Tutorial Videos and Guides for Wedding Filmmakers

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Movi M15 Unboxing Video

Our friends over at Climbing Higher Pictures in Brooklyn recently upgraded to a Movi M15. We decided to make an unboxing video because they have plenty of experience with using the M10 version and could actually give some insight into a video like this.

Host: Ryan Hamelin
Camera & Editing: Kraig Adams

Check their Movi work out at: http://www.climbinghigherpictures.com/

Watch more tutorails and posts at: http://wedfilmschool.com/

Wedding Filmmaking Q&A – EP02

 

The second installment of the wedding filmmaker question and answer episodes. Kraig Adams answers viewer questions from Facebook, youtube, twitter and Instagram.

Questions for Q&A:

What are the camera settings(Aperture, ISO, Shutter speed) you use the most to achieve the flawless film look of your films? Also can you explain how you adjust these settings based off situations (low-light, bright daylight, cloudy). The reason we ask this is because many tutorials say never go above such n such ISO, always use 1/50 for DSLRs, however in some situations we find these “rules” to be restrictive. So if you can answer these specifics that would be awesome!

Most EFFECTIVE marketing tactic for your business and finding the right clients?

Pre-production? Is pre-production needed for a wedding? If so what does it entail?

Do you do anything different during the reception with shutter speed??? Or throughout the entire wedding day. Shutter speed questions.

Lighting on camera during weddings.

Glidecam preferences. Lens choice, time to use during day.

Where to get music for instagram video previews. 15 seconds long???

Hey Kraig can you do a video explaining how you got your first wedding clients and built your business? I have my first few weddings under my belt but I don’t know how to expand that and get more clients.

Sennheiser wireless vs wired lav mics.

If it’s not available to plug into the dj’s soundboard, what’s the next best way to get audio for the reception events? My zoom h1 strapped to the speaker pole sounds like garbage!

How do you get the couple alone (without the burden of a photographer) to get those money shots for the wedding highlights film?

You should cover what lenses you use during different parts of the wedding day and explain why

How do you get audio during reception? Speeches, toasts do you mike everyone up use Dj , lavs?

What tripod, monopod, and sliders do you use on your wedding videos??

I was thinking about getting a 6D for my arsenal. But i wasn’t sure if magic lantern was available for the 6D. It really helps me on my 5DmkIII. Which version are you running for the 6D?

The second installment of the wedding filmmaker question and answer episodes. Kraig Adams answers viewer questions from Facebook, youtube, twitter and Instagram.

Post Commentary – Danica & Paul’s Wedding

A behind the scenes look into the editing process of our latest 6-minute highlight film for Danica & Paul’s wedding.  Shot and edited by Kraig Adams.

Here is a basic list of the equipment and gear used to shoot this wedding.  This was a two person team.

Cameras:
(1) Canon 5Dmkiii
(1) Canon 6D
(1) Canon 5Dmkii

Lenses:
(1) Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS
(2) Canon 75-300mm f/3.5-5.6
(1) Canon 100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS
(1) Rokinon 85mm t/1.4
(2) Canon 50mm f/1.4
(1) Canon 35mm f/2 IS
(1) Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS

Support:
(3) Manfrotto Tripods http://bhpho.to/1mMpEa4
(2) Manfrotto Monopods http://bhpho.to/1mMjYg8
(1) Edelkrone Slider http://bhpho.to/1mMoTOh
(1) Glidecam HD4000 http://bhpho.to/1mMp5wV

Audio:
(2) Zoom H1 with Lav Mic
(1) Tram TR-50 Lav Mic
(1) Tascam DR60
(1) Sennheiser G3 System
(2) Rode Video Mic Pro

Watch the original wedding film here:

Lav Microphones for Weddings

A comparison of different lav microphones that I use for recording audio at weddings. Also a discussion about what I plan to move towards and how I capture audio during the day of the wedding.

($130) Sennheiser ME2 Lav: http://bhpho.to/1pv5TP8
($75) Audio Technica MT830c: http://bhpho.to/1pv60tM
($40) Audio Technica AT829mW: http://bhpho.to/1pv60dq
($130) Matchstick Microphone: http://bhpho.to/1pv63WA
($300) TRAM TR-50: http://amzn.to/1whZ24W

Wedding Cinema Client Questionnaire

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Getting all of the information you need from your wedding couple is one of the most important pre-production tasks to accomplish.  You need to know what to shoot, where and when.

