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How to tell the couple’s story in the Wedding Film

Why a Story?

In my last post I talked about the importance of having a story driven element in a Wedding Film. I will talk some more about that in this post but essentially talk about how Julian Voigt Wedding Films creates that story element in the wedding video. We have all no doubt sat through boring wedding videos that follow a predictable formula- they look like a wedding video!

How the Wedding Video industry has changed in the past ten years! Good wedding videos have become like a film or documentary with a high production value. This has been achieved in part by the advent of affordable high end video production equipment that is now affordable, when I say “affordable” yes we are still talking thousands of pounds but not ten’s of thousands of pounds as would have been the case ten years ago. So making a cinematic wedding video is a lot more do-able these days. So the buzz word in the wedding videographer community is ‘cinematic’ we all aspire to creating ‘cinematic’ films.

Cinematic…

I looked up the word ‘cinematic’ for a definition on what it actually means and here’s is what I found thanks to Merriam-Webster Dictionary; “….filmed and presented as a motion picture, cinematic fantasies, a cinematic adaptation of a Novel…”

So according to that definition, “cinematic” means “film like” and can include the “adaptation of a Novel…”  OK, filming a wedding isn’t an adaptation of a Novel but… we are trying to tell a story just like a Novel!  So how can that be achieved?

 

Narrative…

A typical wedding video is usually around 20-30 minutes long hence for the videographer there isn’t a great deal of room for developing a story and it is a wedding video after all! Hence we are talking about a ‘story element’ to the film. I have found in my limited experience that a narrative is one of the best ways to get that story element into the wedding film. So what’s a narrative?  Essentially someone telling a story!  It could be the groom talking about how they first met, fell in love, how he proposed!

If you can buy out a little time preferably before the wedding day, but hey it can be done on the wedding day too, grab the groom and set up the camera with him talking about all or some of the above. This then becomes your narrative– the story or sub plot to the wedding film. You can add his narrative audio to other images of events happening during the day, like when the couple are getting portraits done or are grabbing a few precious moments together after the ceremony.  By mixing these images with that audio you instantly have a story!

This takes the wedding video and turns into into a wedding film. Think this way; you want to give people a reason to watch your wedding video! The story is the reason the hook that keep them watching! Yes the couple will watch their wedding video no matter what because it’s their wedding video, but if we think in terms of the wider audience- friends- family people looking at your work on your website and deciding whether to book you or not as their videographer it makes sense to add that ‘story element’ in there.

Even without Audio…

OK, what if the couple don’t want an interview in their film? We can look for other opportunities to build narrative- maybe we can grab an element of one of the speeches as there is usually some story being told by someone during the speeches. Even without narrative audio a selection of well chosen images in themselves can tell a story- we can all think of those movies that started with a scene of the camera looking a photo’s set in a home somewhere and you knew that the people in those photos were going to feature in the film and be part of the story.

Once we train our minds to look for the story then we’ll find it and we will then create truly ‘cinematic wedding films.’

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My preferred Style of Filming

 

 

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Movement 

Wedding Videography has improved considerably in the past 10 years and it needed to goodness when I look at my Wedding Video -which is not very often! – I cringe. The reason? Apart from the fact I look about 15 years old, it’s just how cheesy and predictable the wedding video is. That was 1991 ok what did I expect! But fast forward to early 2001-2005 and still, Wedding Films were very formulaic and predictable. Fast forward some more to 2010 and we see an evolution has taken place, Wedding Films have improved considerably! (not all of them ;). The Buzz word among Wedding Videographers is; ‘High Production Value’ – what is that I hear you ask? Well, many Wedding Film makers mistakenly think that the more Hollywood Film like their wedding video is the more interesting it will be to watch. They think by employing the use of hi-tech gadgetry like Gimbals- Drones- Sliders and Cranes that their wedding film will look like a ‘real movie’ but the question I think we as videographers should be asking ourselves is; ‘what type of movie do I want my films to look like? More importantly, what type of movie do the couples I am seeking to attract want their wedding film to look like?

While I see a huge improvement in the quality of wedding videos I can’t help notice a trend that can make many wedding videos look all alike. The trend I see is the over use of Gimbals, sliders and Drones. When used selectively and sparingly, yes they can add an element of movement and change of pace to a wedding film. However, when one shot follows the next with a slider movement or gimbal shot or repetitive shots of Birdseye like drone footage -it can take the viewer away away from what’s happening in the frame and more importantly the people in the frame- the couple. The result? We then inadvertantly draw attention to ourselves.

