What does it all Mean?
The world of weddings is full of catch phrases that sounds great, but often have little meaning to a couple who is just out to find the perfect team for their special day. Never is this more obvious than in the world of wedding films. As filmmakers, we meet with couples who are struggling to discover the differences between all of the popular phrasing in the world of wedding films. So, let’s have a little vocabulary lesson- the vocabulary of wedding films!
The main purpose of the cinematic film is to create a film that looks like a Hollywood film. Generally includes the use of equipment used in shooting movies, such as dollies, cranes, Steadicams, and DSLR cameras that give the movie a “film-like” quality. Cinematic films are generally combined with storytelling to focus more on the actual story of the couple than just documenting the wedding day.
The main purpose of the film is to capture the events unfolding on the day of the wedding in the order that they are occurring.
a film that focuses on telling the story of the couple. It goes beyond documenting the wedding day to capture the love story of the bride and groom. The filmmaker generally gets to know the couple well before shooting so that he/ she will have an idea of how to make the film unique to the couple. This type of film often includes sound bites from the bride and groom recorded prior to the wedding date. Each shot in the film has meaning to the couple and is used to move the plot of the film forward. Storytelling films are often combined with cinematic films.
Short Form Wedding
Very popular with wedding filmmakers, these films take the footage from the day and edit it into a shorter film that does not exceed 50 minutes in length. These films do not always include the entire ceremony, toasts, etc. but instead include the most important moments of the day. Short form films strive to keep the film exciting and interesting for the viewer by editing out anything that is not relevant to keeping the film moving forward.
Traditional can be used to describe “old school” wedding videos. These are shot more like family films with little to no editing. Usually includes most of the footage shot and can last 2-3 hours in length.Wedding videographers are not limited to
Many wedding film companies are also offering the following:
Save the Date: DVDs sent out prior to the wedding that feature the couple in a unique manner inviting the guests to save the date for their upcoming wedding.
Highlight Film: A kind of “Cliff’s Notes” version of the entire full length film, highlights are short films usually between 5-7 minutes in length, that tell the story of the day. These highlights can usually be uploaded to popular websites such as Facebook and youtube so that friends and family can see the wedding but not watch the full film. Highlights are set to music and feature the most important moments of the day. These are sent out before the actual invitations.
Concept Film: shot prior to the wedding, a concept is given to the film company and a “movie-like” film is created that features the couple and sometimes their friends and family in a “feature film” or music video. Concept films are purely for entertainment value. The films are often spoofs on movies, tv shows, or music videos or can be completely original scripted films.
Same Day Edit: A short film that is created on the day of the wedding from footage taken that day. The editing happens throughout the day and the film is usually shown at the reception. Film is usually a highlight of the entire day.
Love Story: An engagement shoot in which the couple is seen in an interview situation describing their relationship, how they met, what they love about each other, etc. Usually includes cut away shots of the couple strolling hand in hand or engaging in an activity that is important to the couple. Usually set to music.
Hope this helps as you are navigating your way through the wedding world!