Editing is a universal language. I don’t speak a lick of French, but I was engaged the whole time in this quick highlight because multiple times there would be a natural build up followed by an energetic payoff. If you give your cutting a rhythm (not just cutting on the downbeat of each measure, but giving your film a dynamic pace), anyone anywhere will be able to visually connect with your story. In general this style pushed the cinematic envelope more than I prefer, but that’s just my personal taste. For instance I would lose the second graphic of the couples’ names and I’m not sure what the motivation was for reversing those shots at the end. However, this film also featured some really fresh new takes on the wedding film. I love opening the video with a conversation with the planner about reception details. Many brides put a lot of work into planning the details of a wedding day. It’s nice to see that featured in the film.
Video courtesy of Gordon Wedding Films
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I’ve got a rehearsal dinner+wedding this weekend so I’ve been taking the morning off to spend it with the wifey. If you don’t already take off a weekday on weeks you have weddings, I highly recommend it. That said, I don’t have a ton to say about this video from Revel Weddings, but it speaks for itself. Gorgeous cinematography, perfect pacing, it’s the total package (also stick around to the end for one of the best exit shots I’ve seen in a while).
Video by Revel Weddings
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You gotta love a couple that wants to elope, but still places a premium on capturing that union in a beautiful, artistic way. In good elopement films, you can just sense how much more control the filmmaker was able to have over their circumstances. In this instance the filmmakers create this fantastic, dreamlike setting by skipping the establishing location shots and instead focusing on all those gorgeous details. The camera movement keeps you engaged by slowly revealing more and more information. But really the biggest thing that stood out to me was how the filmmakers were always in control of their exposure. Even if you’re looking at a waveform, it can be tough to judge exactly where things should be peaking when you’ve got so many whites in the frame. Watching this video made me want to get in a white room with a camera and a bunch of white objects just for the practice. Fantastic job David & Kathrin.
Video courtesy of David & Kathrin
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I really like how this films controls the energy. It starts off with some cool-but-relatively-low-key music. Notice how the shots with movement are slowly introduced. Then at 00:56 comes a really great close up shot of the bride in some really dramatic lighting. Lighting is always one of those things that can be a deal breaker. I am constantly reminding myself to “find the light.” I think 9 times out of 10 I’m successful. In the situations where I am not successful then I’m forced to create it. It can be something as simple as closing the shades or turning off the lights or taking a walk outside. Without good lighting you have nothing. Here the filmmaker used the light to push this film to the next level. Ok let’s get back on track. The energy. After the close up shot with the bride the groom audio comes in and the groom is introduced. This continues the building of energy, working toward an eventual climax. They take you on these rolling hills of exited dancing and adventure during the ceremony, a tense first look, some intimate shots of the bride walking alone before coming back down into the brides speech. The end brings you back to the subjects and the meaning behind what you are watching. It reminds you that this is a film about 2 people’s love for each other and their life long commitment, and in doing so makes an impact and connection with you. Thanks Happy Wedding Films.
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We preach all the time about how you’ve got to use great audio in your videos. However, as with every rule in filmmaking, it’s fine to break it if you’ve got a good enough reason. For one thing, if you’re going to forgo the use of audio, your visuals have to be on point, but first get ready for another statement that’s usually a no-no. Your shots don’t always have to tell a story. *gasp* Now, you could get all meta and say that the story is always about the couple. Sure, I’ll give you that. But check out the first 30 seconds of this video. It feels more like a perfume commercial than a traditional drama unfolding. In wedding filmmaking you’ve got to balance linear storytelling with the abstract. Many clients want to be able to relive their big day via a photojournalistic style of storytelling, but even the most unartistic couples still enjoy feeling like rock stars when they watch their vids. Especially when you’re talking about a quick little highlight like this, the posed shots work so well. It isn’t setting out to guide you through a narrative as much as it’s trying to convey an essence of the couple. Could this video could still benefit from some kind of sound design? Probably. Are the traditional storytelling parts of it perfect? Certainly not. For instance I’d love to have seen a shot of what his gift to her was. That sequence is weakened by that missing piece of information. But in the end this film does a great job of making the couple at the center of it look bad ass. We should all be striving to do that with our work.
Video courtesy of White in Revery
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When you’re sitting down to edit a wedding video, there are two big directions you can go: serious or light-hearted. If you’re going to go the light-hearted route, there is just no better way to start than with some humor. If you can make your audience smile right off the bat, they’ll let down their guard and be much more willing to let you take them on the journey you’ve pieced together. This video from Wes Films totally disarmed me by starting with that slip up by the bride. Including little “accidents” like that are a great way to give your videos a strong sense of authenticity. Again, that’s probably going to work better in videos going for a light-hearted tone, but I’d love for someone to prove me wrong. Obviously a video has to have more than just a good intro though. Pay attention to how often the filmmaker uses nat sound to add little bits of laughter underneath the music and sound bites. That little detail maintains the light hearted tone set in the beginning and makes the video enjoyable all the way through. Great job, Wes. Thanks for the submission.
Video courtesy of Wes Films.
