Many people happily accept their videographer’s suggestions without realizing they can actually contribute freely at each stage. Follow this guide and have fun working closely with your videographer from the start to the end!
Step 1: Find the Right Videographer
Shortlist two or three videographers, arrange a meeting with each person and pitch your concept to them. You can tell if they will be great additions to your team by observing how they react to the ideas you’re proposing. Even if you think you’ve found the right person, don’t sign the contract just yet. Meet the rest and get a quotation from them too! Once you have a better idea what other companies are offering for a similar package, you can use this information to negotiate for a better deal.
Step 2: Create a Storyboard
A storyboard is a tool scriptwriters use when planning stories for games and movies. By creating one using an A4 poster or a free storyboarding programming, you can see how your scenes are arranged to form a coherent narrative. Be as detailed as possible by adding notes for each scene, e.g. the people involved, the type of props to use and possible ways to link this scene to the next one. After you finished planning everything, summarize all the scenes into a chronological shot list. Such a document is easier for your videographer to read through while on-site compared to an annotated storyboard.
Step 3: Arrange a Site Visit
Visiting the venues you’ve booked for the ceremony, reception and banquet is crucial if your videography team has never worked at these venues before. During this visit, write down notes as they discuss ideal places to setup their equipment, then towards the end, confirm the areas you’ll need to block off for them around each venue. Also, consider possible spots to paste discreet floor markers. These markers are useful, because they will remind you when to look up and smile.
Step 4: Review the Raw Footage
Request for the raw footage after your wedding, so you can see what has been filmed. After viewing the edited video, compare each scene with the unedited version and decide if you want to add or replace any clips. Discuss these changes with your videographer as early as possible, so he has time to make the necessary changes in the final version.
You will treasure your video even more when you are actively involved, because you will feel proud that you helped create this beautiful masterpiece that everyone enjoyed watching. So speak up at your next meeting with your videographer and share your ideas with him!
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