Bridal prep documentary style at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Special Interest Areas > Wedding / Event Videography Techniques > Wedding & Event Video Sample Clips Gallery

Wedding & Event Video Sample Clips Gallery
For video clip sharing and feedback -- VIMEO links will automatically embed a player.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 25th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #1
Bridal prep documentary style
Vito DeFilippo Vito DeFilippo is offline August 25th, 2010, 08:31 PM

Hey all,

It's been a while. I've been busy with other things, but finally working on another wedding. I thought I would post a bridal prep in a straight journalistic/documentary style (or whatever you want to call it).

This is probably the most untouched type of video I've ever done. There's only one transition; a dip to black. The one dissolve was a mistake that I didn't bother to fix for Vimeo. No slomo. Ambient sound left under every clip.

I thought it would make it easier, but it was actually much harder, which was a good learning experience. I wanted to get out of the rut of choosing a bunch of beauty shots, add music, slomo and bake till done.

I like the feel, like you're actually there. And it lets the emotion and humour come out more clearly. You may not agree, however, so feel free to shoot some slings and arrows!


Thanks for any feedback. And is it just me, or does Vimeo compression darken the video?
__________________
.
http://www.nosmallroles.com

Vito DeFilippo
Trustee
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 1,585
Views: 1069
Reply With Quote
Old August 25th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,609
Vito,
I didn't notice any unusal darkening but then I like a slightly darker look anyway so if Vimeo did darken it it didn't bother me.

As for the piece itself, I have to say I really liked the natural feel of it. IMO you hit it right. I really smiled at the dad walking in without his pants. Cute. I also liked to natural audio, it really made a difference.
While this type of piece might not be right for every bride it seemed that it was 100% right for this one. I base that on the way she "worked" the camera, the things said and the laughter.
For me, it hit the spot. Nice job.
__________________
What do I know? I'm just a video-O-grafer.
Don
Don Bloom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 26th, 2010, 08:07 AM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 789
Nice work Vito. I love how you made the Bride say something before boarding the limo. I am going to copy that this Saturday =).
__________________
Noel Lising
Noel Lising is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 26th, 2010, 11:10 AM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON Canada
Posts: 369
Vito, I too loved the clip where the bride gives a message to the camera before getting in the car.
How do you approach this? do you say "do you have anything to say to the camera?" or "...to the groom?" or do you just say like "how are ya feeling?"

I feel that is my weakness, communicating with the couple to elict a response I want.
David Schuurman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 26th, 2010, 02:05 PM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 1,585
Thanks, Don. You're right, I knew that I needed a couple with a great sense of humour to try and do it this way. I think they'll like it.

Noel, go ahead and steal that! I'm sure I'm not the first to do it, and won't be the last.

David, I do this at every wedding. At the groom's house, I grab the groom and put them on the spot to say something to the bride before I leave. It's never been a problem. Sometimes I warn them ahead of time, usually not. I remind them that if they screw up, we can just redo it.

At the bride's, I just say "say something to your fiance before you get in the car" and see what comes out. It usually works great.
__________________
.
http://www.nosmallroles.com
Vito DeFilippo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 26th, 2010, 04:58 PM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 249
Hi Vito,

This is really interesting, because this is how the majority of weddings are filmed over here in the UK. I think American's are more fond of the feature-film/hollywood style that you described, while our client's generally prefer more banter and atmosphere. I shoot in the middle-ground, going from music-video style to documentary/fly off the wall throughout the day and within the same segment. It just gives you more freedom with content and allows you to maintain a decent pace throughout the film.

It's good to not be shy when it comes to 'directing' people throughout the day, when i have some spare time i will always go and talk to the best man / groom / bride / father of the bride etc, and ask for a small piece to the camera. You will be surprised at the funny stuff some of them come out with. Start by asking them things like ''how was the ceremony'' and ''what was your favourite part?'' soon after.

I'm no expert, so won't try to lecture you, but well done for trying new things! It looks good to me. If you like i will post up a segment of my own work soon.
Jordan Brindle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 29th, 2010, 10:30 AM   #7
Trustee
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 1,585
Thanks, Jordan.

This clip might come off as less "cinematic" (whatever that means) because it's in the middle of the video. Most of the stuff posted here tends to be highlight sections, and they are usually the least realistic, I find, because they're meant to show a romantic/emotional overview of the day, almost like a movie trailer.

The groom and bride prep sections are more journalistic, at least in my approach. l don't know about the approach of others cause we don't see much posting of stuff from within the body of the wedding video.

This time, I took it to the max in terms of trying to be as realistic as possible.

For sure post your own stuff. It's great to get feedback and get a sense of what your peers think does and does not work. It's the best feedback, though often the most painful! You have to have a thick skin and remember that people are donating their time and energy in trying to help.
__________________
.
http://www.nosmallroles.com
Vito DeFilippo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 29th, 2010, 02:04 PM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 249
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vito DeFilippo View Post
Thanks, Jordan.

This clip might come off as less "cinematic" (whatever that means) because it's in the middle of the video. Most of the stuff posted here tends to be highlight sections, and they are usually the least realistic, I find, because they're meant to show a romantic/emotional overview of the day, almost like a movie trailer.

The groom and bride prep sections are more journalistic, at least in my approach. l don't know about the approach of others cause we don't see much posting of stuff from within the body of the wedding video.

This time, I took it to the max in terms of trying to be as realistic as possible.

For sure post your own stuff. It's great to get feedback and get a sense of what your peers think does and does not work. It's the best feedback, though often the most painful! You have to have a thick skin and remember that people are donating their time and energy in trying to help.
Good stuff. How did the bride and groom respond? Did they like it/know what to expect?
Jordan Brindle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 1st, 2010, 08:50 PM   #9
Trustee
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Posts: 1,585
No, they haven't seen it yet. They'll know what to expect generally from seeing samples, but I haven't showed this to them. Soon, though. I'm almost finished!

I'll let you know what they say.
__________________
.
http://www.nosmallroles.com
Vito DeFilippo is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Special Interest Areas > Wedding / Event Videography Techniques > Wedding & Event Video Sample Clips Gallery

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:36 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network