A good questionnaire is the best way to get these details from your client at their ease and schedule.  I recommend making sure to call them before during and after to establish a good connection and to make sure both of your expectations are set.  The best questionnaires are easy to read, fun to accomplish and actually help both you and your client.  Nobody wants to spend 20 minutes filling something out that they feel like is a waste of their time.  Explain why it’s important to the process and make sure to thank them for taking the time to fill it out.

I asked for help and got an email from Steve Moses of Vantage Point Productions.  He let me take a look at how he did questionnaires and I took some of that info and made my own.  Thanks a bunch Steve!

I currently use Tave for all of my studio managment.  The program has a wonderful app for creating questionnaires.  Check out the link below for a working version of my questionnaire at Kadams Media.  This is the 2nd version of my pre-wedding questionnaire and I’m sure I’ll keep constantly adjusting it.  If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to let me know via our facebook page.

Questionnaire Link: http://bit.ly/1CnhIAH

Wedding Audio Equipment Infographic

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This is an infographic showing my current setup for recording audio during weddings.  It’s not the best system and I’m always constantly improving it so keep that in mind.  This setup may not work for your style of shooting.  In the future I’m hoping to move towards being in-dependent from the DJ/Band mixer by buying Whirlwind XLR splitters.  I also want to upgrade my Zoom H1s to better pocket recorders with better preamps.  I’d like to move away from using wireless devices.  I’d like to upgrade my Tascam DR-60 to something like a Roland R44.  I’d also like to have the same lav microphone across all recorders so that my audio sounds more similar.  I’m thinking about getting all countryman lavs.  Let me know what you think about this setup and if you have any questions on how I use these pieces of audio equipment.  Below are the links to buy this gear:

Duel 1/4 to duel 1/4 cable: http://amzn.to/1whYnAk

Stereo 1/4 to duel 1/4 cable: http://amzn.to/1whYtYJ

Duel RCA to duel 1/4 cable: http://amzn.to/1whYMmv

Sennheiser Wireless G3 System: http://amzn.to/1whYZpB

Tram TR-50 Lav Microphone: http://amzn.to/1whZ24W

Zoom H1: http://amzn.to/1whZ6BJ

Tascam DR-60: http://amzn.to/1whZakR

Stereo XLR to duel XLR cable: http://amzn.to/1whZb8u

Shure Attenuator: http://amzn.to/1whZeB5

Rode Video Mic Pro: http://amzn.to/1whZgci

 

Download the high-res version of the infographic: http://bit.ly/1wi1h86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canon 6D Magic Lantern RAW Guide & Install Tutorial

A guide on what type of shots you can achieve, how to shoot and how to edit/process footage with the Magic Lantern RAW DNG Feature.  I’ve used ML Raw video on a couple of different shoots now and have been really impressed with the result.  The last wedding I shot, which was in Ithaca, NY I used Magic Lantern Raw video for all of the exterior shots.  The quality of the sharpness and the added ability to pull up the shadows and down the highlights makes it perfect for day time exteriors with lots of contrast.  Most people don’t realize that the wider your shot, the more contrast you’ll have in your image.  I’m going to be renting a Canon 5Dmkiii this weekend to shoot much more ML Raw.

I used a Canon 6D with a Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro lens at mostly f/8 outside.  I recorded onto a Sandisk 95mb/s SD card.

Raw Magic Lite: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rawmagic-lite/id658860973?mt=12

Davinci Resolve 11: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve

Hunter’s LUT Tutorial Video: https://vimeo.com/67970827

Canon 6D ML Install Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J26Qg5in81c&list=UU5QuUjtd80FkGRSLYP_052Q

Instagram Video Previews for Wedding Films

You may have started to notice that more and more people are using Instagram over Facebook to view videos and photos from friends, families and businesses.  As wedding cinematographers, we should absolutely be using this wonderful platform in the way uses its unique features.  With the ability to upload videos directly from your mobile device comes the chance to create polished videos for wedding promotion.  In this blog you’ll learn why you should be marketing your wedding films with Instagram’s video feature and how to do it yourself a couple different ways.  We also take some examples from some wedding cinema filmmakers using the features creatively.

