In the frame

The Herald Business - - Photography - Mairi Mal­lon

AL­MOST ev­ery wed­ding has an of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher, but just one in two have the event filmed for pos­ter­ity. Un­til re­cently, there was a be­lief film­ing can be in­va­sive and the whole process costly, but with the new gen­er­a­tion of dig­i­tal cam­eras, equip­ment is now smaller and less ob­vi­ous, and of­fers bet­ter pic­ture qual­ity and im­proved sound.

With the cost any­where be­tween £350 and £2000, even those on a tight bud­get can con­sider in­vest­ing in a film pro­fes­sional.

The first step, how­ever, is get­ting to know the per­son be­hind the cam­era – and see­ing sam­ples of their work.

“It is an i mpor­tant de­ci­sion to get right,” says James Strange, the man be­hind StrangeWorx Pro­duc­tions, a spe­cial­ist wed­ding film­ing com­pany.

“You re­ally need to match up your tastes with the way the com­pany takes the films. And com­pare prices – if you like the style of one com­pany, but it is too ex­pen­sive, shop around and more than likely you will find some­one who will do a sim­i­lar job for less money.”

Hav­ing your wed­ding filmed pro­fes­sion­ally – with the fi­nal video/DVD usu­ally last­ing 90 min­utes – means you can en­joy the day over and over again.

“Many mem­bers of the fam­ily may miss some­thing so they can see it again,” he says. “And your chil­dren can even see you get mar­ried years af­ter­wards.”

Strange uses two cam­eras, but big­ger and more ex­pen­sive pro­duc­tions use more. The whole day can be filmed, from get­ting ready, to friends and fam­ily ar­riv­ing, the cer­e­mony and the re­cep­tion. Sound is picked up by mi­cro­phones on the front of the cam­era when it is pointed at the sub­ject.

Many peo­ple like to have the whole cer­e­mony recorded and the speeches kept on film, while the rest is edited. This means saucy or long- winded speeches can be care­fully whit­tled down.

The pro­duc­tion com­pany takes all of the dig­i­tal film to the edit­ing suite, where the dif­fer­ent films are put into a co­her­ent run­ning or­der, with say, a close-up of the bride in the church, fol­lowed by a pan of the con­gre­ga­tion while the sound of the ser­vice con­tin­ues.

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