In the frame
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.