 

Static Shots

On the other hand static shots force the videographer to fill the frame a bit more creatively and cause the viewer to focus more on what is happening in the frame rather than the camera man that’s filming the scene. I think many videographers fall into the trap of trying to impress fellow videographers more than the couple, who let’s face it are the stars in their own film. Static shots also make the videographer think a little harder about the ‘story’ element in the film. Rather than relying on Blockbuster Movie techniques and movements the videographer has to think about what is happening in the frame. The question I often ask myself is; does this particular shot help me tell a story?  When I say ‘story’ I don’t just mean the overall story of the wedding day but I am also talking about  the ‘story’ within a story! For example the interaction between a Bride and her mother during Bride prep- it might be just a look, a touch or a tear. A few well chosen shots creatively edited together can tell the ‘story’ within a story. This is one reason that in my style of filming and editing I limit movement and keep the majority of my shots static I want my viewer to be full drawn into the frame. Wes Anderson is a master of this technique because the thing that characterises is his Films is his use of framing. An excellent example of this is his 2007 short film ‘Hotel Chevalier’- the opening scene of the Hotel reception which looks to me to have been shot on a 35mm lens is a perfect example of his use of static shots where the viewer can’t help but be drawn into the film. The result? You become intrigued by the character in the film rather than the film- does this make sense? I want my couples to be the characters in their own films that the viewer is drawn to- so it all about the couple and not the videographer.

 

My influences

Ok, I admit I am unlikely to become the next Wes Anderson, but I’d rather be taking my inspiration from someone like him than just other Wedding Films. I think by studying Directors like Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick and other Film Makers that produce character focused films, we are far more like to produce something that is both creative and artistic. There are just a few Wedding Film makers that I do take inspiration from who in my opinion are not running with the herd and doing something a little bit differently, they are; Phillip White, Daniel Armitage and Alejandro Calore. Go check out their Films.

 

Final thoughts…

The more gear you take to a Wedding the more weighed down you will be and the net result will be that while you are faffing trying to get your Gimbal balanced or your Drone to take off you will have missed some golden moments never to be repeated but hey you can console yourself with the thought that your Wedding Film will have some cool Drone or Gimbal shots!  🙁

 

Here is a recent Film that is more about the couple and less about gadgets: https://vimeo.com/256972780

 

Paul & Chantal’s Highlight Film from julian on Vimeo.

 

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Music just as important as visuals in the Wedding Film

Choosing the right Song

Choosing the right music can make all the difference to the finished wedding film- in fact i would go so far as to say the music is just as important as the visuals! Why do I say that? Well music in my mind is like the foundation on which we build our structure- the wedding film.

No E.T

Think to some of the best movies you have seen and then mentally remove the soundtrack that was used. Now think, how much would that movie move you? Think Star Wars and John Williams, or think ET also composed by John Williams- would we have shed a tear without that music?

Songs Effect Emotions

Now I know that a wedding film isn’t a blockbuster movie like Star Wars or ET but the principle is the same and the objective too- that is to move our audience, to help them connect with their emotions and that is even more important when it comes to filming weddings- because as my strapline says ‘it’s all about the emotions…’ Hence before i get into the serious work of editing my wedding films one of the first things i do after dragging a few clips from the video footage into my timeline is to find the right music for the film.

Is the Music as Important as the Visuals?

Now while i certainly think that the music truly is as important as the visuals I don’t think it is more important, hence the music I use is always just in the background and never dominating the wedding film. I rarely also use music with vocals because again I want the music the enhance the visuals not overshadow them. Having said that I did choose a track with vocals for Rob & Bobbies wedding because the song I chose summed up their style.

The Right Song for the Couple

When looking for the right sound tracks- there are usually about three or four tracks lasting around 4 minutes each used in the 30 minute long film. I can honestly spend a couple of hours listening to various tracks and comparing them not only with the footage I have shot but also the couple and their individual style. For example the music I use in a wedding film that features a couple in their 30’s with a more traditional wedding will be very different from the music I choose for a younger couple say in their 20’s who’s wedding has a completely different feel- say they dispense with a lot of the traditional elements of a wedding and have a unique feel to them I will always choose music that fits the couple. I am not saying that I ask the couple for their preferences as I believe this should be the job of the Wedding Film maker and he should retain creative control- however I do take the tastes of the individual couple into consideration and the overall feel and style of the wedding they have chose.

