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Wedding Cinema Shooting Schedule

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The last thing that I send to a couple before their wedding is a shooting schedule.  This PDF makes sure that our team and the couple understand when, where and what we will be doing the day of the wedding.  It ensures that we will be on time and will arrive at the correct locations.  Most importantly though, it will illustrate and solidify an expectations of the day.  It helps to keep you from hearing these kinds of things:

“You barely got any of my guests arriving to the ceremony location.  Where were you?”

“The reception location isn’t in that town, you must have gotten your GPS address wrong.”

“Why are you leaving so early?  My cake is going to be cut in a couple minutes?”

“We wanted you to shoot the reception being set up, why didn’t you shoot any of that?”

“The guys aren’t even going to be getting ready for another hour, you don’t need to be up here.”

“You should have had your second shooter with my fiancé as he was getting ready, I don’t need two people filming me getting ready.”

“You should have stayed at the photo session longer, we had an awesome last location that you didn’t film at.”

“If you had one of the bridesmaid’s cell numbers you could have gotten a hold of us.”

Different companies use methods that work best for them.  I’m not saying this version is the best way to serve the function of a shooting schedule but rather an example of one such method.  If you have a different way of communicating the schedule and expectations of a wedding shoot to your clients, please feel free to discuss and share.  We’d love to hear what you think.  Thank you for taking the time to check out this post and our website!

Download a sample Wedding Shooting Schedule PDF and PSD from Kadams Media: https://app.box.com/s/ft2tp0cd91vnnsxxijz1

3 Reasons To Make A Wedding Cinema Workflow

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I recently purchased a subscription to use Tave, an online studio manager for creative professionals.  There was a small learning curve but once I powered through their helpful tutorials and screencasts, I was well on my way to fully adopting the program into my workflow.  One of the most helpful features that I didn’t even think about before using this program was the “workflow”, which made me itemize each part of the process of a wedding job.  It made me break down the entire process into groups and then make steps in order to accomplish these “phases”.  The program is cloud based and is costing me about $25/m which is totally reasonable compared to ShootQ‘s $40/m subscription cost.

The image above is my current workflow for Kadams Media.  It’s what is working for me know and I’m sure it’s going to change as I learn better ways to meet my client’s needs.  Here are some reasons this is helpful to me:

1. Organizes the Entire Process:

Breaking the entire life of a wedding from client sales to completion made me think about every little step that goes into these different phases.  You’d be amazed at how many steps there actually are in the entire process.

2. Communicates to your Team:

If you operate your business with a team and need to delegate tasks to editors, studio managers or interns, this is a great tool to help them stay organized.  This is a helpful tool for them to check back with to make sure they are on track.  Make sure you go over it with them and let them make any suggestions.  This is a document that will evolve over time so make sure it’s possible to make good amendments.

3. Keeps you on Schedule:

Along with each task you can add a schedule for when it should be completed.  This helps you keep on track as far as when things need to be done.  One thing that I found to be a great addition is to make red, yellow or green colors next to each task.  I make the more relaxed green items, tasks that don’t need to be completed right away.  More editing type tasks are colored red which means I need to focus on them and make sure they hit deadlines.  Some people make colors into categories for items but I found that to be not as helpful.

Rode Videomic Pro Review + $30 Discount

A video review of the Rode Videomic Pro Shotgun Microphone. This review consists of a list of pros and cons, application for shooting wedding films and a noise floor and overall sound quality comparison.  Shot and editted by Kraig Adams of www.kadamsmedia.net

Taky also has this helpful advice:

1. You didn’t mention the high pass switch. That’s the third position on the on/off switch. It is very useful particular recording in windy situation. It also eliminates any.bumping boom sound recorded.

2. One good characteristic of any shotgun mic is, it rejects side noise and rear noise. It picks up sound in one direction. Thus it is good for recording dialog. it is mono. Compared to any stereo mic, shotgun mic has lower sound fidelity. If recording ambience sound or concert, stereo mic is better.

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Wedding Cinema Q&A // 4.23.14

I posted that I would do a general Q&A about wedding cinema and here are my answers. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment on instagram, facebook or twitter. If this should be a weekly video series, let me know by commenting below. Thanks!

