It can be a daunting task when you need to choose your wedding suppliers and there can be a surprising amount of jargon involved when choosing a photographer or videographer. In order to help you decide we have prepared a list of the most important questions to ask.
1. What is your video style―cinematic or documentary?
If you want the videographer to create an artistic movie of the wedding, you will want someone who can apply feature-film techniques. If you want a traditional video chronicling the day from start to finish, go with someone who is skilled in shooting in a documentary style. Don’t expect a professional who makes traditional wedding videos to put together a cinematic film and vice versa.
2. What is your storytelling approach?
Make sure you and the videographer are on the same page about how you want the day documented. Ask to see samples of his or her recent work. What is important to you may not always be captured so it is key to ask this.
3. What type of coverage do you offer?
The number of hours a videographer will shoot and the length of the film he or she will create will vary by vendor. Many pros offer a nice variety of options. Pick one that works best for the wedding’s schedule, style, and budget. Once you select the package, the coverage should be detailed in the contract. Make sure there is a contract.
4. What format will we get our film in?
Most videographers today shoot on digital cameras and produce DVDs or offer Blu-Rays that offer extremely sharp images and last for more than 30 years. The difference the equipment and delivery format can make should not be understated.
5. How will the audio (sound) be handled?
You won’t want an annoying microphone hanging over you or your guests throughout the day. Nowadays, most quality video cameras feature microphones that pick up clear sound. If a videographer wants to record the best audio during the vows, he or she will place a wireless mic on the officiant or groom― never on the bride, as it might affect the wedding dress. If your videographer doesn’t discuss this with you then alarm bells should be ringing as capturing clear audio is a key element in telling the story of your day.
6. What types of cameras/lighting will you use?
Hire a professional who owns the most advanced and modern equipment to ensure the best picture quality. The latest video cameras are more light-sensitive, so the videographer doesn’t have to bring in overly harsh, glaring, or obtrusive lighting. A digital camera that records on tape such as the Sony Z1 will have images far inferior to a Super-35mm digital camera that shoots on solid state media such as the Canon 100 or modern SLRs despite all of these being “HD”. If you have any questions about this we are happy to help. It is also important to ask how many years of experience the videographer has and what technical training they have had.
7. How many other weddings will you be shooting on my wedding day?
You will want to know that you’ll have the videographer’s full attention and time. If the person or company is overbooked, he or she may rush through your event. Be sure your wedding doesn’t overlap with another.
8. Will you coordinate with my photographer?
It’s a good idea to have the videographer and photographer meet, even for just a few minutes before the ceremony, to collaborate on the video and photography coverage. You do not want them competing for shots, which can create an uneasy atmosphere and a situation where no one wins.
9. What is your editing process?
A professional videographer should be able to discuss their editing style as well as technique and the tools they use. Ask if there is any colour grading involved or if the footage is cut and provided raw. Colour grading is a process used to enhance the footage further and is common place in television and film. Ask if you will receive a trailer or hightlights of the day and how many revisions you are able to make to the edit after you have your finished film.
10. Do you offer HD-ready video?
In the age of high-definition television, this is good to know. If you are investing in a quality wedding video, you’ll most likely want to receive the most up-to-date product, which offers the sharpest pictures and will be compatible with any high-tech entertainment system that you want to set up. HD video needs to be shot and edited in HD. Not all HD is equal and this comes back to the point about cameras. If your videographer shoots and edits in HD and you only get a DVD – this will not be the full quality film. Ask if you can have a Blu-Ray which is HD and what this would cost if it is an additional cost. Ask if you can have a digital version of the film or highlights and what the costs are for this. A digital HD file will have better quality than both the DVD or Blu-Ray and is the best way to future-proof your film.
If you require any assistance with any of these points or would like to discuss your wedding day and film, please do get in touch.