As a videographer, working on Weddings are a huge contrast to the usual event/corporate jobs you’ll receive. Opposed to advertising for a company or subject, your primary focus is storytelling and setting the tone/pace – pace is key. While I’d say that I’m personally trying to progress and improve my craft myself, here’s a little blog post detailing some tips!
1 – PACING
As previously said, ‘pacing is key’. The pacing of your cuts will primarily be guided by the soundtrack that you choose. Test the water a little and experiment – generally you’ll be able to see what pace would best suit the specific wedding based on the theme and decor of the event itself.
2 – SOUNDTRACK
Regarding the soundtrack, it generally depends on the wedding itself. Overview the footage and get a feel for the aesthetic of the wedding and the characteristics of the bride and groom. (E.g If the wedding you’re working on is rustic and informal, try some upbeat country music etc.). At the end of the day you’re working on something extremely personal for numerous people, so take some time to get familiar with your client and create a personal connection, they tend to really appreciate the effort.
3 – SHOT RELEVANCE
Here’s a little note on something that I fell victim to during my first couple wedding edits – choosing what the couple want to see. It’s incredibly easy to fall into the ‘filmmaker mindset’ of choosing the prettiest shots that you captured on the day, but you’ll soon realise that what your client cares less about beautifully exposed shots of flowers/scenery and more about their family and friends. A nice shot of scenery doesn’t go amiss every now and then, but don’t overdo it.
4 – TRANSITIONS
Much like the soundtrack, I feel that the transitions you’ll use in your edit depend on the aesthetic and theme of the wedding itself. For the majority you’ll mainly be focusing on hard cuts and lens burns (in scarcity). A secret weapon of mine is layering white noise subtly underneath each lens burn I use to thicken the effect and make it less jarring for the viewer. Obviously you’ll have to start thinking a little more into transitions
5 – STORYTELLING
Although the simplest point by far, it’s still very easy to forget that you’re telling a story. The best wedding videos generally are the ones that follow the story of the bride and groom’s day, so make sure you edit as chronlogically as possible – this changes slightly if you’re editing more of a highlight piece, as non-linear editing can be quite effective, however make sure you’re using the timeline of the day as the backbone structure.
With some luck, following these five short points you should hopefully have an idea on how to edit the basics of a wedding video. The majority of the skill will form with experience, so make sure to get your name out there and have fun with it!