Wedding Cinema Information Packet Guide

 

 

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This article is meant for you to check out what I do when trying to send out some information to interested couples.  I must mention that to keep up with changes and different plans of packaging, I fix my packet quite frequently.  Make sure to set up a process or use the tools at your disposal in the way that makes sense to you, every business and way of shooting/managing is different.

I like using this five-page PDF because it lets me show my style in a visually organized way.  This packet helps to educate the couple on not only my style of shooting but wedding cinematography in general.  It’s best to assume that the couple doesn’t know exactly what they should be looking for in a wedding cinema company, this is usually the first time they’re shopping around.  I’m not saying that the couple is stupid in any way but just to make sure that you supply all of the information that they might need.  Make the info easily available and fun to look through.

Here is a link to download the wedding cinema information packet PDF

What $40,000 Worth of Wedding Cinema Gear Looks Like

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If this looks too good to be true, it’s because it probably is.  This is a collection of gear that totals at around $40,000, which is hardly in an filmmaker’s budget let alone the average shooter.  The fact is that you don’t need this gear to shoot a “good” wedding film.  What does a “good” wedding film even mean?  This post is not meant to tell you to get this gear.

Camera:

(2) Canon C100 – $5000 http://bhpho.to/1hJ11qx

(1) Canon 5Dmkiii – $3000 http://bhpho.to/1coljRR

Lenses:
(1) Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II – $2300 http://bhpho.to/JLPlEB

(3) Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II – $2400 http://bhpho.to/ISfrp1

(1) Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II – $1700 http://bhpho.to/1gTZtHu

(1) Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro – $1000 http://bhpho.to/1gDAZ7U

(1) Canon 85mm f/1.2L – $2200 http://bhpho.to/1e1QKVK

(2) Canon 50mm f/1.2L – $1700 http://bhpho.to/1a6DfNe

Support:
(3) Manfrotto MVH500AH Tripod – $400 http://bhpho.to/1k9i573

(3) Manfrotto Monopod – $300 http://bhpho.to/1n3eDRg

(1) Kessler Stealth Slider – $800 http://bit.ly/1iqVu9c

(1) Glidecam HD4000 – $600 http://bhpho.to/1hF8D8z

(1) Manfrotto Tripod Head – $150 http://bhpho.to/1hF8D8z

Storage:
(3) Incase Backpack – $150 http://bhpho.to/1lXGYbk

(2) Porta Brace Tripod Bag – $300 http://bhpho.to/1pEyjfv

(2) Pelican Roller – $180 http://bhpho.to/QMHY4a

Audio:
(1) Zoom H6n Recorder – $400 http://bhpho.to/19ieJsb

(5) Sony SX1000 Recorder – $200 http://bhpho.to/QMCpCP

(5) Countryman Lav – $180 http://bhpho.to/1gH5EOo

(3) Rode Videomic Pro – $220 http://bhpho.to/ILGxhz

Light:
(1) Dedolight – $650 http://bhpho.to/QSBfp1

Accessories:
(1) Manfrotto Base Plate – $20 http://bhpho.to/1lXDW6X

(1) Manfrotto Quick Release Plate – $50 http://bhpho.to/1qfzE9t

(3) Pearstone Onyx 10 – $12 http://bhpho.to/1jYEoed

(2) XLR Y-Cable Female – $10 http://bhpho.to/1h4fAR7

(1) XLR Y-Cable Male – $10 http://bhpho.to/1h4fAR7

(1) SD Card Case – $20 http://bhpho.to/1g2Xmio

(4) Canon BP-970G Battery – $140 http://bhpho.to/1lXIIRL

(5) Canon LP-E6 Battery – $60 http://bhpho.to/1lXIIRL

(8) Sandisk 32GB SD Card – $50 http://bhpho.to/1adnrIS

My Guide to Recording Audio for Weddings

A guide to how I capture audio when shooting wedding cinematography.

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JuicedLink Preamp ($330) – http://bhpho.to/1jDJG14
Zoom H1 ($100) – http://bhpho.to/1o8Xq40
Tram TR-50 ($240) – http://bhpho.to/1pyOYP4

Sennheiser G3 Review

Tram TR-50 Review

Shot and edited by Kraig Adams of www.kadamsmedia.net

“Shooting The Bride” Wedding Show Web Series

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Open Sea Studios, a NYC-based commercial video production company and Kadams Media, a national cinematic wedding filmmaking studio are currently working on a show in development called “Shooting The Bride”.