Conclusion

We at Julian Voigt Wedding Films always without exception choose only Royalty paid and legally licensed music sound tracks to our films that way my couples can rest assured that if they choose to share their wedding highlight film with friends and family on the internet they won’t have to worry that it will be taken down because the films breaches some copyright laws. To see a couple of example of where the music was different for two different couples have a look a Simon & Adele’s Wedding film which was more traditional here: https://youtu.be/-Y0X7yGjGfE and Rob & Bobbies wedding film which was a bit more quirky here:

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To Drone or not to Drone?

Is Drone Footage Necessary for a Wedding Video?

When Rob & Bobbie asked me to film their wedding in Carlisle on Sept 1st 2017 I had decided that this was going to be the first wedding film I would create that included Drone footage. I chose this wedding to incorporate drone footage for two reasons;

  1. firstly the couple had asked specifically for it
  2. secondly the location the couple had chosen for group photo’s was absolutely stunning!

Capturing Stunning Scenery

Carrock Fell in the Lake District is so stunning you can imagine Brave Heart or some other epic cinematic masterpiece being filmed there. So you can imagine my excitement in having such a backdrop to one of my wedding films! Thankfully the weather was kind to us and apart from it being a little bit breezy we had a nice bright sunny autumn day.

Using a Drone when filming a wedding definitely has it’s pros but also some cons. Firstly Drone footage can add that real cinematic feel to a wedding film and give the wedding film that
larger than life feel. When we are watching a movie we are probably not aware just how often drones are used to get a particular shot or set a scene.

Offering a Cinematic Wedding Film

I decided with Rob & Bobbies wedding film that I didn’t want to overdue the drone footage but wanted to interweave it subtly into the film without it being too much. I think I managed to achieve that quire well, but you judge for yourself and see the highlight version of Rob & Bobbie’s wedding film here: So yeah drones can make a wedding film look ‘cinematic’ and we at Julian Voigt Wedding Films are always looking for way to create a wedding film with that cinematic feel and quality to it. But utilising gadgets- like drones in my mind are like seasoning- best used sparingly or they can ruin the dish!

So we have talked about the pros of adding drone footage to a wedding film but as mentioned earlier here are a few cons to think about. Having more equipment to think about the videographer is naturally a little more distracted and there is a very real danger that while the videographer might be sorting a drone out ready for launching to capture a single shot or moment he may be in fact missing other real moments that once gone cannot be re-captured. In other words; in an effort to capture one great shot to make the wedding film looking great we could be missing five very real moments in the wedding day.

Getting Distracted

Generally speaking the more equipment that the videographer has to worry about the more real moments could pass him buy while he is distracted with gadgets like drones. Also launching a drone means that the pilot has to secure the area and make sure that the safety of any people nearby is paramount! Having this year taken my PFCO Drone Pilots exam(and thankfully passed) I can tell you that a lot of advanced planning and checks have to be performed before a Drone can even take off.

On the day I filmed Rob & Bobbie’s wedding and was preparing to launch the Drone at Carrock Fell I was immediately surrounded by excited children all wanting to have a look at the Drone this was followed by a few anxious parents asking some questions about safety.

Conclusion

So yes while we will be offering Drone footage to our couples going forward for our wedding films in 2017 we will be firstly briefing the couples on exactly what is involved by launching a Drone close to a lot of people and also informing them of the additional cost we have to charge to add drone footage.

All in all my thoughts are thus; I don’t think you do not need Drone footage to produce a stunning wedding film that has a cinematic feel but yes when used sparingly and artistically drone footage can really enhance a wedding film. More here..

The advent of the 1 minute Wedding Film!

Sometimes a Short Clip can Say More.

Less can be more. Yes we create feature length Wedding Films -30 minutes and these films certainly document the day events well but I am a great believer in quality over quantity, let me explain. Sometimes couple ask for a 1 hour long wedding film and I explain that they really don’t want that. Why? To create an hour long Wedding Film would mean that most of the film would be boring! Modern Wedding Films are like movies in that the editing style requires clips of no  longer than 3-4 seconds in duration. This creates a film that is engaging to watch and holds the viewers interest.

