August 2, 2016 at 10:51PM, Edited August 2, 10:57PM

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Any Wedding Books Available for Cinematography ?

Aside from the plethora of Event Planning books available, I was wondering if there are any books specified for filming a Wedding, Quinceanera, Bar- or Bat- Mitzvah, Graduation, Baptism, or some other special event for a client ? I basically just want to supplement my creativity, knowledge, equipment, and cameras with some additional literature-resources. Because having the option to perform such services (i.e., cinematography & photography) with really good -equipment and -creativity...at an affordable price, would be a benefit to those who would could save money and receive a professional yet memorable masterpiece.

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I'm not sure of any books, but a quick google or youtube search on shooting events will give you a wealth of info to comb through. One really good website is Wedding Film School, http://www.wedfilmschool.com/

Hope that helps!

August 3, 2016 at 4:30AM

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Derek Armitage
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Lorenzo, if you're looking for information on the customs regarding the various celebrations from varied cultures you mentioned in your post, I'd recommend talking to religious leaders or cultural/community leaders to get a good grasp of what's acceptable when filming a certain event. For example, if you're shooting a bar mitzvah, (and you don't know much about one), talk to your local rabbi and discuss possible camera placements, what's acceptable, and what's most important to capture. The rabbi should be able to answer all of your questions, and due to your specific knowledge of the location and the leader's wishes, you'll get a much greater sense of freedom at the actual event rather than doing boring repetitive shots based on the generic information in a book. Always cater to your clients! I hope that helps.

August 8, 2016 at 11:02AM

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Lorenzo Ducai
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Ninja, while yes I have only shot one wedding, I have plenty of experience with other events. The fact that you assess my above knowledge as something I shouldn't know given my limited experience in weddings means you believe it to be valuable or at least truthful, so I thank you for verifying my point. What I don't appreciate are your attacks against my person and my image. I, like you, am offering advice based on my personal experiences to the nofilmschool community. Your claims that I am inexperienced in realms outside of weddings are frankly invalid, (and now I even have experience with weddings too!)

Lorenzo Ducai

August 8, 2016 at 3:00PM

Ninja, I persist in my outreachings to you solely on the fact that I respect your success and accomplishments in the field of wedding videography, but your continued personal attacks against me are not appreciated. My bio was written in third-person because I wanted to tell a story with it, and I thought the best way of communicating my personal story to the nofilmschool crowd would be through the lens of an outsider (just as you view me here), so I had a friend quickly write about what came to mind about my journey with film. The result is my short and sweet bio which I took effort to turn into a good story. That's the driving key for me—the story. Buying a camera—as you suggest—is not part of my identity as a filmmaker, telling good stories is. And for the past 5 years I've been to more shoots than I can count (though only one wedding so far), and although that timeframe doesn't quite meet up with your arbitrary 10-year-rule, I've put as much blood sweat and tears as anybody into it. I hope one day you can accept my commitment to the world of filmmaking and view me as an equal, rather than a hack.

Lorenzo Ducai

August 9, 2016 at 12:17AM

I admit I only have a few weeks' experience making wedding videos (which is still more than the majority of people on the planet), but you cannot deny the past 5 years of my work. Maybe in comparison to you I seem like a beginner, but you vastly underestimate my talent and passion. I'm hardly clueless, there's a tough road ahead of me, but I speak with the voice of someone with experience because I have experience. The only clueless people in this world are those that refuse information and choose to remain ignorant, and you seem unwilling to accept the information I offer you regarding my personal skills. I wish you the best Ninja, and only hope that one day you can see me as an equal, rather than not see me at all.

Lorenzo Ducai

August 9, 2016 at 10:35AM

Great forum discussion, in which I would like to periodically communicate with everyone who posted. I carefully read everyone's post, trying to gain insight into the different perspectives while trying to better my understanding for a more satisfying product and possible customer.

I'm currently in the San Joaquin Valley of California (which is about an hour from L.A. & Fresno) and I haven't seen or heard of any leading -companies or -names in this particular profession, in which the population is about 500,000 before the proverbial Fresno cutoff.

Maybe, time and the right place in California...will allow us all to work together on a film-project (who posted comments to this particular discussion). If not, I look forward to sharing my upcoming creative film works, as well as viewing everyone else's creative film works. Thanks again.

August 9, 2016 at 9:43PM

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Lorenzo Morgan Jr.
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