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We’ve all got that certain location. You know the one. You excitedly tell your clients “Yeah! I’ve shot there before!” while thinking in the back of your mind “How am I going to make their video look different from the four other videos I’ve shot in that place?” I don’t mean for that to sound cynical. As an artist that can be one of the best exercises to get your creative juices flowing. How do you see the familiar with fresh eyes? In this case Rob from Robert Michael Films had shot at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara several times before (What a terrible problem to have, right?). But instead of going into default mode and setting up shots he already knew would look good, he decided to challenge himself and change things up. He left the slider and the Ronin in the car and decided to only shoot on a tripod. The effect that decision had on this artistic film is that everything feels like it has been carefully crafted. You can almost feel Rob taking our eyes and going “Look at this. Now look at this.” Throw in some intentional sound design and you’ve got such a dreamy and peaceful wedding trailer. This serves as a great reminder to always be intentional no matter what filmmaking technique you’re using. If you’re going to use camera movement that’s fine, but make sure the shot you’re trying to achieve justifies it and then nail the movement. If there’s not a clear reason for using movement, you may actually be detracting from your story rather than enhancing it.Video courtesy of Robert Michael FilmsMusic: “Sea of Stars” by Luke Atencio licensed by MusicbedRead More »
Can I take a minute and talk about the elephant in the room? Sorry. Now that I’m a dad my affinity for corny jokes has skyrocketed. But seriously, I do want to talk about something we probably think about often but rarely talk about. I would guess most of you in the Love24fps community are striving to be the best in your market. We all want to be that A-list film company that high-end clients turn to when they want an artistic wedding film. The question is, if you’re not there yet, how do you get there? Obviously you’ve got to start with the basics. The cinematography and audio in this video are on point. Everything is exposed perfectly which allows for beautiful color grading. The audio is cleanly captured (I’ll always be a little more forgiving on the bride’s vows cause of the difficulty in getting a mic on her) and excellent soundbites were chosen. The editing is expertly crafted. There’s a great balance between the Indian ceremony and the western ceremony. The jumping back and forth here felt a lot more natural than in some other Indian wedding videos I’ve seen. If your technical game isn’t quite there yet, that’s where you’ve got to start. But let’s say you’ve got a couple years under your belt and you’re looking for those little tweaks that set you a part. This is pretty nuanced, but one thing I’ve noticed that sets high-end videos apart is that they don’t get fixated on their money shots if you will. Sorry. More dad puns. Seriously though if you were fortunate enough to shoot a wedding that had a live freaking elephant, it would be easy to let that excitement carry over into your shooting and editing style. I’m not going to lie, my instinct would be to try and milk that junk for all it’s worth too. But notice how the talented filmmakers at 31 films handled those glamour shots. Whether it’s the elephant or those gorgeous hanging flowers at the reception location, the shots are just brief enough that it leaves the us wanting more. And that’s exactly what you want your filmmaking to do. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how extravagant the wedding was. If you keep the story about the couple getting married, that’s what will keep customers coming to you in the future.
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I know, I know. I can hear you now. “Seriously, another Iceland video?” I get it. It feels like in just the past couple of years Iceland has blown up as the premiere hipster wedding destination for artistic types. But hear me out. The thing I love about this video is that it doesn’t really throw Iceland in your face. This is simply a great wedding film. It just happens to be set in Iceland. Even more so than some of the other Iceland wedding videos we’ve posted on here, this film really keeps the couple at the heart of the story. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the bride and groom are actually wedding photographers themselves (Shout out). Of course their vows would knock it out of the park. From the filmmakers: “We knew this multi day wedding was going to be special, because Iceland + Wedding photographers. But their vows, just blew us away. We really felt the lump in our throats filming the ceremony, so sincere, so genuine.”
Also don’t skip out on the ending. Love that superimposed shot with the water in the couple’s silhouette.
Video courtesy of Maru Films
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The opening minute of this film does two things so well: it grabs your attention and introduces you to the couple. Just like any filmmaking technique, interviews with the couple can be effective or ineffective depending on how they’re used. It works so well here though. This is from the filmmaker himself: “I really connected with Ruby and Armand. Their wedding was so much fun, the only thing I felt missing was a little audio from them. They didn’t do their own vows, or write letters or do a speech. So I decided to go to their home and interview them a few weeks later. More of an informal chat really, justing finding out more about them and how they felt when they met. In the end its the characters that really make the weddings unique. I don’t want the interviews to take over, just help things along. My aim is that a stranger can watch the film and feel like they got to know that couple just a bit”. Boom. Mark, you definitely succeeded. After watching films like this I feel like I just made new friends. Thanks for introducing us. That is the kind of above and beyond effort that will take your films from good to great.
There is so much more to this film that you might miss if you only watch it once. First, those drone shots are exceptional. Pairing them with that dreamy music puts you right inside a fairytale. One thing that makes the drone shots so effective is that the movement in all of the non-drone shots is so crisp and smooth that they blend perfectly together. Check those tracking shots of the bride at 00:45. You feel like you’re gliding along with her as if you were flying.
One last thing: I really like that when the music transitions to the faster song at the end, the shots didn’t immediately go to crazy dance floor shots. That is often the logical move, but it can be a bit cliche. Here the tone and pace are changed in a fresh way. Again the smooth and dynamic camera movement is effective. This time it creates a unique atmosphere for the dance floor. Notice as you glide through the party, the filmmaker doesn’t resort to mixing in blurry or disorienting shots to convey that party feel. The information is clear and easy to take in, but you still feel that dance floor magic. Thanks again for the submission, Kismet Creative. Bravo.
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