February 18, 2015 at 5:05PM

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Shooting weddings with the bmpcc

I would appreciate some advice and thoughts on shooting weddings etc. with the bmpcc. I'm just starting off and I'm thinking a lot about doing wedding movies. You gotta start somewhere I guess and this seems at least a little profitable although I'm not sure how many people actually want this for there wedding and how much they are willing to pay. Anyways I'd like to do this for earning a bit of money to slowly improve my gear. For now I can hardly afford anything which kinda sucks but it is this way now. Anyways I would like to hear what's absolutely essential for doing a wedding video/movie in your opinion. Speaking of lenses, storage, rigging the camera and the overall price for the customer. Have you ever shot something like that for a customer? Would love to hear what you can tell me about working with the bmpcc because I see the issue in storage here since I just can't afford a atomos recorder for now, maybe after a few paid jobs.

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I've not worked on a wedding film, so I can't speak much on it. However, I do know that a lot of people would avoid using the BMPCC for a wedding. Despite having an amazing looking image, the battery life can't handle something as important as a wedding. You need something that can be running throughout the entire day to capture those important moments. If you're in the process of changing out your battery for the third time and you miss "you can now kiss the bride" you are going to be in big trouble.

February 19, 2015 at 10:01AM

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Brad Tennant
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Hm think you can overcome this by using an external battery, I already have one so I don't see the problem here :) Well I do but it's easy to fix :D

Manoel Flesch

February 20, 2015 at 4:07PM

I have the BMPC 4K, and I have an external battery that lasts at least 4 hours. I've shot over 500 weddings over the years, but never with this camera. I needed a camera that could run n gun easier, with an electronic zoom--if you have another camera to cut to, such as the Pocket Camera, as you reframe with a mechanical zoom lens on the 4K, then you should be good to go. Buy a nice rig for the BMPC. I love the Shape rig that I bought at NAB last year. And get an amazing viewfinder. I love the Alphatron. I'm running the Zoom H4N on board for better audio, and a second source for safety. It is powered via P-tap cable from the external battery, as is the Alphatron viewfinder.

February 21, 2015 at 11:05AM

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David McQuinn
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I imagine it would be possible, although not ideal. I would shoot in ProRes to save on storage and have fast lenses to work in the low light. As for rigging, it depends on your style. Start with what you have, and find out what you need to make it look better. For example, if you like the handheld look but it's too shaky, get a shoulder rig or something similar or a glidecam if you want the smooth look. Start charging with a very low price, maybe do the first one for free. That way, you can experiment with what works and what doesn't and if you mess anything up, it's not a huge loss to the client.

Don't forget about audio either. For your first one or two weddings, it's not as critical, but you'll want to start considering it. A lav mic (I suggest the SmartLav+) on the groom would be great for the ceremony, or at the very least, a recorder nearby.

February 21, 2015 at 7:17PM

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Gareth Ng
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