Lunch Express Highlights.
I really wonder who started this madness.
On top of feeling nervous,
(Yes, I still do feel that. Especially all the nights before my couple's wedding day.)
To be tasked to produce a video in less than 2hrs, including the Solemnisation Ceremony and Tea Ceremony that happen 1.5hrs before the 1st march in of a mid day wedding celebration,
Its pretty risky to have untrained professionals to happen this amount of stress on creative decisions.
To drone or not to drone.
To shoot or not to shoot.
To color grade or not to grade.
Gosh, I thank God for giving me the challenges that I'm up for it.
Looking back and thinking about it that I might need to do this kinda of production again,
I still feel as nervous as I did when I first took up a mid day wedding celebration that require a highlight to showcase.
Came up with a 'Battle Plan' and hopeful this is helpful for those who are interested to ask how I usually work around this quick turn over time for my videos.
1. Assign Specific roles who handle specific focal length.
Choose your weapon carefully. Shoot selectively.
Be ruthless with yourself. Never settle for, 'Can edit in post.'
Shoot like an editor.
2. On site editing.
Set up a spot in the house for your editor.
Even the house is very small, I'm sure there's a corner + a power point.
Have a empty SD card ready by the side.
Once you've gotten 3-4 shots, make the transfer and have your edit to edit it.
For best result, do a test run before the day of the wedding.
Brisk walk to your main videographer to grab his/her footages and make the card exchange.
Editors, make your videographers feel that they have to work on their shots.
Videographers, make your editors life easier by shooting selectively and story tell your shots as you go along the day itself.
3. Give time for your editor to breathe.
Send your editor off to the hotel/venue location right after the groom is done fetching his bride.
Don't let your guard down.
Play the 'wait to rush, rush to wait' game well.
Be on top of the game and give time for murphy law.
By the time your videographers reach the venue/hotel from the photoshoot/tea ceremony/any delays, your editor should be done with the morning activities edit.
4. Hand over the Edit to your Main Videographer well.
Story tell your edits with clips that follow up well from one shot to another.
Place them in chronological order,
5. And let the magic happen!
What went so well for @LiRongs and Yong Guan's wedding video highlight is well supported by our seasoned editor, Bryan Hong. So spot on and I basically was done 20mins before the 2nd march happen.
For mid day wedding celebrations, your wedding videography team is there to minimise the risk required to produce a highlight for you.
We won't want to say that we love to work on highlights for a lunch wedding, but we have done it often to be good at it.
Since we are on the topic of craziness, here's what our interns saw when they followed us around for their first few wedding in May.
FreshfromKenneth first ever, subtitled, Behind the scene.