The show is a docu-style web series for YouTube that follows a team of filmmakers as they shoot, edit and show a same-day-edit during a wedding.  Each episode features a new couple and the details of their wedding from the perspective of the wedding cinema team.  Anyone who enjoys weddings will love this show because it’s almost like a wedding Pinterest feed set in a fun and engaging reality television show structure that follows a team of three characters.  Here is their kickstarter trailer video:

The production is offering a $6,000 wedding film package for free to the pilot couple of the show.  Here is a video explaining who they’re looking for and how to apply:

If this show sounds like something that you’d want to watch please make a contribution using the kickstarter link below.  To apply please email us at kkadamsmedia@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself and  your wedding.  Thank you for all of your support and for checking out the project!

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kadamsmedia/shooting-the-bride-a-reality-tv-show-pilot

NO MORE DVDS! – A Guide to Digital Delivery

I recently had the joy of attending Taryn Pollock’s presentation at InFocus 2014 in New Orleans.  Every wedding cinematographer should make the switch to digital delivery.  It is easier, faster and looks so much better!

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She explained how simple and beautiful it was to switch completely to digital delivery for your weddings and here’s what I learned:

Packaging!

1. Lux Boxes from PhotoFlashDrive.com are excellent to use.

2. Uline.com is a great place to get a bunch of boxes in bulk.

3. Get crinkle paper from Papermart.com

4. Include a packet of popcorn and a candy bar, super cheap but makes the couple love their little premiere.

Here is an audio recording of her presentation (please excuse the TERRIBLE quality, I put the zoom h1 right by the projector fan not even thinking):

Click here to download the .MP3 file of her presentation

For those of you asking, “What can I give or tell my couples about this transition to help them watch their films and help them understand how AWESOME this change is?” Well I’m glad you asked because here is a wonderful selection of information from Meg Simone:

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Okay so what to do with your Thumb Drive when you receive it…. You plug it into your computer and drop the files into iTunes. They are set up to open automatically there. Here are the things that you can do with this little baby….
1. Load the files onto your smart phone, iPad, wedding website or Facebook
2. You can copy this Thumb Drive as many times as you want for family and friends who want to see your film and have a copy.
3. You can also copy it in multiple places to make sure that the files are safe just in case something happens to your computer.
4. If you have a newer TV you can plug the Thumb Drive right into your TV and watch your film on the big screen.
5. If you decide that you want DVD’s you can burn your own and as many as you want. If you are a Mac user we recommend using iDVD.
6. If you want DVD’s but don’t have a Mac you can take your Thumb Drive to www.transferforless.com they are located in Mesa and they can build and burn DVD’s for you.

Here are more detailed instructions for use on a Mac or PC:

To play the HD .mp4 wedding files on a MAC:
1. Put the USB in your computer.
2. Copy the files from the USB to the Hard Drive.
3. Once the files are on your computers hard drive, double click on them and they should open with iTunes or Quick Time, or they may play right in your “finder” window.
4. You can load the files onto your iPad, Facebook or Smartphone too!

To play the HD wedding files on a PC:
1. Follow the same directions above.
2. If the file is not recognized by your computer, you can get a free trial of Macdrive that is good for 5 days. It will allow a PC to recognize files created on a MAC. http://www.mediafour.com
3. You will also need to download a decoder to read the files, since they are a Apple files:http://support.apple.com/downloads/Apple_ProRes_QuickTime_Decoder_1_0_for_Windows
4. You must be running Windows XP (SP2) or later to install.
5. With these two programs, you will be able to open up and watch your files on your PC.

Ways to stream this to your TV (you may need to google FMI):
• Western Digital HD TV – a device that allows you to stream HD files to your TV as well as photos and music. I am of course, an Apple TV fan. ($99)
• Apple TV – www.apple.com
• Roku – www.roku.com
• Sync the files on your hard drive with your iPad or tablet device.
• Put USB thumb drive right into your TV (newer models)

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Check out Taryn Pollock’s wedding cinema website at Serendipity Cinema
Also check out the amazing work by Meg Simone at here WEBSITE

InFocus is also something you should check out HERE