Camera Info

  • Always film with the V-Log setting.

  • Film all portraits in 60p, 10-bit LongGOP. (Not All-I.)

  • Film everything else in 24p, 10-bit LongGOP.

  • Use 1080p for everything, unless you are in a situation where you need more reach. In that case, switch to 4K and just let me know so I can make note for editing.

  • Never go over 1600 ISO unless I ask you to.

  • When filming outside, always use an ND filter instead of “cranking the shutter.” Keep your shutter angle at 180 degrees.

    • That being said, because the camera is set to degrees instead of seconds, the GH5 will automatically compensate for a change in frame rate. 1/48 @ 24p = 180 degrees — 1/120 @ 60p = 180 degrees.

  • The Sigma Art 18-35 will sometimes lose communication with the body and freeze up. It’s a simple fix… unmount the lens from the speed booster and it should come back, however you will lose the clip you were recording. Try not to put any undue stress on it and you’ll be fine. (worst case, take the battery out and put it back in to reset the camera.)


Getting Ready

If you’re doing any getting ready filming, below is a list of things to get if applicable. But for the most part, just try and get some nice candids, and roll through anything that feels like an event.

Bride:

  • Establishing of location

  • Hair and Makeup (try not to get too many clips of her without makeup.)

  • Getting dress on (veil, back zipped/tied up, shoes, etc.)

  • Gifts, cards read.

  • Candids of others in the room.

  • Dad's first look

  • Campaign toast (make sure to get the top popping off!)

  • Dress, Rings, and Invitation detail shots.

Groom: 

  • Establishing of location

  • Gifts, cards read.

  • Candids of others in room.

  • Suit jacket, socks, other details.

  • Groom putting on jacket, adjusting tie, and adjusting cuffs/links, etc.


Portraits

The main focus on portraits are tight shots on the couple. Usually an 85 or 70-200 fits the bill for this. All filming for anything portrait based is at 60p. I am a huge fan of “dirty frames”; shooting through leaves or from behind pillars.


Ceremony

The first thing I need is establishing shots of the venue. Architecture, small details like flowers, and people finding their seat.

When the ceremony starts, make sure you’re recording. Double check. Please. And make sure to record the entire ceremony. Your job is to film most of the right side couple reactions and vows. You really won’t need to move much, other than making sure you have a clean shot. Again, I do enjoy a little bit of “dirt” in my shot for the ceremony… tops of heads peeking through and what not, but please lean on the conservative side with the framing.

Once the couple exit the venue, you can stop recording. If there is an exit (receiving line or something else) we’ll need to prepare for that quickly. Otherwise, we have a second to take a break and slowly pack up.


Cocktail Hour

Your goal here is to film small groups of people talking and laughing with each other. Don’t film single people talking, but rather stick to groups of 3-5 (or wide shots for establishing). Make sure to film some of the older folks in the crowd as they may not make it in the video otherwise unless they are immediate family.


Reception

Entrances/Intros

These are always chaos. Try and grab an 85mm lens and get as good of medium-close shots as you can. Always try and anticipate the crowd standing when the couple is introduced and adjust accordingly.

Toasts

Your goal is to film the couple’s reactions to any toasts given. The only exception is when the toasts are given in an odd place and there isn’t enough time for me to switch between couples to maintain the 180 degree line. In that case, I will instruct you on what toast givers to film and when to film the couple. The example below has the aforementioned 180 switch and was discussed ahead of time.

Dances

I will be on a wider gimbal shot moving around, and you will be on a monopod with a tight lens getting some nice reaction shots. Pretty simple. Just watch your focus!


After the formal dances are done, you are almost always good to leave. Please pack up the gear in the bag, and talk to me before you leave. Payment will usually happen the next day, but please allow for up to 7 days after.