hh the long take. In narrative filmmaking many of the great directors have masterfully employed this technique to great effect. Why don't we see it more in wedding filmmaking? For one thing, it takes ton of skill. Anyone can take 8+ hours of footage from a wedding day and edit them down to 3 minutes by quickly cutting from shot to shot. It's easy to pitch face-paced videos as energetic and fun. However, it takes real cojones to tell the audience to slow down and take it all in. I love how these shots allow little moments to develop at their own pace. Take the opening where the couple ends their conversation with a kiss. Or take the groom protecting the bride from a downpour of rice. Each of those moments could have been shown in quick, 2 second edits: kiss CUT rice! But there's something more deeply satisfying about watching it all play out in "real" time. Did you feel like you were missing anything by only seeing 10 shots in the first 2 1/2 minutes? I sure didn't. This video proves it's possible to genuinely connect the audience to people and to places without cramming a million edits down their throat. Fantastic job.
Video courtesy of El Zarrio Films