Capturing a Moment

The next time you are watching a classic movie and you get to a part of the film where something is happening- the story is really beginning to unfold start to count the shot lengths, I bet you they won’t be any longer than 3 or 4 seconds sometimes if things are really happening maybe just 2 seconds in length! Now consider this;  to make a Hollywood Film that is about an hour and a half long how long do you think it takes to film? I’ll give you the answer it usually takes around 12 months. So, if it takes 12 months to film and edit a movie that will keep you engaged for the hour and a half that it runs how much footage can a videographer shooting a wedding capture in just 1 day! Yes you could keep the camera rolling and easily get an hours footage but the question is; would it be engaging to watch?? No!

Cinematic Wedding Films

Wedding Films have come a long way in the past 10 years and many can truly be described as ‘cinematic’ – that means that they are film like. So, to create a cinematic style wedding film quality is definitely more important than quantity. During a typical wedding day shoot I capture around 300 3-4 second clips which are edited together to create an engaging wedding film- I want the couple to tell me that couldn’t stop watching their wedding film, if i hear that I know I have done my job well.

In fact I have no started offering all my couple with my full feature package four different wedding films for them to keep;

  1. The full feature 30 minute Film   
  2. A Highlight 3-4 minute version for sharing on the internet
  3. An un-edited version of the ceremony & speeches and now
  4. A 1 minute version which is perfect for Instagram and other Social Media.

When I began creating the 1 minute version I was surprised just by how much you could actually fit into a 1 minute film-  yes you wouldn’t just want a 1 minute film of your wedding but as part of a larger package of films it fits in perfect and just goes to show that quality trumps quantity. Here is an example of a 1 minute Wedding Film taken from Kris & Jenna’s Wedding video in Manchester at Victoria Warehouse;

Manchester Wedding Film 1 minute from Julian Voigt on Vimeo.

So for all those who choose our Full Feature package for £995.00 you will get;  1. 30 minute feature film    2. Highlight version 3-4 minutes    3. Un-edited film of the ceremony & speeches  4. A 1 minute Instagram film, read more.

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‘Less Cheese and More Sauce’

Creating a Truly Unique Film

We offer various Wedding Film packages to suit all needs and budgets; for example some people are just looking for a Highlight Wedding Film to capture the essence of their Big Day while other couples want a more feature length Wedding film will full professional audio coverage of the ceremony and speeches- Julian Voigt Wedding Films strive to make each and every film we create a truly unique film to that couple- we don’t believe in ‘off the peg’ films and we are always looking for creative ways to tell the couple’s ‘story’ and to make sure that our wedding films don’t become formulaic.

Not just the usual Wedding Video

No doubt we have all sat through boring wedding films that follow a set formula – those films usually go something like this;

The opening shot shows the groom usually with his best man or ushers waiting anxiously for the arrival of his bride, cut to a scene of the guests arriving and that can go on for a while because some videographers mistakenly think that every single guest should be shown in the finished film. Next, cut to more scenes of the anxious groom looking awkward not knowing what to do to with himself. After that there are usually the shots of children playing or running around until finally – you guessed it, the Bridal cars arrive and here are the Bride’s Maids. Next the video usually cuts to more shots of the anxious groom now looking a little more relieved at the imminent arrival of his Bride. Cut to a scene of the Bride arriving in the Bridal car and next the Bride wrestling  with her dress in an effort to exit the car elegantly all of which the Videographer captures on film (eek) The the Bride, once composed,  links her father’s arm and the scene cuts to her walking down the isle and I am sure you can predict the rest of the film 😉

A more Creative Way of Documenting the Day

Now, I am not saying that a good wedding film maker shouldn’t look to capture those type of shots but what I am saying is, he should document the day a little more creatively. If you watch any of my films you will often see that,  first of all no two wedding films are the same and my films do not follow a strict chronological order- for example they may start with the groom not dressed in his groom’s attire but rather looking straight at the camera totally unaware that the camera is on and that he is being filmed. I will often do this to capture a genuine candid moment that is not staged. This is one reason I work with small cameras because I like to film people when they are not aware that they are being filmed. To see an example of this have a look at Kris & Jenna’s  one minute Wedding Highlight Film here:

Manchester Wedding Film 1 minute from Julian Voigt on Vimeo.

It’s the little things that Capture the Emotion

What happened here was I had arranged to Meet Kris (the groom) on the morning of his wedding at around 9am at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester to talk about the video were going create. I got him to sit on a chair with my camera set up on a tripod facing him talking about where I was planning a future shot;  but just before we started filming (for real) unbeknown to Kris I hit the record button and captured just a brief moment that in the finished wedding film in a mere 3 second clip but it adds a whole different dimension and ‘real’ feel to the film. I believe that capturing moments like these will tell the real story of the Bride & Groom’s big day.

