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Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Jovan Moody, Sep 28, 2003.

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    Jovan Moody Guest

    Hello everyone,

    I am an amateur videographer looking to get into shooting weddings. I
    have no experience, Please send me in the right direction.

    Jovan Moody, Sep 28, 2003
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    Larry Jandro Guest

    Do dog fights instead. Nicer participants.

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    BillKirch Guest

    I am an amateur videographer looking to get into shooting weddings. I
    Boy I wouldn't wanna be your first client. BG
    BillKirch, Sep 29, 2003
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    manitouguy Guest

    Whaddabout divorce settlement negotiations (I mean the lawyers, not the
    divorcing couple).

    manitouguy, Sep 29, 2003
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    MSu1049321 Guest

    if you have no experience, get some, do your own friends and family's weddings
    free for the experience. Then apprentice with an established wedding
    videographer, assist for little or no pay while you learn the tricks. Look up
    places like WEVA, get their sample disks and booklets. Then you will be
    ready... maybe.
    MSu1049321, Sep 29, 2003
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    David McCall Guest

    Larry already suggested dog fights :)
    David McCall, Sep 29, 2003
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    manitouguy Guest

    Plus, I just finished watching "The Practice" (in HDTV) with James
    Spader as the show's latest, er......, practitioner.

    manitouguy, Sep 29, 2003
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    Kyle Guest

    There isn't much at all to filming a wedding.

    There is a lot to filming a wedding right, or at least, decently.

    (1) Research: Talk to married people you know that may have had their
    wedding professionally or semi-professionally filmed. Watch it. Take
    notes. Think about how it was put together. Watch 4 or 5 if possible. It
    will be painful. LOL

    (2) After watching each video, ask the couple what THEY thought about
    it, get their likes and dislikes. This will give you an idea of things
    to either do, or avoid doing.

    (3) You don't mention what gear you have. If you're brave, all you'll
    need is one camera, but I'd always suggest having at least 2, 1 for
    backup. Also, good quality mics and how to use them is a plus.

    (4) If you want to really try and make a go, before you go invest a TON
    of money, try and do one or two for free, as favors etc, for a B&G who
    were not going to have their wedding filmed originally.

    (5) Realize, you'll be pretty much burning a whole weekend when you
    agree to do a wedding... IE 3 day vacations are out.... think about that
    when you start pricing.
    This assumes you work a normal 40-hour work week at a different job, as
    I believe a fair amount of video people do. (at least those of us, who
    got into this business by accident.. , hobby turned business, who still
    maintain a regular job to get like health insurance and a paycheck. LOL)

    Hope that helps.

    Kyle, Sep 29, 2003
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    DK Guest

    From the wisecracks, you should get an idea of what you're getting yourself
    into. You can make OK money, but it can be a REAL headache at times, and
    sometimes a lot more work than you may realize.

    Msu... and Kyle had some good answers. Basically, you need to SEE some done,
    and you'll need to do some for free so you can (A) get the experience and
    (B) get the references.

    Check out www.videouniversity.com for some good info, and definitely check
    out WEVA at www.weva.com - they may have some info and seminars for
    non-members to check out.
    DK, Sep 30, 2003
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