What style of video?
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.
When searching for your wedding videographer, it’s important to first understand what it is you are looking for in a wedding video. The most basic decision to make focuses on the actual style of the film you want. What type of video do you most want to watch again and again as a lasting memento of one of the most special days in your life?
Wedding videos are created and edited in two basic forms: a documentary style and a cinematic style. A documentary style (or journalistic) wedding video, or a “documentary edit”, is essentially a play-by-play video of your wedding day from start to finish, professionally edited in a way to engage the audience. It’s the traditional approach to wedding videos – a chronological exhibition of your wedding event, with all of the important moments professionally edited.
A cinematic style wedding video provides a more artistic approach to filmmaking. It is really a movie of your wedding day, complete with a well-chosen musical soundtrack, which easily rivals a Hollywood short film. It’s not edited in complete chronological order, often jumping from a recitation of a reception toast, to quiet scenes during morning preparations, to heartwarming shots of the bride and groom repeating their vows at the altar to the exciting grand entrance at the reception ballroom.
At DJ Cutt Entertainment, our filmmakers and editors are proud to be experts in both documentary and cinematic style film capture and in the entire editing process for both approaches. When choosing your upgrades, we offer options for both styles to meet the desires of all wedding video clientele. With our base package, you receive a fully cinematic feature film and can choose to add a documentary edit of the ceremony, toasts or upgrade to full reception to accompany. You can even choose to have a shorter cinematic trailer to show your friends and family. The choice is yours! If you take time to reflect upon and determine the composition that you want your wedding film to have, you’ll be confident in your wedding film investment.