filmmakers/ http://adamforgione.com TWITTER: https://twitter.com/adamforgione FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AdamForgionePage/

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