Watch this video to learn how to create simple square videos and advanced custom motion animation video wrappers:

Here are two samples of videos that I created with this tutorial method:

How to create your own advanced Instagram video preview with text/images/motion:

1. Edit together your 14 second sequence on a custom 640×640 timeline.

2. Add text, photos or a video wrapper to your timeline.

3. Export the video at 640×640 resolution, .MOV file format and H.264 compression.

4. Place the video file in your dropbox folder or email yourself the file.

5. Save the video file inside dropbox or your Mail app to your camera roll.

6. Upload video to Instagram.

 

How to create your own basic Instagram video preview with simple white/black bars:

1. Edit together your 14 second sequence on a 16×9 aspect ratio timeline.

2. Export the video at native resolution, .MOV file format and H.264 compression.

3. Place the video file in your dropbox folder or email yourself the file.

4. Save the video file inside dropbox or your Mail app to your camera roll.

5. Edit video within SquareadyV app (iOS) or Video Squarer (Android)

 

Tagging and Sharing:

A lot of couples are starting to use custom hashtags for their individual wedding events like #johnandkate2014 or #takybeyoncewedding. You can tag your video with it and the couple, their friends and family will find it on instagram. You can also put common wedding hashtags but you don’t want to spam people too much. Ones like #wedding#weddingfilm #weddingcinema#weddingvideo. You can also @ tag them directly, which is the best thing to do.  You can also tag them directly on the content.

 

Inspiration:

Garrette and Amber Baird over at Eyenamics have been using Instagram video previews extremely successfully.  Their style involves having their logo below the video and a little design above with a clean white background.  The end of the video always pauses on a great freeze frame of the bride and groom and acts like a photo preview after the video finishes playing.  They try to tag the couple and use hashtags to help with getting people to see the video.  They’re also very constant with posting video previews to correspond with their wedding film uploads which is important.  Check out their awesome work!

Website: http://www.eyenamics.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eyenamics

Instagram: http://instagram.com/eyenamics

 

Rob Adams is another filmmaker in the event cinematography industry that is starting to use Instagram video previews in a creative way.  Check out his instagram profile to see one such example that uses a cool splitscreen effect.  Very different from the standard single video idea, this really catches your eye and is something that separates you from other companies.  Going along this line and creating a style different from others is a great idea.  He also decided to put his watermark over his video and leave a clean white/black bar on top and bottom of the video.  Check out Rob’s work, it’s pretty great.

Website: http://www.robadamsfilms.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Adams-Films/312786093943

Instagram: http://instagram.com/robadamsfilms

Wedding Cinema Shooting Schedule

The last thing that I send to a couple before their wedding is a shooting schedule.  This google docs file makes sure that our team and the couple understand when, where and what we will be doing the day of the wedding.  I like using the google docs app because I can copy and paste to google maps and use links.  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!

Here is an example schedule that we use:

Google Docs Link: http://bit.ly/1xGeXVS

Kadams Media Wedding Cinema Shooting Schedule

Client Names: Carrie Perlet & Timothy Barth

Date of wedding: Saturday, August 5th, 2014

Map Route: https://goo.gl/maps/u1Ou4

8:45am

Bride prep at Carrie’s parent’s house

39 Heather Dale Chase

Henrietta, NY 14467

Contact: Jim/Jean Perlet (Bride’s Parents) at 585.359.1543

9:00am

Bride receives gift/note

9:15am (TENTATIVE)

Bride Q&A Interview

9:30am

Carrie puts on wedding dress

(13 Minutes of Travel)

9:30am

Groom prep at Tom Moore’s house (Groomsmen)

6303 East River Road

West Henrietta, NY 14586

Contact: Tim (Groom) 575.537.7981

9:45am (TENTATIVE)

Groom Q&A Interview

10:00am (TENTATIVE)

Groom receives gift/note

10:00am

Carrie and Father’s first look

(14 Minutes of Travel)

10:30-11:00am

Bride and Groom first look in Honeoye Falls

16 West Main Street

Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

1:00-2:00pm

Ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Honeoye Falls

27 North Main Street

Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

2:00-2:45pm

Family Photography Session

(10 Minutes of Travel)

4:00-11:00pm

Reception at The Avon Century Barn

1177 West Henrietta Road

Avon, NY 14414

Contact: Melissa Stanton (Manager) 585.435.1279

5:40pm

Toasts

Taylor Barth (Best man) and Lesley Perlet (Maid of Honor)

6:45pm

End of scheduled service

Details:

There are twenty people in the bridal party.

Carrie & Tim are awesome.

One filmmaker is schedule to work but an additional might be added to the cinema team.

The photographer’s name is Jenny Berliner.

The DJ’s name is Adams Main.

The Planner’s name is Bradley James.

Watch out for Taylor (Best man) and Tim’s (Groom) mysteriously synchronized dance moves.