So, I often tell the couples who are asking me about the sort of wedding films I create-  it’s ‘less cheese (formulaic) and more sauce (real flavour)

 

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Wedding Videographer explains Filming style

Once I had decided to Film Weddings as a career change I then spent a considerable amount of time looking at what others were offering in terms of Wedding Videos, particularly companies near and around me in Lancashire and the Greater Manchester area. One thing I noticed straight away is that the overall quality of Wedding Videos has gone up considerably in the past 20 years. I think back to when I got married back in 1991 and we paid some guy to film our wedding and I seem to remember it cost us about £250.00 back then, which was a lot of money. The video that we got was about one and half hours long and to be honest quite boring! I don’t blame the chap because that’s what a wedding video was back in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

What you got was this epic long VHS film that had awful audio and awful white balance- I think our faces had a green hue on them. The videographer set up his tripod and rolled the film and it just kept rolling – that was ALL the ceremony ALL the reception with very little editing. Whereas today, Wedding Videographers are little filmmakers- that’s partly due to the advent of Youtube in the past 20 years, why do I say that? Because Youtube has sold us on an idea that- anyone can be a filmmaker anyone can be a content creator!  Add to that, the digital revolution that has given us cameras with a small form factor that we now can get broadcast quality video images out of a camera that is DSLR sized!

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These I believe have led to a revolution in filmmaking on a budget. Yet now we have Wedding Films that are like Hollywood movies (not all of them 😉 Wedding Videography still hasn’t managed to shed is 1980’s/1990’s persona. Wedding Videographer’s are thought of as 1980’s inspired camcorder welding VHS delivery by friends of the family that shoot your wedding and as a result of that having a Wedding Film made, is still relatively low down on the Brides lists of wants- usually just above the chocolate fountain.

Choosing the style for Julian Voigt Wedding Films wasn’t difficult. I decided from the beginning that my Wedding Films would have the following elements;

  1. Be Cinematic -Film Like 24 FPS etc
  2. Capture Emotions- this to me is what a good wedding film maker should be looking to document- yes the bridal details, the dress, the decorations, the venue, the cake, what the mother of the Bride is wearing are all important elements but they will go out of fashion and I want the couples who’s wedding I film to be able to look back on their wedding film in 20 years and re-live those precious moments through watching a wedding film that captures how they actually felt on there wedding day-  that will never go out of fashion!

How do you capture those emotions?  By remaining stealth like and  unencumbered by unnecessary camera equipment.  The more discreet the videographer can be the, more likely he is to capture those candid moments and it’s those candid moments that make a good Wedding Film.

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How I got Started in Filming Weddings in Manchester for a Living

How does someone at age 47 suddenly find themselves filming weddings for a living? Well in my case it’s an unusual story. I grew up in Rusholme Manchester just off Platt Lane very close to the famous ‘Curry Mile.’  The smell of curry was a daily treat and it’s no coincidence that I developed a love for all South Asian cuisines. From a relatively young age, I had a desire to cook and the food that I was most interested in- you guessed it curry!  I had made it a sort of mission to try every curry house down Wilmslow Rd- Manchester’s famous ‘Curry Mile’ to find the best curry. I then would ask the waiters and Chefs for recipes but as you can imagine they were somewhat reticent to share their secrets recipes with a 16-year-old. Fast forward about 25 years and here I was with my own Indian Takeaway cooking the food myself and a Youtube channel teaching people how to cook Britain’s favourite food- Curry.

Making Youtube videos requires a modicum of camera knowledge of which (back then) I had none! While people loved the recipes they would often complain about the dodgy camera work or the lack of clean audio, hence I decided to sharpen my camera skills and invest in better equipment. I enrolled in a few DSLR Film Making courses and yes you guessed it gave myself a Youtube education in all things related to ‘film Making.’  Now equipped to make professional quality videos I started visiting restaurants in and around Manchester doing reviews on their food-  the owners were quite keen for the free publicity and I had interesting video content for my youtube channel. I visited the Chapati Cafe on Wilbraham Rd in Chorlton Manchester, I visited the famous Kabana in city centre Manchester and filmed interviews with the owners and chefs. Before long I was becoming viewed as an authority on good south Asian cuisine.

