July 19, 2016 at 10:54PM
I got my first gig making a wedding video in a week and I'm lost.
Hello No Film School,
I have been reading this site for almost a year now and I know this is just the type of problem the community here can help me with. Recently I decided I was ready to start making money off my filmmaking, and just today my brother's friend called and told me he'd love to have me film his wedding at the end of the month. Of course I was overjoyed to hear this news, but there's an unfortunate catch. I was interviewed for this job along with two other filmmakers, and even though the groom is my brother's friend, I apparently only got the job because I had more passion for the story than for the gear. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to film the "story" of the wedding. I know I will capture the important moments such as the main service, but how do I make a documentary-style movie out of more than just that? What extra scenes or moments should I include? (I may get invited to the bachelor party in a few weeks too, so should I incorporate that into the story as well?) Basically, how would you tell the story of the wedding? I'm supposed to present my ideas to both the bride and the groom this weekend and I'm really looking for as much advice as possible. Thank you for your time.
*As far as gear is concerned, I'm pretty well-off. I'll be bringing two Canon 60Ds along with the basic sound equipment (Rode videomics, etc.) and a DJI Phantom 4. Additionally, my 12 year-old cousin will be helping me the day of, and he can bring a Nikon d3300.