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Brian Mercer February 4th, 2010 08:29 AM

Some Feedback Please
I have poked around on the forum a few times, posted a few times. Well I thought it was time to step up and get some constructive feedback. I am posting a link to one of our "coming soon wedding trailers". Let me know what you think.

A little company background so you know where we are coming from: We have two shooters, myself (Brian) and my buddy Mike. We also co-own the company together. The same two shooters work together on all the weddings/events. We alternate who edits the final products.

We are looking for some likes, dislikes, improvements, keep up the good work, whatever will help us get to the next level.

Thanks in advance.

Here is the link.


Aaron Mayberry February 4th, 2010 10:48 AM

The music (and quite a few scenes) begs for some voice over audio. I think you'd see a vast improvement adding some of the vows, or laughter, etc.

Ken Diewert February 4th, 2010 12:16 PM


Overall, I thought it was very good... but if you do want to take it to the next level... just a few things I noticed.

shot of bridal prep at 00:30 may have been better if shot from the window side of the room as the glass door is distracting and the lighting is mixed temp.

Straightaway shot down aisle starting at 00:55 - tripod isn't level. Looks to be the same at 01:06 recessional. You should be able to fix it easily in post.

I would have liked to see a little camera movement in the form of a slider or glidecam (not handheld!). If you said you shot this solo, I wouldn't expect it but because you have two capable camera ops, I'd expect a little more.

I think you've proven that you can shoot safe, now maybe it's time to move beyond to the next level.

All in all though it's very nicely done.

Brian Mercer February 4th, 2010 01:34 PM

Thank you both for the response. Very helpful and I welcome more.

Ken, suggestion on the slider vs the glidecam? I have been looking at the glidecam for a couple of months. Everything I read seams to point toward getting the vest and arm due to weight and extended use. Only able to purchase one, which do you think is the more immediate purchase?


Stephen J. Williams February 4th, 2010 03:13 PM


I agree with Aaron... A little bit of VO would have taken this to another level.
What's the name of the font that you chose to use?

I have just recently started using a slider. Before I was more of a static shooter. I would try to achieve a shallow DOF on almost every shot. I was desperately missing a good way to add in camera movement (besides handheld). A slider gives me the moves I was looking for.

Great video...


Kren Barnes February 4th, 2010 04:08 PM

Thanks for sharing Brian! I am sure that your clients loved it...

My 2 cents :)

-need to add some movements to your shots, static shots are too safe...
-I would agree with the voice over suggestions...
-If you are making a trailer you have to ask the question "would someone (aside from the bride and groom) be inclined and excited to watch the entire video after seeing the trailer...
-Not a fan of slow instrumentals for trailers but that is just a matter of style...

overall this is a nice video..keep up the good work!

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Brian Mercer February 5th, 2010 10:02 AM

Thanks Kren.

Sarah Pendergraft February 18th, 2010 04:48 PM

Hey Brian,

You have a lot of solid shots in there. Along with what the others said about adding in some VO, I would say watch the constant dip/fade to black between shots. It can be very effective when used properly and sparingly, but when done too much it becomes distracting IMO. Good work!

Brian Mercer February 18th, 2010 07:37 PM


Thanks for the feedback and for taking the time. Really appreciate it.

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