Hi Guys lots of cool tips
to make your DIY wedding video even more AWESOME
One quick tip .... get the guests to leave a message for the couple, useing the flip screen on the camera, that way they can see themselves while they're filming the message....nice tip I recon
a video version of a selfie ..a velfie .Great Results guaranteed, and they hold the camera nice and close to their face which is always fun
Best bits of advice is whilst filming
1: people are compelled to move the camera around far to much. So try to avoid zooming and try to keep the camcorder still. This one bit of advice will make a huge difference to your footage. For example during the ceremony keep the camcorder fixed on the bride and groom. avoid swinging the camcorder between the couple the vicar and the guests.
2: Whoever is doing the filming, try to get them to engage with the people they are filming.(obviously not during the ceremony hehe)
Or in other words. Talk to the people you are filming, while you are filming them.
3: Multiple angles....It's a simple thing, when you shoot a static things, say someone getting their make up done. Shoot that same thing from different angles. This adds interest and gives the impression of multiple cameras
Addressing your filming concerns
The main concern people have regarding filming the wedding themselves is this
Will my friends film the important bits.
Ok so the important bit are theses...The ceremony, confetti throwing and speeches that what you would pay a huge amount for a pro to film
The simple way to avoid any errors when these parts of the day are being filmed is this make sure you have both cameras filming these particular bits.
That way if one dose make a mistake the other will have it covered
A good choice for a filmer is someone who id naturally out going and funny. Best not to choose someone who is shy
It's also good to pick someone who will know a lot of the people at your event
Tell them to talk to your guests or interact with them. they could ask them to do something funny for instance dance like Micheal Jackson, recite you favorite line from a movie do an impersonation of the groom, whatever the idea is to bring people out of there shells. Ask them to use their imagination.
Or in other words. Talk to the people you are filming, while you are filming them and have fun.
Good position for the ceremony shoot
3: When filming the ceremony try to place yourself behind the vicar or at least parallel with him. Or put another way, place yourself so the couple getting married are facing you during the ceremony. This way you will get to film the bride and grooms faces during the ceremony.
If this position is not feasible, then try to get a seat near the front for the ceremony on the aisle side ( see attachment camcorder position )
When ever possible make sure at least on camcorder is positioned slightly behind and to the left of the person doing the ceremony this way you will always capture the bride, as they are always positioned to the right of the person conducting the ceremony ( see attachment )
4:If someone wants to leave a message for the couple to the camera while you are filming, or has something specific to say and you the filmer are in a noisy environment, get as close to the person who is speaking as possible. Make sure the camcorder is not zoomed at all and get as close as possible without the footage looking ridiculous.
This will make a massive difference to the audio you will hear the person talking clearly and and the background noise will be...well background noise and unobtrusive
On the same subject when you film the speeches make sure you are not to far away from the speakers.
Between 10 and 20 feet if fine. This will assure good clear audio
Questions for the guest
Obviously ask whatever you like but theses questions always seem to get a good response
What is your favorite thing about ...insert name
What is your favorite memory...insert name
would you like to leave... insert names... a message it can be anything
Ideally you will shoot the speeches with both Cameras
One camera, the main should remain fixed on the speaker at all time preferably on a tripod
The other camera can be more free and shoot the speaker and also reaction from the audience, especially the bride and groom
It's also important that you get good quality audio with the speeches
If the speaker is not using a microphone the its important that the main camera is relatively close to him say between 15-20 feet
Alternatively if he is using a microphone position yourself relatively close to the PA speakers he is using
Flip the camcorder screen around and let people do a video selfie......... always guaranteed hilarious results
Remember to use those lights in the evening they make a massive difference and also remember you can just their brightness likewith a dimmer switch. They don't always have to be on full.... having them set just on 50% will make a big difference to your footage and be less obtrusive to the guests
A quick visual guide of what buttons to avoid on the camcorder ( see attachment )
Although not a disaster, it's best if you don't press the buttons on the camcorder shown in the attachment
We also cover the buttons that should not be pressed with tape
It is Also unnecessary to turn the camcorder on and off during the day
Just close the screen and the camcorder goes into sleep mode, so uses very little power
If in doubt check the photographer out
OK this last bit of advice is priceless.... If in doubt see what the photographer is doing
Essentially you are doing the same job just with different mediums and the photographer will have had a lot of experience and know where to be and when
If you stick close to the photographer without getting in their way