However, what I loved about my new found role the most was the video work! I loved the creative process of filming and editing and I had discovered that I had quite a knack for it. It wasn’t long before I started thinking; “Could I make a living with my newly acquired skills and camera gear?  I started thinking about avenues I could go down to market my video production skills. First off I decided to merge my knowledge of all things curry with my video production skills and I developed online video courses in South Asian cuisine. That went well and a lot signed up for the online courses. From that, I came to be viewed even more as an authority in south Asian cooking and was invited to sit on a panel of so-called experts on a TV show called; ‘Channel S’ and lend my opinions on the so-called ‘Curry Crisis.’

After some time I started thinking about how I could leverage my video production skills in an altogether new direction- a non-curry related direction. Go Video was born. This was a business I created that offered video production services to businesses in and around the North West, helping them market their products and services using video. I did some work for local companies in and around Lancashire I even produced a short film- very short for ‘That’s Lancashire’ TV about a local author who had overcome depression by writing poems and skipping.  Once you start professional films making it’s not long before the subject of wedding films will come up- which it did. I had already,  in thinking about routes to market when it comes to video production contemplated Wedding Films and if I am honest thought;  “no I really don’t want to get involved in making wedding videos..”  My reasons?  I honestly thought they would be the most stressful filmmaking experience ever! And contemplating the possibility of mucking it up and ruining the video in some way was frightening and with weddings, there is no second shoot!

However, cut forward about a year and my daughter is getting married and asks me to bring my camera to the reception and get a few shot to cut together a little video- which I did. So here I was a month or so later editing a ‘Wedding Video’- my daughters and as it came together I remember thinking- “hey this might not be as difficult as I had first thought?”  After finishing the video and watching her and my son in laws emotional reaction to it I was hooked! I thought how could I get a wedding to film?

I approached the Wedding Dresser who had helped out with my daughter’s wedding and asked if she knew any soon brides to be that would like a FREE wedding video, yes FREE because I wasn’t comfortable at this stage charging somebody for something I had hardly any experience with. My plan was to just do a couple of freebies- I ended up doing 5!  After filming and editing five weddings I knew;  one I could do this and two I wanted to do it.  Julian Voigt Wedding Films was borne.

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Wedding Video at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester

Jenna & Kristian booked me to film their wedding at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

Victoria Warehouse is an incredible venue for a wedding and when I first arrived there on the morning of August 12th 2017 I didn’t know what to make of the location. Here I was at  this completely unique hHotel with a strong flavour of it’s industrial past. It is atmospheric to say the least. Built in the 1900s, the flesh and bones of Victoria Warehouse has stood as a symbol of this city’s industrial strength and innovation for around 100 years.

The first thing that struck me as a Videographer was just how stunning Jenna & Kristian’s Wedding Film was going to look but at that same time I was feeling was panick stricken when I saw just how little natural light was present in the area where the ceremony was going to take place. The couple had opted for a candle lit isle and I knew immediately that using video lights such as panel LED’S was going to be a big no no primarily because they would spoil the effect given bythe candle lined isle.

Now as I was shooting with the Canon 80D which is a crop censored camera my light gathering ability with this camera was limited. I remember thinking at the time, I wish I had the Sony A7sii which would cope in such low light with no problems at all, anyway, I didn’t have that luxury and was a couple of hours away from the ceremony  beginning and had to think fast! I decided to use my prime fast lenses for the majority of the shooting keeping the aperture fully open while at the same time cracking up the ISO as far as I could before the picture quality became unusable.

I knew there were third party plugins I could use with my editing software that would remove the grain in the footage created by cracking the iso so high and decided then and there that’s what i would have to roll with. Even though the natural light was practically non existent,  the addition of more candles in the ceremony suite at Victoria warehouse was encouraging and I was faintly optimistic that I might in actual fact pull this off!

It was a typical Manchester cloudy day that threatened rain so the first thing I did was decided to get some establishing shots of the outside of Victoria Warehouse and the buildings near by. The impressive 1900’s red bricked building towers immensely in the Manchester Sky line and it was looking at this impressive sight that made me think; “I know what I need to do to capture this in an artistic way,  create a time-lapse.” The opening scene of Jenna & Kris’s Wedding Video is of Victoria Warehouse standing majestically against the steely grey Manchester Sky line and the clouds wipping by in the  typical time lapse effect created in camera. This opening scene of their wedding video really creates a mood that will serve the rest of the video well. After bringing the footage into my editing suite I immediately felt inspired to edit the rest of the film.

Here it is:

Julian Voigt Wedding Films first Wedding Filmed at Victoria Warehouse:

A Manchester Affair from Julian Voigt on Vimeo.