Cinematic Wedding

Make your wedding video a cinematic experience with these techniques.

Videography trends that can turn your wedding videos into a cinematic experienceIt wasn’t that long ago that a wedding video meant a locked down camera (or maybe two), dutifully recording the details of the wedding ceremony. Today’s couples expect more. In particular, many discerning wedding video clients want to capture the essence of their wedding day in a video that’s cinematic in scope, with a narrative structure that looks behind the scenes and also takes in the events and landscape surrounding the actual ceremony. Current trends in equipment, videography, and wedding video editing can help you tap into this desire.
Lightweight gear
If you’re aiming for a cinematic experience with your video, you’ll want to be able to get into a variety of locations quickly and easily to capture your footage. Many wedding video professionals opt for versatile camera bodies, like DSLR platforms, and complement them a few well-chosen lenses. With this option they can even do without a tripod, utilizing a monopod when necessary for a stable shot. The naturalistic look achieved with this type of setup lends itself to a cinematic feel when you perform your wedding video editing.
When a second static camera is employed, such as for B-roll shots during the ceremony, a Wi-Fi enabled sports camera like a GoPro is a great choice. It can be turned on and off remotely, and the small size will be unobtrusive.
A natural approach
A key element in creating a cinematic experience with your wedding videos is avoiding shots that seem staged. Candid shots are the key here, particularly candid shots that capture emotion on the part of the guests and wedding party. Every wedding has “must do” shots, like the ring ceremony. Use the time in between these shots to look for interesting shots and angles you can use in your wedding video editing. Build a library of ideas by searching out and studying good wedding videos from respected videographers. Even the best directors learn by what’s been done before – you shouldn’t be an exception to that rule.
Camera settings and post-production
The advent of versatile digital cameras provide you with a variety of different settings that can You may think that having a wedding day photographer and videographer will be enough to capture your wedding video footage with a film-like look. Rather than experiment blindly with your settings, use the resources available to you. Check the manual for your camera and search online for info on different settings. If you’re using a popular model, you’ll probably find any number of tutorials on capturing footage with a cinematic feel.
Post-production offers another opportunity to produce a cinematic look when doing your wedding video editing. Look for tutorials on how to create a cinematic look for your footage with your editing program – I prefer Adobe Premiere Pro – and experiment with different settings. My favourite starting point is to simply lower the level of color saturation and brightness with the footage while doing my wedding video editing. Try it, and you may be surprised how much more “film-like” your footage looks.

Art plus technique equals a winning video
The combination of new artistic trends, coupled with small, light-weight cameras and digital editing tools, has made achieving a cinematic experience through your wedding video editing totally within reach. But as with any art, the artist is more than the sum of their tools. Practice your craft by studying other videos with a keen eye, and learn to employ the techniques that resonate with you by practicing with your cameras and editing software. You’ll become a more accomplished video professional as a result.

Written by

Helen Clark