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Should I have 1 or 2 Videographers for my wedding?

I was at BOWS wedding fair today at Dhoby Ghaut Green and met a few friends selling their wedding packages to the couples getting married. What intrigues me today was a conversation with a photographer trying to sell his partner’s package who is a videographer. It goes something like this:

Me: Do you guys offer actual day video packages?
Him: Yes we do. *shows me the rates
Me: Oh there is a different rate by these 2 videographers.
Him: Yes, one of them is more experienced and the other is the understudy of the experienced videographer.
Me: so there’s only one videographer for the packages offered?
Him: Yes. Only one videographer cause if there were 2 or more, they will CROSSFIRE.

okay. this led me thinking. Really?

Even if I were the sales person trying to promote 1 videographer, I would tactfully say that the one videographer would be able to cover the necessary angles to create a beautiful edited film than trying to say that 2 or more videographers will crossfire. In that case, I might as well just have a photographer and not videographer cause the photographer will have the videographer in his shot and it will go the other way round also which in actual fact it is unavoidable.

Crossfire will definitely bound to happen. It is the edit that removes the other party or making the other vendors within the video less obvious.

So should we have 1, 2 or more professional videographers  at the wedding?

The answer would be the type of wedding video look that you want to have. The reason for 2 or more videographers would mean more interesting angles (aerial and crane shots) achieved whereas 1 videographer would definitely have the main angle covered.  Having 2 or more videographers would also mean less jump cuts between each shot in the wedding clip. Whereas a good wedding filmmaker who shoots alone would have multiple cameras at important moments so that he/she would not miss the shot. In Singapore, the more videographers you engaged for your wedding means that the cost of hiring them would increase also. Hence, I would strongly advise each couple to spend within one’s limit even though it is a once in a lifetime event.

Dîner en Blanc Singapore – the videos reviewed

Diner en Blanc Singapore 2013 happened on the 18 October 2013 at a secret location which was only known to the participants when they arrive to have a great picnic night in white. Going on for the second year round in Singapore, they held it at the Marina Barrage where the first year was held at the Art Science Museum. The 2013 official video filmed by the people from Firewerkz Films (1/6 of the Wedding Cinematography Guild) and TriPeaks Imagery and the 2012 video was filmed by the people at Substance Films.

Facts and figures (taken from Firewerkz Films) to produce the 2013 video:

143Gb of data
18 lens
12 cameras
2 Jibs
2 sliders
2 stabilizers
1 Portacrane
0 lights

Diner en Blanc 2012:

Diner en Blanc 2013:

Key differences between both videos:

2012:

1) Lots of dip to black transitions used in post production.
2) Minimum audio used.
3) Plenty of timelapses.
4) Use of aerial camera.
5) Whites seem to be blown, high contrast.
6) Surprise wedding proposal scene.
7) Lights on cameras.

2013:

1) Lots of background audio used, added interviews from participants.
2) Few timelapses.
3) Tells a story of people not knowing where the venue is.
4) Colors are flatter, more film like.
5) No use of lights on cameras.

By noting the key differences in each video and having a personal preference to your favourite video out of the two, you would know how or what to go for if you are assign to shoot the event in 2014. More importantly, the budget and the brief set by the client also determines the outcome of the video also. The budget will definitely determine the number of videographer(s) deployed for the event. It will also determine the start time of the filming also.  The brief will tell the videographer(s) what to capture and what to focus on during the event such as interviews or more timelapses. Hence, a good filmmaker will try his best to convince his idea and storyboard of how the video will turn out to be to the client before the start of the event.

Disclaimer: this post does not intend to boast which videography company is better. Instead it aims to educate the readers what they should look out for if they are the client or the person filming the event. That said, I am sure the 2014 video will be better if the budget for the video production remains the same as for 2013.

Here’s leaving behind the fireworks spectacle done by Intermay Magix at the Diner en Blanc Singapore 2013. It was mentioned that this was the first Diner en Blanc event in the world to have the fireworks at the event.

I have a fair share of mishaps too…

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Though my cameras are not as big as you see in the video above, In all things that we do besides being a cameraman, one word of caution is to be careful. To be aware of our surroundings when we work and play.

In the above video, my favourite clip was the last shot with the crane and the car came into it’s position and topple it. Many of this could be avoided if you know where the subject that you are filming is going to stand or move.

My wedding day mishaps includes knocking over chairs, tripping over things, hitting myself against altars outside apartments and dropping camera equipment. I do hope this would be the last of the mishaps that I have, else I would have more stories to tell and that would definitely not be about love.