Oh boy, where do I even start?
Really where I should begin is the initial meeting with the new client. Months before, we discuss their visions of what they think their big day is going to look like. We talk locations, times, style, different inspirations; basically all aspects of the wedding day. And that’s where the brainstorming begins. We are responsible for putting together this love story, so we have to get to know you.
After the wedding, the footage is double logged on hard drives for safety and categorized in their appropriate folders.
For example, all the audio goes in the audio folder, the video is categorized in folders to however many cameras you used on your shoot day. Don’t forget about those sweet flyover shots, so be sure the aerial footage is in its separated folder as well.
Organization is Key
Once the footage is imported to the editing software, adobe premiere in this case, your footage is already organized and ready to start to begin the ‘cutting’ process.
Add a timeline to your correct frame rate and name it ‘morning.’ Swiftly thumb through your footage and drop down rough cuts of all of your morning footage. Color label any super awesome, must use pieces. Do that for each phase of that day, including all of your audio features (letter exchange, reception toasts, ceremony soundbites, etc.). By keeping all of your rough cuts in those timelines, it gives your final project timeline a nice and clean feel. That’s where you work on your finished projects. As you’re making this film and need to find a specific shot. It’ll be easy to find it, because you created an awesome editing system.
After you do that with all or most of your footage, you have clarity of what you’re working with exactly. Also, as you were quickly cutting your shots, you should have been mentally piecing a rough flow of the story. You now know your best shots of the day, your beauty shots, scrub through your aerials, time-lapses, exertions and so on and so forth. You are ready to start actually editing.
Because you’ve met with the client and discussed their vision, the music should be a piece of cake at that point. This takes a little time in the editing side of the things to quickly pick out music for your project, especially a wedding.
Yes, it is a thorough process. The patience in skimming over all of your footage, is somewhat tedious, but it ensures we see everything. Some things may not make the final cut, however it can still play a role in the creation of the finalized wedding film. Upload your client’s video to Vimeo and/or Youtube Channel and share away!
If you have any questions about my editing process, please reach out to my email and we’ll chat…
As a company, we want to get to know you and we want you to get to know us. It is our priority to capture your moments and memories on your wedding day. At Sparks Productions, we are all about storytelling and creating uniqueness with every project we complete. Are you ready to talk about your special day? Contact us if you’re looking for a wedding videographer in Friendsville, MD or Deep Creek, MD.